Everyone thinks theatre or music when they think of Rosebud, but the operators of the Akokiniskway Gallery hope you'll keep visual arts in mind as well. Valerie Speer Dazzling DeceThe gallery in the old United Church in the hamlet about a half hour south west of Drumheller is hosting a special touring display featuring the work of 12 artists from Alberta and British Columbia.
 
"You had to submit a CV (curriculum vitae/resume) and your intent for the show as to why you wanted to be involved," related Valerie Speer, curator of the gallery and the one Rosebud artist taking part. "I just crossed my fingers and hoped because I had no idea. I don't know who all applied but I do know they selected 12 artists, which is actually a really large amount for a show like that."
 
Those who made the cut prepared paintings for a show called Art in the Park to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Speer's contribution is called 'Dazzling Descent.'
 
"Different mediums being represented: a lot of acrylic painters, there's some water colour and mixed media," outlined Speer. "It was a really varied group as far as how we worked and I think the show is really strong because of it."
 
She also thinks it's a perfect accompaniment to Rosebud Theatre and School of the Arts.
 
"I just think it widens the artistic experience for people when they come," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "We do have people who definitely go to the gallery every time they come because they're expecting to see something different, but there's a large portion of people that come here that don't even think about the gallery."
 
The Akokiniskway Gallery opens two and a half hours before each main stage theatre production. It's located on Township Road 272 about a block west of the Rosebud Mercantile.
 
 

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