Over a dozen artists submitted an amazing variety of paintings for our first Art Stream Open House, including two beautifully sculpted wooden tables, a sample of pop art portraiture, abstract art, elephants, flowers, cartoons, and prophetic art to specify just a few of the many pieces. The event was held at the Loewen Green Art Scene - my new home. I must say I sure enjoy looking at all this art every day.

At seven o'clock sharp people started streaming in. As the musicians were setting up, guests were invited to jam. A nine year old boy took the opportunity to share his drumming talents along with two others who noodled on their guitars together. A number of guests came through specifically to look at the art, while others stayed for the coffee and music, making new connections and sharing their portfolios. There were a lot of good conversations going on in all corners of the house, even in the middle of the stairwell. Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.

A number of people were interested in specific works of art and took pictures and contact info. One painting was sold to a gentleman visiting from Alberta. The turquoise glittery painting that sold had Hebrew letters that spelled out "Hope" and was painted by artist Andrea Yaremko.

Singer and Song writer Shauna Hart came and sang and played guitar with her newly formed band. A beautiful jazzy rendition of 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee' filled the house. She also sang some of her original songs, and this was her first debut in performing her touching song "A Mother's Heart" which was written for 2 year old Cash Friesen and his family. Cash has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Without fail, I tear up when I hear Shauna's angelic voice singing this heartfelt song.

The coffee was good. Even the decaf. Thanks to 10,000 Villages for donating a bag of coffee. And thank you to the people who gave donations which covered some of the costs.

Thanks to SAC for connecting us with artists and the public and for supplying dainties, tags and other efforts to make this a great event.

Thank you to the artists and musicians who so generously shared their talents to an appreciative audience.

Thanks to my Mom who worked all day with me to get the house set up, and to my husband for organizing the music and welcoming random musicians to jam with the band.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped out and who showed up. We had a great time, and a very positive turnout of over 30 people plus a few children who were welcomed and played together upstairs with our boys and kitten.

It was a casual and enjoyable evening, and we are looking forward to the next one!

Submitted by Cheryl Nickel, Resident Artist

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

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