Arty the Art Walker (Willie Dye) participated in the Stampede Parade and will be on hand for the opening Thursday at Lake City Ford.

Arty the Art Walker (Willie Dye) participated in the Stampede Parade and will be on hand for the opening Thursday at Lake City Ford.

2014 Art Walk begins Thursday

The 2014 Art Walk and Sale officially begins tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 7 with a grand opening followed by a guided tour.

The 2014 Art Walk and Sale officially begins tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 7 with a grand opening followed by a guided tour for art walkers of approximately 20 of the participating businesses.

Arty the Art Walker aka Willie Dye says the grand opening of the 2014 Art Walk will take place at Lake City Ford at 11:30 a.m. and both MLAs Coralee Oates and Donna Barnett have been invited to attend.

About noon, following the opening art walkers will be invited to join interpreters Harry Jennings and Mary Forbes on the first art walk around the city.

Following the opening to be kicked off at Lake City Ford at 11:30 a.m.

Art-walkers are invited to meet at Lake City Ford and join the tour that will be guided by interpreters Harry Jennings and Mary Forbes.

In a unique swap Merritt and Williams Lake have hosted some artists from their respective communities during their respective art walks, Merritt in July and Williams Lake in August.

The art walk runs Aug. 7 to Sept. 6 and features the work of 52 artists paired with local businesses for display. Artists from Bella Coola, Merritt, Sun Peaks, Horsefly, Kelowna, Hornby Island will join artists from Williams Lake in showing their work during the walk. Twenty-two of the artists will be showing their work for the first time on the art walk.

There will also be great prizes, great murals to see and a great opportunity for exercise, say organizers.

As in past years there will be a silent auction of art happening during the walk.

Numerous special arts and culture events are planned during Art Walk including a student walk, a bicycle tour of the walk, people’s choice award, busking.

Every year Art Walk attempts to find an extra special reason for people to do the walk other than to view the great art. This year the reason is another impressive grand prize, a necklace, handcrafted by local jeweller Geoff Bourdon.

It is a 24.04 ct. rutilated quartz in a handmade sterling silver setting.

All types of art is represented on the walk including oils, water colours, pencil drawings, pottery, acrylics, weaving, photography, airbrush art, quilting, carving, jewellery, doll making and more.

For complete details on participation, pick up one of the Art Walk booklets that are now available at various locations around the city.