Downtown event dreams big

Artists gather at Diana Krall Plaza on Saturday (May 23).

Local artist and life coach Janet McDonald holds a painting. McDonald is the organizer of a brand-new event called The Art of Life Dreams

Local artist and life coach Janet McDonald holds a painting. McDonald is the organizer of a brand-new event called The Art of Life Dreams

Nanaimoites will have the opportunity to not only share their hopes and dreams, but realize them through works of art.

That’s the basis behind a brand-new event called The Art of Life Dreams, which will take place Saturday (May 23) at Diana Krall Plaza.

Organized by local artist and life coach Janet McDonald, the event will see a number of artists and life coaches converge on the downtown plaza, where they will be taking people’s dreams and transforming them into paintings.

“We will have life coaching on hand so people can get their 15-minute life coaching session around a life dream of theirs,” McDonald said. “Out of it they will determine a word or phrase that represents that dream that the artist will then work from.”

The artist will paint a person’s dream on an 8 x 10 canvas. Participants will then have the opportunity to purchase their painted dreams for $45.

“The paintings will vary because we have artists who are more abstract and we have got artists who do a little more representational [work]. So the artwork will be all over the map as well,” McDonald said.

Toward the end of the event, McDonald will then paint all of the dreams, which have been represented in smaller paintings, and create a larger work.

“I am going to combine them into one large mosaic art piece that represents the hopes and dreams of Vancouver Islanders,” she said.

The mosaic piece that McDonald creates will eventually go on display at the end of the event between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The piece will then be relocated to 4 Commercial St., where it will remain on display for four weeks.

McDonald, who will also be a participating artist and life coach during the event, said she is expecting people’s dreams to vary.

“It might be more bucket list items like travelling to a particular location,” McDonald said.

The Art of Life Dream takes place from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Life coach sessions cost $2 and paintings can be purchasesd for $45.

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