With Christmas in the air, Oak Bay village comes alive for the 14th annual Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk Thursday.
Not limited to only art galleries, the event has grown to include music and activities while shops and galleries throughout the village open their doors between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to feature artists in attendance, special receptions, special activities and seasonal treats.
This year, those without storefronts are getting in on the act.
Oak Bay Art Club approached Engel & Völkers on Oak Bay avenue, and lan to have 25 works in place for Thursday’s event, says club member Faith Russell.
“I’ve got at least 16 artists from our Oak Bay Art Club that are going to display that evening,” Russell says. Like the other galleries in the village, they’ll offer nibbles and more. “We will have information if people wish to buy the art, but it’s not really a sale.”
The showcase is a bit of a drive for members for the club that meets every second Wednesday.
“We have all sorts of artists who are first-rate who come and demonstrate,” Russell says. “It’s really a teaching club, and sharing of local artists who want to get together and support one and other.”
Visit oakbayartclub.com to learn more.
In a nod to tradition, The Avenue Gallery opens its All That Glitters again this year, with a gala event during the Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk. Jewelry artists mingle with carollers and hot apple cider.
Shops and galleries throughout the village open their doors Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.