With the gardens in full bloom and summer finally making an appearance, it is time to celebrate the summer season properly. The NWMP Barracks Provincial Historic Site is delighted to announce the return of a popular summer program this year on Sunday afternoons in August from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Art in the Park: Sunday Social is our nod to past traditions of gathering up the entire family and bringing them to the mountains for fresh air, picnics, and impromptu socials. With the amazing work our volunteers have put into the gardens and grounds at the NWMP Barracks, a Sunday Social seemed the perfect excuse to invite our friends to come round.
If the picturesque setting of the NWMP Barracks was not enough of a draw, local musicians will play between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. You can expect to see musicians delivering everything from classical to jazz standard to world music while guests relax next to our amazing gardens. You can also sip from another stream of creativity while on site as we will be working with local artists and artisans to host demonstrations and “live art” while offering their pieces and products for purchase.
MUSIC | Heather Jean Jordan
Heather Jean Jordan is a professional Singer-Songwriter and Educator based in Banff, Alberta. Growing up on a farm in rural Manitoba she fell in love with the magic of communal music-making and the majesty of nature. A Classically-Trained Singer & Pianist, and Self-Taught Ukulele Player, who loves to write, perform and share the joy of music with all ages, she’s been touring, performing and teaching locally and across the prairies for the past decade.
A firm believer in music as a natural healing instinct, wherever the music leads, Heather Jean follows. Genre hopping from Folk to Opera to Children’s Music, or wherever the moment demands, she is inexorably drawn to those perfectly human moments of togetherness, and a sucker for a good story and a foot-tapping tune. Her intention in any performance is always to create a connection and break through the shell- be it through laughter, tears, or a good old fashioned happy dance. The hope being that we all come away feeling a little more hopeful, and a lot less alone.
ARTISTS | Dana Roman and Isabelle Guilmette
Dana Roman | Since moving to small town in Canadian Rockies in 1997, Dana became a studio artist and now works in mixed media and textiles. She won awards for her art locally, nationally and internationally.Dana was trained as an architect and worked for 10 years in architectural firms, before she decided to switch to art. For the next 20 years Dana was painting, designing and manufacturing textile art pieces and artwear made of her painted silks. She wholesaled her production and one of a kind pieces through her Toronto based business Artacious. Dana’s latest pieces use upcycled, eco-dyed, hand made, and painted fabrics. Dana finds inspiration for her art while hiking in the backcountry, scrambling the mountain.
Isabelle Guilmette | It is in the spring of 2016 that Isabelle developed a passion for Soap Making. Developing recipes with different oils and natural exfoliants was just the beginning of her creating self care products. She will be joining us to share her love of natural exfoliants and oils and the process to which she is crafting them.
To protect the health of our guests, a number of measures will be in place during the Art In the Park event, including capacity management on the grounds, a 6 foot distance between artists, and hand sanitizer at the entrance and at each artist tent. Visitors are highly encouraged, though not mandated, to wear masks.