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Centennial legacy includes Artists of East St. Paul

Posted: March 7, 2017

East St. Paul's Centennial in 2016 was a yearlong celebration of the RM's anniversary, and for a group of local artists, it was a unifying year that saw their creative talents on display for all to see.
Judy Sutton, a member of Artists of East St. Paul, said the Centennial brought the opportunity for local artists to display
their works at the municipal office, and it was greatly appreciated. The display changed every month, bringing fresh, new images to the office walls and the chance for different artists to be seen on a regular basis.
"When the municipality put the call for ideas (for the Centennial celebrations), I looked at my artist friend and said "we should do something", Sutton said.
"We had a meeting on my back porch with five people that we knew of and we started to look for more people in the community.  We had a lot of people wanting to hang art in the municipal hall last year, I think up to 30."
Sutton said the RM was more than accommodating, installing a professional hanging system and promoting  the artwork in its monthly newsletter and on its website.                                      
That opportunity to display their work publicly galvanized the group, Sutton said.  A grant from the Centennial Committee also allowed the group to promote its first ever Artists' Studio Tour last June, and helped make it a success.
Ten artists participated, and Sutton said the weekend-long tour was terrific.
"It was just a wonderful affair.  As an artist, it was the most successful thing I've ever done.  It's absolutely a joyous experience to meet people over art," she said.
"One of our aims was to become noticed as an entity in this community, and I think that has happened."
The monthly displays at the municipal office continue, and the Artists of East St. Paul are holding another Studio Tour on June 3 and 4.  Seventeen artists are participating this year, and visitors will come into the artists' homes, and also the East St. Paul Arena, where several artists will be set up.
The Artists group is now meeting at the East St. Paul 55+ Activity Centre every week.  Sutton said it's a "drop-in and paint month", and East St. Paul artists of all stripes are welcome.
"This will help our group to grow closer and it will help us to be an entity in the community," Sutton said.
If you'd like to connect with the Artists' group, contact Sutton at judysutton@mts.net.  The Studio Tour is full for this year.
Picture above:  One of Judy Sutton's paintings that was displayed in the RM office during the Centennial.


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