Volunteers make this event fun, says Sandra (19 photos, video)Monday, August 19, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
The 13th annual Art in the Parking, hosted by the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District, saw eager art-seekers flock to the Roberta Bondar Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
"The calibre of artists represented this year is outstanding," said Sandra Houston, executive director of the Arts Council.
Houston was especially pleased with the number of volunteers that donated their time and effort to make the weekend possible, including those from the Over the Rainbow Children's Entertainment Series, New Horizons, Arts Council staff, and artist family members.
"That's what makes it a really fun event," she told SooToday.com. "Everyone is here. It's great to see future generations take part."
Participating artists included Jeff McKersie, Gerri Proulx, Mary-Lynn Murphy, Heather Jordan, Melissa Connors, and Rose Sundaram, to name just a few.
The day's activities also included live entertainment from Guy Smith, Michael Mikus, Blues Harvest, the Pesto Shirts, KT and Kyle, and Jake Rendell and Ryan Seabrook, as well as a kids corner with art and crafts of all varieties.
Up next on the Arts Council calendar of events is Culture Days, a multi-venue art and culture event, happening September 27.
A Nation-wide initiative, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of the community in local art and culture.
This year's local Culture Days will be a joint partnership of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, Art Gallery of Algoma, Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, and the Arts Council.
Keep an eye on the Arts Council's website for forthcoming Culture Days details.