The weather cooperated for the most part for the 4th Annual Celebration of the Arts that was held at the Barr K Treats grounds on June 25 and 26 in Barriere. Every time the sun poked out from amongst the clouds it became quite warm for those taking in the outdoor event; while there was the occasional gust of wind, none of the displays were threatened, giving the organizers smiles of relief.
There were over 20 vendors taking part this year, selling everything from wood carvings and furniture to handmade cards and clothing, to jewelry and paintings.
District of Barriere Mayor Mike Fennell and several of the District Councillors showed their support by attending the official opening of the event.
Saturday the traffic, both on the adjacent Highway 5 and through the many booths, was steady and kept the vendors busy.
Sunday was a little quieter, but still was a fairly profitable day for many of the participants. There were visitors from all over who came through, including some from the United States and beyond.
The children’s art board was well covered by the time the Celebration wound up on Sunday afternoon. All weekend kids could be seen happily making their mark on the board, some writing comments (like “Go Canucks”), others drawing pictures.
This event provides a great venue to celebrate all forms of art, and provide an excellent way for local artisans to show off their talents to Barriere and the world.
If you would like to be involved in next year’s 5th Annual Celebration of the Arts, contact North Thompson Arts Council vice-president Margaret Houben by phone at 250-672-9330, by email:firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to ntartscouncil.blogspot.com and leave a comment.