The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District is preparing for the 20th anniversary of Arts on the Avenue which will take place on August 25th & 26th. The 2 day event will feature various local artists, food vendors, live entertainment and will be built around the theme of water. Organizers are preparing a fun filled Saturday evening for Light up the Night, where families are encouraged to stay up late to take part in the night market, light installations, an interactive sculptural coral reef, kids drive in movie, a live painting competition, art demos, various vendors and so much more. Light up the night will also feature some new events this year including a beer garden hosted by the Ladysmith Kinsmen and kids get the chance to meet the Master Wayfinder Moana.
Sunday will be dedicated to the Arts on the Avenue art show and sale. Over 55 artists will be in attendance with works including original paintings, jewellery, leather goods, pottery, fabric art and carvings. This day will also include various artist demonstrations. This year Arts on the Avenue has the pleasure of having distinguished international portrait painter David Goatley onsite. Goatley is known for his fluid brush work and rich, expressive oils that bring depth to his compositions. He has 275 portrait commissions from around the world which have included national leaders, fellow artists, a duchess, 5 Lt. Governors and His Highness, The Maharaja of Jaipur.
The Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery is still looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested please email info [at] artonavenue [dot] com or call the office at 250-245-1252.
First Avenue in Ladysmith will host Light up the Night on Saturday August 25 from 6:30pm-10pm and Arts on Avenue from 10am-4pm on Sunday August 26th. Full a full list of vendors, please visit www.artsontheavenue.ca