ArtsAlive 2017 ready for the public vote in Oak Bay

13 sculptures along Oak Bay Avenue, in Estevan village, Willows Beach and Beach Drive at Lansdowne

ArtsAlive 2017 is officially ready for votes after a tour led by Oak Bay arts laureate Barbara Adams for residents, the public art committee and local dignitaries June 1.

Some artwork changed sites at the last minute, including What the Nose Knows, which couldn’t be installed in north Oak Bay due to undergrounds services at the site selected. It shifted to Lokier Park and Dream Window moved to Beach Drive at Lansdowne.

Thirteen sculptures are in place along Oak Bay Avenue, in Estevan village, Willows Beach (Esplanade) and Beach Drive at Lansdowne. Search for the map ot oakbay.ca. Voting boxes feature brochures with paper ballots attached as well as a list of QR codes for all the works on the tour. Boxes are in place at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, municipal hall and Estevan Village.

1. BIA – “Lunar Transitions” by Fred Dobbs, Pharmasave crosswalk

2. Winchester Galleries – “Dream Window” by Illarian Gallant, Beach Drive at Lansdowne

3. RBC & Ed Gee – “Inside Passage” by Angelos Glaros, Nicholas Randall

4. The Clive – “Threads of Hope” by Ginny Glover, library

5. Barclay’s Fine Jewelers – “Gatekeeper” by David Hunwick, ArtSee on Monterey

6. Scott Piercy, Engels & Volkers – “Prevail & Conquer” by Nate Nettleton, Gage Gallery bus stop

7. Vis a Vis – “Gardener’s Gown” by Bev Petow, Hampshire Rd./Oak Bay Ave.

8. RE/MAX – “Island Cedar” by Paul Reimer, Estevan Village

9. The Avenue Gallery – “What the Nose Knows”, by Ron Simmer, Lokier Park (Estevan Village)

10. Urban Core Ventures – “Ghost Cat” by Fred Dobbs, Hanes Park

11. Leslee Farrell – “Fui Flos” by Richard Smith, Side Street Gallery

12. Marc Owen-Flood – “Bodhi Frog” by Doug Taylor, Willows Beach

13. Abstract Developments – “Beetle Bench 2017” by Vaughn Warren, Pure Vanilla

Five painted public pianos are also set to return to the landscape later this month. Painted by local artists Gillian Redwood, Jim McFarland, Tanta Pennington, Jonathan Gleed, and Robert Amos, the instruments are expected at Turkey Head, Loon Bay, Cattle Point, Estevan Village and a surprise location yet to be revealed. Pianos are open for public play during the day and covered overnight.

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