KAMLOOPS - One of the area's best-loved festivals, the Kamloops Arts Council's Art in the Park on Canada Day, returns Wednesday, July 1, at Riverside Park.
More than 90 talented painters, photographers, potters, jewellers, clothing designers and artist collectives will display and sell their original, handcrafted work, while local musicians, dance groups, and theatre performers entertain the crowds.
At 12:30 p.m. on the Art in the Park stage, MP Cathy McLeod, MLA Todd Stone, MLA Terry Lake and Mayor Peter Milobar will each say a few words about the day.
New at Art in the Park this year is the Oh Canada! Art Exhibition, a multi-day visual arts exhibit that celebrates our great country and features more than 80 pieces of original artwork. Local artists' paintings, photos, sculptures and glass art will be for display and sale. Oh Canada! runs at Heritage House June 28 to July 1.
The Kamloops Arts Council will also be hosting a new "Great Getaways" raffle. Enter to win one of four getaway packages, including a Vancouver weekend getaway or Sun Peaks package. Plus, spin the "Wheel of Art" (by donation) to win even more prizes. 100% of proceeds support the KAC's year-round community arts programs, including the Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach, which delivers supportive arts workshops to children, youth and adults who need them most.
Running for more than 40 years, the Kamloops Arts Council's Art in the Park is the largest arts event in Kamloops. The full day of arts exhibitions and sales, demos and performances is free to the public. Approximately 30,000 people attend each year.
The Art in the Park 2015 map and list of artists, arts groups and performer schedule is available on the KAC website.
WHO: More than 100 visual artists, arts collectives, community arts groups and performers for all ages.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Oh Canada! Exhibition runs June 28 to July 1)
WHERE: Riverside Park, Kamloops
For more information: www.kamloopsarts.ca
Canada Day Celebrations are produced annually by the City of Kamloops, the Kamloops Arts Council and the Kamloops Multicultural Society.
Free secured bike parking and free transit will be available.