MacDonald Island Park celebrates Alberta Culture Days with The Silk Caravanna

(Fort McMurray, AB, September 23, 2013) – In celebration of the 2013 Alberta Culture Days MacDonald Island Park welcomes The Silk Caravanna and Yellowknife textile artist Janet Procure to the region as she leads the community in an exploration of the art of painting on silk.

The Silk Caravanna is a public art installation that will be created in collaboration with the communities of Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan, with some of the resulting silk-painted artworks being displayed in the main concourse of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre from September 27 until November 17.

“We are truly looking forward to welcoming this skilled textile artist and The Silk Caravanna to MacDonald Island Park,” said Jodie Mercier, General Manager of Sport and Recreation at MacDonald Island Park. “Thanks to our partners at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Northwest Territories Art Council, and the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum we are able to contribute to this event with workshops and an exhibition designed to engage the community in exploring art and creativity.”

The adventure begins on September 26 when Procure leads students at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray in a silk painting workshop, followed by a trip north to Fort Chipewyan on September 27 for a similar workshop with students from Northland School Division N. 61.

The caravan returns to Fort McMurray for two days on September 28 and 29 when the community is invited to join with Procure to learn the art of painting on silk. The workshops will run from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm in the main concourse at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, and are open to all community members who wish to participate in a workshop designed to teach silk painting and explore creativity. All materials will be supplied, and no experience is necessary.

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