Art happenings in the Tri-region

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Hand-thrown pottery and intricate woodcarvings, local photography and lots of travelling bands – a busy local art scene is happening just a few minutes west of Edmonton. Here are four places to appreciate art in the Tri-region.

Image: a featured painting by one of their members from the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove on Facebook.

Wildlife carvings at the MHC

Scales, Fur and Feathers is the new exhibit at Stony’s Multicultural Heritage Centre gallery. Browse the meticulous wildlife woodcarvings by Cheryl and Brian Hepperle – a Spruce Grove couple that have been working in wood for more than 15 years. Each detailed piece takes 200 to 300 hours to complete – from rough bandsaw shaping through dremel detailing, wood-burning and finally painting in acrylic or oil. The exhibit runs until Feb 11.

As always, whenever you’re anywhere near here, you’ll need to visit the newly renovated Homesteader’s Kitchen for warm homemade pie, dang fine coffee and maybe just one more slice of fresh flaky pie for the road.

Thrown by hand with heart

Hearth, Heart and Home is the latest feature exhibit at the Crooked Pot Gallery in Stony Plain and it runs through Feb 28. Members of the Parkland Potters Guild have skillfully created hand-thrown pottery on the theme of heart and home. You’ll find bowls, mugs, decanters, spoons, Dutch ovens and squat little pots for storing everything from flour and cookies to your secret hidden jelly bean stash.

Touring musicians in Spruce Grove

International polka superstars (and kings of the chicken dance) The Emeralds, east coast legend Jimmy Rankin and a Beatles cover band are just a few of the artists taking over Spruce Grove’s Horizon Stage this winter. Plus, family entertainers, theatre troupes, classical and jazz artists and country and rock bands all stop here on tour. Check out their calendar and buy tickets online – then get practicing your chicken dance. Da-na-nanananana.

Photography exhibits and painting workshops

The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove runs the Spruce Grove Art Gallery in the Melcor Cultural Centre – and inside you’ll find paintings, sculptures, carvings and glass made by local artists and members of the council. The next featured artist is photographer Ashleigh Spence – her “Raw Humanity” exhibit is on display from Jan 27 to Feb 21 – with the opening reception Jan 31 from 1–3 pm.

The council also holds adult classes and workshops in watercolour and oil painting, pencil sketching and abstract pattern-making – and sculpting, painting and collage for kids. Like them on Facebook for featured artists, open photography competitions and upcoming sales.