Three events planned for BC Arts and Culture Week

North Thompson Arts Council plans to celebrate BC Arts and Culture Week, April 22 - 28, with three exciting events

Spring is in the air and the North Thompson Arts Council plans to celebrate BC Arts and Culture Week, April 22 – 28, with three exciting events in the Clearwater area.

Clearwater Arts Festival

Clearwater Arts Group invites local artists of all ages and walks of life to perform or showcase their art during the Clearwater Arts Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Blackpool Hall.

“This will be a family event during the day with local performers, artisan displays, small art workshops, and activities for children,” says Georgina Leighton. “We will also begin painting the planters for our new to establish and exciting Clearwater Planter Project.” The evening will be for adults with music and a cash bar.

“We are looking for people to perform but also for artists who want to display their work or are interested in giving a workshop,” says Angie Falk, “a booth can be reserved for $ 10.”

The Planter Project

To show art and culture are alive, Clearwater Arts Group is launching the Planter Project.

“On April 28, during the Clearwater Arts Festival, specially designed planters, sponsored by individuals and local groups, will be painted by local artists and community members,” says Arden Dunfield. The pots will be planted during the May long weekend, traditionally the first day of planting in this area.

“We realize that food production and sustainability are important issues for everyone, and so our group is excited to announce that edible plants will be grown in these planters,” she says.

For more information regarding the Clearwater Arts Festival and the Planter Project, please contact Charlene Lau, phone: 250-587-6563 or

North Thompson Art Studio Tours and Art Crawl

For a weekend yet to be determined in the upcoming season, artists and artisans of the North Thompson Valley will open their studios to the public.

“The Art Crawl, a first for this region, will show off the Arts to local residents and the many tourists who visit every year,” says Doris Laner, coordinator of this event.

Visitors learn about and locate artists-at-work with the help of a studio guide and a passport to encourage visitors to seek out as many studios as possible. It is anticipated that this event will jumpstart an entire summer season of people discovering the arts in the North Thompson Valley through direct contact with artists in their studio. The Clearwater Arts Festival will help initiate the search for artists who wish to take part in this event.

– Margot Venema and Charlene Lau