June 2017 Village Vibe

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mark your calendar:

mark your calendar:

Oaklands Sunset Market

Fernwood Art Stroll celebrates 10 years

Market Manager, Phoenix Bain, and 2016 Market Assistant Bob off to enjoy some Juma.

Detail of ‘Camellia’s in Teacup’ by Margaret Hantiuk, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo: Trevor Ball

Culture, creativity and

›› Phoenix Bain Returning for the 7th season in the heart of Oaklands, the Oaklands Sunset Market begins on June 28th for ten weeks at the Oaklands Community Centre. Creating a community gathering space since its modest beginnings in 2011, the Market has solidified itself as a Wednesday evening staple providing the neighbourhood with access to local farmers, food producers, and artisans. The Market is back in the regular swing of a gathering space, food hub, and summer venue in Victoria with a full schedule of local talent on the stage, a selection of over 50 vendors, community activities, and a bi-weekly beverage garden. At the heart of the Market, and what inspires me to come

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to work every day, is the opportunity to be a part of something that has grown past just a storefront space to access local food, but a space that celebrates local food and arts, cultivating local economic development, and facilitating community connections. Those words come off as a boilerplate at the bottom of a media release, but it is true. It’s a magical space almost outside of an episode of “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name, and the name of the farmer with the best kale. Alongside institutions like Moss St. Market and new friends like Esquimalt Farmers’ Market, the farmers’ market scene is Victoria is vibrant and healthy, ready to be your grocery stop and hang out spot almost every day of the week.


›› Margaret Hantiuk Please join us on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 11am to 4pm for the 10th Annual Fernwood Art Stroll. This year there are 15 artist studios to visit, including the several artists in the Pandora Arts Collective, at the Little Fernwood Gallery artspace. The Fernwood Art Stroll is an unjuried collection of artists and artisans who work together to put on this event, to open our studios to the public. You can download the map from our website and plan your way through the neighbourhood. Our brochures will be available around town too.

This year we have baskets, paper mache bowls, photographs, art cards, blown glass, pillows, prints, watercolours, drawings, cement garden pieces, oil and acrylic paintings, and multimedia works for you to discover. The painters range from abstractionists to landscape painters; then there are florals and some are whimsical and evocative. Look for the directional signs at street corners and the balloons and lawn signs at each studio. Invite your family and friends along and make a day of it. There are many wonderful coffee shops, and great eateries in Fernwood. This is a great way to explore your neighbourhood and the works of the many artists who live here. Most art will be for sale at studio prices Find the map at fernwoodartstroll.ca.

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