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Even inland it’s still Art at the Lake

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Cathy Dobson  

The tradition continues this weekend as 60 artists come together to present the annual Sarnia Artists’ Workshop show.

It’s been 51 years since the inaugural show in Centennial Park, which was known as Art at the Bay. It later moved to the Riding Club and was called Art at the Lake.  This is the third year the show has been held at the Lambton College Events Centre on London Road.

It’s not on the waterfront anymore, but many of the artists draw their inspiration from living near Lake Huron and the St. Clair River.

“So we continue to call it Art at the Lake,” says member Karen Shaw.

As a painter, she joined the group five years ago as a means to develop her art and socialize with other artists. Many of the group’s 130 painters, sculptors, woodworkers, quilters, potters and jewelry designers join for the social aspects and opportunity to participate in weekly workshops and outdoor painting excursions.

“There are some in our group that are professional artists who routinely sell their work and are quite well known,” said Shaw.

Art at the Lake is an opportunity for the public to purchase from 60 of the members, enjoy live music and watch demonstrations. It’s a chance for the artists to exhibit their work and raise money for a local charity. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted for St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Last year, about $2,300 was donated by the show.

Demonstrations this year include everything from Gary White creating glass beads for his jewelry to Regina Gudelis painting with acrylics and Patti Cook showing off her felting techniques. J. Allison Robichaud, a nationally recognized artist living in Sarnia, will be doing quick portraits for small donations.

Friday evening features blues and jazz by local musician Ron Hurak and a cash bar. Saturday and Sunday, acoustic guitarist Keith Young takes the stage.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT:  Annual Art at the Lake show hosted by the Sarnia Artists` Workshop

WHERE:  Lambton College Events Centre (formerly Lambton Inn)

WHEN:  Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ADMISSION:  Free. Donations for hospice appreciated.

The Arts Journal reflects the cultural fabric of the Sarnia community. If you have an idea, contact Cathy Dobson at [email protected]thesarniajournal.ca or 226-932-0985.

 

 

 

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