This year’s Nelson ArtWalk will feature 27 venues, nine of which are new to the event. Photo: Submitted

This year’s Nelson ArtWalk will feature 27 venues, nine of which are new to the event. Photo: Submitted

Over 60 artists, 27 venues at this year’s ArtWalk

There are two openings: Friday, June 24 and Friday, July 29.

Submitted by Nelson and District Arts Council

The Nelson and District Arts Council is very excited to be bringing ArtWalk back to the streets of Nelson, and apparently so were the artists.

Applications were rolling in and this year ArtWalk is bigger than ever with 27 venues all throughout town and over 60 artists showing their work, sometimes for the first time in public. The pandemic may have given folks the opportunity to get into creating art for the first time or to hone their skills, and the quality of art that will be on display will be outstanding.

There will also be eight mini-performance areas around town to entertain the wandering art lovers with their musical performances. All of these are listed on the 3,000 brochures all around town, on website at ndac.ca/nelson-artwalk and on our social media. Keep your eyes peeled for Bessie Wapp on stilts and the AKFO puppets as well.

There are many returning venues as well as new locations to add to the map. “With 27 venues I don’t think you can see them all in one night, so you need to be strategic about your ArtWalk opening night experience,” states Stepanie Myers, ArtWalk co-ordinator. But the art that is going up on Friday, June 24 will be up for a while with the second batch going up for Friday, July 29, the second opening.

There are nine new to ArtWalk venues, including Kootenay Co-op Radio.

“Kootenay Co-op Radio strives to be creative and cultural hub in our community. We are proud to participate in this year’s ArtWalk and support the Kootenay artisan communities,” says KCR board chair Michelle Oakley.

Both professional and emerging artists will be on display and of course for sale. NDAC is very honoured to be able to work to support artists in a multitude of ways. They hope the community will join them June 24 to admire and buy some art.