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Montreal Families

Art festival heads to the West Island

Over the summer, Arts Alive Quebec held festivals in several cities across the province and will be wrapping up the season with a stop at John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire.

The festival, put on by the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), showcases local talent in every art form from choir performances and dance to painting and stitching. Because the art scene is very much concentrated in the downtown Montreal area, ELAN executive director Guy Rodgers says the goal of the festival is to bring art closer to West Island communities. “We want to make it simple for families to be exposed to local art and artists,”  Rodgers says.

There will be an array of child-friendly activities including an oil pastel class, a storytelling session with author Pat Nicholson, a printmaking workshop and a lesson on the basics of costume design. Along with the workshops for little ones, there will also be henna tattoos and face painting. An art exhibition will be held throughout most of the day in the school’s lobby and in the evening, there will be performances by local musicians Vintage Wine, Greg Halpin and Happenstance.

The action starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 24. John Rennie High School is located at 501 St. Jean Blvd. Many events are free, but there are costs associated with some of the performances and workshops. For more information, visit www.arts-alive-quebec.ca

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