UPDATE: The Art Under $100 Market has been canceled due to the province’s evolving restrictions on social gatherings.
The Under $100 Art Market will still be in operation for this year’s upcoming Light Up the Night activities, provided there are no new restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 that prevent the city to host the event. The community market usually held at the Lacombe Memorial Center has gone virtual to reduce clutter and allow more space for the art market. The art sale will run from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27.
“The community market has unfortunately been cancelled. It’s set up a bit differently than ours and to accommodate COVID requirements, if you have 50 vendors in the room, it’s really difficult to have buyers at the same time when the number of spaces is so tight,” Maureen explained. Mackenzie. , Executive Assistant to Community Services for the Town of Lacombe.
This year’s art market will be run by Maureen Mackenzie and a few volunteers who will help buyers reduce the number of people touching items.
“We are organized like a retail store. By doing this, we don’t have artists and stalls, which reduces the number of people in the room to 40 straight away. All artists will bring their art to the LMC and myself and my volunteers will hang it all up or display it on the tables,” MacKenzie said.
Only a few shoppers will be allowed in at a time, but there will be a staging area available for those waiting to enter. Customers are encouraged to wear face masks and pay with cash credit, if possible. Admission is free, parking is free, and can be a great way to get some local goodies for the holidays.
Artists are eagerly awaiting their first sales this year
In April, the annual Encore art sale which was usually held in April had to be canceled due to COVID. For Mackenzie, it was very important to give local artists and artisans the opportunity to earn some extra money.
“We’re trying to provide opportunities for artists in central Alberta to be able to market their products, because a lot of them haven’t been able to have a single sale this year because everything has been cancelled. This one is also very important to the artist, and the fact that people can find art or craft jewelry, woodworking and pottery at really affordable prices is awesome,” said MacKenzie.
She hopes the number of COVID cases will drop, so the city can hold the Encore 2021 art sale; however, the safety of Lacombe residents remains a priority at this time.
“There are a lot of discussions, but you know that we have a lot of vulnerable people in Lacombe and the surrounding area. We have a lot of older people in this area and we always have to keep them in mind and try to do the right thing by physically distancing, sanitizing our hands and that sort of thing,” MacKenzie explained.
At the Encore Art Sale, students also have the opportunity to show off work and earn some extra cash to support their craft and education. Currently, Lacombe Composite High School art students have artwork hanging in the hallways of the Lacombe Memorial Center in addition to the collection on display. The screen can be viewed from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Plus, if you’re looking to support Giving Tuesday, Mackenzie encourages donations during the Art Sale to support Lacombe student artists.
Part of the student exhibit at the Lacombe Memorial Center.