ArtWalk plans Canada Day blowout

L.V. Rogers students and local artists joining forces with 18 local venues.

ArtWalk is on Canada Day this year.

ArtWalk on Canada Day?

That’s the risky proposition the Nelson and District Art Council’s new executive director Sydney Black faced when starting her position earlier this year.

But after teaming up with the Chamber of Commerce and expanding the mandate of the 28-year-old institution, she’s convinced this ArtWalk will be the biggest and best yet.

“We’ve joined forces with the chamber, so we’re actually listed as a Canada Day event this year,” said Black, noting the primary activities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

“People who want to go downtown and experience Nelson on Canada Day will have their pick of 18 venues that are featuring work from over 30 artists.”

Those artists include L.V. Rogers students, mentored by teacher Jason Peil, who will showcase their work in the youth centre. Black said the experience was educational for the kids involved.

“They got the opportunity to learn about everything from pricing, to naming their work, to looking at applications and how you can apply for arts funding.”

During the event local songstress Melody Diachun will perform live jazz in the street with her husband Doug Stephenson while Slava Doval and her dance crew take over Baker St.

There will be a face-painter, a community chalk project, storytellers, clowns and performances from Discover Circus.

“It’s been amazing to see the talent Nelson has been continually producing over the last 28 years,” Black said. “This is a summertime experience.”

Black says the arts council is in a time of transition, and she’s excited about a number of upcoming developments.

“We’ve got an artist residency coming up, a dance teacher showcase, and we’re starting to really get ingrained in the Cultural Development Committee so we can sort out ways to support arts in this community. I think the arts council is getting ready to explode.”

The arts council AGM, which will also be an opportunity for artists and venues from ArtWalk to meet, will be held at Sage Tapas and Wine Bar on Tuesday at 5 p.m. But first Black’s got to pull off her first ArtWalk, a task she feels up to.

“I think it’s really exciting to see what ArtWalk’s grown from and I’m excited about where it’s going.”

 

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Lemon Creek fuel truck driver gets $20,000 fine

Danny LaSante was sentenced in Nelson court today

LVR presents tense jury room drama

12 Angry Jurors runs Feb. 28 to March 3 in a unique venue, directed by Robyn Sheppard

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read