Arts and Culture Week extends to whole month of April in Ladysmith

Sherry Bezanson writes about Arts and Culture Week activities in Ladysmith in her Community Art Showcase column.

To celebrate the arts, British Columbia has designated April 21-27 as Arts and Culture Week, during which all aspects of the arts will be highlighted in communities.

Throughout the province, there will be a variety of unveilings and activities: street banners, live performances, art walks, fine art shows, gallery openings and art festivals.

In keeping with this, and upping the ante, the Ladysmith Arts Council (LAC) has decided to increase that celebratory timeline to a month.

Art Out There, in which local businesses will be displaying local art, will be active from April 1-29. If you stroll downtown and around the Coronation Mall, you will be able to view art in windows and on walls of participating businesses.

The art will also be for sale if you have a hankering for something special to spice up your home or walls. If you see something you want to purchase, please contact the Waterfront Gallery to complete the sale.

In addition, the LAC will be engaging all artists or inspired community members to come down and play with paint on a four-foot-by-38-foot canvas. No experience is necessary!

Last year, approximately 50 people contributed to this majestic piece of work.

The new creation will be hung on the outside of the gallery building on April 26, and it will be displayed throughout the summer.

The theme this year is flowers, and any creative participation would be well received between April 2 and 25 at the Gallery location at 610 Oyster Bay Dr.

Lastly, the LAC is sponsoring a self-guided Spring Art Tour on April 26, 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour consists of 12 local artists, working in a variety of mediums, in Ladysmith and Chemainus.

You can pick up a map and brochure at local retailers and at the Waterfront Gallery.

If you visit all the studios, you can win prizes!

Hop in your car with your best bunch of friends and enjoy a day taking in the local art scene.