Lacombe Performing Arts Center adds artistic elements to exterior – Eckville Echo
The Lacombe Performing Arts Center (LPAC) recently added three installations to its outdoor space.
The artwork includes metal additions to the guitar topiary created last year, a freestanding piece placed in the new sculpture bed next to the guitar topiary, and a musical note on the southwest pony wall.
Given in memory of their mother, Myrtle Pallister, the Pallister family sponsored the metal musical note and guitar hedge sculptures. Myrtle was a strong supporter of the arts in Lacombe and a dedicated community volunteer.
Myrtle was an active participant in the Lacombe Performing Arts Festival, played glockenspiel for the Lacombe Lions community group, and enjoyed listening to the United Church Choir. She also volunteered at the Tuck Shop at Lacombe Hospital and was a strong supporter of the community.
The sculptures are designed by Ellen Corea and fabricated by local metalworker Tristin Kerekes.
Inspired by the Comedy and Tragedy dramatic masks, Trenton Thomas Leach of Rogue Art and Design donated his sculpture It was the best of times, it was the worst of times Time to the City of Lacombe Art Collection, located on the LPAC grounds.
The sculpture is designed to express the polarity of mental illness.
The yellow section is indicative of the mask we wear, the facade of happiness; the blue section represents the infinite sadness that hides behind the mask.
“My hope would be for the viewer to relate to their own experiences through this sculpture,” says Leach. “With the recent state of the world, I felt this topic was even more relevant. People were more isolated than they had ever been.
As the grounds continue to thrive, the community is invited to enjoy the green space and art.
The preschool and summer camps have made full use of the space and LPAC is delighted that the art is present for young people to experience as part of everyday life.