Bringing culture to downtown Lloydminster

By Lloydminster Source staff

May 12, 2016 10:22 AM

The final week of the Streetscapes Destination Downtown’s “Ring in Spring Downtown” campaign is nearly upon us.

For the finale, organizers will be celebrating arts and culture in the downtown core.

Some of the events lined up to draw people downtown next week will include a couple different art workshops, live musical performances and a sidewalk sale with participating businesses.

A few of those businesses are Dawn Interiors, the Collective Art Market, Olive and Birch and Cliff Rose for Clothes.

Beth Bernard is part owner and manager of the Collective Art Market and it’ll be a few members of the group that’ll be hosting the art workshops.
“We’re hoping that we’re going to be able to have some artists do some demonstrations,” she said.

“We have about 31 different artists with us now, so we’re hoping we’ll be able to have some of the painters come down and do some painting demonstrations and stuff and hopefully the weather’s good and they’ll be able to do them outside, and as far as during the week, we have different classes happening.”

The first demonstration will take place on May 17 and will be an acrylics on canvass class taught by local artist Michelle Lake from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’ll focus on different painting techniques, using poppies as a focal point, and all the supplies are included with an $80 fee to take the class.
Then on May 18, Ardell McLennan will be teaching a smartphone technology workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. for $25, where attendees can take their smartphone photography to the next level.

“It’s really cool because you learn how to do lots of different things with your smartphone camera,” said Bernard.

“It’s like learning how to better use the camera on your phone for more than just taking a selfie; you learn to take really good photographs with your camera.”

The Collective Art Market is new to the downtown core, but the group packs a lot of experience being more than 30 members strong.

All the artists are local and vary in expertise within a diverse amount of art mediums, ranging from pottery, jewelry, painting and pottery to things like even bath and body products.

Then for the music side of things for the Arts and Culture week, The Root will be hosting a pair of shows with a entry fee of $10 a piece.

The first one will be a performance by Tasman Jude, a reggae band out of Grande Prairie, and will take place on May 18.

Then on May 20, Vancouver’s Phono Pony, a duo that describes its style as “Indy Strange,” will take take the stage and entertain Lloydminster’s arts, culture and music lovers.

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