Aurora Art Group gets creative at Spring Show and Sale

After two long years, the Aurora Art Group is happy to be back to normal…well, almost.

The local artist group has held virtual exhibitions and sales for the past two years, but has not held an in-person event during this time. That will change on Thursday May 26 when the band launch their new show, which will run for three days at the Prince Albert Arts Centre.

Some COVID restrictions will still be in place, so there will be no food or drink, but the performers are still eager to meet the public and chat about their craft.

“It’s going to be great,” said Colleen Clunie, a member of the Aurora Art Group for four years. “We went through two years of COVID and still managed to get a show. This year, I hope it will be a little more different, a little more open. Everybody’s just ready to see people and come out and show our stuff again.

The May 26-28 exhibition features the works of 13 different artists, including a few guest artists who have been invited to participate. Artists are based in Prince Albert, Shellbrook and surrounding areas.

Clunie said most were busier than ever during the COVID outbreak, although they got off to a slow start.

“It’s funny, the first year of COVID, none of us did anything,” she explained. “It was like we were just waiting for it to be over and then it never ended, so for a lot of time we were absolutely stagnant ducks. We didn’t do anything and then all of a sudden we realized this wasn’t going to end, so we have to do something.

Clunie went to art school in the 80s, but put her art work on hold as work and family took up most of her time. She heard about the group through her sister, who was an active member, and was later invited to join. It was an invitation she couldn’t say no to.

“It’s a great group of people, a really good group of people,” Clunie said. “When we paint, it’s not just for us. It’s for others. It brings them joy, hope or love.

Clunie added that she hopes the three-day exhibition and sale will give local art lovers a chance to get out and reconnect after so many exhibitions have been canceled or postponed over the past two years.

She also hopes art lovers will enjoy the light and color Aurora Art Group members bring to their work.

The Aurora Art Group Spring Exhibit and Sale runs Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28. The exhibition is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The exhibition includes guest artists Jesse Kendall and Caroline Tessier, as well as members Mary McLeod, Susan Prakash, Bonnie Denny, Colleen Clunie, Judie Relitz, Marilyn Cook, Leah Joelson, Janelle Gosselin, Birgit Raduenz and Tammy Smart.

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Laura J. Boyer