Summer dawns in the Art Room in Chilliwack

The Art Room’s summer co-ordinators are, left to right, Hailey Shand, Chelsea Lewicki and Hannah Clark. - Submitted
The Art Room’s summer co-ordinators are, left to right, Hailey Shand, Chelsea Lewicki and Hannah Clark.
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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and summer is showing its face in gardens and mountains across the valley.

And last but not least, the season of sunshine is making an appearance at Vedder’s new Art Room, where summer programming abounds for people of all ages. With three program co-ordinators on tap, the Community Arts Council sees the Art Room ready to rumble for its first full summer following its grand opening last month.

The three coordinators have a wide range of expertise and passion between them: Hailey Shand is studying food and nutrition at UBC, and will be taking point with food programs for kids.

Chelsea Lewicki, studying up on visual arts in a B.A. program, is set to tackle general arts and crafts programs for middle-grade kids between the ages of  7 and 12.

Hannah Clark, entering her last year of high school, rounds out the Art Room musketeers; she’ll be working and playing with the Crayon Crew, an intensively fun arts and crafts course for those between the ages of 3 and 6.

The programs happen on a weekly basis throughout the summer, with some open to drop-in registration for the last minute artist.

And with a little bit of a helping hand from UFV, the Arts Council also offers two week-long theatre camps. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the performing arts, and culminates in a show for family and friends put on by the campers.

Teens have a choice of more specific art and crafts programs, including jewelry making, photography and more. A variety of classes and workshops are offered throughout the summer for both teens and adults, ranging from cooking to soap making.

• For more information visit www.chilliwackartscouncil.com or drop by the Art Room at 20-5725 Vedder Rd.

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