Get ready for art

Some of the booths during the 2010 Celebration of the Arts.

Some of the booths during the 2010 Celebration of the Arts.

Valley artists are busy getting ready to present their artwork at the upcoming 4th Annual Barriere Celebration of the Arts on June 25 and 26, on the grass at Barr K Treats, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. both days.

During the past three years this showcase of artistic talent has featured upwards of 60 vendors who have offered an extremely impressive number of high quality works to the public.  And the public have certainly been strong supporters of this annual presentation, as they attend the event, browse the artwork on display, and purchase many personally chosen items to be displayed in their own homes or to be used as gifts.

Kids enjoy the event as well, taking full advantage of the children’s art area, where they can paint on a giant canvas or learn about the world of art.

Two full days of creativity wouldn’t be complete without talented musicians providing music that everyone can enjoy, and then of course there is always the Barr K Treats restaurant for a meal, ice cream, and refreshments.

The Celebration of the Arts is hosted by the North Thompson Arts Council (NTAC), who are dedicated to providing an exciting opportunity for the public to attend this free community event.

Booth space is now being booked for those artists and artisans who would like to exhibit their work or offer it for sale.  Space for NTAC members is just $25, and non-members $35.  Spaces are 10’x10’ and are outdoors.  NTAC notes there are a limited number of canopies and tables available at this time for those who don’t have their own for the event.

NTAC also notes they have arranged for several area businesses to showcase artwork from local artists.  Participating businesses include: Barriere Employment Centre, Barriere Library, the Station House Restaurant, and Sam’s Pizza Restaurant.  They invite any artists who would like to have their artwork included in these displays to call either Sylvia Chivers at 250-672-5310, or Wayne Broomfield at 250-682-7228.