Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice
Alberta Arts Days was celebrated at several locations in Pincher Creek on September 30 and October 1. At Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village a variety of events covered a wide range of artistic fields and endeavours.
|Local authors Farley S. Wuth, Chris Hoare, Murray Pura, Frances Riviere, Eryca Bruder|
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They were joined by 5 authors, ranging in experience from Murray Pura, who is expecting his 9th and 10th books to be published in just a few short months, to Eryca Bruder, who at 11 years of age has just published her first book, "Lillian's Worn Out Brown Boots", and was attending her first book-signing event. Christopher Hoare was ready with his latest work, "Rast", a high-fantasy novel. Rounding out the complement were Francis Riviere, auithor of "Washing at the Creek" and local historian and Curator Farley S. Wuth. The authors talked with people who came for signings, and to each other about publishers, electronic versus print media, contracts, agents, writing techniques and personal experience. It was an exciting time for those who took the time to visit.
|Claude Choe at KBPV|
|Metis Local 1880 celebrating Alberta Arts Days|
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At another set of tables, people were learning more about the Metis culture. Talking while doing the crafts, people walked away with more than a drawing or or a medicine wheel, they walked away with stories and knowledge.
|Allen and Alexander|
Allen and Alexander were next off to the Twin Butte General Store for an evening performance. They are in the middle of a Canada- wide "Dirty Laundry" tour in support of recently released CD's, Allen's "Blanket" and Alexander's "Nobody's Baby".
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At the Ranchland Mall artisans Betty Heppner, Sarah Gross, and Roberta Myles showed off textile crafts of crochet, knitting and rug-making, respectively. These ladies have a wealth of home-spun talent.
Kootenai Brown would like to thank The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Town of Pincher Creek, Co-op, Denham Ford, Sobeys, Waterton National Park, Waterton Natural History Association, Crowsnest Museum, Pauline and Derek Breeze. for their generous donations, and the many people who donated their time, efforts and enthusiasm to make this event happen.