Festival shows its drawing power

Artists gather at Cadboro Bay for Festival of Fine Arts

Helen Stewart

Helen Stewart

Music will fill the air and artwork will grace Cadboro Bay Village this weekend for the Festival of Fine Arts.

Close to 20 local artists will display their works while local musicians entertain the crowd at the fourth annual event which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Cadboro Bay Road between Sinclair and Penrhyn streets.

“It’s changed a little bit over the years, we’re focusing more on fine arts so that it’s more like an outdoor gallery show as opposed to a craft fair or farmers’ market,” said Leanne Allen, community co-ordinator with the Cadboro Bay Village Business Association.

The Festival of Fine Arts is an extension of the Christmas event that has long filled the village with the sound of carollers.

“They wanted something that brought people to the village, to see what a unique place it is, in the middle of the summer as well,” said Allen. “The summer in Cadboro Bay is gorgeous.”

The Reverb-Matics will entertain those in attendance with their brand of surfing music, while Cadboro Bay’s own Krys Rennick will perform classical guitar.

Allen said a wide range of artistic styles will be on display.

“We have several different styles of painters, a couple of photographers, some sculptors, and everybody has their own unique style so no two paintings are going to look anywhere similar,” she said.

Most of the village’s businesses will be open for the day, and several of the businesses have donated items for draw prizes.

The festival will close Cadboro Bay Road to traffic between Sinclair and Penrhyn Streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with traffic rerouted along Hobbs.

“We’re encouraging people to either walk or take transit because parking is limited,” said Allen.