SAVE THE DATE: July 5 and 6
Summer Arts Festival
Deer Lake Gallery is once again hosting the Summer Arts Festival, with a Friday night market on July 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and festivities all day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s presented by the Burnaby Arts Council and Opus Art Supplies.
WHERE IS IT TAKING PLACE?
The gallery and its outdoor space at 6584 Deer Lake Ave. It’s a beautiful treed setting, with a view over Deer Lake and its extensive park space.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The festival is a celebration of arts of all sorts.
Friday evening features a night market and live entertainment by local bands, plus an opening reception for Kelly Cannell’s Redefining exhibition at the gallery.
Saturday will kick off with a traditional Coast Salish welcome and introduction. Visitors can enjoy live musical entertainment and performances by the Burnaby Summer Theatre troupe during the day. There will be an “inspiration station” for kids, presented by Muckabout Gift Gallery, where artists will work with young participants on mixed media projects.
There’s also the popular juried artisan market, featuring original artwork and handmade creations by a variety of B.C. artists and artisans.
There will be some artist demonstrations during the day, with Kwantlen elder Hazel Gludo on hand to lead a Coast Salish cedar weaving workshop, and Peter Lattey demonstrating his wood carving skills.
And, of course, the Park’s Edge Paint Off returns for the fourth year, as artists battle for supremacy in a live two-hour painting event from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors have a chance to wander the easels and watch the artists at work before casting their votes.
“Many people have never seen how paintings are created, and it is an exciting spectacle to get a glimpse of what the creative process looks like first-hand,” says a write-up about the event.
Public votes determine the winners, and all paintings are up for a silent auction to close out the afternoon.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy refreshment from food trucks and a beer garden.
DO I NEED TICKETS?
No. It’s absolutely free to attend, and you don’t need to sign up in advance. All you need to do is drop by.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
Check out www.burnabyartscouncil.org for all the details, as the schedule is still evolving. You can also call 604-298-7322 for information.