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Inaugural Art Walk a success in Clearwater

Artists show and sell their work

An Art Walk in Clearwater drew the crowds last weekend.

Sandra Holmes, acting secretary of the North Thompson Arts Council, said she was pleased with the turnout out for the inaugural event, held outside the Wells Gray Information Centre July 29-Aug. 1.

“It was huge. There were busloads and busloads,” she said. “I was just delighted.”

Six artists participated in the art walk. The art was focused on paintings although the show also included tile mosaics and woodwork.

Some of the artists sold their work, which meant the North Thompson Arts Council was also able to make some money because it took 10 per cent of all sales.

Holmes said the show was inspired by Clearwater artist June Haring, who would love to run it as an annual summer exhibition for local and regional artists. There is currently no venue in town for professional artists to show their work although they are working on getting something in place.

“She really believes having an art community develop around here would be a big boost to the economy,” Holmes said. “We have loads of wonderful artists hiding between the trees without no place to show their work.”

Holmes thanked the visitor info centre for allowing them to hold the event at the side.

“It was so warmly received,” she said. “The fact we made a few bucks, that was awesome.”

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