The 2011 Art Walk Show and Sale is producing lots of interest in the lakecity this summer.
Art Walk chair Willie Dye says visits to his business have doubled over last year’s art walk and there are still about 12 days left for people to complete this year’s walk which winds up on Sept. 9.
“I have had more than 200 visitors already,” Dye says.
Dye says he has also talked to some of the other participating merchants and they are also seeing more visitors and selling some of the art work on display.
While participating in the art walk people will also see and hear some local musicians performing at various times on various street corners.
Passport books to the art walk are free.
People who have their passport stamped at 30 of the 35 businesses have their names put in a draw for the grand prize of a pair of diamond earrings valued at about $800 from Woodland Jewellers.
Each of the participating merchants also has prize draw boxes.
The 2011 Art Walk and Sale is a project of the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area and the Station House Gallery and Gift Shop Society.
Passport books are available at various business outlets in Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel, Clinton, Bella Coola, Horsefly and Likely.
Completed passports should be dropped off at Western Financial Group, Lake City Glass, RONA and Laketown Furnishings.
Dye says it has also been brought to his attention that the hours of operation of businesses that are hosting artists are not posted in the Art Walk passport.
He apologizes for the oversight and hopes that no one has experienced a great deal of difficulty completing the Art Walk and sale due to his oversight.
To clarify the issue he provides the following information:
All merchants except RONA are closed on Labour Day.
All Merchants except RONA and Eloquence Spa and Salon are closed on Sundays.
The following merchants are closed Saturday: City of Williams Lake, The Williams Lake Tribune, Investors Group downtown Williams Lake office, Bank of Montreal.
The following merchants are closed Monday: Audio Video Unlimited, Frame Creations by Bruce, Annie’s Attic.
For specific information also go to www.downtownwilliamslake.com and click on the art walk hours link.
There are 35 businesses participating in the Art Walk.
Work by the artists is featured in the following locations.
Wood crafter George Phillips: Lake City Ford.
Painter Tahirih Goffic: Lake City Auto Care Mall.
Muralist and painter Dwayne Davis: Western Financial Group.
Painter Catherine Roland: The Computer Access Center.
Photographer Lindsey Martens: City of Williams Lake.
Glass artist Donna Williams: Creative Accents.
Painter Wayne Higgins: Sta-Well Health Foods.
Featured artist, the late Sonia Cornwall: Williams Lake and District Credit Union.
Photographer Devon Chappell: Bean Counter Bistro and Coffee Bar.
Mixed media artist Cat Fink: Johnston Meier Insurance.
Sculptor Jacob Gillespie: Borland Creek Craft Wines.
Photographer Leslie Rowse: Sears.
Mixed media artist Tegan Mailhot: CP Electronics.
Photographer Craig Smith: RONA.
Printmaker Kris Andrews: The Williams Lake Tribune.
Felt artist Liliana Dragowska: Cariboo Dental Clinic.
Photographer Leah Selk: Investors Group Financial Services.
Encaustic painter Shannon (Norberg) Williamson: About Face Photography/Kids Kloset;Frame by Frame Custom Framing/Suit Up Men’s Wear.
Painter Lynda Sawyer: Audio-Video Unlimited.
Photographer Casey Bennett: End of the Roll.
Painter Anne Kohut: Laketown Furnishings.
Painter Kathryn Steen: Annie’s Attic.
Painter and nature illustrator Lee Sollenberger: The Open Book.
Potter Bev Pemberton and jewelry designer Geoff Bourdon: Woodland Jewellers.
Tattoo artist Brian Garten: Barking Spider.
Common Threads textile exhibit: Station House Gallery.
Photographer Liz Twan: Frame Creations by Bruce.
Glass artist Beth Holden: Designer Consigner.
Photographer Darlene Doskoch: Lake City Glass.
Potter Joan Beck: Dollar Dollar.
Photographer Laureen Carruthers: Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Area office.
Potter Lesley Lloyd: Eloquence Spa and Salon.
Photographer Geoff Moore: Bank of Montreal.
Paper tole artist Sharon Sipes: Elaine’s Natural Foods.
Photographer Chris Hornby: Mulberry Lane.