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Art Gallery of Swift Current outdoor art camp, July 26, 2018

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The Art Gallery of Swift Current's annual outdoor art camp for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 took place at Gowan's Grove, about 20 minutes south of the city. The week-long camp was attended by 20 youth from July 16-20 and there were 12 participants at the July 23-27 camp. Activities took place in a big top tent set up at a scenic spot next to the Swift Current Creek. During the mornings the students undertook art expeditions into the landscape to draw, paint and photograph nature, while they also visited nearby teepee rings and a quarts hill. In the afternoons they worked on sculpture projects and on hot days a swim in the creek provided cool relief. Each week concluded with an exhibition of student artwork, which was open to parents to attend. On each Thursday afternoon there was a special presentation by Métis cart builder George Fayant of Regina, who spoke about the history and importance of the Red River cart. The presentation on July 26 was attended by seniors from retirement residences in Swift Current. Fayant showed students how Métis travellers floated their carts across a river and students then had an opportunity to float a mini cart across the creek.

 

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Matthew Liebenberg

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