9:30 p.m., July 20)
'Art in the Park' event an Orléans first
By Fred Sherwin
Bourque and Marie Claude Lalonde of did brisk business during
the first annual Orléans Art in the Park event in Fallingbrook
Park on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
most summer days, Fallingbrook Park, located on Princess Louise Drive
between Farmbrook Crescent and Falwyn Crescent, sits largely empty,
save for the odd person walking their dog, but on Saturday the park
was filled with a sea of tents as it hosted the first annual Orléans
'Art in the Park' art show.
brought together artists and artesans from across the east end, including
many who didn't have to travel very far at all, like Audra Horne from
South Fallingbrook who makes hand-crafted gemstone and glass jewelry.
Horne's first show and she was thrilled with both the exposure and
me it's been okay. I've made a bit of a profit which is
nice. I'll definitely come back," said Horne.
daughter team of Elizabeth Bourque and Marie Claude Lalonde also did
well and are looking forward to coming back next year.
is the first time we've done an outdoor event. Usually we participate
in craft shows and that sort of thing, but I enjoy this a lot more,"
said Lalonde. "It's such a beautiful setting and the weather
is fabulous. With a little more advertising and some more signage
I think it will really take off. We need more things like this in
have been selling their wares professionally for the past four years.
Lalonde makes all natural soaps, bath oils and lotions while her mother
makes hand-knitted garments for children.
do it all in my basement. I help her with the knitting and she helps
me with the mixing," said Lalonde. "It's nice to have something
we can do together. Even my daughter is starting to think about making
time event was the brainchild of special event organizer and Fallingbrook
resident Natasha Belram who modeled it after similar events in Toronto.
such a great location and we have so many talented artists in the
east end, I just thought it was something that people would appreciate
and come to," said Belram. "The weather's been perfect and
the some of the vendors have gotten some good exposure. It's definitely
something we can build on next year."
Kearney dropped by the Art in the Park event with a friend visiting
from Fredericton. The two women purchased several products from Bourque
and Lalonde, before strolling through several of the artist tents.
think it's marvelous. We need more events like this in Orléans,"
said Kearney. "There's quite a lot of interesting stuff."
Orleans used the occasion to exhibit several large works by local
grafitti artists which were eventually sold. It also gave them an
opportunity to promote their virtual youth centre which organizes
and promotes local events for youth such a TOAST which will take place
next Saturday at the Orleans Skatepark next to the Bob MacQuarrie
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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