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Photo Contest Closed

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The WAC amateur 2014 Photo Contest closed at 11:59pm on December 31st, 2014. We were overwhelmed and excited by the large amount of entries we received over the course of the year. Once compiled and sorted, our judges will choose 1st, 2nd and a youth prize winner. Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for updates!

Magic in the Air! Recap of Christmas Magic

WAC xmas slider2The WAC Christmas Magic day was truly a festive day. With carolers, the arts and crafts show, the local business window decorating competition, the annual Lions Santa Claus Parade and, of course, the lighting of the WAC Christmas tree and the Christmas tree on the mountain, there was definately magic in the air!

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Congrats Debra!

 

Congratulations to Pinecone, winner of the 2014 Westport Arts Council Best Decorated Christmas Windows. Thanks to the amazing judges, Delvalle and Tamara, and to Cynthia Pringle for her assistance is coordinating the competition.

WAC put together a float for the Lions Christmas Parade showcasing the theme “Christmas Wishes for Santa” and won Best in Theme. Thanks to all members who helped decorate the float, walk in the parade and hand out over 100 santa hats!

2014 MUSICwestport Festival Recap

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Just before the rain, there was Montreal’s Sunfields.

What a weekend!

The MUSICwestport Open Air Festival showcased 8 bands on two stages and hosted visitors from the Philippines, Germany, France, New York, Boston, all across Canada and, of course, many proud locals.

The festival actually kicked off the night before at The Cove with a special performance from Montreal’s H’SAO to a sold out crowd. The award-winning African group set an energetic tone for the weekend with their enticing choreography and alluring vocal harmonies.DSC_0004

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The morning started off in mother nature’s good graces as the sun shone for the finals of the VOICE of the Rideau singing competition where winners Stephanie Doornekamp, Luke Young, Madison Miernik and Jillian Texeira were crowed in their respective age categories.

Taking to The Cove stage sponsored by Jake By The Lake next was the crowd favourite of the weekend: Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band. The Canadian mandolin legend and his band played classic bluegrass under the sun while on the Artemesia Spring Street stage a few blocks over Mikey and The Reelers entertained crowds with their hilarious, high energy rock and roll.

In between the two stages, crowds were also treated to the ever-growing Spring Street Fair showcasing localartists and family friendly activities, including entertainment from interactive puppeteers. The live pottery demonstration was popular with the crowd, as was the return of the WAC bean bag toss challenge.

DSC_0080Hot electric jazz from Kevin Warren East West Project followed on Spring Street while, last minute additions to the line-up, Sunfields rocked The Cove stage with their quirky rock and catchy lyrics. As the dark clouds began to gather overhead, Drumhand‘s hypnotizing mix of Brazilian, African, Cuban and Indian rhythms kept the crowds entranced despite the drizzle but when the rain started to really pour audiences and bands alike began scattered to find shelter. A mass group effort from volunteers (including members of Sunfields, thanks guys!) helped move artists, amps, and audiences to alternate venues.

Plan B: Alex the Folk Band at Church Street Bakery.

Plan B: Alex the Folk Band at Church Street Bakery.

For the first time in its eight year history, MUSICwestport continued indoors but no one missed a beat.

Crowded into the inviting Church Street Bakery with warm tea and cookies, Alex the Folk Band kept the music going while a drenched Miss Emily and her loyal listeners set up inside The Cove. For the first time in its eight year history, MUSICwestport proceeded indoors but no one seemed to miss a beat. The festival day closed with the building sounds of New Country Rehab who ended the day on energetic musical high.

Thanks goes out to all the rain-soaked volunteers who worked like a well-oiled machine to move artists and amps alike into dryer locations and the spectators who followed the music. Special thanks to all of our generous sponsors who made the festival possible and continue to believe in the arts and WAC.

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For more photos, visit the WAC Facebook page.

All donations collected over the weekend will go towards the WAC youth initiative to bring artists of all mediums into our local schools.

Totem Poles with Diane Black

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Totem Poles at Rideau Vista Public School

 

464 slabs of clay, 116 young artists, 8 totem poles

 

There is a new art installation at Rideau Vista Public School, actually there are 7.  Guided by local artist Diane Black, the seven totem poles are the collective creativity of all 116 students at Rideau Vista.

Black spent the last week of May working directly with each selected class, from kindergarten all the way to the grade five students. Explaining the importance of the totem pole in Canadian history, the student were then invited to think about what symbols would best represent them on a totem pole.

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Each student was then given four slabs of wet clay to carve out their chosen totems. Many students chosen family, sports, and nature symbols. When all four pieces of clay were designed, Black helped the students assemble the individual pieces together to form a box shape with no top or bottom.

Black collected all the carved clay boxes and took them home with her to dry. After firing all 116 pieces in her kiln, Black returned to Rideau Vista to slide each piece on seven 4×4 wooden posts, one post for each class. DSC06751

Just before the end of the year, Black will return to the school and disassemble the clay totem poles so each student can take their piece home with them.

 

Westport Harbour Flag Initiative

The new Westport Harbour flag.

The new Westport Harbour flag.

The Westport Harbour is proud to unveil it’s new flag!

To help inspire a design for the new flag, WAC enlisted the help of intermediate students from across the area to help. Each school was allowed to submit three top designs that captured the spirit of the Westport Harbour in no more than 3 colours. On May 14, Roger Merkely representing the Village of Westport Council, along with two committee members of WAC, judged all submissions and selected 3 stand out designs.

The new flag is a creative collaboration of the three winning designs from Danny Crump, Emily Carlson and Colby Sweetland, all from Rideau District High School  Special thanks goes out to all students who participated and their teachers, Dan Lesser (St. Edwards), Janis Herlehy (Rideau Vista) and Evan Barr (Rideau District).

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The winning designs from Emily Carlson, Danny Crump and Colby Sweetland with their teacher Evan Barr (back left) and WAC representative Robin Jones (back right).

 

Coming to a boat near you!

The new harbour flag will not only be proudly flying above the Westport Harbour, flags will be for sale at the Harbourmaster’s office with all funds going to support WAC. Alternatively, contact us directly for other purchasing options. Hopefully the new flag will find its way onto boats that will travel across the world! Look our for the new flag on a boat near you!

 

 

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