Peace Country artists showcased at The Centre for Creative Arts

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Several Peace Country artists will have their artistic talents on display this month at The Centre for Creative Arts (CFCA) in Grande Prairie.

An opening reception is being held Friday, July 6 for two exhibits: “Show Us Your Colours” and “Woodland Wonders”. 
“Show Us Your Colours” is a CFCA and Gay and Lesbian Associate of the Peace (GALAP) exhibition. Displayed in the Wall Gallery, the exhibit features artwork from 15 artists. 
“We were working with GALAP to have a show that will celebrate the Pride rainbow. We were asking people to celebrate the colours, to show us their colours and how
they celebrate the Pride rainbow,” said Niki Sangra, curator/marketing and events coordinator at CFCA.
“It’s a whole variety of different things. Some people picked a single colour and focused on the medium of that, and some people did the whole rainbow and it’s just beautiful, colourful pieces in that show.”
The Pride Flag was originally produced by Gilbert Baker in 1978. Today, it’s a symbol of the LGBTQ movement around the world.
A few years ago, Baker told Postmedia Network he designed the flag hoping to make a difference. 
“A flag is more than a cloth … it proclaims power,” said Baker.
“I made it (the flag), in the sense that I started it … but it’s something that we’re all making together. It’s torn from the soul of people.”
Baker chose the rainbow as a symbol, to represent diversity within the LGBTQ community. 
“Woodland Wonders” is a themed group exhibition in the Centre Gallery. There are usually only one or two themed group exhibitions each year at the CFCA, said Sangra.
The exhibit includes more than 45 artists from Peace Country and more than an estimated 60 pieces of artwork that celebrate “the beauty of our forests”. 
“There’s everything from paintings of trees and animals, and mushrooms, and everything you would find in the woodlands. We have paintings, we have photographs, we have sculptural pieces, print-making, there’s a piece that’s a fibre piece that has been woven… all sorts of different things – there’s a nice mix of things,” said Sangra.
Both exhibits will be on display until July 27.
“There’s everybody from beginner artists in here to established artists that have been working for years, so we have a whole gamut of art experience in here as well.”
The opening reception runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Admission is free.
The CFCA is located at 9904-101 Avenue.