BY MARK WEBER
The Gallery on Main has a full slate of special events lined up for the coming months, starting off with the Full Moon Art Break which runs Feb. 10th.
Owner Laverne Jones describes the evening – which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. – as a chance for local residents to enjoy some fantastic artwork, snacks and a community get-together.
“Really what it is, is to just get people out and about in the middle of winter. Come on in, get rid of the winter ‘blahs’, look at some art, and enjoy an evening of basically coming by after work and have fun. It’s an evening out, and it doesn’t cost anything,” she said. “It’s a chance to come out, look and enjoy.”
The Gallery on Main relocated in the spring of last year, and Jones said she continues to see new faces. Some folks say they weren’t even aware the gallery was in Lacombe to begin with – so the increase in traffic and the bolstered awareness have been welcome.
“It’s more accessible for a lot of people,” she said. “Because of that, there is a lot more traffic and there are a lot of people coming in that say they didn’t even know there was an art gallery in town.
“So we are trying to make this spot more visible, and we are also really trying to promote the framing because it’s a huge part of the business.”
Meanwhile, beyond the Full Moon Art Break there is also the Spring Equinox Show/Sale set for March 17th to March 19th. Work from more than 70 artists will be featured during the event as well.
“The spring show will be in March to go with the spring equinox,” she said, adding that in past years the show and sale was typically held in May. She decided to have it in March as it’s a quieter month – during May, residents are gearing up for more outdoor type of activities. “Camping season is starting earlier and earlier,” she said.
“We’re finding that people are looking for something to do earlier in the year.” Again, it’s another opportunity to get out and enjoy a fun activity when winter is starting to loosen its grip on the region, she said with a laugh.
“I find that when I come into work is that all I have to do is walk around the gallery and you just feel better!”
Variety is also a defining characteristic of The Gallery on Main as well, she said.
“I have new artists coming in all the time,” she said. “It’s also family-friendly and that’s what we try to promote.”
Looking further into 2017, on April 21st and April 22nd, and in conjunction with the City of Lacombe, The Gallery on Main takes part in Lacombe’s Encore Annual Art Sale and Celebration of Creative Expression.