Coast Collective artist Anne Miller hangs up a couple of her masterworks for the Clothesline Art Show

Unique event asks artists to suspend their work

Coast Collective Art Centre’s annual Clothesline Show is Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3221 Heatherbell Road.

What do you think?

Art grows on trees?

Well, for one day at Coast Collective Art Centre in Colwood, that might appear to be true.

The centre’s annual Clothesline Show is Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the event, a host of local artists will hang their works on clotheslines strung from tree to tree throughout the centre’s 11-acre property at 3221 Heatherbell Road.

Terri Rodstrom, one of the centre’s directors, expects about 1,200 people to attend the event. But, because the property is so large, it never feels busy.

“It’s a real feel-good festival,” Rodstrom said. “It’s not crowded, you gets lots of good, one-on-one-time talking to the artists.”

The show is non-juried and open to anyone, although pre-registration is required.

Artists are assigned an area to string up their work for all to enjoy. There will also be an “acre of pottery,” a section of the grounds where potters will display their wares.

“This is an opportunity for other artists that can’t partake in some of the things we do, to be a part of us and to show their work too,” Rodstrom said.

Also invited are around a half-dozen animal rescue groups, including the SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC), that will be on site to talk to visitors about the work the rescue groups do. They will also have some four-legged and winged friends on hand.

Local musician Brad Prevedoros will add to the atmosphere of the grounds with the sounds of his acoustic guitar.

Galloping Goose Sausage Company will serve up lunch, and Baba Bakery from Langford will be offer tasty goodies and coffee.

The property and primary building, Pendray House, will be open for exploration and visitors are welcomed to wander down to the beach on the waterfront property.

There will even be a small children’s area with art supplies to keep the little ones entertained and inspired.

“You can enjoy the whole day here,” Rodstrom said. “Everybody loves it. People look forward to it all year long.”

Admission is by donation. Parking is limited and visitors may have to walk onto the property from Heatherbell Road.

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