The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) hosted one of its ladies craft nights earlier this month. Ladies were able to create their own traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs also known as ‘pysanka.’
“I think it went really good!” said director Robin-Lee Vance at RAC’s April 13th meeting. “It was a much smaller group than we’re used to but I think it worked out better that way,” echoed RAC secretary Megan McNeil.
The group decided that they would be switching up the craft night and opening it up to gents. It will be sometime in June and the workshop will be ‘do it yourself masks.’ The goal is for attendees will make the masks and wear them the following month at RAC’s masquerade ball fundraiser. The ball is set to be on July 1st and is being hosted to raise money for RAC’s 6th annual summer YOUNG@Art camps. The Leader hears the evening will include live local music, food, a silent auction and door prizes. Early-bird tickets are on sale right now – $75 for a single and $100 for a couple. Those prices will be in place until around three weeks before the event and can be picked up by getting ahold of any of the RAC members. Details will be posted on www.facebook.com/LSLRegionalArtsCouncil.
Another hot topic of discussion at the April 13th meeting was the upcoming Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce spring trade show in May. This will be the first time that RAC is attending such an event. Apparently the goal is to sell tickets for the June craft night and masquerade ball but to also gain some exposure. Vance motioned to put aside $500 for RAC marketing and promotional material for the show.
On the smaller-scale fundraiser side of things, RAC communications co-ordinator Josh Freisen said he’d be working on drafting up a series.
“I can take the lead on one – maybe a cooking class?” he said. “I’ll have more information at our next meeting.”
For more info, call 780-849-4380 or go to the RAC Facebook page.
Pictured above is Rea-Anne Cope using the traditional waxing tool ‘kistka’ to put designs on her Ukrainian Easter egg earlier this month.
The final stage of creating pysanka is to burn off the layer of wax on the egg.