By Rebecca Schram
For The Observer
Welcome to a brand new year of the arts in your community. Fred Mauer and Margaret McCrae started the Kent Harrison Arts Council back in 1972, so that means your Arts Council is celebrating 40 years of operation in Kent-Harrison.
Currently, at the Ranger Station Art Gallery, members of the Monday Painters are showing their work. The exhibition will be on display until February 26. Beginning March 3, a retrospective show of the works of local artist Isa Taylor will highlight the KHAC’s 40th Anniversary. All are invited to the Open House on Sunday, March 4 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to view the artwork, enjoy refreshments, entertainment by local women’s acapella quartet, eViva, and a historical display. Gallery hours are as follows: Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from 1-5 p.m.
On February 24, join in the family fun at Winter Shake-up. The Ranger Station Art Gallery’s artist in residence Aaron Moran will be hosting an ‘art happening’ for the event which will take place at Kent Elementary School.
Also coming up, The Arts Council in partnership with the Agassiz Public Library, presents the annual World of Words literary event, beginning with our workshop for writers.
Do you have a book in you struggling to get out? Not sure how to take those random ideas or that 40-page draft you started and make it into a real book? Join Wendy Dewar Hughes, author, artist and book coach, for the Book Blueprint Workshop on Saturday, March 3 at the Agassiz Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wendy will help you get started on a plan to move you toward finishing your book.
“Without a plan, that book idea can languish in the idea pile or at the back of a drawer and never see the light of day,” says Dewar Hughes. “There is a process of making a book happen.”
The workshop will cover such topics as how to determine your reading audience and how to create a storyboard. Participants will leave with concrete steps to use toward the completion of a manuscript. The workshop is free, but please pre-register by calling the library at 796-9510.
On Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m., join local writers for an evening of readings, music and fun at the library! Local writers of all ages and stages are invited to read five minutes of their work. The audience is guaranteed to be friendly and refreshments will be served.
Would you like to have a say in the arts in your community, or show your support for events the KHAC organizes to enrich the lives of all of us in the Agassiz-Harrison community? Consider becoming a member of your arts council. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 796-8604 for more information.