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Helen Schuler Nature Centre reopens with new exhibits and programming

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The Helen Schuler Nature Centre has re-opened with a lot of new activities and art exhibits.Curtis Goodman examines Elaine Henderson’s “Landscaping Wilderness,”at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. Photo by Richard Amery
“We’re open again after six months of being closed because of Covid ,” said Helen Schuler Nature Centre Resource Development co-ordinator Curtis Goodman.


“But the trails have always been open. We’ve done a lot of work to bring the inside experience outside,” he continued noting  there have been a lot of activities on the trail including choose your own adventure activities, children’s books and egg scavenger hunts.


“The scavenger hunt has been really popular. We had eggs placed where an actual nest would be. Some were really easy to find, others were almost impossible. We had people complaining when we took it down saying ‘I was going to bring my parents to see it next week,’” he recalled, adding the trails have been popular during the pandemic.


While they were closed, they built an outdoor amphitheatre for outdoor programming.
“It’s larger. It’s more accessible if you have a wheelchair or a walker. We’re getting larger groups like school field trips, so now everybody has a seat,” Goodman said.


 Now the Centre has re-opened, there is new programming inside.


Elaine Henderson’s “Landscaping Wilderness,” featuring paintings of beautiful landscapes, is open now.

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Casa pops into spring with plant pottery

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Casa is planting the seeds of a new fundraiser to support local artists as they “Pop into Spring”

Casa's fundraiser Pop Into Spring begins Monday, May 17. photo by Richard Amery
Local artist Alexis Bialobzyski decided to try her hand at pottery as she spearheaded the fundraiser, featuring 21 pinch- pots and plants you can buy for $20 beginning Monday, May 17. They have all been named  with plenty of music themed plant puns like “Pot Plant in the City,”.“Safety Plants, ” “Unskinny Plot” “ Wake me Up Before you Grow Grow” and “You Light Up My Leaf.”


“We‘ve been closed since December, so it’s been hard for artists to gather, but everybody wanted to help out,” said Kelaine Devine, Allied Arts Council Communications manager.
“It’s just a little  fundraiser so we can afford artists fees for our exhibitions and pay them a living wage. Usually we’d be having a lot of fundraisers ” she continued.
She noted Bialobzyski decided to had fun designing the pots in a variety of different styles and themes from abstract to political.

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Celebrate family day with family art and Casa

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The weather outside is frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your family for Family Day, Feb. 15.


Casa has just the ticket on their Youtube channel  as they will be offering the opportunity to create a 3-D family portrait out of air-dry clay.


“ It’s not regular clay, The Allied Arts Council is still closed, and people would be running back and forth. It gets a little crazy,” said Allied Arts Council Communications co-ordinator Kelaine Devine.
At noon on Feb. 15, Casa artists  Aaron Hagan and Claire Reid will be providing step-by step instructions to create air dry clay portraits and sculptures of family members and even pets on their Youtube channel http://bit.ly/CasaFamily or https://www.youtube.com/CASAlethbridge/.

“ They will be giving lessons about how to create figures and hair and other features,” Devine described.


Once the pieces are dry, finish them with watercolour or tissue paper decoupage. your finished pieces can be included in Casa’s virtual family gallery by tagging them @casalethbridge or email an image to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a chance to win a free children’s course (ages 6-12).


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Southern Alberta Art Gallery features online artists talk with Anne Low this weekend

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Even though you can’t go inside the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, there are a lot of activities happening at the SAAG that you can check out online.Anne Low is doing an online artists talk this week about her exhibit Figure Like Hearse. Photo submitted
“ We usually have something once a week,” said Southern Alberta Public Engagement and Event Co-ordinator Courtney Faulkner.


 The next big event is an Art Talk curatorial tour Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m. featuring Vancouver based artist Anne Low who will be speaking about her “Figure Like Hearse” exhibit via Zoom.  She will be talking about her work and answering  questions about it. Sign in and log on through https://www.saag.ca/public-engagement-adults/curatorial-tour-anne-low


“ It’s like if you were at an exhibition opening  and you could ask the artist questions about their work,” Faulkner continued, noting SAAG Exhibitions usually run for two months, but Lowe’s exhibit will run for four months as in-person events aren’t allowed yet.


“She (Anne Low) is a sculptor, but she is also interested in textiles. She is interested in learning and maintaining old fabric techniques like creating something while sitting with a loom,” Faulkner said, adding Lowe is inspired by items  found around households like chairs and tables.

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