Lethbridge celebrates the arts , Sept. 21-27 with the fifth annual Arts Days happening all over the city, primarily downtown and mostly at CASA.
“It just keeps grows bigger every year,” said Ashley Markus, Allied Arts Council communications coordinator.
“ We’re incorporating more different artistic mediums. it’s more than just visual artists. There is art, theatre and music.
“ We want to include all artistic people even those who aren’t familiar with art,” she said.
ArtsDays begins with Word On the Street on Sunday, Sept. 21 outside the Lethbridge Public Library.
It will feature live entertainment and lots of authors including Diana Davidson, young adult fantasy author Erin Bow, teen author Carrie Mac, gardening guru Lyndon Penner, poet Derek Beaulieu , cook book author Julia Van Rosendaal and local musician/ author/ artist Herb Hicks plus many more.
“ A lot of the activities are happening over at CASA,” Markus observed.
The cornerstone event is the eleventh annual Artwalk which pairs artists with local businesses downtown. It takes place Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.
“This year Artwalk has 40 different stops, all mostly downtown,” she continued.
Chinook High school students will be creating chalk art on the sidewalks as well.
There will also be an artisans market featuring 20 different artists and organizations ranging from photographers to painters and handicrafts artisans who create glassware, pottery and carvings at CASA Sept. 27 and 28.
There is also a film component this year with Prairie Tales 16 on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the CASA community room. And outside on the screen outside of CASA The Silent Treatment: A Festival of Shorts.
Erin Watson is directing a piece at the U of L Penny building, Sept. 25-28 which looks at the transformative nature of theatre through voice, movement and mask.
There will even be performance artists featuring M:ST all over downtown.
“ They will be doing a bunch of different performances,” she said.
Of course there will be buskers and street performers throughout downtown as well.
The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off their season with their first Chamber Music series of the season with Musaeus and mezzo soprano Sandra Stringer. That happens at the CASA community room on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35.
In conjunction with Arts Days, new exhibitions run at CASA, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Trianon.
The Southern Alberta Art Gallery officially opens “ The Summit Meeting,” a new exhibit from Montreal born artist Raphaëlle de Groot with the opening reception on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.