When Margaret Blank arrived, she found the class well under way -- lead by the enthusiastic duo of Leslie Barnes and Deborah Bray. Carolyn Lutz, the Art 7 teacher, and Caroline Loewen, the Manager/Curator for TREX Southwest (Alberta Society of Artists), were in on the excitement and the learning that went on all morning.
The chosen project? Fabric postcards of the Burgess Shale critters. Most of the students hadn't handled a needle and thread before, or cut up fabric, or worked with buttons and trims, irons and fusible web. The photos from the day say it all...
|Caroline L. irons the fusible|
|Stitching suggestions from Leslie -- or Deb?|
|Working in sketchbooks|
|The challenge: thick thread!|
|Deb works on a piece|
|Choia sponge interpretation|
The Burgess Shale Exhibit left St. Albert the Great School yesterday and will open next at the following venues:
- Millarville Community Library, Millarville, AB - May 21 - June 18;
- Beiseker Station Museum, Beiseker, AB - June 25 - July 23; and
- Sundre Municipal Library, Sundre, AB - July 30 - August 25.
Should you live near one of those venues and want to arrange an Artist's Visit, contact Co-Rep Margaret Blank, who will put you in touch with Caroline Loewen at TREX/ASA. While most venues would welcome a visit from a participating artist, not all require or expect the artist(s) to provide a hands-on project. The artist(s) might be called on to do an artist's talk about the exhibit and/or his/her own work and process. Making a visit requires only that you have a passion for your work, and an ability and willingness to share this with viewers. Go for it!