Posted by SCENE Staff & Pearson Montgomery, Art City Participant | Saturday April 14, 2012
Trailer for "Art City" documentary
Idle chat can sometimes produce great things. Art City Artistic Director Eddie Ayoub and MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand Exec Producer Cam Bennett had a chance encounter on a city bus one day.
Their exchange resulted in a heart-warming documentary about a friendly community art studio located in West Broadway called Art City.
Filmmakers Scott Collins & Anita Lebeau follow the evolution of Art City to its current larger-than-life celebration of community art at their Body Movin' Parade. The film includes an interview with Art City founder and internationally renowned artist Wanda Koop as well as numerous archival photographs.
Pearson Montgomery, a ten year old Art City participant, shares his enthusiasm for what Art City means to him.
Pearson Montgomery (Josh Rush)
Some people may see Art City as just a building, with a big golden bicycle on top. I see Art City as more family than staff. They are very good friends and I always have something to share with them.
Art City is like a second home. When I am doing my art I feel happy. I am able to express my feelings using art, so I can sing, I can write, I can paint, I can draw my feelings. I can SHOW someone how I feel through my artwork.
Art City is a great place for children and everyone to come because it is free and there is a free snack but mainly...it changes your life! Doing art is a great way to deal with stress, express your feelings and also to learn. Art City gives you a chance to also learn about culture and history, because art is a big part of culture.
We have learned a lot about Aboriginal art, the woodlands painting, soapstone carving, drum making, sharing sticks, also some African cultural art and Japanese drumming. There is a lot of culture that comes through Winnipeg. It's a part of us.
Art City is the best!
*** You can attend a free screening of Art City on Sunday April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Muriel Richardson
Auditorium, 300 Memorial Boulevard.
In the meantime, listen to the Weekend Morning Show Sunday April 15 at 8:15 a.m.for an interview with Art City Artistic Director Eddie Ayoub.