The Caetani Cultural Centre kicks off summer by celebrating the solstice with the first of four open air art markets Saturday.
Visitors to the market are promised an event packed with diversity, activity and family entertainment.
“We have a great variety of stalls this year, with paintings, organics, pottery, sculpture and photography,” said the centre’s executive director Judy Katalinic. “A colourful café, music and performance art will add to the festival atmosphere and make it a day out for everyone to enjoy.”
Kids can get a taste of festival season with a performance by the Komasket kids in the afternoon, choreographed by Angela Roy of Kamp Kindness. She will also lead a rhythm and performance art workshop for kids six to 12 at 1 p.m.
In the open studios, Mireille Gourlay will show her spring/summer collection of wearable art.
Painters Colleen Couves, Angela Broad and David Goodliffe will demonstrate their individual techniques and different styles of painting in their studios.
This year’s Caetani artist-in-residence, James Postill, will present his work to date on the frescos he is painting on the walls of the Straw Bale studio.
Children will work hands on with Postill as he gives a taste of the Garden Art Adventure Camps for kids running at the centre this summer.
Devon Muhlert, music instructor who has been named “Ms. Music” by her students, will play old favourites and original music on flute and guitar (but not at the same time.) Her CDs of original and meditative music will also be offered for sale.
Daniel Stark will perform on the sarode (an East Indian lute), accompanied by Bill Boyd on cello and Brent Endridge on guitar, providing a mellow atmosphere.
Following the festival theme, those attending the art markets will be able to purchase their tickets in advance for both the Komasket and Rarearth music festivals this summer.
The Caetani Art Market runs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on times and vendors see the Caetani website at www.caetaniculturalcentre.org