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Bring your guitar or ukulele to make music for yourself, or jam with others. SUMMER ART BLAST - JULY 24, 2021
Hey everyone! In 2020, we introduced a Summer Art Blast as a way of celebrating art in our communities during the exhausting pandemic. We had a lot of fun, so the Society has planned another summer event to share and express our creativity. This year you can spend some time in the sun with some of our favourite area artists and artisans at the Art Blast Art Show & Sale.

On the lovely grass boulevard in front of Buy-Low Foods (900 Shantz Drive, Didsbury) - 10 am to 4 pm


The Art Blast Art Show and Sale features visual artists from Mountain View County and the surrounding region. This is a juried show. All artists are asked to submit photos representative of their work upon application. Deadline for applications is 4 pm, Friday, July 22, 2021.


Bill Anthony
Stained Glass Work by Didsbury's Bill AnthonyBill Anthony is a creative and innovation stained glass artist. With 28 years of experience, he focuses his time on creating custom stained glass piece, repairs and restorations. He offers classes and workshops from his storefront studio in Didsbury.

Bill has exhibited at the Mountain View Arts Festival, Spruce Meadows Christmas Markets, Signatures Craft Shows across Western Canada, and many other smaller craft shows and festivals.

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Marlene Aubrey
Painting by Didsbury's Marlene AubreyMarlene is a pewter art artist. Several years ago she took a week long workshop investigating mixed media. She enjoyed most of the time spent but really loved working with pewter. She enjoys making "useful" art, in that she likes to use items that go unnoticed and re-invent them to a piece that is used and nice to look at. She loves how the metal molds and changes characteristics as she works with it; sometimes what she starts with is not even near what the finished product is.

As it is a unique form of art, each piece is unique in it own light.

Pewter Art is very easy to learn, if you can hold a pencil and you have a desire, you surely can take this craft and make it your own.

Now retired and recently moved to Didsbury with her husband, she has a small studio in her home and welcomes those who would like to learn to come have a chat and perhaps sign up for classes with her this fall.

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Michele Brewster
Painting by Bowden's Michele BrewsterMichele wanted to be an artist at a young age. Like many other artists, she wants to create images that inspire emotional response. Her formal education was at the Alberta College of Art, but she feels the experiences of life and an appreciation of nature have had the most influence on her work. Keeping standards high is what forces her to grow as an artist, something that is ongoing as she attempts to do more with her time and energy. Michele finds the most satisfaction from working with oil or gouache. She tries to use design theory to create a strong composition. It becomes exciting to see it through to completion.

Her work has found homes in Europe, the United States, as well as in Canadian corporate and private collections.

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Christina Ekman
Painting by Innisfail's Christina EkmanChristina is a bred and born Albertan, coming from Coronation and moving into this area 10 years ago. She had a florist shop along with a commercial greenhouse and garden centre, and with growing fields for 28 years.

Her love of colour and nature inspires her and some of her art is reflected in that theme. She has also painted some period pieces and historical events.

Christina works in blacks and whites, as well as colour in mostly acrylic and acrylic inks. This past winter she has painted some smaller pieces in pouring style and some abstracts. She hopes you enjoy my variety and style, and pop in to say hello during Art Blast 2021.


Janette Watson
Painting by Red Deer County's Janette WatsonJanette is very new to the art world, only having begun painting in 2018. She has a pure love of painting, starting with watercolours, then moved onto acrylic on canvas, which she prefers.

Janette started painting rocks to put in her garden. She thought they would brighten up the area if they were painted. She even leaves painted rocks on the decks of neighbour as a surprise and also take some back down to the river to leave as a thank you for allowing her to take them from its riverbed.

The painting of slate has only recently been added after she received a pile of it outside my front door as a neighbour thought I might like it, and indeed I do. As she says, her credentials are love for what she likes doing best.

Yvonne Werkmann
Painting by Didsbury's Yvonne WerkmannYvonne's earliest memories include creating, playing, teaching and otherwise being a rather odd child. One of her best friends was a young tree she entertained for hours on end with poetry, art and storytelling.

Today she plays as Yoga teacher, triathlete, writer, artist, Intentional Creativity teacher, and Vedic Priest. She is blessed to use these tools in a variety of ways to entertain herself and grow even further. Her classes, workshops and retreats provide a safe place to play, explore and experience new ways to express self. Students can expect to unravel mind, body and spirit while having fun and challenging old patterns.

The deepest joy for Yvonne arises when the people she connects with play with these tools and discover their own wisdom. She wants to start a joy revolution, for her work to inspire you, to inspire others, who will inspire others. Yvonne invites you to join her.

The grassy boulevard at Buy-Low Foods in Didsbury.
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If you have any questions, please contact Merrilee Anthony at 403-512-9888.

Supporting arts, culture & heritage in Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds, Sundre and the surrounding Central Alberta communities between Red Deer and Calgary.
Logo designed by Lyle Schulz. Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. Situated where the foothills of the Canadian Rockies meet the fertile plains, Mountain View County is in the heart of Alberta's Calgary - Edmonton corridor. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides support to arts organizations, giving them the power to inspire minds, encourage expression, foster creativity, and contribute to Alberta's economy. The Mountain View Arts Society is proud to be a Partner with Alberta's Promise.