New arts festival comes together under the umbrella

Musicians, dancers, artisans, and contemporary artists will be coming together, July 11, for a fun-filled day in Central Community Park.

Arts Council head Patti Lawn and Public Art committee chair Sam Waddington strike a pose Under The Umbrella for the upcoming arts festival of the same name set for July 11 in Central Community Park.

Get ready for Art Under the Umbrella, a new downtown arts festival celebrating all that local artists can offer the community.

Musicians, dancers, artisans, and contemporary artists will be coming together, July 11, for a fun-filled day in Central Community Park.

“The purpose of this festival is to give an opportunity, not just for artists and artisans to present their work, but to also provide an opportunity to bring people together in fun and enjoyment to the downtown area while discovering new and exciting things it has to offer,” said Arts Council executive director Patti Lawn.

Art Under the Umbrella, by Chilliwack Community Arts Council, will be presented in partnership with the Downtown Chilliwack BIA.

The excitement will encompass everything from art demos and live painting, to performance art and art installations. Everything will be happening at various times during the day-long event, including a Paint the Town segment, where artists paint what they see in front of them.

The festival will attract a range of talented artisans selling their wares, as well as food trucks, as attendees meander through downtown Chilliwack streets.

The range of artistic visions is almost limitless.

Organizers with Contemporary Art Chilli/Wack Festival are joining forces with Art Under the Umbrella to introduce contemporary and conceptual styles of art to local audiences, as well as collaborating closely with other arts groups. A strong emphasis will be on performance art as well as conceptual installations. Contemporary artists who wish to participate can contact lp_devette@hotmail.com for more details.

Consider the unique piece by Carrielynn Victor, called ‘Mountain Goat Women’, which be displayed on a beautiful heritage building near Five Corners.

Her art will be laser cut onto MDF panels by Steeltec Industries, with materials donated by Home Depot.

Do look for a silkscreen piece, ‘A Sign From Above’ by Jonathan Hodges, or a ‘Floating Tree’ piece with materials donated by Tom Thompson Autoglass Ltd.

Prepare to be wowed with art installations by Kelly Oberholtzer, Vanessa Dueck, Karen Ireland, Rose Marie Kossowan and Dorothy Scudamore, just to name a few. Dancers from Creative Outlet studio will participating and performing contemporary dance.

It’s shaping up to be a spectacular day of taking in the beauty of downtown with the work of local artists, exploring shops, sampling food.

To join the event as an artisan vendor a Paint the Town artist, contact the Arts Council at chilliwackartscouncil.com or 604-769-2787.

Art Under The Umbrella, Saturday July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Chilliwack.

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