Kaleidoscope ends with Arts on the Edge Gala & Festival
The Kimberley Kaleidoscope arts & culture festival, which starts with the First Saturday celebration of arts, culture, & heritage on August 2, culminates with the traditional Arts on the Edge Gala Reception on Friday, August 8, and the 10th annual Arts on the Edge festival on August 9.
In the intervening week are daily events including textile, plein air painting, lantern-making, and sculpture workshops, a family Picnic in the Park on Sunday afternoon, the Cromoli Brothers comedy show on Monday evening, a painting demo with wine & cheese on Tuesday evening, The Walkabout Wordsmythes prose and poetry event on Wednesday evening, and a vertical dance performance and band concert on Thursday evening.
Friday night’s Gala Reception will feature the Don Davies Jazz Quartet. It will start with a few words from the Mayor and the Arts Council president and will continue with awards to winning artists in the Arts on the Edge 2014 adjudicated exhibitions for established and emerging artists. A silent auction of over 30 artworks and other items, including vouchers for accommodation, meals, and flights to Vancouver, will take place during the evening. Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the evening and a cash wine bar will be open. The Gala Reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and tickets are $12, available at Centre 64 and the Snowdrift Café or at the door.
Saturday’s festival events start with Paint Out in the Platzl from 9 a.m. to noon, during which you can watch artists at work depicting Platzl scenes. These paintings will be auctioned off in a silent auction at the Mountain Pose yoga studio during the afternoon.
At 1 p.m. Natassja will appear at the Platzl gazebo to give a belly-dancing performance during which she will invite members of the audience to join her and receive instruction in this evocative artform. She will be followed at 2 p.m. by a performance on the outdoor stage at Centre 64 by the Rosie Brown all women band. Then, at 3 p.m., musician Mark Duffus, will be entertaining at the gazebo, followed by The Bison Brothers on the Centre 64 outdoor stage at 4 p.m.
While the musicians play, artisans and artists will display, demonstrate, and sell their artworks at tented booths in the Platzl and up on Deer Park Avenue adjacent to Centre 64, children will be able to make crafts with Heather Wattie & Beth Turcon, learn to hoola hoop with Amy Martin, and get their faces painted by PT the Clown and Cassie Lockhart.
From 5 to 7 p.m. the bar will be open at the outdoor stage and food service will be available while the stage is set for the Saturday Night Outdoor Concert. A parade of lanterns into the outdoor stage area will set the scene for the concert by acclaimed Calgary bluesman Donald Ray Johnson and his band which will start at 7 p.m. Admission to the concert is by donation and patrons should bring lawn chairs as on site seating will be very limited.
For more information about the Kimberley Kaleidoscope festival go to www.kimberleyarts.com or view event and festival posters around the region.