First annual YMMArtFest launches this week

(Fort McMurray, AB, July 22) – A partnership between MacDonald Island Park and the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum has resulted in the first annual YMMArtFest, a celebration and exploration of visual arts in the Wood Buffalo region.

YMMArtFest kicks off on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by Kirschner Family Corporation. Themed as “Fiesta,” the evening is an exhibition of the works in the ‘LatinArt’ collection, and will include tacos as the featured food dish.

The visual arts extravaganza continues with an event from the Boreal Artist Institute on Friday July 26 with the “Who Let the Art Out” art workshop for children, running from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Keyano Art Gallery. At this event children are be invited to explore different art media to create projects and enjoy a featured food dish of muffins.

Also on Friday July 26 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Artist in Residency program present “Studio Conversations”, an open house in AC132 at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, with the Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency artists. Four artists will share the projects in the studio while enjoying the featured tapas menu with attendees.

On Saturday July 27, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm the Gallery at Frames and More invites the community to sample cookies and explore the talents of exhibiting artists Carol Breen and Bill Martin. Breen will demonstrate Japanese stencil printing and Martin will showcase his work in photography.

Wrapping up YMMArtFest on Saturday evening from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm is the “Graffiti Project” in partnership with the Justin Slade Youth Foundation at the Haxton Centre in Borealis Park. Youth can enjoy pizza while pursuing creative expression through graffiti projects designed to be fun and showing respect to the community.

“What an exciting opportunity to be part of the first YMMArtFest, an event designed to enjoy and explore visual arts in the Wood Buffalo region,” said Jodie Mercier, General Manager of Sport and Recreation at MacDonald Island Park. “Strong support from partners like Suncor Energy and Nexen Inc. allows us to bring these events to the community, and I would like to thank them as well as our partners at the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum and all of the contributing organizations for enabling us to share the exploration of visual arts with residents of the region.”

YMMArtFest is intended to become an annual event to showcase, explore, and enjoy visual arts in the Wood Buffalo region and allow community members to both participate in and enjoy a variety of visual art mediums.

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