Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alberta Arts Days Pincher Creek

Alberta Arts Days are just a few days away, running from September 30 to October 2 throughout the province.  Various organizations in Pincher Creek will be joining in.

There is a myriad of  facets to the word "art".  Pincher Creek has many talented people engaging in different forms of art. Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV), The Pincher Creek Municipal Library,  Metis Association Local 1880, Ranchland Mall and The Oldman River Rose Society are all doing their part to celebrate our artists.

Most of the programming is meant for all-ages, and much of it is free to the public.  Arts represented include horticulture, visual, music, crafts, language, history,and literary.

Metis Local 1880 are excited to have Garry Hackler giving art lessons. Hackler is a local artist, teacher, naturalist and archaeologist. He will be bringing live animal mounts for study. The Medicine Wheel is an important part of Metis culture, and you will be able to make one of your own while learning more about the fascinating history and use of this sacred object.  On Friday this programming will be offered at the Provincial Building at the Metis Local 1880 offices. The same programming will be offered at KBPV on the Saturday, October 1, 10 am to 2 pm.

The Pincher Creek Municipal Library will have displays and will be celebrating the works of local and Alberta authors during their regular hours:  Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Ranchland Mall and Pincher Creek Co-op will feature Betty Heppner and other local artisans showing off their crafting abilities on Saturday, October 1 from  10 am to 4 pm.

Lebel Mansion hosts Festival of Roses...Art in Bloom.  Taking place on Friday and Saturday, this festival celebrates all things related to roses.

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village will be holding most of their programming for this event at Pioneer place, the front administration building (which is undergoing extensive exterior maintenance). Most of the KBPV events will be free to attend.
  • Authors
Free programming includes five local authors on Friday, September 30 from 11 am to 2 pm on Friday. Each author will have their own table to allow them to converse with interested readers.

Authors include:

Eryka Bruder, the 11 year-old author of "Lillian's Worn Out Brown Boots"
Francis Riviere, author of "Washing at the Creek", an acclaimed book based on growing up in the Twin Butte area.
Christopher Hoare , author of the Iskander high-fantasy series, including his latest book, "Rast", a novel available in both soft cover and e-book form.
Curator Farley Wuth, author of "The History That Almost Wasn't: Chronicles of Pincher Creek's Ill-Fated Railway History" who is currently busy updating "From Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass", the definitive history of the Pincher Creek area and its people.
Murray Pura has written five non-fiction and three fiction novels as well as many short stories. He will have most of his works on hand, including his latest, "The White Birds of Morning". Two new Pura books are coming out in 2012, "The Wings of Morning" and "Virginia City." 

A special session of the Pincher Creek Pioneer Market will be taking place at the same time as the authors. Visit for more information.
  • Tour the grounds
KBPV offers 2-for-1 pricing to view the grounds and exhibits on Friday and Saturday.

  • Live Music

Claude Choeworld famous maestro, conductor, musician, and song-writer will be featured in a special evening event at KBPV on Friday, September 30, playing classical romantic guitar. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 7:30. His newest CD will be available for purchase and there will be an autographing session afterward. This is a licensed event. Advance tickets available, $10 each. Contact KBPV at 403-627-3684 to order your tickets.  To read more about Claude Choe click here.

Allen and Alexander
Saturday, October 1, 2pm

free admission
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Chris Davis
Saturday, October 1, periodically throughout the day

DJ Frankenstein
Saturday, October 1, 8 pm
$5.00 admission
Click here for more information

  • Metis Local 1880

On Saturday, October 1, KBPV will host Metis Local 1880 and their program of arts and culture from 10 am to 2 pm. 

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