Hundreds return to Victoria art event for the first time since the pandemic

Hundreds return to Victoria art event for the first time since the pandemic

Hundreds of people filled Moss Street to check out some of the best art from around Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

On Saturday, the TD Art Gallery Paint-In returned for the first time since the pandemic began. The event serves as a big fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Nancy Noble, director and chief executive officer of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, talked about how the event entertains but also helps the gallery financially.

“It is a really big fundraiser and that’s important obviously because we have to raise a lot of money to run the art gallery. But also to get the community out and to support the art and the artist is just really important,” said Noble.

This year marked the Paint-In’s 33rd anniversary and gave artists from different areas of art a platform to showcase their work.

Algebra Young has been an artist for three years but recently developed a new passion for wood burning. This year’s Paint-In event was the first time she could show her wood-burning skills in person.

“I’ve been keeping the gun powder kind of on the down low for a couple of years but I recently went viral on TikTok,” said Young.

“Ever since then, people have been more vocal about wanting to learn about gunpowder. It’s a lot of fun finally getting to reach out and talk to people.”

The gallery also featured other artistic styles such as acrylics, watercolours, and pokerwork. Organizers were happy to see art lovers from all over the Island and keeping the art scene alive and well.


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