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Prairie Outdoor Exhibition encourages your creativity!

Prairie Outdoor Exhibition encourages your creativity!

Why not become an artist at this year’s festival by adding your own unique touch to these interactive, engaging projects?

Art is at the centre of the Winnipeg Folk Fest’s sprawling and inspiring Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, but this isn’t just art to look at passively: festival goers will be able to touch, interact and even create their own masterpieces. Why not become an artist at this year’s festival by adding your own unique touch to these interactive, engaging projects?

At Meet the Press: One Stop Print Shop! members of Martha Street Studio in the Exchange District will teach participants how to make their own linoleum-cut — or linocut, as it is known — print on a portable press, a process based on traditional relief-printing methods. Festival goers will learn each step of the technique and will design, carve and ink their own plates. The workshops are open to people of all ages, although children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The print shop will be open from 1:30PM to 4:30PM, Friday through Sunday, near the Folk School tent.

If you are wandering the festival site and happen to see the Red River Cart D’Art driving by, or stopped, be sure to hop on and participate in a variety of collaborative word and drawing games organized by the “places for peanuts drawing collective. The portable art studio will provide an “en plein air” experience with the finished pieces displayed on the cart and online at the festival’s conclusion. The cart will be roving the grounds from noon to 6PM Friday through Sunday.

Blankets are a part of the folk festival’s fabric. They are used to sit on to watch music, to stay warm and cosy with a loved one when the sun goes down, or to cuddle up under by a fire in the campground. Blankets are shared among friends and family and many people have festival comforters with a unique history. (If those blankets could talk…) With that inspiration, indigenous artists Bre Little and Becca Taylor have initiated the Weaving Together project to make a community folk festival blanket using a vertical loom tradition used by the Navajo people. The artists will provide different wools for participants, who are invited to choose colours that speak to them while adding to the main image of the festival’s banjo logo and incorporating their own small designs into the fabric. The artists will be on the festival grounds from noon to 6PM Friday through Sunday.

All of the interactive art exhibits depend on the spirit and involvement of festival goers, so try your hand at something new and discover your inner artist. For a complete list of what you can find at the Prairie Outdoor Exhibition click here.

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