A perfect partnership in Balfour

The Coffee, Bake and Art Show at the Balfour Community centre last month was a community partnership of two local organizations

The Coffee, Bake and Art Show at the Balfour Community centre last month was a community partnership of two local organizations — St. Michael and All Angels Women’s Guild and local artists from the Balfour area.

This was a well-attended event and both artists and women’s guild benefited by it as a joint enterprise.

The ladies of the women’s guild provided coffee and cakes and sold baked goods as well as plants and seedlings.

There were door prizes and a raffle for a painting donated by Andrea Gardener.

“In the past we spent the winter on knitting and sewing projects, but many of the ladies are unable to do that anymore,” said Micahel Lavinnder, who is a member of the women’s guild.

Marilyn Stacey, who is a member of both groups, came up with the idea of joining with the local artists to help pick up the slack.

“The group that helped out with the art show are members of my painting classes that I have been teaching in my studio in Balfour for the last two years,” said Gardener. “Having experienced the value of being able to show my own work to the public, I am open to all possibilities of developing opportunities for my students to show their work.”

“I think the event also allowed opportunity for outsiders to the church community to participate in this event where they might not have before,” she added.

The plan is to repeat this cooperative event in the fall.


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