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Artists Talk forum in Orillia will explore creativity and its roots

Hear artists talk about their work, see and hear them perform. and engage in conversation with them; Event slated for Feb. 22 at Orillia Opera House

What is creativity? Where does it come from? How and why does it manifest itself in different aspects of human activity and artistic endeavour?

It has been said that the ability to imagine something which has never existed, and to create that which has never before been seen or heard, is the characteristic which separates homo sapiens from other species on this planet. True or not, the question of what makes some people create while others do not is an intriguing one.

Artists Talk, an event coming to the Orillia Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 22, will provide an opportunity to hear from several artists — some local, some from Toronto — as to why they need to create and how they go about doing so.

At the event, you will meet four talented artists from four artistic backgrounds: painter Will McGarvey, dance artist Heidi Strauss, hybrid media artist Luke Garwood, and singer/songwriter Zachary Lucky. Learn about the creative inspiration that drives their work.

Along with these established artists, you will also meet four local emerging artists: visual artist Leo Martyn, dancer Lauren Cookson, and musicians Veda Sharpe and Bayze Murray.

See examples of their art. Hear them talk about their work. See and hear them perform. Engage in conversation with them. Be at the Orillia Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event will run from 2 until 4 p.m.

This event is being presented by Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture, a local charity which is dedicated to building a new home for creative arts, education, and innovation in Orillia.

To purchase tickets online visit The Orillia Opera House or stop by their box office at 20 Mississaga St. W. any day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.