Rockglen’s Arts in the Park a success, despite unpleasant weather

Staff ~ The Coronach Triangle News
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Art was in the air in Rockglen on June 9!

“The weather may not have been the best, but even so Rockglen’s 8th annual Arts in the Park confirmed that this one of a kind event continues to grow and flourish,” said Laurel Kirby, event organizer.

“How fortunate and honoured we were to have the opportunity to exhibit “All About Starr”.  This display by photographer Sheila Spence featured large-scale photographic portraits of some local ranchers and cowboys.”

Entertainment continued throughout the day, beginning with The Rockglen Pickers.

“Then Lafleche sibling pianists Jeremy and Jennifer Packet wowed the crowd with their prowess as they tickled the ivories.” said Kirby. Next up, Gina Stewart, member of the Badland Country Band, sang songs including ones from her solo album “Rancher’s Daughter”.

A poetry set began with original works by former Rockglen resident Bob Morrow and Rina Litchenwald (nee Schmidt) reciting from her new book “How I Survived Early Motherhood”. Then local teacher Geoff Backa gave us a first time performance with a couple of samples of his fine poetic skills.  Brooke and Mackenzie Stewart – cousins and high school seniors belted out an eclectic mix of tunes and played the piano.

Coronach music teacher Dorothea Trithardt’s showcased a number of her students, including Coronach’s Ashton Rousseau and Kaiden Doney; Rockglen’s Lexi Paterson, Dawn Stewart, Madison Waronek and Emily Stewart; Wood Mountain’s Jeneva Allingham. As well,  Dorothea’s mother, Clara White from Pangman performed an old hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.

Fife Lake entertainers Johnny and Maureen Sabourin were up next with a great performance of a nice blend of country and popular music.  To finish off the entertainment, Shelly Urquhart read a First Nations creation story and recited a couple cowboy poems by her late father Hartley.

Arts in the Park was also a great opportunity to enjoy the many art forms.  

Sandra Knoss - Painting on an Adirondack chair. Visual Artist Sandra Lamontagne shared a water colour technique.  Photographer, Wanda Knoss shared her expertise.

Melba Griffin showed off her skills with a cake/cupcake and knife maker, Bob Robson, was on hand to show and explain his techniques.  Also on display were spurs that Mark Bertholet (aka Sparky) has begun crafting.

Rosemarie Robson displayed her meticulous wood carving talent.  Students learned the art of Pottery Tile Making with Artist and Potter Jay Kimball, and Suzanne Hawkes returned to do Pottery demonstrations.  Terry Lynn Carefoot was back to demonstrate the craft of antique rug hooking.

Max Pederson, from Abbey, SK demonstrated Flint Napping.  Louise Perrin,  instructed Fun Fusible Fibre & Silk Scarf Dyeing classes.   Collage Artist Gaye Moss helped students create a masterpiece using this art form.

Beth Crabb instructed students as they formed extraordinary baskets.  Students learned the art of linocut printmaking with Jordon Schwab and Cate Francis.  Their images were then pressed with the ‘aid’ of an asphalt/packer roller (& driver Tom Mulvena). “A real crowd pleaser,” said Kirby.

Bird Carver, Don Smith returned with his realistic creations.

There was amazing Art on display including representation from The Group of Ten.  Marilyn Harden, Shelly Harden, Donna Stewart, Delores Fauser, Pat Piche and Charlotte Bjornson were just a few who displayed their one of a kind quilts & other fabric art.

Rockglen School Students took part and displayed their art and craft projects.  Although entries were down for the Student Photo Competition this year, Alisa Prefontaine’s photos earned many complements as well as a $50 prize from the Arts in the Park committee.

The Kids Craft tent was a busy spot, as kids enjoyed the many craft projects planned by Glennis and Amanda. The line up was long with kids waiting to get their faces painted by Andy Knoss and her helpers Lana and April.

The Artisan Market grew this year with a large variety of art to purchase from.

‘The ‘Artist’s Corner’ was a popular spot with many stopping by to make a purchase.

Food vendors Chelsea Woolhouse and Rockglen School Staff were busy the entire day.  And Karin Forwood’s Dessert Table delighted those of us with a sweet tooth!

An interesting variety of ‘Chairs’ donated to the silent auction resulted in $1,478.00 being raised.

“Thank you to all who make this day possible and you for attending,” wrapped up Kirby.

Organizations: Badland Country Band, First Nations, Abbey, SK Chelsea Woolhouse and Rockglen School Staff

Geographic location: Rockglen, Wood Mountain, Fife Lake

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