Planning underway for Weyburn arts programs, events

The Weyburn Arts and Culture department is planning for programs and events this summer and fall, with the hopes that regulations for COVID-19 might allow them to be held.

The Weyburn Pottery Club is holding an online exhibition for the months of June, July and August, entitled “Flat Like Sask”, with an online auction starting on July 1.

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The department will be holding a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, June 10, to gauge interest and gather ideas for Weyburn Culture Days, which would be held in late September.

The Zoom meeting is at 7 p.m., and those interested in being involved are asked to call or email Alice Neufeld, and a link will be sent to you. Call her at 306-848-3278, or email her at aneufeld@weyburn.ca.

The City Arts department is planning to hold two summer adult programs instructed by Darlene Martin, subject to government regulations allowing them to go ahead.

The first is a clay deck art program on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 4 p.m., with a cost of $80 for participants.

The second is a program for large clay flowers, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at a cost of $85. For both programs, the cost includes all supplies.

To register, go online to https://app.booking.ca/weyburnpub/

Meanwhile, the Weyburn Arts Council has set up a Walking Gallery on the fence along First Avenue, going west from Fourth Street. (The installation of the gallery is shown in the photo above, with members of the Weyburn Arts Council.)

Members of the arts council have put up some of their works, and they have invited members of the public to install their own works to be added to the fence. Artists should realize the works will be exposed to the elements and will not be returned to the artist.

The Arts Council will monitor the gallery for content, and will remove any inappropriate pieces as the gallery is open for people of any age to view.

The Arts Council also hosts a “Craft with WAC” session on Facebook each week. The craft and what supplies will be needed is announced on Monday, a live demo is held on the Facebook page on Wednesday, and on Friday, the Arts Council will share any photos that are sent in of people’s finished work, or of the work-in-progress.

The Weyburn Arts Council is also preparing to embark on a major project to publish a series of four coffee table books to showcase the City of Weyburn’s Permanent Art Collection, which will be put on display when the Weyburn Recreation and Culture Centre is opened in September of 2021.

The collection contains over 200 works by almost 100 artists, featuring information about each of the artists and full colour professional photographs of each work of art.

The Arts Council is seeking sponsorships to enable the publishing of these books, which could be a sponsored page, a customized team-building exercise (such as a team mural or pottery class), or an option to adopt the art, with rates for adopting one, five or 10 pieces of art.

Contributions will be matched with a matching funds grant through artsVest. The goal is to have the books printed in January 2021, and to be available to the public at the grand opening of the WRCC in September 2021. Each book will be about 80 pages in length, and measure 8.5 by 11 inches in full colour, with photos to be provided by local photographer Christopher Borshowa.