Happy New Year! Eleven days into 2018 and there’s an abundance of activity spanning the arts and culture spectrum. From a new gallery, to new art exhibitions, to a newly minted downtown destination there should be something to pique your interest.
As the title of the blog implies 2018 is a promising year. The first promise is that I will get back to a weekly schedule for these blogs. No excuses, I got bogged down last year and didn’t keep to my commitments. A new year offers a fresh start and I won’t waste it. There is always an abundance of material to discuss so subject matter should not be an issue.
The new gallery is EarthShade Art Studio located at 5 & 7 Buell Street. Maxine BaveRidge is proprietor and resident artist. Stop by and have a chat, see the magnificent renovations she’s made to the property and check out her eclectic collections. Her website is www.earthshadeart.com.
During the month of January the galleries at the Brockville Arts Centre are home to the All You Need is Love Exhibit by Andrea Wolfe.
Full disclosure, Andrea and husband Gary were two of the very first supporters of Brockville Culture Days and I love them to death. Andrea was one of the featured artists at our first press conference. She is immensely talented and her creations incandescent. Stop by the Arts Centre when you’re in the downtown and give yourself a visual and spiritual treat.
The newly branded destination is King West Village:The Arts District. It covers the section of downtown Brockville that opened its arms to Brockville Culture Days and plays host to our festival every year. They have been generous, supportive and welcoming to us and I wanted to return the favour. So when a number of store owners, and friends, asked if I could think of any way to support their efforts to attract visitors King West Village:The Arts District was born.
The area has been described as “the funky end of the street”, “the happening part of town” and “the artsy section”, so the new name was a natural. Three galleries, the Arts Centre, the Brockville Public Library, an antique store, dance studio, cafes, restaurants and the Brockville Museum are all part of why it deserves the new branding.
So here’s to a promising New Year. Next time out a new festival, or two, a recap of Culture Days 2017 and an exiting new initiative being offered for Culture Days 2018. Who knows what else as it’s a week away and who knows what could happen!