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Casa exhibits celebrate LGBQT, viral videos and fifty years of fine arts at the U of L

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Three big new exhibits open at Casa tonight, June 24.

 Perfectly timed for Pride week, anDarcy Logan adjusts one of Andrea Kowalchuk’s works from her Derp exhibit, which opens tonight. Photo by Richard Amery expanded version of the Cabinet of Queeriosities dominates the main gallery.

“We do cabinet of Queeriosities every two years. This year we have 32 artists from Ontario, Alberta and even Austria,” said Casa curator Darcy Logan, noting Casa brought in guest curators Megan  Morman and Leila Armstrong, who started Cabinet of Queeriosities, when the event began in the cabinets at the Bowman Art Gallery.

“It’s the fourth year we’ve done this. We do this every two years to celebrate LGBQT inclusion. We have a lot of friends in the community,” he said , adding the contributing artists responded to an open call on social media.

 The submissions for Cabinet of Qeeriosities IV include a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, sculpture and even fabric art.

“ We have a lot of wonderful works,” Logan said.
 The other big exhibit , called Derp, features new work from U of L graduate Andrea Kowalchuk.


Helping Families raise $17,500 with art for cancer

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Helping Families will help between 11 to 23 Lethbridge families deal with the costs of cancer treatment thanks to a successful  art show fundraiser at the Galt Museum, May 27.Carie Stock speaks to  the crowd at the Helping Families fundraiser. Photo by Richard amery

“We raised $17,700 which surpassAlyssa Fraser speaks about her experience with cancer during the  Helping Families fundraiser. Photo by Richard Ameryed our goal of  $17,500,” enthused Helping Families organizer Carie Stock who is pleased the second annual event was successful. She said different families need different levels of help.

“It depends on the ask. For some families a parking pass means the world to them. Others are more expensive,” Stock said, adding social workers refer families to the organization.

The event included food, a silent auction and works donated by 100 different Lethbridge area artists who sold their works and donated the proceeds to help families cover the costs of cancer treatment including drugs not covered by Alberta Health, parking passes, time away from work and support.

There was also live art being created by Kaitlyn Villlenuve, singers, dancers and guest speaker Alyssa Fraser, who delivered a heartfelt speech about being diagnosed with a rare hip cancer called pseudomyogenic hemangioendothelioma and the resulting expenses her family incurred to get her treatment. Fraser, who is also a competitive weight lifter is also an artist. One of her works brought in over a thousand dollars in a live auction.

“We had a performance by Gymfinity Aerials. They were really great. So people came out and supported a good cause, but they also got to see some really cool entertainmeKaitlyn Villenuve paints at the Helping Families fundraiser, May 27. Photo by Richard Amerynt,” Stock continued, adding 147 people attended the event.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Local artists helping families help fight cancer with art exhibit

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Local artists are helping local  families help battle cancer with the second annual art show at the Galt Museum, May 27. Childhood cancer survivor Carie Stock started the organization “Helping Families,” eight years ago, holding several events including a Calgary Helping Families Art show, eight years ago and decided to bring the event to Lethbridge last year.

“I’m a childhood cancer survivor and I remember how hard it was for my mom when I was fighting cancer,” Stock said, noting the money raised goes to families to help cover things like parking fees, ambulance fees, utilities, medication and time spent away from jobs to care for a child for cancer.

“Alberta health care covers a lot, but it doesn’t cover specialty expenses,” she said, adding that is where Helping Families is able to help out.
“We’ve been doing the event for the past eight years in Calgary and it has been so successful, we decided to bring it to Lethbridge,” she continued.
 The event will feature works from 100 southern Alberta artists.

“They are all from Southern Alberta. One is from Magrath. Most of them are paintings, acrylic and oil and photographs, because those are the best for an event like this,” she said.
“This year will be a milestone for us. We’ll have raised $500,000. So we’re excited about reaching that goal. Now we can focus on the next goal which is $1 million,” she said.


Festival of Quilts coming back to Lethbridge College

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Local quilters show their talents and passion for sewing, and quilting, June 2-3 at the Val Matteotti Gym at Lethbridge college as the The Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild present the fourth biannual Festival of Quilts.

Trudy Walker and Teresa Petriw hold up one of the two quilts to be raffled off  at the Lethbridge Festival of Quilts, June 2 and 3 in the Lethbridge College Val Matteotti gym. Photo by Richard Amery
“There are 203 quilts in this year‘s festival,” observed quilt show publicist Teresa Petriw, observing the participants were allowed to submit up to four quilts each for the show, which runs 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday, June 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3. She noted all of them were created in the two years since the last show — the Quilting Canada show in 2015. Contributions come from all over Alberta and B.C. as well as quite a few from the 60 some Centennial Quilt’s Guild members.

A lot of the members gave away quilts to friends and family which they borrowed back for this show.
 “We had a quilting bee to give 1,000 quilts to the Ronald McDonald House. It‘s a busy, active group,” observed Quilt Show Chairperson Trudy Walker.
The Lethbridge  Centennial Quilter‘s Guild formed in the spring  of 1984 when a group of Lethbridge quilters joined together to make a quilt commemorating Lethbridge's Centennial. The enthusiasm   generated by this project led to the formation of the Lethbridge   Centennial Quilter's Guild in 1985.

Trudy Walker and Teresa Petriw show one of Walker’s quilts to be on display at the Lethbridge Festival of Quilts, June 2 and 3 in the Lethbridge College Val Matteotti gym. Photo by Richard AmerySince then the guild meets monthly to share individual expertise and promoting quilting. The guild presently has 136 members.
 The quilts in this year’s show aren’t your grandma’s quilts, though some of them include family heirlooms.

“I’ve got four quilts in the show. One of them includes lace doilies my grandmother made,” Walker said.

“One of them is a challenging group line quilt for which each member added a row to it,” she continued.
“It’s really a great an opportunity for people to see these works and for anybody who enjoys fibre art,” Pettriw, noting the quilts weren’t juried, so anybody who wanted to participate was welcome to contribute a quilt or four.
“These are all modern quilts,” Walker added.
Some of the highlights of the event are two quilts which will be raffled off.
There will also be a “Bed Turning,” where the quilters will tell the stories behind their quilts.
“There are 18 quilts in the bed turning. As each quilt is revealed, the quilters will tell their stories.

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