The Mother’s Day Paint-In at Royal Roads University has become a staple event for many families celebrating Mother’s Day.
Organizers anticipate thousands of moms and families will stroll the scenic grounds and gardens of Hatley Park for this 16th anniversary of the event.
About 20 artists will line the path between Hatley Castle and the Coast Collective art gallery.
Guided tours are also offered by the Juan de Pathfinders. The walks are offered at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
“It’s two kilometres there and two kilometres back,” said Terri Rodstrom, a director of Coast Collective art gallery. “It’s an easy walk, and it’s all flat on beautiful trails.”
This year Rodstrom has been organizing the artists and along the path artists will be displaying paintings, stone carving and fused glass.
“There is beauty and heritage that has to be seen (here at RRU). That’s what people need to see and that’s why artists paint it,” Rodstrom said.
Local artisans will be showcasing and selling artwork, including the West Shore Quiter’s Guild. “We like to be in the community and talk to people who are interested in quilting,” said guild president Joyce Wallace. “It’s a nice time, and there are so many things to see. It’s a good family day.”
“People should come and see the amazing art set in arguably one of the most beautiful locations on Vancouver Island,” said Paul Corns, associate vice president of community relations and advancement. “Mothers deserve the very best in life, they make a tremendous investment in our lives.”
Local musicians will be playing tunes throughout the event. Musical talent includes Soul 62, Mike Lefebvre and Perros Libres, Chikoro Marimba Band and West Shore Community Concert Band.
“You can’t think of a better place to have a mother’s day celebration,” said Colwood mayor Dave Saunders. “It’s such a beautiful place that encompasses so many things. I am coming here with my family to spend quality time together.”
While the event is for mothers, there is plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained.
Tickles the Clown will make an appearance at 11:15 a.m. Island Farms mascot Daisy and Farmer Vicki arrives at noon. Twiggly Wiggly the Magic Clown will make an appearance at 2:30 p.m. There will also be crafts, games and face painting.
The event starts at 10 a.m., May 8, at Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Rd.