Still looking Western Chic
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 09:18 am
A much-anticipated outdoor celebration of art and music originally scheduled for June is now marked on calendars for this Friday.
Western Chic III, which was to be the opening ceremony for the Okotoks Art Gallery’s summer exhibits, was postponed when the flood hit Okotoks and surrounding communities just one day before the event was scheduled. It will now take place at the Okotoks Art Gallery Aug. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Nobody was going to want to come out and go to a gallery opening when their house is getting flooded out,” said Town of Okotoks Cultural and Historical Team Leader Allan Boss. “It was such a horrific event for the foothills region.”
Although Boss knew the event couldn’t run, cancelling wasn’t an option.
“We didn’t think that it was a good idea to just cancel it,” he said. “It just made sense to do it a little bit later.”
Foothills residents with an appreciation for art attend the Western Chic event year after year, enjoying a party under the stars on the lawn of the Okotoks Art Gallery sipping cocktails, sampling catered hors d’oeuvres, taking in the musical entertainment and viewing the artwork.
It won’t be the opening event for the gallery's two summer exhibits – “The Art of Fishing” in the large gallery and “Gemstone Horses” in the smaller gallery – as originally planned. The event now serves a different purpose for art lovers.
“Typically you do an opening ceremony because that artist is in town for the installation for whatever exhibits we are doing,” said Boss. “Now so many people have seen the exhibits and the artists are going to come so it’s a great opportunity to meet the artists.”
Participants can tour “The Art of Fishing,” featuring the artwork of the late Calgary ceramic artist Garry Williams, late abstract painter Ted Godwin, Calgary ceramic artist Bradley Keys, Longview photographers Jim and Lynda McLennan, Sherwood Park’s Mya DeRyan, Red Deer glass blower Darren Petersen, Regina printmaker Jack Cowin, Calgary watercolourist Karl Geist, Okotoks painter Paul Rasporich and High River painter Don Hamm in a variety of mediums including paint, photography, ceramic, glass, stone and print.
They can also tour Okotokian Shannon Ford’s “Gemstone Horses,” which consists of acrylic and gemstone powder paintings, jewelry and sculptures.
Music will be provided by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Rafael Hoekman.
Those who purchased tickets for June were offered a refund if they couldn’t make the August date, Boss said.
“We had a few people who had other commitments in August and a majority said we will come again,” he said. “We sold more since then.”
Tickets to attend Western Chic III cost $21 and can be purchased at http://westernchic.eventbrite.ca or by calling 403-938-3204 or 403-995-2776.