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Posted: November 28, 2019

Fourteen Trumpeting Elephants has arrived

Cranbrook and District Arts Council’s first book, Fourteen Trumpeting Elephants, has arrived, after nearly two years in the making.

The book features a story by local writer, Norma Kroeger, illustrations by 14 local artists as well as art by emerging artists from Gordon Terrace Elementary School. The book is already available for sale at the arts council’s 1013 Baker Street gift store.

In honour of the achievement, the arts council is hosting a free book signing on Sunday, December 15, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the new arts council building, 1401 – 5th Street North.

The original art works will be on display and most of the artists will be available to sign copies of the book, which will also be available for sale.

The book project was an elephantine one for project coordinators Yvonne Vigne, Laverna Peters and Lynn Taylor, all of whom deserve huge congratulations. The project was made possible by Columbia Basin Trust and the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies. Thanks to both organizations for supporting the arts in our community.

Helen Duckworth, Gallery Coordinator for the Federation of Canadian Artists, is quoted in the book, “This charming book is a testament to the power of collaboration across the visual arts and written word.”

Nov. 5-30, The Gallery at Cranbrook Arts (1013 Baker Street) is showing ‘Mixed Media Madness,’ featuring acrylics by Charlene Venier, fibre art by Darlene Purnell, and encaustic mixed media by Tara Mercer.

Upcoming at Cranbrook Arts’ new location, 1401 – 5th Street North (beside the bowling alley):

  • Monday Painters – 10-1, Nov. 18 – Dec. 23. Get together with other painters with works-in-progress. Bring your own supplies. Facilitated by local artist Bill McColl.
  • Felted Scarf Workshop – Sat., Nov. 30, 10-4. Popular local instructor Barb Guillen will facilitate nuno felt scarf making. Be prepared to leave the day with a beautiful scarf.
  • Paint a Ceramic Christmas Ornament in an afternoon with Yvonne Vigne. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1-3:30. Get in the Christmas spirit!

Register for workshops at 1013 Baker Street (open Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or through Eventbrite at Cranbrookarts.com

Lead image:  Cranbrook and District Arts Council President Yvonne Vigne (left) and Board Member Laverna Peters are delighted with the arts council’s first book, Fourteen Trumpeting Elephants. Photo submitted

Cranbrook and District Arts Council


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