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'Fine art with benefits'

Art Walk attendees were over the moon with the out-of-this-world creations of Aaron K. Metz.

Metz took top nods at the 2018 edition of the Lake Country ArtWalk as the People’s Choice Artist for his celestial-themed works.

“I’m honoured and humbled by the response people had to my art,” said Metz, who has participated in the event four times. “I love the variety of people that come to ArtWalk I can share my work with, and I'm always in awe of the range of talent and variety the hundreds of artists bring to this show.”

As part of the annual two-day arts festival, visitors to Art Walk are given a ballot upon admission to vote for one of the 200 artist participants as their favourite.

Metz’s installation exhibit “Crystillume” featured cosmos-themed works up to three inches deep and side-lit with led lighting, giving them an otherworldly glow.

Painted with an acrylic background on wood, he added selenite and a multitude of other crystals for their healing properties within layers of photo luminescent pigments, alcohol inks and resin.

“I like to call it fine art with benefits,” he explains.

Runner-up for People’s Choice was 17-year old Vanessa Lysak, for her series of Canadian wildlife paintings.

Rounding out the top 10 are Jolene Mackie, Brandy Barry-Wyatt, Alex Fong, Charla Maarschalk, Daniel Dearborn, Bonny Roberts, Bobby Vandenhoorn and Cathy Auburn.

ArtWalk Chairperson Sharon McCoubrey said 25th anniversary event attraced one of the largest crowds in their history.

“Many smiles and interesting conversations were abundant as the visitors enjoyed the art, music, demonstrations, and other special events,” she says. “We were thrilled with the quality of the artworks displayed by so many creative artists, including those on the list of top visitor choices. A highly successful ArtWalk makes us look with anticipation to next year’s festival.” McCoubrey adds.

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