Annually, on the second weekend in September, Artwalk is held in Lake Country, B.C. Up to 7,000 visitors come to this two day event to take in the creations and performances of more than 300 artists. It is the largest showcase of its kind in the British Columbia interior.
This year, twenty-seven photographers displayed over ninety absolutely awesome images. Each had one or more pieces pass jurying to allow them to participate in the Artwalk program.
Encouraged six years ago to enter by my friend Michael Breakey, the main organizer of the photography section, I have missed the jury’s approval only once. I’ve been lucky in the other 5 years to have a number of my images find their way to new, happy homes. A good feeling indeed.
While every artist involved in Artwalk would love to sell their works of art. I believe there is a deeper value for the artist.
Artwalk is an experience. An opportunity to mix and rub elbows with artists of all genres. Often during the show to give my back a rest from standing for long stretches I head off on a ‘walk about’ to visit and talk with artists in other parts of the show or to chat with some of my fellow photographers. Learning about their talent and vision is so interesting. Appreciating how they view art, their own pieces and how they have come to be an Artwalk participant is truly motivating.
Within Lightroom I’ve created a collection of ‘Artwalk Potentials’. The image below is the first one I’ve put in this collection. I captured it at sunrise on the public wharf at Cowichan Bay, B.C. several years ago. The colors from a group dinghies stored on the wharf are surreal under the light from a pole lamp at the end of the wharf. When it comes time to make my selections for Artwalk 2016 it might make the cut.