GLOW Festival Lights Up Boyle Street Again

  • GLOW Festival. Mike Siek

  • GLOW Festival. Mike Siek

  • GLOW Festival. Mike Siek

On March 18, an estimated 200 people celebrated the arrival of spring by taking part in a lantern parade along the Armature. The evening turned out to be exceptionally windy and rather bitterly cold – really not spring-like at all.

The participants, hardy Edmontonians all, remained in high spirits. All the same, they were glad to take shelter inside the Boyle Street Plaza at the end of the march, where hot chocolate was on offer.

The lanterns, which bounced vigorously in the breezes and threatened to escape, represented prehistoric sea creatures, including jellyfish, star fish, prehistoric sturgeon, and a giant sea turtle. These creations were the result of eight free lantern-making workshops organized by Quarters Arts. Held at the Hyatt Place Hotel, March 2 to 18, the workshops drew approximately 100 people of all ages.

Quarters Arts is a non-profit society engaging in citizen-led projects that honour the heritage and explore the diversity of Boyle Street.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Outdoor Way of the Cross – Due to the wet, cold weather on Good Friday, April 14, attendance was down at the annual Outdoor Way of the Cross from about 660 (in recent years) to only 300 at the peak. This year’s theme was “The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are one” based on Pope Francis’s letter laudato si that notes that poor people pay the greatest price for our disregard of taking care of the environment. We walked for the first time west of 101 Street in the shadow of Rogers Place. Text: Jim Gurnett Photo: Michael Hoyt

  • Treasures of Ukrainian Wood Carvings – This exhibit was featured at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (106 Avenue and 98 Street) on April 1-2, 2017. It also included a fine art show and sale, as well as performances. Paula E. Kirman

  • Making Art, Making Smiles – Ann-Marie Johnson on her final day of watercolour art classes (April 3), offered by instructor Bruce in conjunction with Inner City Pastoral Ministries (ICPM) at Bissell Centre. Yovella M.

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