Music will be an integral part of the 2015 Art Walk and Sale which began last Friday morning with a small group of intrepid walkers visiting the first 20 of the 54 venues on this year’s walk.
Among the musical entertainers was one of the artists herself, Angie Holdal who played her guzheng (Chinese harp) for visitors outside of Zone 4 Hair Styling and Tanning where she is exhibiting a beautiful grouping of nature-inspired watercolours.
The walk opened at Laketown Furnishings where George Cornett played his guitar and visitors started their tour with refreshments and cookies and checking out the paintings of Anne Kohut.
Art interpreter Mary Forbes, Arty the ArtWalker Willie Dye, Mayor Walt Cobb and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett officially opened the walk.
Twenty businesses was a lot to cover in one day but most of the small group was able to complete the tour, have their passports stamped and listen to Forbes read out the small biographies which appear in the passport book.
The group visited Papyrus Printing to see the meticulous wildlife and wilderness paintings of Lucille Thompson Trudeau; The Missing Link to see the wildlife photographs which Rider Cheyne had taken in Africa; the whimsical hand-built teapots, cups and saucers and other pottery made by Jude Prevost on display at Lo’s Florist, the avant-garde quilt designs hanging at the Taseko/Gibraltar office created by Shirley Pascas.
At the Tribune/Weekend Advisor viewers saw the new white stoneware works by local potter Lesley Lloyd.
Walkers moved on to see the lively new collection of abstract paintings by Gladys Wheatley hanging at Cariboo Dental Clinic; the collection of nature scenes by Joan Bingham at FBB Fraser Bevz Broughton Chartered Accountants LLP; and the sculpture of Bruce Charbonneau at The Realm of Toys.
They also had an opportunity to meet Charbonneau in his Frame Creations by Bruce studio where the paintings of Kathleen Booth are displayed.
The group visited the Hobbit House to see the paintings of Sirkka McKerral; Lake City Glass to see the mandalas created by Cariboo Art Society members.
Visits were made to Kit and Kaboodle to see the paintings of Eleanor Friesen; to Adventure Games to see the art of tattoo artist Brian Garten; to Bloom ‘n’ Gifts to see the hand-crafted baskets by Debbie Lloyd.
They viewed photography at South 2nd Deli by Neil Gerrior and Janel Fraser; the mountain inspired oil paintings by Heidi Redl at the BMO Bank of Montreal; the multi-media paintings of Maeghan Watkinson at Sandtronic and the pottery of Colleen Kielman at Hub International Barton Insurance.
As an added bonus the group also viewed paintings by James Savage at BFF Fashions; jewellery by Geoff Bourdon at Woodland Jewellers; and paintings by Wendy Stewart at Walk-Rite Shoes.
There are far too many artists and businesses to mention here but the walk is all laid out in the art walk booklet provided by the BIA in which walkers can collect stamps for chances to win the grand prize necklace designed and created by Geoff Bourdon and valued at $550.
There are also draw boxes for prizes at every one of the 54 business hosts on the walk who are collectively featuring the work of more than 70 local and visiting artists.
Dye invites the public to get out and enjoy the creative talents of local artists as well as artists visiting from Bella Coola, Logan Lake, Quesnel, Pritchard and Merritt.
He also says walkers should be on the lookout for local merchants offering Art Walk special deals on selected products throughout the walk that wraps up Sept. 12 with the grand prize draw and people’s choice awards.