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Weyburn’s Art Farm - Cultivating a different kind of crop

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Abraham van der Breggen readies his acreage for Art Farm which takes place Saturday, June 14. More than 30 vendors will have their art displayed for sale at the family-friendly event held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. five minutes south of Weyburn on Highway 35. Follow the Art Farm signs.

The Art Farm Board, 11 "Articulturists", join together to create an avenue of opportunity for the local art scene.

Abraham and Heather van der Breggen are opening their farmyard on June 14 to host 'Art Farm II', the collaboration of art in a farm atmosphere which is sure to appeal to both vendors and patrons alike. 'Art Farm' an opportunity to expose our local talented artists, while giving the public the chance to view and purchase original works of art.

What better venue than the Saskatchewan prairies?

Art Farm takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the van der Breggen acerage, five minutes south of Weyburn on Highway 35, turn right on TWN 080. Follow the Art Farm signs.

Over 30 local artists participate.

"We have a diverse group of artist friends, both accomplished and emerging. Painters, potters, photographers, wood and metal sculptures exhibit; giving a market type experience in a casual country ambience," said Heather.

Heather, Abraham, and their daughter Rickee-Lee Webster and many volunteers worked tirelessly to have the acreage ready for the local artists, vendors and entertainment.

"We are grateful to our friends, family, and fellow artists who have volunteered their time in preparation and execution of this event," said Rickee-Lee.

There will be musical performances by Alfredo Aguiar-Marques and Chase Ryan, Vic Messer and Joe Weisgerber and well as Tree Folk and Friends. Horses, saddles, carnival boards will be set up for photo opportunities as well as face painting, animal balloons and wagon rides.

"We would like to thank the RM of Weyburn for sponsoring our entertainment and children's activities," said Heather.

The event supports not only the local artists, but many aspects of the community as well. Non-profit organizations, The Weyburn Youth Centre and Intorerance Free Weyburn, will be providing food as fundraisers for their programming. In addition there will be iced coffees' and tea, cupcakes, and homemade chocolate.

Art Farm has partnered with the Weyburn Kinsmen Club for a raffle of four works of art by local artists, Rickee-Lee Webster, Regan Lanning, Terry Cruerer and Kim Schneider to help cover the expenses of organizing this event.

There is also a bonus draw for a ECOFAV donated by Ron Knox.

"Our intention is to expose and open the hearts of others to art," said Heather. "We are following our dreams and we want to support other people doing the same."

There is ample parking at Art Farm including accessible spots. Admission is $2 and children 12 and under are free. Be sure you attend the event to kick of the summer.

'Art Farm' will take place rain or shine, so if need be, break out your rubber boots and umbrellas, all artist are in tents or buildings.


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