30 thousand people are expected to gather at popular summer event.
More than 200 artists will take to the streets Saturday in the 29th annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In.
Creations will be varied and will be offered by experienced veterans and emerging arts alike, some who have never displayed their works in public before.
Stone sculptor, Gary Curry broke his neck several years ago and though he’s often been a spectator, this year will be his first as a Paint-In participant.
He will be part of a group of a five artists with disabilities.
“Three of them are the students I’ve been teaching for the last five years,” says Curry, “so it’s exciting to see through their eyes, their dreams of being an artist”.
Artist Mitchell Villa enjoys the interaction with the public, “it’s just meeting all the people. You here a lot of interesting feedback, some good, some bad but I just have a great time and it’s great exposure for myself as well so I’ve always enjoyed it every year.”
“It’s an opportunity for us to showcase artists that we don’t normally have an opportunity to because we’re restricted by space,” according to John Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “so this allows us to use this amazing space on Moss Street it’s fantastic so it’s become quite an event.”
It’s not just about the art. The free event also features live music, beer garden, a bouncy castle, food vendors, dancing and much more.
Event Coordinator Ian Piears says, “we’re just kind of encouraging people to kind of bike, bus walk to the gallery, start here, get some food drink, fill up your water bottles and then head on down Moss Street.”
The 29th Moss Street Paint In goes this coming Saturday starting at 11:00 am. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria opens at 10:00. Admission is by donation.