Second annual Quesnel Art Walk hailed a success

Art walkers Bonny Carr and Janet Reinsdorf enjoyed a sunny afternoon in downtown Quesnel on Saturday, Oct. 23 exploring the work of local artists displayed at 26 businesses. (Rebecca Dyok photo)Art walkers Bonny Carr and Janet Reinsdorf enjoyed a sunny afternoon in downtown Quesnel on Saturday, Oct. 23 exploring the work of local artists displayed at 26 businesses. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
More than $2,000 in prizes were donated by local businesses for this year’s Art Walk in downtown Quesnel. Pictured is manager of the Quesnel Downtown Association, Erica Lahoda (left) with Quesnel Arts Council members Morleen Lahoda, Cathy Heinzelman, Marguerite Hall, Colleen Brines and Dina Unrau. (Photo submitted)More than $2,000 in prizes were donated by local businesses for this year’s Art Walk in downtown Quesnel. Pictured is manager of the Quesnel Downtown Association, Erica Lahoda (left) with Quesnel Arts Council members Morleen Lahoda, Cathy Heinzelman, Marguerite Hall, Colleen Brines and Dina Unrau. (Photo submitted)

If organizers of this year’s Quesnel Art Walk could use only one word to describe how the second annual downtown show and sale went, it would have to be successful.

“We had more artists and more venues this year than we had last year,” said Quesnel Art Gallery director Marguerite Hall, who is also involved with the Quesnel Arts Council.

“We know that some of the artists sold some of their work which is an added bonus.”

From Oct. 12 to Oct. 24, people were invited to visit 26 downtown businesses that hosted artists from across the north Cariboo to see their work while collecting clues to decipher to enter a prize draw.

Despite new public health rules resulting in a grand opening kickoff to Art Walk with speeches and performances from going ahead on Oct. 16, Hall said all of the feedback received has been positive.

“There were some new artists this year that even the art gallery hasn’t had contact with, and I’m just amazed, flabbergasted, blown away by the quality and the talent of the artists in town here,” she added.

“We really need to celebrate that.”

Various businesses donated prizes totaling $2,180 that were divided into four baskets.

Winners were drawn on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Quesnel Arts Council president Cathy Heinzelman said because volunteers put many hours into helping make Art Walk possible this year, they will be looking to apply for a grant to hire a coordinator.

“We’re also talking about expanding it because the Arts Council has a mandate to serve our whole community, not just the downtown,” she said, noting they appreciate the partnerships with businesses.

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