Blue Night will feature work by 40 local artists.

Blue Night returns to the Kootenays

Artist showcase will feature 40 local artists at 18 venues.

The seventh installation of Blue Night begins tomorrow, with 18 venues hosting work by 40 local artists, and local organizer Brian Kalbfleisch is thrilled to introduce his lineup to the community.

“Blue night is a little more open,” said Kalbfleisch, comparing it to other comparable events.

“In our case, the venues decide which artist they want to exhibit. That’s up to them. I think that opened up the door for some artists who maybe haven’t been ready to apply for something like Artwalk or haven’t been able to meet the criteria.”

Kalbfleisch said the event is more casual and affordable. This year the work consists primarily of visual arts, and he said attendees can expect to “find watercolours, acrylics, oils, photography, mixed media, some felting and pen and ink, digital art and a large installation at Oxygen.”

Kalbfleisch said organizers were “playing” with the idea of art openings, and trying to demonstrate to the community how accessible art can be.

The opening night runs from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, and will be held simultaneously at all 18 venues, which include BiBO, Cotton Creek Clothing, The Royal, Relish Bistro, Bellaflora and a number of other locations.

For more information visit Blue Night Nelson on Facebook.

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