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Arts with Altitude set for weekend

The celebration coincides with the provinces’ Arts Days, and Canada’s Cultural Days that begin Sept. 25. Garrah said it was decided to run a 10-day festival because they didn’t want to pick just one or the other to celebrate. 

One of the highlights of Arts with Altitude will be the Canadian Mosaic, which is travelling to Jasper. Artist Tim van Horn has been photographing the faces of Canadians for over a year and has formed the photos into a mosaic of the Canadian flag. It will be on display at the Jasper Activity Centre from Sept. 17 to 19. 

On Sept. 18, the Jasper Artists Guild will have local art displays. The Jasper Motorcycle Run will be in town at various locations, and the Jasper Rockhoppers will be doing a fund-raiser for MS research across the street from the Astoria Hotel starting at 11 a.m. 

Arts with Altitude will host a variety of events on Sept. 19, with the annual Arts Fair at the activity centre, starting at 12 p.m. At the fair there will be a chance to sign up for winter arts classes. At 5:30 p.m., Bowls With Soul will be on at the activity centre. The cost is $20 to purchase a handmade bowl full of home-style soup made by one of Jasper’s many chefs. Six restaurants will be donating soup for the event. There are only 150 bowls being made by Dish Pottery. After the bowls run out, soup will still be available for a cost of $10. The event will act as a fund-raiser for the Habitat for the Arts project, which is aiming to provide classrooms, studio spaces and more for local artists in the old courthouse building. 

“The Jasper Habitat for the Arts will be opening in the fall of this year and we are thrilled to start sharing this new art-space with our community,” said Julie McMath of Dish Pottery. 

The cost will also include cake from the Cake-Off competition and live entertainment. The annual Cake-off is challenging local bakers and chefs to come up with the best tasting and best looking cake. Last year’s winners, Phat Cat Event Planners will be tough to beat, Garrah said. Cakes must be at the activity centre by 4 p.m. with a detailed list of the ingredients and a business card. The Cake-off has a category for chefs this year, but the event is open to anyone. Following the Bowls With Soul and Cake-off events, a variety show will begin at 7 p.m.

From Sept. 20 to 22, the Sawridge Inn will feature the Earth n’ Fabric 2010 exhibit, starting at 7 p.m. on the 20th. There will be refreshments and a cash wine bar. Items will be for sale and viewing. After the opening night, the event will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until the 22nd. 

Sept. 21 is International Peace Day, and local schools will be working on Peace Art that will be displayed all over Jasper. 

On Sept. 24, the Fiddle River Band will perform at the Legion to kick off the annual Artists in the Pines Retreat. The band will hit the stage at 7 p.m. The weekend will continue at Pine Bungalows with writing instructor Ben Gadd, painter Tessa Nunn, mosaic artists Anna Carnell and Ursula Winkler and music by the Fiddle River Band. Other events include free music jams at Pine Bungalows on Sept. 25 and 26 at 1 p.m.

As part of Arts with Altitude, the Jasper library is beginning an experimental Twitter novel that will be created based on sentences posted to “experimentnovel” on Twitter. 

See the Jasper Community Calendar on Facebook for more details of Arts with Altitude. 

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