Every day can be a Culture Day (12 photos)Saturday, September 28, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
This bright and beautiful Rangoli, a form of Indian folk art traditionally used to welcome Hindu deities, officially welcomed participants to the Art Gallery of Algoma for the 2013 edition of Culture Days.
Visitors were invited to contribute to the collaborative Rangoli design before heading inside to take part in a number of workshops scheduled throughout the day.
The second annual Sault Ste. Marie Culture Days event was hosted in collaboration by The Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District, The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the Sault Ste. Marie Career Centre, and the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.
Activities included print making, flower arranging, and matting workshops at the Art Gallery of Algoma; live music, kids yoga, basket weaving demonstrations, and Tai Chi at the Centennial Library; and coffee tasting and local artisan demonstrations at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
The opportunity to enjoy art and culture in Sault Ste. Marie doesn't end with the wrap of Culture Days, however.
Currently exhibited in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Algoma is the AlgoMini exhibition and sale of local, small-scale works of art.
Participating artists include Noni Boyle, Michael Devoni, Judy Henderson, Luci Gangon, Melissa Connors, Peter Miller and many more.
The public is invited to meet some of the artists and hear curator, Miranda Bouchard, discuss the pieces at the Art Gallery on Sunday, September 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.
For more information about the Art Gallery of Algoma, please click here.
Coming up at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre on Saturday, October 19 is the first annual Java Jamboree Coffee Tasting Festival.
From 8 a.m. until noon, visitors are invited to sample a variety of coffee and tea from area merchants, including Superior Coffee Roasters, St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters, Frida Cafe, Cafe Natura, and Westport Bean Company.
Visit the museum's website to learn more about the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
The Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District is set to launch another season of its Over the Rainbow Children's Entertainment series on Saturday, October 26 with the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's presentation of Medicine Bear.
This performance takes place at the Grand Theatre, 641 Queen St. East, at 2 p.m. and is suitable for all ages.
Learn all about the Arts Council and its initiatives here, and click here for this year's Over the Rainbow Children's Entertainment series programming.
A national initiative and celebration, Culture Days first launched in 2009 with the intention of 'building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate all forms of arts and culture.'
To learn more about Culture Days, please click here.