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New space for artists at Mortar and Brick

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 Mortar and Brick offers a new spaces for southern Alberta artists to display their work. Joel Stretch performs at the opening of Mortar and Brick, Thursday, Sept. 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 They had a special pre-opening at their location ( at 20 316 7th street South), this week just in time for Arts Days with live music and a new exhibit “On Solid Ground.”


“It’s not specifically for Blackfoot artists but for  all contemporary  artists in the area,” said co-owner Cheryl Baxter.
“Though we have an exhibit coming up with a local curator  of Blackfoot artists,” she said, adding she has a lot of experience running an art gallery.
“I’ve been involved with Galleries for 30 years,” she said.
“I ran a  gallery in Canmore and Banff then my husband got a wonderful job halfway across the world. When I moved here I wanted to find an art community,”  she said, noting she joined up with partners Tim and Andrea Sandul, who have owned the Port Coworking space for the past two years, to incorporate a public workspace into Mortar and Brick.
“So we’ll also be holding events, weddings and corporate events here,” said Andrea Sandul.

“We have a large room here for meetings. We can supply a printer and coffee for them,” Sandul said. adding they have been working on getting the space together since May.
“We still have a few things to touch up,” she said.Some of the art as part of The on Solid Ground exhibit at Mortar and brick, which opened, Sept. 27. photo by Richard Amery
They aren’t planning on organizing any events themselves, but will rent out the space to other individuals and groups.

 


“We have a storytelling night booked in October,” she said.


Another October event is Oct. 17— an evening with Renae Peterson, who founded  Beauty from the Inside out, a program to help young women with their self esteem through modelling, makeup and dress.
They are planning an official grand opening later in the year.
More information and their schedule is at https://www.mortarandbrickyql.com/

A version of this story appears in the Oct. 3, 2018 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times
— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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