The R.M. of Weyburn recently announced that the recipients of the 2023 Art Farm Scholarship are Krystal Glowatski and Malia Brackpool of CollabArtive Studios, and the Weyburn Crocus Quilters.
This is the last year of the five-year scholarship opportunity from the popular local event, which saw thousands attend, with 40 artists displaying their works, painting opportunities for children, space for non-profit organizations, food vendors, and live music.
The event ran from 2013 to 2017, and a scholarship from the event's profits was administered each year since 2018 by the R.M. of Weyburn.
Former Art Farm board member Rickee-Lee, in a previous story, shared what it was like to experience one of the five Art Farm events for those who didn't get to go.
"It was the most magical place," she exclaimed. "It was on a farm just South of Weyburn, Saskatchewan. We had about 40 visual artists there every year, ages ranging from 8 to 90, and different mediums from metal to photography to painting to fabric. We had live music all day. We had a kid's stage. We had dancers. We had grassroots kids' activities and animals, so horses and dogs. Painting of rocks and the arena."
She said one year just over 3,000 people show up to the big event.
"We started it as a grassroots, with eleven of us that came together," shared Rickee-Lee.
"We were all artists and we wanted to share our work and have a space to sell it and make some money too and support our local artists. And so we got together and ran a Christmas show and we ended up having 300 people show up. And so we decided to do something in the summer and Art Farm was born and it lasted for five years. And it was incredible. We had healthy food, we teamed up with other nonprofits for them to also make money or we had the Young Fellows that helped us out when we were just getting started and we didn't have any funds to, you know get us going and to help us with our raffle."
"We had all sorts of people and it was just this beautiful day to get outside, enjoy the Saskatchewan Prairies, enjoy art and see what amazing talent is really in Weyburn and the surrounding area."