New festival focuses on art

Arts on the Avenue takes over the 300 block of Bernard Avenue Thursday evening.

“When we announced this new artisan event model back in April, we were blown away by the high level of enthusiasm and support that was being shown for the idea,” says Renata Mills, executive director of Festivals Kelowna.

“It’s shaping up to be pretty cool."

From 5 to 10 p.m., Arts on the Avenue will feature more than 40 high-quality artists from a variety of disciplines selling their unique, handcrafted products alongside performing artists, live demonstrations and presentations by local and Okanagan artists, as well as two interactive “community art” projects in which the public can participate in creating a giant art piece.

Working with five local artist collective partners, the festival will feature artists from such artistic streams as fibre art, jewelry, pottery, painting and more.

Partner groups include the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market, Fabulous Finds, Etsy Marketplace Show, the Kelowna Christmas Show and Craft Culture, and the Lake Country Art Gallery.

“We are really pleased by the response from the artist community,” says Lisa Brown, program assistant with Festivals Kelowna. “You are going to find artwork from artists you might not usually get to see, as well as hear about their creative process in our featured artist presentations."

The event is free to attend, and the weather forecast is clearing up as the week goes on.


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