More than a dozen artists from across Vancouver Island will take over one Harbour City park this weekend.
On Saturday (July 11), roughly 20 artists will gather at Bowen Park for Art Bomb, an annual event that showcases local artwork.
This is the second year that Art Bomb has taken place in Nanaimo.
Last year’s event was organized by local artist and owner of Iron Oxide Art Supplies, Willow Friday.
However, this year’s event has been mainly organized by fellow artists Katherine Moore and Carole Reid, with Friday providing some assistance.
“I’ve been so busy with the store that I haven’t had the chance to do anything on my own … so I suggested that we fuse it because there was already momentum with the Art Bomb,” Friday said.
Artists participating in this year’s event, which has been juried, include Ed Chan, Danielle Dickson, Grant Leier, Sheila Norgate, Lori Sorensen and Margaret Spencer.
“There are textiles and paintings and photography and a real mix of things,” Friday said.
She explained that this year’s event has changed from being simply a showcase of art to a full-on outdoor art festival.
“Last year it was set up to create this feeling of art all over downtown Nanaimo,” Friday said. “But this is like a market in the park. It is turning into an outdoor art festival, like there are in many other communities.”
This year’s event will also include art demos and artwork will be on sale.
Art Bomb takes place at Bowen Park from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, including a full list of participating artists, please visit http://bit.ly/1KU62Kg.
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