Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative Holds 11th Artfestival Event in Wolfville
By Mike Butler
For the past 10 years, the Artfestival has brought colour and culture to the Valley. To celebrate its eleven-year run, I had the privilege of chatting with founding member and past president Jean Leung about her role in this special festival.
The Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative was registered in 2008. The cooperative seeks to educate artists and the public about art and its importance to culture and heritage. The principles that guide the cooperative include voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training, and information, cooperation, and concern for the community. The EAC has become very well-known here in the Valley and beyond.
Jean says the 11th annual ArtFestival Wolfville is shaping up to be a terrific event “that combines local art, food and music.” Held July 28, during Mud Creek Days in Wolfville, the event will feature about 15 artists with their work displayed in tents next to the Wolfville Curling Club, adjacent to the Wolfville Farmers Market. “The show will start at 8:30 am,” Leung says, “and that means people will need to come early to get the best selection. Many of the pieces are paintings of local scenes and this event is an ideal opportunity to get an affordable painting or silver piece as a meaningful gift.”
And the list of contributors is a Who’s Who of incredible talent, including Iva Daborn, Suzanne Patry, Gail Davis, Cathy Poole, Susan Surette-Draper, Gail Isenor, Jean Leung, Joan Taylor, Betty Cussons, Caroline Mallory, Gene Samson, Barbara Roberston, and many more.
With eleven years under their belts, the future for Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative looks bright. Plans are brewing that include an artist retreat, open to members, held in a lovely setting with an art workshop included, and one of the yearly highlights will be the November “Affordable Art Show and Sale” held at the Wolfville Lions Club.
Check out some of the paintings which will be featured at Evangelineartists.wixsite.com/arts or facebook.com/evangelineartists and remember to mark your calendars for the July 28 ArtFestival Wolfville: 11th Annual Art Show and Sale 8:30am – 2:30pm at the Wolfville Curling Club, rain or shine!!
If you are interested in joining the Evangeline Artists’ Cooperative contact: Gail Davis firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home is where the ART is… Enjoy the show!
Art Credit: Gaspereau Valley by Jean Leung