Local Artist // Keri Lehr

Kari Lehr

We started a tradition at Wapiti a number of years ago. Instead of our logo and poster art on the festival shirts, why not create an opportunity for a local artist to design the shirt and pay them for their time. Every year the shirts and tanks sell out, so I believe this can be called a complete success! Here are some past shirts I have been keeping in my Wapiti tickle trunk. (Mind the wrinkles).

From Left to Right: 2011 Vanessa Croome, 2012 Brina Schenk, 2013 Michael Hepher, 2014 Vish Purgass

This year we’ve gone to Crowsnest Pass artist, Keri Lehr. Keri’s work is all over town. She’s a regular at the Arts Co-op on 2nd Ave. Some of her work is being featured in July at the Fernie Arts Station.

Keri’s Bear Series is what first caught our eye. We asked to license her piece “Cinnamon Bear” for promotion of Wapiti this year, and she very graciously agreed. Her image is what you see on the posters plastered around town, and will be featured on Wapiti merchandise this summer.

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Kari Lehr
Kari graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1987. She focused her career on illustration for almost 20 years while living in Calgary and raising her three children. In 2004 she and her family moved to the Crowsnest Pass and it is in this inspiring mountain environment that she now pursues her own art. Kari’s work explores themes relating to womanhood and our connection to the natural world and each other.

“I am endlessly captivated by the textures and layers which are found not only in the landscape, but which comprise our relationships with each other and the mental and physical environment in which we live. In this enetic society, I cherish the quiet solitude I oen feel in my community, which allows room for peaceful contemplation. Through my work, I seek to find that still, quiet place in consciousness which allows us to feel connection to each other and the natural world.”

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Cinnamon Bear

I have always been fascinated by bears; they fill me with a curious sense of wonder and delight mixed with dread. Living in a mountain community, there are many opportunities to see them, and when summer rolls around and the tourists stream through our community, I am always reminded of the excitement I felt (and still feel) while on holidays in years past, with the possibility of a bear sighting always around the next bend in the road or trail. Painting bears allows me to both relax and have fun with paint and colour; I love to paint them as portraits with an almost human-like quality and connection to the viewer.

Find out more about Kari and see more of her amazing art on her website karilehrart.com

Fernie Art Expo call for Submissions – CLOSED

Art Expo Call for Submissions

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Laura Nelson Painting

Wapiti Aesthetics Director, Laura Nelson along with the Fernie Art Expo Committee are pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the Fernie Art Expo. Artists are invited to create an original acrylic painting on a supplied metal panel. Apply now, only 15 spaces available for this first submission!

Imagine your Art displayed outdoors at the Wapiti event August 12-13 in Annex Park

This is a fabulous opportunity to have your art work seen by thousands of festival goers.

  • Your contact details would be made available with the art piece for the audience to learn more about you and your art;
  • Materials supplied to weatherproof your painting;
  • Your artwork in the outdoor park ambience with ample space for art appreciation;

You have a chance to win!

  • 1st prize of $200 judged by a panel of jurors
  • A people’s choice award of $100 will determined by votes from Wapiti event visitors.

Winners will be announced at the Wapiti on Saturday August 13th.

Entry guidelines

Each prospective artist is requested to send an email to drawingbuddies@gmail.com with two pictures of previous work, or a link to their website, as well as a description of their proposed work for the Art Expo. The artists will be contacted when selected and provided with materials. Please note that the expo will be presenting the works, but artists retain ownership of any submitted material.

Email drawingbuddies@gmail.com for more information.

Kids at Wapiti // TD Kids Tent

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Kids are very much welcome at Wapiti. Wapiti truly is an all family event.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Kids 12 and Under are FREE – Youth pricing ages 13-18 is $49 for a Weekend Pass, tax is included.

2. Clean drinking water is available on site. Please bring empty plastic or metal water bottles. Also don’t forget the sunscreen.

3. Parents, be aware of the Elk River and the Duck Pond. Both could be hazardous and children need to be supervised.

4. Shade tents and Umbrellas, please set up shade tents and umbrellas along the back “wall” of the festival grounds. You will see the signs. No umbrellas or tents in the middle of the field.

5. TD Kids Tent! Thanks to the wonderfully kind and generous local staff at the TD Bank, the TD Kids Tent is OPEN SATURDAY 1-4pm. Crafts are provided. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.

6. Make sure to check out some of the interactive sculptures around the festival made by local artists.

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Local Feature Artist // Aidan Lindsay // Merch Shirts

We started a tradition at Wapiti a number of years ago. Instead of our logo and poster art on the festival shirts, why not create an opportunity for a local artist to design the shirt and pay them for their time. Every year the shirts and tanks sell out, so I believe this can be called a complete success! Here are some past shirts I have been keeping in my Wapiti tickle trunk. (Mind the wrinkles).

 

From Left to Right: 2011 old logo shirt, 2012 Brina Schenk, 2013 Michael Hepher, 2014 Vish Purgass

 

This year we tapped local artist Aidan Lindsay for her perspective. I’ve always chatted with her at Wapiti, so I knew she was already a fan of the festival. I caught up with her at her adorable house in the Annex (perfect walking distance to the festival she noted).

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Chantel:  Tell me a little bit about your history with creating art? What kind of artist are you?

Aidan: Well, I started painting in grade 12, nature has always inspired me. I paint with acrylic on canvas, so that allows me to get a bit abstract with the pieces, which I really like to do. This year I have a show at the Fernie Wellness Centre, so that’s been exciting. I’ve always been interactive in the art community as well, I’ve done the body paint comp and the dumpster art project.

Chantel: So what’s your story Aidan? How did you land in Fernie?

Aidan: I came to Fernie in 2007 to ski and like most people here I got stuck ha ha. I did leave for school, for a bit, then I made my way back and now I work at Teck. I’m in permitting in the environmental department.

Chantel: I’ve seen you at Wapiti before, are you a fan?

Aidan: Oh yes totally. Wapiti is awesome. It’s so small-town and quaint. You know everyone and everyone is just pumped. I don’t always know the bands that are playing but that’s the cool part because you discover new music and come out a fan of them.

Chantel: So you have been working on the 2015 merch shirt, tell me more deets!

Aidan: For sure! Well, I wanted to stick to the elk theme, and the setting. The three sisters are in there! I also wanted to keep it simple and clean. I added in some musical notes just to round out the elk-music-festival theme. Haha there was a lot of trial and error with this project. I think I’ve got everything fully represented on the shirt.

SNEAK PEAK at the 2015 shirts and tanks…. you’re welcome!

 

Aidan’s art is currently on display at The Fernie Wellness Centre on second ave. Also, she recently completed a stunning mural on the back of a local second ave business. www.aidanlindsay.ca

Her two dumpster art projects can be seen behind Freshies and behind the Royal!

Art show on at the Fernie Wellness Centre
Photo Cred: Mary Giuliano

Fernie Brewing Co. Weekend Pass Giveaway

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Do you have your weekend pass to Wapiti – Fernie Music Festival yet? No worries, Fernie Brewing Company is giving away 2 Weekend Passes to our favourite family music festival!

You really don’t want to miss this year’s lineup, and entering is as easy as walking into your local craft brewery.

No purchase necessary, just fill in a ballot in our tasting room and you’ll be entered to win… See you soon!

Competition closes July 31st

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Fernie Brewing Co. is the feature craft beer at Wapiti, a variety of beers will be ice cold and ready for you 😉

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