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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:07

The arts will be celebrated in Pincher Creek

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Pincher Creek
The community of Pincher Creek is getting ready to celebrate Alberta Arts Days, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
There is a myriad of facets to the word “art”.

To showcase a few of the many areas this town has 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 a part of this celebration on the Friday and Saturday.

Most of the programming is meant for all ages, and much of it is free to the public. It covers horticulture, visual arts, music, crafts, language, history, jewelery -making, and the literary arts.

Events will be held at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, Metis Local 1880 in the Provincial Building, Pincher Creek Municipal Library, and the Ranchland Mall, courtesy of Co-op.

A Festival of Roses ... Art in Bloom will be held at the Lebel Mansion.

Members of Métis Local 1880 are excited about having Garry Hackler — a local artist, teacher, naturalist and archaeologist — giving lessons on art. He will bring live animal mounts for study.

The Medicine Wheel is an important part of the culture, and visitors will be able to make one of their own, and learn more about the history and use of this sacred object. They also have an interactive and fun workshop on Michif, the language of the Métis.

These are offered free to anyone of any age from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There may even be presentations by Norman Fluery, ( storytelling/norman-fleury) language expert and story teller. The same programming will be offered in KBPV on Saturday.

The Pincher Creek Municipal Library will have displays, and celebrate the works of local and Alberta authors. during their regular hours of Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Betty Heppner and local artisans will show off their crafting abilities at Ranchland Mall and Pincher Creek Co-op on Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

There will be programming in Pioneer Place at the front administration building of the Kootenai Brown Museum.

Some of this free programming will be four local authors from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Francis Riviere penned Washing at the Creek, her acclaimed book based on growing up in the area of Twin Butte. Christopher Hoare, ( author of Iskander Series, is presenting his work including his latest book, Raste. ( It is a high-fantasy novel available in both soft cover and e-book form.

Farley Wuth, busy on updating From Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass the definitive history book of the Pincher Creek area and people will be there with The History That Almost Wasn’t: Chronicles of Pincher Creek’s Ill-Fated Railway History.

Rounding out this group is Murray Pura, ( who has written five non-fiction and three fiction novels as well as short stories. He will have most of his works on hand, featuring his latest, The White Birds of Morning. Two new books are coming out in 2012, The Wings of Morning and Virginia City.

All of this will be happening during a special edition of the Farmers’ Market.

KBPV is holding two for one pricing to enter the grounds on the Friday and Saturday.

In the evening, KBPV will have world famous maestro, conductor, musician, and song-writer Claude Choe playing classical romantic guitar. His newest CD will be available, and he will sign autographs afterward. This is a licensed event. Advance tickets only are $10 each.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, KBPV will host Métis Local 1880 and their program of arts and culture from

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Joining them will be Sharon Leneveu showing off spinning and quilting and Bruce “Waattsi” Webster, displaying his art and teaching more about the symbolism of the Haida People of the west coast.

From 12-4 p.m. Janet Barkwith, owner of Smiling Fox Studio, will show how to make jewelry.

All of the activities on Saturday will be held in Pioneer place and are free to the public.

Saturday evening will be a $5 charge per person,

and feature live music. The silent auction will close at 9:30 p.m.

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

For more information on any of the programming, contact KBPV at 403-627-3684, or visit the website at:

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