Artwalk returns to Fort St John


The annual Artwalk is returning to Fort St. John.

More than 28 local artists will have their work displayed in 22 venues around town. Last year’s displays were up for two months, but this year the art will be displayed for 3 months. Organizers say there are several significant anniversaries to celebrate this year.

“It is the 50th anniversary of the [Fort St. John] Community Arts Council, the 40th anniversary of Stage North, and the 25th anniversary of the [North Peace] Cultural Centre," said Sue Popesku, the walk's organizers. "To celebrate that, along with the 75th anniversary of the building of the highway, we have sort of melded the art and the history together, and are celebrating with many visuals of the Alaska Highway.”

Deb Bowyer of Deb's Accidental Art participated in last year’s Artwalk for the first time. She said the experience was a positive one.

“It was amazing," Bowyer said. "It’s good exposure, especially for us small home-based businesses that don’t have advertising money, to be able to have our art in different places, and so the exposure from different people, with different interests is invaluable. We couldn’t afford necessarily to market ourselves that way. So being part of the Artwalk is huge for me.”

The walk kicks off Saturday, May 20, and runs until Saturday, August 19. A map of the artwork can be found in the Peace Gallery North, in the North Peace Cultural Centre.