Realist artist Noah Layne is among 190 artist which will take part in Saturday’s TD Art Gallery Paint-In. The event is held along Moss Street

Paint-in brings artists and art lovers together

Vancouver Island's largest outdoor art event set for 27th anniversary

This Saturday will be a magical day for Mary-ellen Threadkell.

Thousands of hours of work and meetings come to fruition as the 27th annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In returns to Moss Street.

“It’s a huge day and one I wait for with anticipation,”  said Threadkell, co-ordinator of the event.

This year more than 190 artists will leave their studios and line Moss Street from Fort Street to Dallas Road.

Artists new and old will be painting, sculpting, carving, potting, printmaking and performing for the more than 35,000 spectators who are expected to take in the event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is Vancouver Island’s largest outdoor visual event, say organizers.

It hasn’t always been that way.

When Threadkell took over the event 14 years ago, only 40 to 50 artists participated. Today, there is a waiting list.

Threadkell is not surprised by the popularity of the event.

“The paint-in demystifies the art process,”  she said.

“People get really easy access to the artists. They’re able to chat with them and learn about their craft.”

Artist Noah Layne will be participating in his ninth straight paint-in this weekend.

Layne, an award-winning realist artist, said Paint-In gives him a chance to get out of the studio and talk to art lovers.

He’ll present a portrait drawing demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

“People are interested in art and how it is done,” Layne said. “I find, though, when I’m working, people don’t tend to interrupt me.”

And while he doesn’t usually sell a lot of his work during Paint-In, many people are interested in his art classes or making appointments to see his studio.

On Paint-In day, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will open for extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by donation, offering the opportunity to visit the gallery’s newest exhibitions. In addition, a food and beverage area will be open in the AGGV parking lot from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This year more than 200 volunteers are expected to help with Paint-In with everything from handing out brochures to greeting the public.

Paint-In is one of the largest fundraisers for the art gallery, but also fits into its mandate of community outreach.

“It’s a huge day for all of us. It’s a magical day for me,”  Threadkell said.

 

Select company

TD Art Gallery Paint-In artist Noah Layne is in select company.

Layne was chosen as one of 10 artists to compete at the Grand Central Atelier’s inaugural Still-Life Painting Competition in New York later this month.

He will compete for $10,000 in prize money.

The artists will compete for 48 hours over six days to paint a still life. Participants are allowed to bring a number of objects for their painting, but the judges will also unveil one or two secrets objects that everyone must add to their composition.

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Police actions under investigation following Langford crash

IIO investigates officer-related incidents that result in serious harm

Victoria woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

Victoria council looks to self-impose carbon tax on staff airfare

A new carbon pricing fee would put additional funds into the city’s Climate Action Reserve

Gas stations could push to 167.9 cents a litre this week

Analyst says high prices are due to supply and demand

United Way celebrates volunteers, contributors in Greater Victoria area

$4.7 million was raised in 2018 thanks to the work of hundreds of people

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Island Cup set for East Sooke on May 3-5

Off-road racing event expected to attract over 50 racers

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Most Read