Thursday, September 02, 2010

Celebrate Alberta Arts Days in Spruce Grove

Fun Events at Horizon Stage, the Spruce Grove Public Library, and the Spruce Grove Art Gallery

The Alberta Arts Days weekend kicks off in Spruce Grove on Friday, September 17 with an exhibit of completed art projects—created by youth in the Spruce Grove Library’s ACT (Advisory Council of Teens) program and participants in the Simon Poultney Foundation’s Community Art Studio. This exhibit will be on display Friday-Sunday. Additionally, Allied Arts Council members will be providing demonstrations for patrons of all ages all weekend long in the Melcor Cultural Centre.

Also on September 17, 13 to 17-year-old may partake in The Art of Film-Making at the Spruce Grove Public Library from 5:00 – 7:45 p.m. Participants in this program will learn about the film-making process as participants from the Teen Media Program (Spruce Grove Library and Simon Poultney Foundation) provide demonstrations and present some of their past projects. Families with children 10 – 12 years old are also invited to drop in and experience the movie magic.

On Saturday, September 18, Pamper Your Creative Spirit at the Spruce Grove Library. This exciting day begins with a writing workshop from 9 a.m. – noon, includes a delicious luncheon, and concludes with an art workshop from 1 – 4 p.m. In the morning, local author, instructor, and editor Roberta Laurie will mediate a writers’ panel with Prairie Dog Publishing writing and publishing colleagues Kara Donadt and Kat Flannery and then facilitate a Finding your Inner Muse writing workshop. After lunch, artist Tina Bourrassa will instruct Great Beginnings: “a painting adventure that will make you feel like a kid again.” Registration for these activities is required and space is limited so interested persons should call 780-962-4423 as soon as possible. Cost of both workshops and lunch is just $25.00 and there will be gifts and a door prize draw for participants.

Also on September 18, aspiring artists of all ages are invited to make and take their creations as they participate in free cork-carving and print-making activities provided by members of the Allied Arts Council from 10 a.m. – noon at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery.

Horizon Stage is thrilled to give our province’s stars of tomorrow a stage today at a U22 Concert on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Created by Edmontonian Rhea March, U22 Productions is an agency that mentors gifted and promising musicians, all under the age of 22. The U22 artists performing at Horizon Stage on September 18 will be 18-year-old guitar virtuoso Calum Graham, 18-year-old new-age indie artist Lyra Brown, 18-year-old contemporary/pop songwriter Alanna Clarke, and 16-year-old folk singer/songwriter Lucas Chaisson. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for high school students with school ID. Visit to hear music by Calum, Alanna, Lyra and Lucas and to learn more about U22 Productions. Call the Horizon Stage Box Office at 780-962-8995 to reserve tickets for what is sure to be an incredible evening of music.

On Sunday, September 19, young Albertans, ages 3 and up, will enjoy Splash’N Boots at Horizon Stage. Free arts, crafts, and storytelling activities run in the theatre lobby from 1 – 2 p.m. with Splash’N Boots performing on stage from 2 – 3 p.m. Voted Canadian Children’s Group of the Year at the Independent Music Awards, Splash’N Boots have released four children’s music CDs, seven videos, and toured across Canada and around the world. Local fans have enjoyed their performances at the St. Albert International Children’s Festival and Capital Ex. Dubbed “the Canadian Wiggles” and “the U2 of children’s entertainment”, Splash’N Boots have shared the stage with Fred Penner, Sharon and Bram, Robert Munsch, Al Simmons and the actual Wiggles. Tickets to see these feisty and fun family entertainers are $15 for all ages and they are also available through the Horizon Stage Box Office and Ticketmaster. Visit to watch videos, listen to music and learn all about Splash’N Boots.

Finally, for teens and adults, the Spruce Grove Library is thrilled to host an authors visit by screenwriter Scot Morrison on Sunday, September 19 at 1 p.m. Scot has worked on the Canadian television series Jake and the Kid and Mentors. Most recently he has been writing and directing for Omni and Bravo! He will share his insights into the creative process that moves a writer from an initial idea to the final film. Also at the library that day will be a photo display by the Simon Poultney Foundation and the Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program. Both events are free to attend. All of the Spruce Grove Library programs during Alberta Arts Days are presented with support from the Government of Alberta Community Spirit Grant.

So, whether a person enjoys visual art, literary art, music or film, whether they are a small child, a teenager, an adult, or a senior, there is truly something artistic for everyone happening in Spruce Grove during Alberta Arts Days, September 17, 18 and 19, 2010.

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