Cadboro Bay artists are brushing up for the annual Festival of Fine Art in Cadboro Bay Village.
The fifth annual event will bring more than 20 artists into the village for the festival running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.
“It’s going to be a few returning artists, a lot of new artists who haven’t participated before,” said Leanne Allen, community co-ordinator for the Cadboro Bay Business Improvement Association.
Music will also fill the air along Cadboro Bay Road, which will be closed to traffic between Sinclair and Penrhyn, as a small stage and tents will be set up for the day.
“There’s several new shops in the village this year. They’re going to be participating in our merchant tent where we hand out samples and coupons and that sort of thing,” said Allen.
She’s hoping the weather will co-operate more than it did last year.
“Last year we had this great turnout, and then two hours in there was this huge downpour.”
Allen said the festival is a way for the local merchants to give back to the community.
“It’s just to showcase the village a little bit, maybe attract people who don’t know about the area that much,” she said.
“It’s also a way to showcase some of the local talent, because there are so many artists and musicians in that neighbourhood, so many talented people live in that area.”
Traffic will be re-routed from Cadboro Bay Road along Hobbs Street from 8 a.m. to allow for the setup of the event. Parking will be limited to street and plaza parking, with the overflow directed to Gyro Park’s main lot.
“We’re encouraging everybody to walk, cycle, take public transit or carpool,” said Allen.