In August 2010, the Art and Garden Festival was the beginning of a series of events created by what is now the Lions Bay Arts Council. Twelve beautiful and diverse Lions Bay gardens and 14 local artists participated with more than 120 people attending that day – Lions Bay residents, family, friends and some art and garden lovers from the lower mainland who had stumbled on this fun event and were drawn in by the beauty of both the gardens and the art, and maybe the wine reception.
In December 2010, we held the first ArtScene at the Village Hall, an Art Show and Sale. Again attendance was high, some artists were able to sell their work and a member’s reception in the evening, while competing with Christmas parties and a hockey game, was still well-attended. Artists and participants a chance to talk about the day and the importance of this kind of event to the Village of Lions Bay,
This year, ArtScene 2011 was expanded to a full “arts” festival and took place on Saturday, October 1, 2011 as part of the National Canadian program “Culture Days”, celebrating arts and Culture from Coast to Coast to Coast. www.culturedays.ca
With ArtScene 2011, we created a “cultural hub” around the Village featuring our talented local artists at a variety of venues. The library celebrated their 30th Anniversary with literary and poetry readings by local writers, followed by some great cake. A well-attended event. We also unveiled the Library Wall Mural completed with leadership and art by local children, parents and artists. A wonderful reminder of what can be done when we work together to fulfill a vision. The Townhouses were kind enough to allow us to use their garden space as a performance venue and although it was a cold and rainy day, performers and audience alike persevered. We are keen to expand the performing arts and are always interested in hearing about local performers, so let us know who you are.
The Historical Society presented a video and opportunity for discussion of the history of Lions Bay in Council Chambers. That room was full as day long.
The Village Hall, transformed into a gallery through the magic of white sails was the site of the Art Show. Diverse artists of all ages – some world renowned, some just beginning their artistic journeys, filled the Hall with beautiful, magical, thought provoking art. A Lions Bay Arts Council Wine Reception was held in the evening for all Lions Bay Arts Council members and was well attended by about 80 people.
The Arts Council also worked with the 40th Anniversary committee throughout 2011 in creating posters and road signs for village events, offering greater visibility and more artistic design for public signage. This work continues in 2012.
There are many people to thank for the success of our first year.
To all our event participants, our artists, performers, gardeners, librarians, historians – we thank you for your enthusiasm and willingness to share yourself and your creations with all of us.
To the Village of Lions Bay Council, staff, public works and Fire Rescue, who have supported our Arts Council from day one, providing financial support and helping with the logistics of creating events with limited resources and facilities.
Lastly, to all of you, our members who have supported us financially and with your participation at our events. We are an arts “society” and we wouldn’t exist without you.