The Friends are constantly on the lookout for new and creative programming ideas that allow us to engage the public and provide opportunities to partner in their delivery (because working with partners is one of our favourite things to do!) Our newest initiative does just that!
The Fish Creek Community Showcase is a social enterprise endeavour that allows artists, photographers and other members of the community to exhibit their artwork, photography, or various other products – such as books they have written – in the main meeting room of the Cookhouse. Both parties benefit from this initiative; the artists receive exposure of their work through our extensive network of members, supporters and volunteers and are able to make sales in this Provincial Park (which is only allowed through association with a group like the Friends), while the Friends benefit from receiving a percentage of the sale.
Featured Artist – January – March
On January 13, we launched our Showcase initiative with our first exhibit, with work from local artist, Carol Cowan.
Carol has studied painting for many years and has found her inspiration in the beauty of southern Alberta and in Fish Creek Provincial Park. 20 people popped in to meet Carol, who talked about her artistic journey and read poetry from her book, Canadian Western Landscapes. Thank you to the staff and management of COBS Bread in Willow Park who donated delicious pastries for this inaugural event!
Six of Carol’s beautiful, impressionist-style paintings of Fish Creek Provincial Park – along with her book – are on sale until the end of March.The next time you find yourself at the Bow Valley Ranch, we hope you’ll stop by to view our exhibit and have a visit with us!
Upcoming Showcase Meet the Artist – Local Photographer Robin Read
Friday, April 5, 6:30-8:00 pm