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Locals take in the best of local artwork

INNISFAIL – Hundreds of local artists, art lovers and art supporters came out for the Innisfail Art Council’s 2019 Art Show and Sale. The annual two-day event took place at Divots Restaurant at the Innisfail Golf Club on Sept. 20 and 21.
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Hundreds of local art lovers and art enthusiasts came out for the Innisfail Art Council’s annual Art Show and Sale on Sept. 20 and 21.

INNISFAIL – Hundreds of local artists, art lovers and art supporters came out for the Innisfail Art Council’s 2019 Art Show and Sale.

The annual two-day event took place at Divots Restaurant at the Innisfail Golf Club on Sept. 20 and 21.

“Not everything is for sale because it’s a show as well, to show what we do,” said Trudy Mills, chair of the art show. “There are about 217 pieces of work here and there’s a thousand greeting cards of artwork.”

Local artists showcased their work created in a variety of mediums, noted Mills.

“We have a group of very, very talented artists and we have different mediums,” she said noting watercolours, alcohol ink, sketching, pastels, acrylic, wood and soap stone carving and pottery.

Mills said the local art council offers classes during the year for those interested in art or want to learn more about it.

“We would like to encourage people to come and explore their artistic side,” she said. “We meet Mondays from October to April at the (Innisfail) golf club. People can come and paint and have a mentorship with a local artist.”

In addition to local artists providing lessons, they also bring in guest artists from outside of Innisfail, noted Mills.

“This is our grand finale and we want to show people in the Innisfail community and surrounding areas that it’s a great group to belong to,” said Mills. “We have wonderful artists at this club.”

Artwork, sketches, carvings and paintings covered a variety of topics, including abstract art, wildlife, portraits, landscapes and flowers.

There are currently about 40 members with the Innisfail Art Council, said Mills.

“We’re extremely pleased at the number of people that come out (to workshops and the art show and sale), to know what this community can accomplish,” said Mills. “We’re hoping more people will join.”

For more information on the Innisfail Art Council, drop by the golf club during an open studio on Mondays (1 to 4 p.m.) or visit the art council page on Facebook.