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MOUNTAIN VIEW ARTS FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2021 IN DIDSBURY ALBERTA!
Following the latest Government of Alberta reinstatement of Covid-19 restrictions, please note that masks are mandatory at all indoor activities at the Mountain View Arts Festival.
Volunteers, artists and performers at both the Didsbury Museum and Didsbury Memorial Complex will be asking for your respect and support. Thank you.
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Come to Didsbury Alberta for Mountain View County's largest festival of its kind.

Unless stated otherwise, all activities run from 11 am - 5 pm at all venues both days.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mountain View Arts Festival showcases musicians and entertainers from Alberta. There are no openings for performers from outside Canada.

The Mountain View Arts Festival is an annual, 2 day, multi venue, arts & cultural festival. It is a signature event in the town of Didsbury, Alberta and has been hosted by the Mountain View Arts Society since 2011.

Logo designed by Lyle Schultz. The Mountain View Arts Festival is held on the weekend following the long weekend in September.

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What's good for your soul? pARTy CENTRE!

Design your own shadow puppets in the theatre corner hosted by the Didsbury Municipal Library. PLUS, join Didsbury's own, Jess Byiers, in our pARTy Centre and learn about sculptured puppets.

STORIES WITH SHADOW PUPPETS
Hosted by the Didsbury Municipal Library

We are looking for Alberta performers for our stages at the Didsbury Memorial Complex and Didsbury Museum.Now this is going to be fun! The Didsbury Library has been part of the Mountain View Arts Festival since the beginning, way back in 2011! This year, they are joining us at the Curling Rink, with something special for the family.

You'll spin your own version of a classic children's tale! Stage a play using shadow puppets and take home your filmed directing debut!

When in Didsbury for the Arts Festival, remember to pop over to the Library itself. Established in 1908, the Didsbury Library is the oldest little library in Alberta!

If you're on the hunt for family history, look no further than our Library (2033 - 19th Avenue). You can explore your family history with the many resources available, and with ancestry.ca available on the library's computers.

And since we're talking arts and culture, when you pop into the library, ask about how you can learn a new language and connect with other cultures. You can use Pronunciator to take a course in anywhere up to 80 different languages, and you can even download a phrasebook to your phone!

BE GREETED "VICTORIAN" STYLE
Welcoming the Victorian Society of Alberta

Recreating life in the Victorian era, specifically 1880-1914. This does include the Edwardian era. Educating the public through displays and activities.You might remember them from Heritage Park or Days of Yore. Members of the Victorian Society of Alberta love to live the life from the Victorian and Edwardian-era - focusing on 1880 - 1914, which is Alberta settlement. And they're coming to Didsbury in all their finery, to visit with each and every one of you!

The distinctly 19th century Victorian era was a time of locomotives and steam travel, gas lighting, horse-drawn carriages and the telegraph. The Edwardian era witnessed the development of the automobile industry, the introduction of electric lighting and, thanks to the 1899 Telegraph Act, the first local telephone systems.

They will entertain you as walkabouts, gate greeters, and may even sit down with you to share the music in the Multi-Purpose Room.

GET A PERSONALIZED CHEEKY CARICATURE
Professional caricature artist, Mark Cromwell of the Color Club, will be on hand all day Saturday to create personalized caricatures that capture the essence of who you are in a cheeky fun way. He'll be at the Family Dance, too!Mark Cromwell of the Color Club

You're in for a real treat! Mark Cromwell is an award-winning Calgary-based artist with a passion for drawing and illustration. Although he does many other different types of art, he has the most fun with Caricature Drawing.

As a doodler all through university, it was a no-brainer for Mark to begin drawing caricature immediately upon graduating. Now you can find him at all kinds of festivals and corporate events drawing funny.

Remember to ask him about his online caricature classes, too!

So, grab your friends, take your kids and get a family picture (maybe Christmas card) - you'll have loads of fun!

Mark will be in the Curling Rink all day Saturday - and he'll be at the Family Dance too!

Sketches will be available for $5 per person

FACE PAINTING, HENNA & GLITTER
Halia's Helium Events

You can see some of their creations on Instagram too.Children love creativity! Children love fun! And quite simply, children love beauty!

And that's what they're going to get at pARTy Centre with our fabulous face painters!

Kids have such great imaginations and getting their faces painted helps them "get into character" for the rest of the day. They'll walk around and show off their colourful faces and go home feeling so good!

So plan to include facepainting by Halia's Helium Events in your visit to the Arts Festival. They've got many different designs for your kids to choose from - and you can get your face painted as well!

Halia's Helium Events is a mother/daughter run company based in Innisfail. They offer helium Balloon Bouqets, garlands, archways and all decor balloons.

Joanie & Megan will be in the Curling Rink all day Saturday - and at the Family Dance too!

By the way, pair a face painting with a visit to our "Tickle Trunk" and let the kidlets really express themselves!!

Face painting will be available for $5 per face

HELP CREATE OUR "RIVER OF ROCKS"
Help us build a "River of Rocks"

Come paint a river of rocks at the arts festival!The Arts Festival has led many collaborative art projects over the years, some of which you can see at the Didsbury Library, and our latest one, a community tree where over 200 people painted a leaf - it's on the west wall of the Elks Lodge!

The first painting of rocks began at our 2020 Art Blast, as a way to celebrate art in our communities during the exhausting pandemic. It was a lot of fun, but there's a lot more rocks to paint - and we need you!

Join your friends and neighbours at the Memorial Complex and paint to your heart's content. We'll provide the paint - you'll provide the fun! Once the rocks are ready, there will be a special event as we place them in Memorial Park and create a beautiful, and colourful, "river".

Come express your creativity and spend some time in the sun helping build our next community collaboration - our "River of Rocks"!

If you prefer, you can also paint your rocks at home and drop them off Saturday or Sunday to be installed with the others.

WHAT'S pARTy CENTRE?
A special corner of the Curling Rink

Facepainting
Shadow Puppets
River of Rocks
Victorian Fashion
Caricatures
Storytellers
AND MORE!

ADMISSION BY DONATION

FREE PARKING
FREE SHUTTLE
WHEELCHAIR/STROLLER ACCESSIBLE

Didsbury Memorial Complex
1702 21 Ave

Didsbury Museum
2110 21 Ave

FESTIVAL CONCESSION
Prairie Whistle Food Co. is owned and operated by John & Kim Forsythe, professionally trained chefs. They operate out of the Didsbury Memorial Complex on the 2nd floor and look forward to welcoming you.

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The Buy-Low Foods retail banner has grown to 27 retail locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, including the new store in Didsbury Alberta. For over 40 years, Value Drug Mart and Apple Drugs have always believed in the power of locally-owned, community-minded service. Mountain View County is a proud supporter of all that is arts, culture, and heritage in our region. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. When in Didsbury for the Mountain View Arts Festival, stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Didsbury Museum has artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, a school room, medical room, general store, military roll of honour, and a 1907 Cast Iron Safe. Visit our museum today! In Partnership with the Didsbury Municipal Library, the oldest little library in Alberta. We're on Facebook! Follow us at MVArtsFest today! We're on twitter! Follow us at MVArtsFest today!
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