Showcasing local artists

While the Headwaters Arts Society is still in a fledgling state, that hasn't stopped the group from planning their first big art show.

While the Headwaters Arts Society is still in a fledgling state, that hasn’t stopped the Canal Flats-based group from planning their first big art show, to be held November 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canal Flats Community Centre.

The show will feature works from 20-odd local artists, who will showcase their paintings, carvings and sculptures for the public’s enjoyment. There will also be musicians present performing during the show.

“The objective here is to showcase our local artists work,” said Dodie Marcil, society President. “While the show isn’t being advertised as such, there will also be select pieces of work available for sale to the public.”

Marcil, as one of the original five directors needed for the incorporation of the society, has been instrumental in both organizing the show as well as securing a permanent space for the group to hold shows and workshops. Having recently successfully petitioned town council for the construction of a 720 square foot art studio—located in the lower level of the Discovery Centre—to be completed in May, Marcil says this will be a good opportunity for the community to come out and meet local artists. She also added that the group holds bi-weekly drop-in sessions where artists come to share various art techniques.

“The society is a way to encourage local artists,” Marcil said. “Artists are notorious in their fear of criticism even getting together like we have been has created so much enthusiasm.”

As for future plans, once the workshop has been completed Marcil would like to see art-based workshops take place, and of course she would like to have a grand opening show to celebrate its completion. The space, which was originally approved by council in mid-October, is to serve as both workshop for local artists and as a potential teaching area for prospective artists.