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Trio of S.E. Alta. artistic groups are set to host open houses

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Those who want to be submersed in a plethora of arts and culture will have a wonderful opportunity in early March in Medicine Hat to enjoy the “as it happens” variety in one location.


The Fibre Arts Society, Hat Art Club and the Potters Association are scheduled to host an open house at the Cultural Centre which is right next to the main campus of the Medicine Hat College (299 College Drive) from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day March 3-6 and March 10-12.
Having open houses and live demonstrations over two weeks is interesting, but is understandable considering there will be a built-in crowd already coming to the Cultural Centre for another major event at that same time.
“We decided to host it for two weeks during the (Medicine Hat) Rotary Music Festival,” explains Sharon Regehr, vice-president of the Fibre Arts Society and spokesperson for the open house event. “It’s something for people to do while they’re at the music festival maybe while they’re waiting. It’s like a built-in audience ... there will be lots of people around."
This is the first time Regehr can recall the clubs have hosted such an event. Members are excited to have the public visit. They have had a fashion show and other events where they have been able to showcase themselves, but this particular type of open house format is new.
“We’ll have live demonstrations on certain things like arm knitting, Kool-aid dying, a woman will come in and do a weaving demonstration and we’ll also have a table full of merchandise if anybody wants to buy anything,” explains Regehr of the Fibre Arts Society. “But (the goal for the open house) is not to sell  a bunch of things or necessarily get our name out there to recruit. It’s just for people who are curious to what’s going on and show people what we’re working on and to ... demonstrate the talent they have.”
Regehr says the Fibre Arts group has 20 active members. They are mainly from Medicine Hat, but they do have members from Maple Creek, Walsh, Foremost, and Redcliff who drive in to participate on a regular basis.
At the open house, the Hat Art Club will be next door with artists working on some of their pieces and the Potters Association also will be nearby in their work area. There will be potters working on different pieces and demonstrating the process it takes to complete a project.
All items in the studio are created by members of all three clubs.
The clubs are always looking for new members to participate — no matter what community outside of Medicine Hat. For more on the cultural centre see: https://www.medicinehat.ca/index.aspx?page=893.
See also the website for the music festival at http://www.rotarymusicfestival.com/.

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