Plein Air Paint Out
Miss the TD Art Gallery Paint-in but love outdoor art? Check out the Sidney Plein Air Paint Out. On Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9am to 4pm, Sidney ‘s Odette LaRoche Gallery will host a day of art displays, a plein air painting competition and purchasing opportunities for both artists and collectors.
The 10th year of the Paint Out, which runs from the Beacon Park bandstand to the Sidney waterfront, promises a fun family filled day of impressionist art. Registration is at 8:15am (open to all artists). Artists will paint until 1pm, then the art will be judged. Awards will be given at 2:30pm and the public will be invited to view and purchase pieces at 3:00pm.
For more information visit odettelarochegallery.com/plein_air_paint_out.hmtl. M
—By Clare Walton
Amelia Street Block Party
Celebrate Victoria’s 150th birthday by attending a block party on Victoria’s historic Amelia Street, hosted by Atomique Productions of Rifflandia fame.
The street, which contains a cluster of heritage houses occupied by businesses, will be closed to traffic so the public can enjoy this all-ages event.
The block party will highlight the music, art, food and culture of Victoria in the hopes of raising awareness about why the historic block on the edge of downtown should be preserved.
The day features music by Acres of Lions, Katheryn Calder, Clay George, The Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness, Chris Ho and Bryan Boitano, interactive visual art, live theatre by Theatre SKAM, a beverage garden, local food vendors, power ballads sing-along, live band karaoke, a kid’s corner and craft area.
A donation of $5 is suggested for admission. The block party will take place Sat., Aug. 4 from noon to 8pm on Amelia Street (off Pandora between Blanshard and Quadra). More information at ameliastreetblockparty.com. M
—By Clare Walton
Spirit of Canada Contest
The Well’s second annual Spirt of Canada contest wraps up with finals Mon., Aug. 6 at 7pm ($7).
Catch poets Nicole Fauscher and Sheila Tranfield and singer-songwriters Michael Majocha, Ed Bachmeier, Sherry-Lynnn Hooper, Lonnie Glass and Gord Oliphant as they compete for cash and prizes.
Judges are author Linda Roberts, opera singer Carmen Marlene and Monday arts editor Mary Ellen Green.
Kathleen McGee is the kind of girl that your parents warned you about. The kind of girl that will make you laugh and blush at the same time.
A native of Edmonton, Alta (which gives her plenty of fodder for jokes), McGee has been performing stand up across Canada for the last five years, making friends with rig pigs and red necks alike. Catch her Victoria debut at Heckler’s Fri., Aug. 3 and Sat., Aug. 4. Reservations between 7:30 and 8pm, show at 9pm. 250-386-9207. $10. M