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Creativity abounds at arts, music festival in Didsbury

Mountain View Arts Festival included live music acts and hands-on art creation over two days

DIDSBURY - There was a flurry of activity at the Didsbury Memorial Complex recently as the Mountain View Arts Festival was staged for the 11th year.

Held Sept. 10 -11, the arts festival included hands on sessions with area artists, an Artisan Village, events for the kids and families as well as a musical component.

Artists at Work were on hand in the Didsbury Curling Rink ready to answer attendees' questions, explaining how they use their tools and materials, and working on peices right in front of attendees. The included: Sundre leatherworker Duane Papke; Didsbury stained glass artist Bill Anthony; woodworker John Smythe of Olds; Diana Steer of Didsbury who works with oil paints, epoxy and resins; Innisfail's Osi Cruz-Lahtinen who works in various mediums; and Metis artist Dennis Weber. 

In the multi-purpose room of the Didsbury Memorial Complex, there was a variety of live music acts all day on Sept. 10. Acts included Matt Blais, Liz Christensen, Ally Crampton, Mike Crampton, Mike Gardner, Skyler Kalden, Camille Labrecque, and Little G.

On the Sunday, the room became a song writers workshop followed by a fiddler's jamboree.

The event was hosted by the Mountain View Arts Society.