Pemberton’s art community has it MADE on Saturday (Nov. 24) with its signature event celebrating its fifth year.
Music, art, dance and expression (MADE) is an annual event put on by the Pemberton Arts Council to showcase everything art in the community.
Arts council chair Daved “Moldy” Moldofsky said MADE is a great celebration for the community in addition to a showcase for art.
“It is basically an opportunity for the community to experience the creativity that is going on and to be aware of the artists,” he said. “Getting people out to promote culture and art in the community is what the arts council is about.
“It really is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to show their stuff and for people to see the what is going on.”
Now in its fifth year the event averages 35 to 40 artists showcasing a variety of disciplines from the visual arts to dance and music.
Moldofsky noted that for a population of 3,000 people in Pemberton, to have so many artists is significant and the fact that 300 to 400 people attend the event regularly also speaks volumes to the community as an audience.
Moldofsky noted the art community in Pemberton continues to grow with at least 10 new artists joining the council and the annual art show each year.
“There are so many artists and they keep coming out of the woodwork,” he said.
While the event will feature new artists and old, for the most part the work that will be displayed is new and has yet to be shown.
Another community benefit is the support of the Pemberton Distillery with a Schramm vodka and gin martini bar. Moldofsky said the artisan craft distillery fits the mandate of the event.
“We are really happy to have them involved and I think it adds an element to it, something that is unique to Pemberton hat we are lucky to have,” he said.
The one-night art party began with the arts council wishing to fully utilize the community centre.
“Really we created the event as an opportunity to showcase our artists and an opportunity for community to come out and experience art in general,” he said. “It changes the energy of the building quite drastically, which is kind of cool with celebrating the community and everybody getting out.”
There are not tickets, however, as admission is by donation. Modofsky said the idea is to not limit people’s access to art and culture through a financial restraint.
“We figured we would have a community event that is open to everyone,” he said.
MADE begins at 8 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. on Saturday night at the community centre.