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The Abstract Lions art club is on! Our weekly Wednesday after-school arts club begins today and Raegan and I are super excited to get started. We will start with Line and continue each week with a different element of art. Drop-ins are welcome at $16/session but the kids still need to be registered. You can do that by going directly to: The Abstract Lion Art Club.
If you know anyone that might be interested, please feel free to pass on the information. Wednesdays, 3:45-4:45, upstairs at The Arts Station, for kids 7-11 years old (but if your kid is keen on participating we won’t turn anyone away) from January 23rd to March 13th.
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This. Is going. To be. AMAZING. “Good Morning my Kittens!!!!! The next stop on my tour is fabulous Fernie!!!! We are partnered with Elk Valley/Fernie Pride on this stop!!! This is a “one night only” event so go see the kittens at Freyja to get your tickets! As you know, this is a intimate venue so snatch those tickets up fast! Tickets are also available online at eventbrite. Can’t wait to slay the Arts Station stage again!! Meeeeoooowwwwww!!!’ https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/merrick-productions-18411046455
Have you ever had an experience working on something for a long time and then all of a sudden it just makes sense? That’s way too vague. For instance, I’ve been drawing for years, maybe twenty years or more, although my art has taken on various forms and gone in many directions. Until recently I never really knew what I wanted to do. I kept trying different styles, searching for my own artistic voice…which is very hard in a world full of incredible artists. And then I did this little handsome bird:
And I said to myself, in my head because out loud I’d look even more crazy, “yes! I think I like this.” Handsome Bird lead me to pieces like this:
And I’m starting to build a catalogue of illustrations that I’m so proud of. There’s a uniform look and feel and it’s all making sense. It’s a nice place to be.
For more art head to www.annexcollections.com or check out the Fernie Arts Co-op where I’ll be selling my illustrations in the near future. We will also be selling our Annex Suspended mobiles! Whoop Whoop!
Two of Canada’s finest are coming through! Don’t sleep on this one Fernie!
/// MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD ///
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald (MBF) is a singer and songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A touring troubadour, most of his time is spent on stage playing clubs, theatres and festivals across North America. He is a dog man with a good plan and two hands.
MBF has shared the stage and toured with Joel Plaskett, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Steve Winwood, Third Eye Blind, Sam Roberts, Stars, K-OS, The Wallflowers, Elliott Brood, Lights and many more. He’s also played Firefly Festival, Mountain Jam, Calgary Folk Music Festival, X Fest, Virgin Fest, Winnpeg Folk Festival The Calgary Stampede and Capital Ex.
/// JJ Shiplett ///
Rugged, raspy and reserved, JJ Shiplett is a true artist. Unapologetically himself, the Alberta born singer-songwriter and performer is bold in range and musical creativity, with a passion and reverence for the art of music and performance that has captured the attention of music fans across the country. A troubadour whose songs resonate with emotional sincerity and an underdog’s enduring hope, he pens anthemic songs that make you believe in something in this hard world, and others that convince you to soak it all in whiskey ‘n’ wine and just go dancin’. Shiplett’s music is all heart: convincing, compelling and resonant. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on his self-penned and produced debut album.
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Our first 8 week workshop for kids aged 7-11 starts January 23rd at @fernieartsstation. More details coming soon. 🖼 Spread the word!! Thank you! #theabstractlion #afterschoolclub #visualartsforkids #painting #sculpture #collage #drawing #elementsofart #fernie #artforkids #letshavefun #elkvalley
Sign up on Eventbrite for 8 weeks or just a couple sessions. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-abstract-lion-visual-arts-club-tickets
I can’t wait to show my kids. They love colouring contests, although they’ve never won. But it’s not about winning. Is it?