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Artist in Residency

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency (AIR) program is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2016 mentorship program. On July 18, 10 local artists will occupy a studio space within Keyano College to begin a six-week apprenticeship with Albertan artists Alma Louise Visscher and Kritsana Naowakhun.

During the residency, these artists will develop a body of work using the techniques taught by their mentors that will be showcased during a final exhibition opening on Aug. 25 at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by the Kirschner Family Corporation.

The mentors, Alma and Kritsana, will also be hosting free workshops in various communities throughout the region. Workshops are open to all ages and abilities. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Check out the Calendar of Events below to register for a workshop near you!

Calendar of Events

Date Event Details Location
Mon., July 25
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saprae Creek Community Workshop with Alma Visscher

This workshop will explore the themes of community, flags, fabric dying and painting. Each workshop will have both a thematic or conceptual component as well as a technical component. The thematic portions of the workshop will center around the history of flags as a visual tool, how to use flags to define or re-define community for healing, and creating flags as a celebration of personal expression and identity. Through the course of these workshops, the participants will create their own flags either as an individual, for their community, or communities.

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an object (art or other) that is meaningful to them to use as a catalyst for discussion or inspiration.
Vista Ridge All Season Park, 1 Spruce Valley Drive, Saprae Creek
Tues., Aug. 2
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fort McMurray Community Workshop with Kritsana Naowakhun

Mixed Media Madness! Learn a variety of techniques and different mediums to express yourself in landscape painting.

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring recycled material, such as cardboard, wood panel, any solid material to incorporate into your personal painting.
Casman Centre Multipurpose Space, 110 Eymundson Road
Mon., Aug. 8
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Anzac Community Workshop

Winter wonderland painting workshop. Discover the basics of painting snow covered hills, bare trees and other winter elements. Discover your own style and create a painting to add to your wall.

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided.
Anzac Community Hall, 105-B Christina Drive, Anzac
Wed., Aug. 10
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Conklin Community Workshop with Kritsana Naowakhun

Fun for fall painting workshop. Discover the color and brush stroke movement of a beautiful Fall scenery. Discover your own style and create a painting to add to your wall!

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided.
Conklin Community Centre, 245 Northland Drive
Wed., Aug. 10
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Chipewyan Community Workshop with Alma Visscher

This workshop will explore the themes of community, flags, fabric dying and painting. Each workshop will have both a thematic or conceptual component as well as a technical component. The thematic portions of the workshop will center around the history of flags as a visual tool, how to use flags to define or re-define community for healing, and creating flags as a celebration of personal expression and identity. Through the course of these workshops, the participants will create their own flags either as an individual, for their community, or communities.

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an object (art or other) that is meaningful to them to use as a catalyst for discussion or inspiration.
MaMawi Community Centre, 128 Cardinal Avenue, Fort Chipewyan
Thur., Aug. 18
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fort McMurray Community Workshop with Alma Visscher

This workshop will explore the themes of community, flags, fabric dying and painting. Each workshop will have both a thematic or conceptual component as well as a technical component. The thematic portions of the workshop will center around the history of flags as a visual tool, how to use flags to define or re-define community for healing, and creating flags as a celebration of personal expression and identity. Through the course of these workshops, the participants will create their own flags either as an individual, for their community, or communities.

What to Bring: Supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an object (art or other) that is meaningful to them to use as a catalyst for discussion or inspiration.
River Station Arts, 8130 Fraser Avenue
Thurs., Aug. 25
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Opening Reception: "6 Weeks in the Studio"

Showcasing artwork created by the 2016 Wood Buffalo Artists in Residency (AIR) and their mentors.

Come celebrate the creative talents of the participants of the AIR program and enjoy the opening of their final exhibition at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery. This unique exhibition will showcase over 30 works of art ranging from 2D to sculpture to installation art.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with speeches starting at 7:15 p.m. A selection of appetizers and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. This exhibition will remain on display until October 1st, 2016.
MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery, Second Floor, 1 C.A. Knight Way
Fri., Sept. 23
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Final Day of Gallery Exhibition

Last day to view Wood Buffalo Artists in Residency final exhibition
MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery, Second Floor, 1 C.A. Knight Way

You can stay up to date on upcoming AIR events by liking us on Facebook.

For questions or comments regarding the Artist in Residency and its workshops, please contact the Community Strategies Branch at recreationandculture@rmwb.ca or at 780-743-7966.

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