First ArtBeat in Chemainus this Friday

This Friday is the opening of the very first ArtBeat evening arts and entertainment experience in Chemainus.

Muralist Cim MacDonald is one of the featured artists for the June 22 opening of ArtBeat in Chemainus

Muralist Cim MacDonald is one of the featured artists for the June 22 opening of ArtBeat in Chemainus

A new arts and entertainment experience in Chemainus kicks off this Friday.

The very first ArtBeat will take place Fri., June 22 from 5-9 p.m., and featured artists Cim MacDonald and Connie Greig-Manning — two of Chemainus’s most accomplished artists and muralists — will be on hand to greet people, display their paintings and demonstrate their techniques.

ArtBeat is a collaboration of Chemainus businesses and the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS) to create a recurring art walk and street party in Chemainus. The event runs every Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. from June 22 to Aug. 31 and features high-calibre artists, creative demonstrations and a sparkling lineup of entertainment. Shops and eateries will stay open late to join the festivities.

Originally the brainchild of Willow Street Café owner Phil Mavis, who was inspired by a similar event in Hawaii, ArtBeat has garnered the support of many groups, including individual volunteers, local business owners, the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society [CVCAS] and the Chemainus BIA.

— Submitted by Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society