By Greg Price
On the edge of dissolving not that long ago, the Taber Arts and Crafts Society now has a healthy level of membership and is looking for more with its membership drive that will go this Friday.
“We had a membership drive and the Times did a story, and we’re really trying with social media with a Taber Arts Facebook Page a lot more, which had helped,” said Donna Hanson, social media co-ordinator of the Taber Arts and Crafts Society, of the revival of the society. “We are hoping soon to get where you can sign up for newsletters from the club. We had 12 members before our membership blast, and I’m betting we have around 40 members now. Not all of them are active, which is what our goal is this year, to have some programs and times where we get together for pottery, or painting or mixed media.”
The Taber Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting at least once a month an evening where a member of the club will host an open house so people can try their hand at whatever the interest is of the club member.
“Art is whatever you want to make it to be. It’s creativity. On Thursdays our painting group gets together where some were doing acrylic, some people were doing oil, others were doing water colours, some were doing mixed media,” said Hanson. “It’s whatever creativity you feel inclined to do. We also have winter classes that are advertised and are filling up and we want to continue with that. We are also in need of instructors, we’d love to hear from you, we pay our instructors so it’s like it’s a volunteer thing.”
The arts society membership drive will go on Friday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Scotiabank at 4824 53rd Street where there will be a bake sale with members’ art work and pottery on display.
“If you want to see what we are all about and ask questions, come to the membership drive,” said Hanson. “Scotiabank has a mandate to help community groups, so they are matching funds with everything we raise. Honestly, it helped save our club last year, we are so indebted to it and very thankful.”
Taber Arts and Crafts Society members can be issued a key where they can come and go as they please to use the studio space at the building behind Parkside Manor, near the Taber Spray Park, in Confederation Park.
“If you have done pottery before, or you want a place because you don’t have enough room at home to work on your painting or weaving, the studio is basically open 24 hours a day if you have a key,” said Hanson.
If you would like more information on the Taber Arts and Crafts Society, or would like to become a member and cannot attend Friday’s membership drive at Scotiabank, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.