Meet the Street Festival begins in Red Deer – Red Deer Advocate
The last mural in downtown Red Deer was unveiled when the city opened the Meet the Street Festival.
Bruno Canadien, a visual artist from Black Diamond, was on hand to unveil his artwork, which features three large square flower paintings.
“Much of my work recently has been based on Dene floral designs, which are traditionally done in beadwork and embroidery,” said Canadien, a member of the Deh Gah Got’ı́é Kǫ́ę́ First Nation, a member of the Deh Cho region of the Dene Nation.
“This is the family work that has been done and continues to do. I only keep track of this Dene work of art through painting. … I hope to continue this tradition and participate in the Dene art genre. “
Canadien, who holds a degree in fine arts and painting from the Alberta College of Art, responded to the call for artists published by the city earlier this year.
“I wanted to try my hand at public art and thought this would be a great opportunity to do so. Fortunately I was accepted, ”he said, adding that it took 10 days to complete the three paintings.
City of Red Deer community development director Bobby-Jo Stannard praised Canadien and the 12 other artists whose murals helped beautify downtown.
“The murals are amazing,” said Stannard.
“It was such a rich addition to our inner city to have painted these murals.”
The Meet the Street Festival began on Friday and will last through Sunday in downtown Red Deer, Ross Street Patio, First Red Deer Place Parking Lot, and Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza. The event features live entertainment, a street art fair, bizarre bazaar craft market, community pop-up activities, and more.
“We are very excited to invite Red Deerians to return downtown to visit the improvements that have taken place during the pandemic. We are running this festival to celebrate art and culture in a safe and socially distant way, ”said Stannard.
The opening event officially begins with the Alberta Culture Days, which take place throughout September.
For more information and a schedule of activities, visit www.reddeer.ca/meetthestreet.
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