Art Gallery Paint In returns as an in-person event after a two-year hiatus

This year, up to 150 artists from Vancouver and Gulf Island are set to take their studios back to the streets.

Join a celebration of human creativity and rub shoulders with 30,000 fellow art lovers at the TD Art Gallery Paint-In, Victoria’s largest outdoor art festival, on Moss Street on Saturday.

This is the 33rd anniversary of this family event, organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. No in-person events were held in 2020 and 2021, with the gallery publishing a TD Artist Guide (in print and online) both years to support local artists instead.

This year, up to 150 artists from Vancouver and Gulf Island are set to take their studios back to the streets.

“The TD Art Gallery Paint-In is a day-long celebration of Vancouver Island art and artists,” said Nancy Noble, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. . “We look forward to welcoming thousands of people from across the region to Moss Street, to join us in supporting artists in our community.”

Both sides of Moss Street for 10 blocks – from Fort Street to Dallas Road – will be lined with artists demonstrating their craft by painting, sculpting, drawing, making pottery and other art forms that the public can enjoy. see.

“I will encourage children to play with my easel,” said Sandhu Singh, a watercolor artist. “I was very lucky in discovering art. It gives me purpose – and I always try to inspire others.

The 52-year-old, who works full-time as a cardiac nurse, recalls a lifelong love for art – but he only picked up his brush after becoming a father. His works primarily feature instantly recognizable locations, all imbued with a characteristic use of bright, bold color.

He can be found, with a brush always at hand, somewhere between Rockland Avenue and Richmond Road.

Besides the artists, there will be eight Imagination Stations, where people can participate in hands-on art activities or find information about the festival. A family-friendly beer garden will be set up on the grounds of the art gallery with live music, performances and canned music throughout the day on an adjacent stage. Both run between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Four-legged friends are not forgotten, with free drinks at Bosley’s Pet Station.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will be open, allowing people to see Ornate, Maud Lewis, Reverbs and

Emily Carr: see and be seen, current gallery exhibitions. Free guided tours of Maud Lewis will take place at noon and 2 p.m.

Affordable original artwork by local artists will be available for purchase in the Massey Sales Gallery.

The TD Art Gallery Paint-In is free (donations are accepted at donation stations dotted along the route). The art gallery (admission by donation) opens at 10 a.m., with street activities taking place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Moss Street will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there is no on-street parking during the event. Visitors are encouraged to take the bus, bike or walk. Bicycle parking is available at Central Middle School on Fort Street.

To volunteer or for more information, visit aggv.ca.

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