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Springtide 2013 brings spring, history

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The Charleswood Art Group’s Springtide 2013 art show and sale will try and give people what they’ve been longing for from April 26 to 28 at the Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd.

"We all need spring so badly that we’re having a lot of silk floral arrangements sprinkled around the show," said Springtide co-chair and art group member Bonnie Taylor.

And with spring dawning on Charleswood’s Centennial, the artists have turned to history for inspiration.

Len Van Roon Sr. posted hundreds of old photographs online from the Charleswood Historical Society collection, Taylor said, and some artists have used them to render scenes from the past with their paint brushes.

If art buyers want "a souvenir - something that is special - of the centenary, that is ideal," Taylor said.

There will be at least 500 paintings for sale by 32 of the group’s 45 artists at prices as low as $1 for art card reproductions, $4 for original art cards, and up to several hundred dollars for larger framed originals. Many original works will sell for under $100, she said.

All proceeds from a silent auction of 32 original works (one from each artist) will go to an art therapy program at CancerCare Manitoba, as will 5% of all sales.

Springtide 2013 will run on Friday, April 26 from 5 to 9 p.m., on the Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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