Sundre art exhibition, the sale is making a comeback

The annual event in Sundre had been canceled since the start of the pandemic but is back this weekend

SUNDRE — A local art showcase and sale that was held every year before the pandemic is set to come back to life at the end of the month.

The theme, said Lila Weiss, president of Sundre Creative Arts, is Flowers That Grow in Alberta.

Formerly known as Sundre Arts Society, the organization has been rebranded as Sundre Creative Arts, but remains essentially the same group that has been active for 47 years, Weiss said.

“We’ve been hoping for two years to get it, and it’s kind of disappointing that we can’t,” Weiss said of the exhibit and sale.

But with public health restrictions largely completely lifted, she expressed optimism for a successful return.

“We hope to have a good turnout,” she said.

The show is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sundre West Country Centre.

The setup will be similar to previous years, with a variety of works by around two dozen artists displaying between 100 and 125 paintings, she said.

Although there may be more, including an assortment of new pieces, given the time artists have had to hone their craft during the pandemic.

“With people being home for the past two years, we hope there will be a lot of fresh art,” Weiss said, adding that the focus is on local talent as much as possible.

“We will have artists from other regions,” she said. “But the majority will be local artists.”

Organizers also hope to provide refreshments and door prizes as part of efforts to entice more people to get outside as spring is in full swing, she said.

Asked how the group weathered the stormy weather of the pandemic, Weiss said the past two years have represented something of a lull in organized activity.

“We’ve certainly been a lot quieter in the amount of stuff we’ve done,” she said, adding, for example, that there were no workshops throughout that time.

But as the measures were eased, she said some members had started gathering again earlier in the new year for monthly painting sessions held at the Sundre City Library.

While she can’t speak for all of the artist members of the club, those she’s had the chance to chat with along the way have been busy working from home.

Weiss also made the most of a less than desirable situation and took the opportunity to practice painting as much as she could. Some of his works will be included among those presented at the fair.

“I have a lot,” she laughed. “I’ve been busy painting; During the winter of last year, when there wasn’t much else to do, I did quite a bit of painting.

Laura J. Boyer