The 21st Annual Painters at Painter’s wrapped up this evening, with hundreds of smiling patrons leaving the grounds extremely satisfied. For those looking to get their yearly “art fix” there’s no event quite like Painters at Painter’s, and this year was certainly no exception.
As always, the crew at Painter’s Lodge put on a spectacular event. The grounds were stunning, the Lodge was spotless and every member of the team was on-hand sporting their “Yes I Can” attitude. The kitchen crew out did themselves yet again, putting on a fantastic brunch that is simply unrivaled in the Campbell River area. The selection is seemingly endless and the quality always exceeds expectations. It’s safe to say that no one left the property hungry this weekend.
However, as much as we all love to indulge in culinary treats, Painters at Painter’s is all about the art, and this year’s event delivered in a big way. We’re so lucky to be joined by some incredibly talented artists, and the pieces they bring seem to get better with each passing year. Both galleries were busy with guests as they inspected the latest creations from this talented group. As always, attendees were also treated to live demonstrations as artists set up shop right on the property, drawing inspiration from the beautiful grounds and creating amazing works of art right before people’s eyes.
Professional artists weren’t the only ones displaying their work. Carihi’s art students put on a fabulous exhibit, showcasing some of Campbell River’s best up and coming talent. In fact, one student’s work was so impressive that the piece was bought right on site. Anna Minfray was floored when someone was so captivated by one of her pieces they wanted to take it home with them. Congratulations Anna!
This year’s presentations were some of the best we’ve seen. Saturday was capped off by a lively panel discussion which drew rave reviews from onlookers.
“I’ve been coming here for years and that was probably number one or two out of all the panels I’ve seen,” said one happy patron as he exited the tent.
Sunday featured two critiques of the work of some of our amateur artists, giving these up and coming painters some valuable insight on how to better hone their craft. These events are always some of the most popular, and both critiques were filled to capacity.
Painters at Painter’s has built a fantastic legacy over its history. A big part of that legacy is the participation of Ted Harrison, Robert Genn and Dorothy Oxborough, who sadly passed away before this year’s event. Robert Amos hosted an emotional tribute to these three artists that will ensure that the part they played in growth of this event will never be forgotten.
These, along with host of other captivating discussions, presentations and demonstrations made the weekend truly special.
We’d like to thank all the artists, crew and guests who made this year’s event possible and we look forward to seeing you again next year!