Painters Ready for Art Show

The artists are hard at work getting ready for their art show on May 6 & 7, 2011. Here are some samples of their work. The video shows an artist working with acrylics and a pallette knife.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2QSaVMpyvQ&feature=player_detailpage

The Art Classes here at Bow Cliff offer acrylic, oil, water color, and pastels.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZze2xX-Ye4&feature=player_detailpagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Ss6EIS-jI

Watch the video to see an artist using oils:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02KENJOLWjw&feature=player_detailpage

Panache Artist Display of Acrylics

One of the Panache Artists, Ingrid shows us her display of Acrylic Paintings. Ingrid loves coming to Bow Cliff Centre for art classes for the friendships and the encouragement with her painting. She paints from photographs all winter, but loves to get out in summer and paint scenery.
She showed us a beautiful painting of horses running in the snow, lovely depiction of the snow swirling. See the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMHHQj-yVlI

Some of the paintings in the video will be on display at the Panache Art Show &

Bow Cliff Centre, Panache Art Show & Sale 2011

Acrylic Painting Ingrid

Sale at Bow Cliff Centre, 608 Poplar Road SW.

The Sale is May 6th & 7th, 2011. See website for details:  www.panacheartists.org

Panache Artist from Beginner to Award Winning

The Panache Artists are working hard preparing for their art Show & Sale on May 6 & 7, 2011.

One of the artists, Norma Lenore Trudeau Seymour has shared a few of her pieces with us in the following interviews.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IzLPPJM4l0&feature=related

Video Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdKoEDPIAic

Music for Better Health – Harmonica improves Lung Health in Older Adults

Bill, a member of the Harmonica Tableau shares his skills on Harmonica. See video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiT8LYmObGw&feature=related

Martha discusses the benefits of Harmonica for our health.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlonGlTXFkE&feature=related

Music Lovers Find a Home at Bow Cliff

Our member, Roy Hetherington is a very active member, involved in all of the singing groups such as the Harmonica Tableau, the Rhythm Kats, and the Singalong Group.  Watch his interview to see how he got involved, and what he has to say about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXIbWswj5ds

Interview with June Crowe of the Rhythm Kats:

Six years ago, I started the Rhythm Kats. We are currently holding our own, but as you can see, our numbers are diminishing.  The new 50+ group coming our way are into totally different things.  Both of my groups like to sing and play the songs we grew up with — the “oldie goldies”  as I call them.  I guess I am not into Rock and Roll.

A year ago, I joined the Board of Directors. I had been asked many times before but was too busy with music, family, and so forth.  When I join something, I like to participate 100% and give it my all.  Now with all the changes taking place at the Centre, being on the Board is very exciting and, not to say the least, very challenging!  There are plans for:

A New Parking Lot, I am not going to miss the potholes!

A Brand New Building, Whoopee! A New Kitchen, decent Washrooms and more space. My Sing-along s will be able to move back to the Centre.

The biggest issues I see is changing our focus for the next generation of 50+ coming into the fold.  We need to develop new programs to suit their needs and lifestyles, but also to keep in mind our current members and their needs.  What a great time to be a part of this expansion and change. Go! Bow Cliff! Go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWkXqulcg3Y

Panache Artists kick off Planning of 13th Annual Art Show and Sale

The Panache Artists are working on their Art Show & Sale coming up  May 6 & 7, 2011.  The Panache Artists Group is a vibrant club of artists who meet every week for classes and painting sessions at Bow Cliff Centre.

Panache Artists preparing for Art Show & Sale May 6 & 7, 2011

Artists preparing for Panache Art Show & Sale

This is the 13th Annual Art Show & Sale.  The 1st Annual Sale was held June 5th, 1999.  Edna Charchuk is the Coordinator of the Art Show & Sale, and thanks to her dedicated committee, plans are underway for another fabulous show which will showcase the work of the Panache Artists.

The Panache Art Show & Sale will showcase 26 artists.  The artists specialize in a variety of media, from water colors to oils, and pastels.  There are some beautiful Panache Artists preparing for Art Show & Sale May 6-7, 2011landscape paintings underway, as well as nature, portraits which may be available for sale.
Our artists will be showcased on the website, coming soon.
See the website for more details on the Panache Artists Show & Sale, and the artists who will be presenting their works.
Beautiful nature pieces painted by the Panache Artists

http://www.panacheartists.orgPanache Artist Show & Sale May 6-7, 2011

Pub Night Kicks off New Event Series Targeting Active Older Adults

Bow Cliff Centre held a Wine & Cheese Social Focus Group on February 28th, with great feedback from attendees.

