Sig Reuters will kick off this year's ArtBeat series in Chemainus

Sig Reuters and friends kick off ArtBeat this Friday

Chemainus' interactive art walk and street party is back for another year, and it all starts Friday, June 28 from 5-9 p.m.

This Friday (June 28) is the first ArtBeat of 2013 in Chemainus, and Sig Reuters and friends will kick off this summer’s interactive art walk and street party.

Also on deck is the tap dancing troupe of Heather Allen, plus a bevy of artists, demonstrations, shopping and dining.

ArtBeat-goers can also take a guided tour of the St. Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church, one of the oldest buildings in Chemainus, and enjoy the church’s recently refurbished stained glass windows.

ArtBeat runs Fridays from 5-9 p.m. on south Willow Street.

One new attraction this year is theme nights. June 28 is Hat Night — wear your funny, favourite or fancy hat or come make your own at ArtBeat.

Upcoming theme nights are:

• July 5: Homemade instruments — Keys, spoons, paper noisemakers, hand drums, kazoos, what can you think of? Join the ArtBeat Band for a street parade.

• July 12: Be a Clown — Bring your playful side to ArtBeat and come as a clown. Clown noses, makeup artist and professional photographers will be there.

• July 19: Spooksville Night — Come as a vampire, zombie or ghost or wear your favourite Halloween costume.

• July 26: Show Your Colours — Celebrate your ethnicity by wearing something that tells people about your country of origin.

Click here for an up-to-date schedule.

ArtBeat is open to artists residing on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and artists can apply by downloading ArtBeat’s Call For Artists online or contacting Peggy Grigor at peggy@thepotterystore.ca.