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Artists in Action Day scheduled for Saturday

Gabriela Garcia-Luna described art as an ongoing process of exploration.

Rob Froese, left, and Gabriela Garcia-Luna pose with posters that will be on display at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Saturday for the second annual Artists in Action Day. Six artists, including Froese and Garcia-Luna, will be forming artistic creations and answering questions for people at the event.

“We don’t just paint something one day and paint it again the same way the next day,” Garcia-Luna said Wednesday. “The natures of creativity as human beings can always make us learn more and become more inventive.”

The Mexico City native who now calls the Friendly City home is one of five artists who will be performing at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) Saturday for the second annual Artists in Action Day.

Garcia-Luna, will be joined by ceramicist Rob Froese, musician Brodie Mohninger, drawer and painter Gabrielle de Glatigny and print-making artists Michelle Brownridge and Caitlin Mullan.

“It's an opportunity for artists to have direct contact with public in the process of art-making,” Garcia-Luna told the Times-Herald.

Last year about 200 people came to the MJCC and the hope is that more people will swing by to check out an array of artistic creations that will be made during the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. window the event will take place from.

Visitors, who will not be required to pay any price of admission, will also have the chance to ask artists like Froese questions about their work.

“It’s an opportunity for artists to experience the mode of working while interacting," he said.

Garcia-Luna added that the event promotes contact between artists and members of the public to help enhance the vision of arts in the Friendly City.

This year’s events have been programmed to showcase arts that are not commonly seen.

“I use photography with my work and I'm going to be using the magic of light to be creating light drawings,” Garcia-Luna said. “It's a very interesting and fun process. Kids love it.”

Brownridge and Mullan will be demonstrating screen-printing, a technique that involves pressing ink through a woven mesh support to print a repeatable image.

De Glatigny will, herself, be showing her drawing and painting processes.

Not only do Froese and Garcia-Luna expect people who attend Saturday’s event to be interested, engaged and inspired by seeing art created in real time, but it’s a great experience for artists themselves.

“Artists often learn a lot from this experience. Collaborations come from situations like this,” said Froese. “It's beneficial in so many ways.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Friendly, Mexico City

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