ARTS CULTURE OPEN SKY 16 Tuesday July 21 2015 HUGE SUMMER SAVINGS 17 DAYS SAVINGS JULY 15 31 2015 I Ser ving For t Smit h since 199 0 872 -2568 Monday - Friday 9AM - 8PM Saturday 9AM - 6PM Sunday 11AM - 6PMBreynat St. Fort Smith Open Sky festival returns to summertime slot for 15th anniversary By DALI CARMICHAEL After a year without Fort Simpsons fa- vourite summertime jubilee the Open Sky Festival has returned to its regular season. A slew of musicians and artists came to- gether at the Fort Simpson ats on July 11 and 12 to celebrate Open Skys 15th anniversary. Patrons of the arts took part in a weekend of musical performances workshops and pe- rusingthroughthewaresofnorthernvendors. At the same time they were welcome to explore an exhibit of artist Joseph Purcells prints and paintings which opened on July 10 and will run through August. Last year organizers chose to put on an autumn-themed event in lieu of the sum- mer celebration. The new Harvest Festival will live on in 2015 according to organiz- ers and will be held over the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13. PhotoscourtesyofJackieZingerOpenSkyCreativeSociety Open Sky Creative Society president Jackie Zinger shows off festival t-shirts at the merch tent. Lindsay Waugh Pat Coleman James Ross Linda Duford and Murray Dyck jam together in a collaborative performance. DehchoartistPhoebePunchleadsaworkshop on how to craft a traditional birch bark basket. Instructors Rosalind Mercredi and Sheila Bassey-Kellet take the lead on a community mosaic project.