The group identified two categories: the things that scare us, and the things that we are looking forward to in retirement.

The things that scare us were centred around mobility, loneliness, and access to services. The things we look forward to were around socializing, learning, staying active.

The following video summarizes the need for this Focus Group, and some of the incentives Bow Cliff is initiating to bridge the gap in services for older adults.

We are welcoming all in the 40+ crowd to come out and enjoy our first event: Pub Night, held on March 18th. Tickets are on sale now, see below!

Irish Pub Night  at Bow Cliff Centre Friday, March 18, 2011  608 Poplar Road SW  Cocktails: 6:00pm            Dinner 6:30pm                   Games: 7:30pm  – 9:00pm

Pub Games: Dart Tournament, Poker, Wii Bowling,  plus more games & prizes!     Tickets: $12 Single, $20 Couple    Cash Bar   Limited Tickets, must be purchased in advance! Call 403-246-0390 or email info@bowcliffseniors.org

Alberta Handicrafts Guild Rug Hooking

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild meets at Bow Cliff Centre, and one of the divisions of the Guild is the Rug Hookers. There is an increased interest in Rug Hooking lately and this group has grown.
The skill level to begin is very simple, a few supplies such as scissors, a hook, and some material can get you started, and your only limit is your own creativity. Many of the members create their own designs, but to get started you can use a pattern.

Watch this video to see Cheryl working on a project, and talking about Rug Hooking and the Alberta Handicrafts Guild.

If you are interested in checking it out, come down and talk to the Guild. They meet at Bow Cliff Centre every Tuesday morning and every 2nd and 4th Thursday 6:30 to 9:30pm.

Alberta Handicrafts Guild Keeping the Tradition Alive

What do you imagine when you think of knitting? Do you think of your grandmother sitting in a rocking chair in the winter making a hat or scarf? Well, there are some  members who might fit that scene at the Alberta Handicrafts Guild, but drop by on a Tuesday morning  at Bow Cliff Centre and you see a very different picture. The centre is filled to the brim with  80 women who are laughing, talking, working on their crafts, sharing snacks and stories. These are vibrant, hard working women who are able to use their creativity in such beautiful and practical ways with the crafts they make.

On any given day the Guild meets, you will find women working on knitting, quilting, tatting, or embroidery. We even have some weavers and some hookers… Rug Hookers that is! They make beautiful pieces that are truly works of art! And don’t be surprised to see a group of women talking about a project, and see them taking it apart because they didn’t get it “quite right”. There is a level of pride in their work and a bit of perfectionism in this group of women, I fear.

Women sharing at the Alberta Handicrafts Guild

The members are modern women who have businesses, homes, families, and they fit crafting into their busy lives. To stand in the room and watch them share their skills, their stories and their lives with each other warms the heart. And their commitment to keeping the ancient art of Handicrafts shines through their stories and their conversations. There is an honoring of the traditional, but a beautiful mix of modern and whimsical in their pieces that they see as opportunities to express their creativity.

Alberta Handicrafts Guild, Modern Quilt Style with scanned pictures.

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild members do knitting for charities such as hats & blankets for Preemie babies at the Calgary Children’s Hospital Neo-natal unit, they do Chemo Caps for Cancer patients, wheelchair lap afghans for assisted living centres. And that’s not all the Guild does for charity! The members who do quilting make placemats for Meals on Wheels clients, as well as cosmetics bags for the women at the Calgary YWCA Sheriff King Home, which is a shelter for abused women.

So if you want to try a craft, and don’t know what to make, perhaps you could do some charity knitting or quilting, so your projects can be fun and useful. You will be warmly invited by the members to share in crafts, socializing and fun!

Learn Beginner Quilting

The Alberta Handicrafts Guild is a vibrant, active group which meets on Tuesday 9:00am to 3:00pm, and 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month  6:30 to 9:30 pm at Bow Cliff Centre.

Watch a member talk about Embroidery at the Handicrafts Guild.

Watch the video to hear one of the members discuss Beginner quilting.

Have you been wanting to try a craft, but don’t know how? Or know how, but haven’t found the time lately to do crafts?  If you are interested in joining a class, come down when the Handicrafts Guild meets. The Handicrafts Guild offers classes to adults 18+ (they don’t offer childrens classes)

Or contact Bow Cliff Centre at www.bowcliffseniors.org or phone 403-207-1383