Okotoks artists looking to have their work seen and even sold will have a chance to do so tomorrow (Jan. 20).
The Sheep River Health Trust (SRHT) is holding an "art change" event as part of their Community Art Program.
Adorning the walls of the Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre are pieces of artwork from 60 local artists.
The pieces are available for purchase, with 80 per cent of the proceeds going to the artist, and 20 per cent supporting project and equipment purchases
They swap the art out every quarter, which is what tomorrow's art change event is all about.
Andrea Mitchell, Executive Director of the SRHT, says it benefits artists, the wellness centre, and the community members visiting the centre.
"We want to be a place where people feel comfortable and welcome. The art adds that, but also for the artists, you don't have to be a professional. We have full-time teachers who are artists, we have a couple of youth artists in the program, retired people who are artists and want to produce art that they love and sell it in the community. We don't have a minimum, but the maximum you can bring is four pieces."
The program is well-established, with quite a few artists who contribute regularly.
"I've been here for 12 years and it was before my time that the program started. We have a group of volunteers who support the program, they organize the artists, they help on exchange day, so we definitely have the community support in that. That's why we continue on, our artists love it," says Mitchell.
Artists can set their own prices, though the SRHT does provide artists with statistics for how many pieces were sold per quarter and the average price as a guide.
Anyone interested in contributing art to the program is invited to bring some art to the wellness centre tomorrow, or to call (403) 995-5400 for more information.