Festival of the Arts a success despite weather

Grey skies and a threat of rain may have led to paintings and easels being shrouded in plastic for the last day of the 39th annual Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts Sunday –  but they didn't dampen the enthusiasm of true art lovers.

There were still plenty who came to view the work of more than 100 artists and artisans on the wooded three-acre grounds of the Mind and Matter Gallery, during the four days of the South Surrey festival, July 14, 15, 21 and 22.

The festival, originally established by late sculptor Arnold Mikelson and his wife, Mary – and continued by her since he passed away in 1984 – has long been a summertime fixture on the regional art scene, drawing visual artists and craftspeople from all over B.C.

In addition to painters and photographers, others on hand to sell their wares and demonstrate techniques include potters, wood and soapstone carvers, metal art makers, glass blowers, batik and fabric art-makers and jewelry creators.

Next big show and sale at the gallery will be the annual Art at Christmas display in November and December.



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