Popular Bowker event opens to region

The Brush Up art show is opening up spaces for regional artists

The 11th Annual Bowker Creek Brush Up Art Show & Sale in Oak Bay has 10 spots open to artists beyond  Oak Bay.

“At the moment we have about 30 and that includes four or five guest artists including internationally renowned Pat Martin Bates, Leslie Redhead, Daciana Dao and Hugh Kaiser and Karen Kaiser,” said organizer Claire Christinel. “We also have a number of youth artists … We try to encourage youth to get involved in the arts so we go to the high schools and various art schools. We’ve had a number of artists who’ve gone on to become professionals.”

This year’s show in Bowker Park marks the closing event of Oak Bay’s Arts and Culture week. The roster of 30 is primarily made up of professional artists working out of Oak Bay.

“We’ve had so many requests from people outside of Oak Bay so in the last couple years we’ve opened it up,” Christinel said. They reserve about 10 spaces for artists from the remainder of the region.

“We’re just putting the call out to anyone who wants to join,” she said.

The registration form is available online at: oakbayartists.com.

The  Bowker Creek Brush-Up is Aug 16 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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