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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
June 14, 2007

Wolseley Arts Festival

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the creative participants and organizers of the first annual Wolseley Arts Festival. The festival was held from June 1-3 at the Robert A. Steen Community Club. The display of talent and imagination was characteristic of all that Wolseley and West Broadway are known for, bold creativity and a celebration of community diversity.

Works showcased included visual, performing and literary arts and crafts submitted by 67 different artists from the Wolseley, West Broadway, area. Some of the art even came from Wolseley's youth, including students from Mulvey, Wolseley and Laura Secord schools, as well as the very popular community art program, Art City.

The festival's opening night was evident of the whole weekend's success, with artists, volunteers and community members enjoying each others' artistic perspectives and creations. During the weekend, the activities included a popular outdoor stage that provided a venue for the many performing artists. Personally, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet the many different artists and performers and to learn more about their work.

I would like to commend the volunteers and especially the main organizers of this wonderful occasion: Aynsley Anderson, Laura Daniel and Jim Palmquist. An event of this size always requires a lot of organization and planning to make it look flawless and for everyone to be able to enjoy themselves. As I said in my own remarks on opening night, I was very pleased to end up as the first donor to the inaugural Wolseley Arts Festival, and I very much look forward to supporting this vibrant celebration of the arts in our community in the years ahead.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.