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Canadiana-Rama Fundraiser: Pictures speaking a thousand words

March, 2017


“Canadiana-Rama cake donated by Mar Orthodontics”


Keeping community art alive isn’t cheap, but it’s money well spent. Every year, the Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA) holds a fundraiser and welcomes visitors to create art, eat and drink, socialize, learn about the AGSA’s mission and, oh, raise a little money to keep gallery and programs running. On February 25th, AGSA held its 27th annual fundraiser at St. Albert Place and the theme was “All Things Canadian” in honour of this country’s 150th birthday. T8N was there taking photos of the big night. Here’s what went on.


Getting the Creative Juices Flowing

Three art studios were set aside for guests to get their hands dirty—literally—with clay and silk screening. Another studio allowed guests to try out funky light photography under the guidance of Shauna Jackson, manager at St. Albert’s McBain Camera. And an expert arm knitter showed off her yarn skills at the silent auction table.

Eva Schneider demonstrates how to silk screen a bag
A two-toned clay maple leaf was one of the art pieces guests could make.
“McBain Camera and Danny Vo demonstrating light photography”


Truly Canadian Food & Drink

What party would be complete without food and drink? All four Canadian food groups were represented:

We have the staple of Tim Horton’s coffee and “timbits”…

…then there were smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres…





…the Mashed Potato Bar complete with all the trimmings—salsa, guacamole, sour cream and dried cranberries—was a popular stop…






…and Cheryl and David Pollard proudly served Albertan beer and Canadian wine.


Big Rock Brewery made an appearance at the Canadiana-Rama beer garden.








The Silent Auction

Many items were up for auction, everything from pottery to baskets of wine, all donated by citizens, local artists and businesses to help raise funds for AGSA.

Art for silent auction
One of two wine baskets up for silent auction


Staff, Volunteers & Guests

Art won’t survive without people behind it to create it, show it and appreciate it, which is why the annual fundraiser is not only about raising money to keep AGSA going, but also about bringing art, artists and the public together in a fun social setting.


Mayor Nolan Crouse poses by one of his favourite Canadian uniforms


Ticket greeters Emily Baker, L. Baartman & Mary Purdon
Colette Bachand & Maggie Nelson using their art skills for their postacards







B. Tessier & Shelby Johnson volunteering at the Postcard Creation Station.



Greeting guests is Tamara Carlson, Arts & Heritage’s Marketing and Communications employee












With special guests…

This iconic Canadian animal was also another of a “selfie” station.
This bear was one of the “selfie” stations at the fundraiser.



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