Members of the Central Alberta Woodworking Guild are showing off their craft for the month of December at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Members of the Central Alberta Woodworking Guild are showing off their craft for the month of December at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Central Alberta Woodworkers showcase craft at Lacombe Memorial Centre

Guild is the latest to showcase their work at the LMC’s art exhibit

The Lacombe Memorial Centre art exhibit is currently showcasing a new exhibit put on by the Central Alberta Woodworkers Guild.

“The Art Collection Committee likes to try to expose people to as many mediums as possible,” Maureen MacKenzie, organizer of Lacombe’s art collection, said. “You can be so creative and expressive with wood. You can see where they have done so many inlays, shapes and forms. Because what they do is so varied and beautiful — it makes perfect sense to give them a place to show their work.”

Duane McCartney, newsletter organizer for the Woodworker’s Guild, said the Guild has been in existence since 1983 and always has several projects on the go for a group of committed woodworkers.

“This year, we built 100 recipe boxes for the Festival of Tree in Red Deer and currently we building 40 ski tables and 60 cubby whole units for the Winter Games,” he said. “In the past we have done Food Bank projects and we used to build a lot of birdhouses for Kerry Wood Nature Centre.

“We get together, talk about wood and learn from each other.”

The exhibit will run at the LMC until the end of January in upper lobby and McCarty hopes everyone can come take a look at the Guild’s work.

“It is a great place to show and I hope people will come see us,” he said.

Lacombe’s art collection and interest in the collection continues to grow — something McKenzie said is a good problem to have.

“That is one of the beautiful things about having tremendous support from Council and the citizens. To be able to do exhibitions with different guilds like this is pretty unique for Central Alberta,” she said.

December will also feature another collection coming later in the month.

“We will have a Fiber Art exhibition in the hallway by by Anna Maria’s Cafe and in the new year we will have all sorts of things all over again. We try to rotate everything every month to two months depending on what is going on within the facility,” she said.

If you would like to support the arts in Lacombe, there are many ways to do so.

“We are always looking for donations to the Arts Endowment Fund or if people have original art work they would like to donate — we are more than willing to look at it and hopefully be able to accept it into our collection,” MacKenzie said.

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