With Esquimalt Lagoon in the background

Inspiration found in Colwood

Coast Collective invites community to its Acres of Art

On acres of property, there is Acres of Art.

The fifth annual outdoor art festival returns Saturday (July 12) to the Coast Collective’s sprawling property above Esquimalt Lagoon. Executive director Cindy Moyer said the show’s celebration of heritage, art and music is ripe for discovery.

“It is really very much an experiential thing, when you put people in a beautiful location with beautiful works, with people that are interacting with ingredients (with) which they can create something magical and new,” she said.

“It’s a spectrum and something interesting. It is a great way to spend a day.”

The festival marries music from the Matheson Band with a marketplace of 15 local artists selling their wares, as well as people dressed in period costumes. The key creative aspect is the paint-out on Esquimalt Lagoon, where anyone can pull up an easel, explore the scenic backdrop with a paintbrush and enter their work in a contest to be judged that afternoon.

Nothing, not even the weather, can dampen the community spirit Moyer experiences at the event from year to year.

“It is really the only community art centre of its kind on Southern Vancouver Island. It is a magical location.”

Visitors who may not know the site exists are invited to learn about the gallery and gift shop, Moyer said.

“It is a gem of a location and when newcomers come to visit they are generally taken aback with the beauty, tranquility and the experience they enjoy when they start to discover our artists.”

Metchosin resident Roger Palser’s 70 years of experience with wood have earned him an opportunity as one of those artists. He hopes his carvings and handmade harps draw more people into the world of woodworking, where he finds he is happiest.

“It is a nice day out and a time where I can sit outside and carve while I am there. It is a way to introduce other people to carving – it is a hobby,” he said. “I am also interested in trying to promote it to get more younger people to take up the hobby. It is a great relaxation and great art form.”

Palser’s passion for the event goes beyond just selling his wares. He invites anyone, even those not interested in purchasing art, to enjoy the venue for the same reason he enjoys being there: to be inspired.

“There is a lot of talented painters and craftspeople there and (it’s) a good avenue to find art,” he said. “You don’t have to specifically buy art, but for anyone interested in just looking at it, there is a lot of good stuff there.”

Acres of Art runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Coast Collective, 3221 Heatherbell Rd. in Colwood.  For more information visit coastcollective.ca or call 250-391-5522.

alim@vicnews.com

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Fire destroys South Island Concrete building in Sooke

No injuries resulted from large structure fire

Victoria considers hiring more staff, less public engagement to get bike lanes built faster

An expedited installation of bike lanes could cost an extra $410,000

Lego exhibit fuelled busiest ever January for Sidney Museum

Thousands visit museum over Family Day long weekend, with Lego exhibition on display until March 31

Meet the Greater Victoria athletes in Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Players express gratitude and excitement about representing Team BC

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read