Despite the smoke, 9 sketchers made the adventure to Ralph Klein Park. 👏 This location at one time was one of our sketcher’s (Tanya) office….imagine to work in such beauty! 😊 Great to see sketchers getting in more than one sketch per session.
Next sketch outing is Aug 7 at the Millarville Church. This will be our second annual road trip. 🚗 Note: If there is a last minute event at the church, our event will be moved to the Millarville Market instead.
Description: Shepard Wetland at Ralph Klein Park functions as both a stormwater storage facility and a treatment wetland that naturally filters stormwater, improving the quality of stormwater before it is discharged south to the Bow River. At 156 hectares (385 acres), it is the largest constructed stormwater treatment wetland in Canada. The grounds themselves have a picnic area, a community orchard that boasts five varieties of pear trees and eight varieties of apple trees, and public art, titled Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels, by Beverly Pepper. This artwork sits on a hill and whistles when the wind blows through.
Description: The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs cover several acres of land. It started out as a 400 square foot ornamental garden within the existing BirthPlace Forest. Volunteers have tirelessly turned this area into a beautiful garden. There are over fourteen individual gardens each displaying unique features, all accessible by mulch paths. If you love to paint flowers, this is your spot.
Note it is also a dog off leash area. Expect extra attention and possibly a nose painting added to your sketch by a friendly canine.
Find a spot and start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier. Plan to meet up at 13:15 east side of parking lots, north end of the Border Garden. (Near the entrance to the Botanical Gardens.) See Garden Directory tab in website below.
It is my understanding there are no Canada Day celebrations in the park, so it should be pretty quiet.
Description: 💎One of Calgary’s jewel parks.💎 As per Calgary Parks website, “Prince’s Island was named after Peter Anthony Prince, a lumberman from Quebec who came to Calgary in 1886 and founded the Eau Claire Lumber Mill. The Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company dug a channel (now the lagoon) to get logs from Kananaskis closer to the Calgary sawmill, resulting in an island. In 1889 Prince formed the Calgary Water Power Company to supply electric streetlights to the town. Despite its name, the company used steam generators powered by sawdust until 1893 when Prince built Calgary’s first hydro-electric plant near the east end of the lagoon. After his death in 1925 the mill was still operational until 1944. The land was purchased by The City from the remaining Prince family in 1947 for development of park land.”
Meet: Find a spot and start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier. Plan to meet up at 11:30 at the large steps/seating area at the channel/lagoon on the east side of the main bridge from Eau Claire, on the north side of the channel/lagoon. See map posted below. It is here we will share sketches and have a photo op.
If you are not comfortable meeting, then you are welcome to go during the week. Send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon July 1. Email address listed on our web page, . jpg format preferred. Or post on our Facebook Page and I will grab it.
June 26 Session 1 (Official) – 10:00 am – 12:15 Photo Op 12:30 Session 2 – (Extra) 1:00 pm – ???? To be discussed
Description: The Glenmore Dam and area, along the Elbow River Pathway in the SW, is a vast area to explore, with a feast of vantages for your choosing. Ideas include the view from the top of the dam, view from the east side of the dam, the Water Treatment Plant building itself (built in 1933), the view from below the dam on the north side, and view of Elbow River.
I am going to try something different. Since the area is so vast, we will have two sketch sessions. The morning session will be the “official” one. If there is an appetite for the second session we will discuss the particulars at the photo op.
Park in the parking lot next to Safety City. See image below.
Meet: I will stay in the parking lot until 9:45 to describe the area if you are unfamiliar. Otherwise, find a spot and start sketching when you arrive. Feel free to arrive earlier. Plan to meet up at 12:30 back in the Safety City parking lot to share sketches, and for a quick photo-op.
If you are not comfortable meeting, then you are welcome to go during the week. Send your sketch to Belinda Ramscar by noon June 27. Email address listed on our web page, . jpg format preferred. Or post on our Facebook Page and I will grab it.
Inclement Weather: Event may be rescheduled. You will be given ample notice.
Don’t forget to bring your mask! Must be worn when we can not maintain the proper social distance, especially when we are meeting for the photo op.
I have been eyeing this spot for a while, and finally we made it. 12 people joined the event. We managed to find shade next to semi-trailers parked on the south side🌞😎
The building has loads of personality!!!! You could see exposed sandstone, windows with arches that were covered over, and a tree growing on the roof. We were on the YYC flight path for a bit, just had to pause and dream about being on one again. Pigeons must have had a loft there, as they made an appearance once in a while. You could hear the trains shunting back and forth, whistle blowing once in a while.
Definitely a spot to go back to, interesting views wherever you sat.
Next event is June 26 – Glenmore Dam area, upper and lower.