It’s the 20th anniversary of the Lake Country ArtWalk this weekend as artists and the public will gather for what’s being called the largest arts festival in the B.C. Interior.
The two-day festival showcases original works of art and live performances created by visual and performing artists living in the Okanagan Valley. More than 300 artists of all media will be exhibiting over 3,000 original works of art with the event expected to host to over 7,000 visitors.
Visitors will explore the 2013 theme of ArtWalk – ‘It’s About Time’ – throughout the festival, in both art and activities – including a theme gallery and theatrical performance. As part of the festival, Creekside Theatre will be hosting the highly anticipated production of Johnny Vallis: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Saturday Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening ceremonies take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in a celebration featuring special guests and birthday cake. ArtWalk offers artist demonstrations, art talks, musical entertainment, and opportunities for all ages to participate in artmaking. Special 20th anniversary events include a Hawaiian Style Quilt Show, an artist Paint-Off, a Quick Draw competition and auction, time-lapse photography and chalk art.
ArtWalk began under the leadership of Jody Lafontaine at Holiday Park Resort in 1994. For the last 15 years, ArtWalk has taken place at Lake Country Community Complex and been organized entirely by a dedicated group of volunteers, with the support of the municipality of Lake Country and generous sponsors. ArtWalk’s mandate is to support the artists of the Okanagan, to provide the latest and best artworks to view, buy and enjoy, and to provide a great family-friendly arts festival.
The event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Country Community Complex on Bottom Wood Lake Rd.
ArtWalk offers free parking with shuttle service from Winfield Curling Club to the ArtWalk site. Admission is $2 with proceeds the arts’ community.