DSCN2246WE Arts Society joined with the WE Senior’s Network at their annual Strawberry Festival at the Barclay Heritage Square celebrating the start of summer!  There were live music, raffles, craft sales, kid’s games, horse-drawn carriage rides and, of course, strawberry shortcake!  With such wonderful weather everyone enjoyed the festive & relaxed ambience of Barclay Manor’s heritage setting.  Friends for Life had their fun open house BBQ & bluegrass music and the Roedde House Museum had an open tour & a bake sale.

The West End Planning Committee had their city planners presenting the West End Community Plan and the upcoming opening of the Jim Deva Plaza and later a walking tour of the heritage building in the West End.   City planner, Michael Gordon dropped by our booth to show his support of arts & culture as an important component of the West End Community Plan.

We want to thank the WESN for their complimentary booth & tent they give us every year.  We were able to connect with the all ages in our community who filled out our questionnaire, “Do you want to see more ART in the West End” and the majority ticked the box for “art markets & murals”.  We were encouraged to have several interested people sign up to our newsletter indicating they really wanted to get involved with our society who had many years experience being active advocates of community art!

We also want to thank artist, Mojgan Abolhassani, for her lovely art work that graced our tent and Sanny Nishi who has been a faithful volunteered for the last 2 years.  A big thank you to our sponsor, Buddha Board Inc. who loaned us their large art board for people to paint their inspirations and as the water slowly evaporates, the design magically disappears only to start another drawing and 2 free Buddha Boards for our draw.

The highlight of our event was having a group of young enthusiastic children show up at 3pm to see who the winners of the draw for the two free art boards, a mini Buddha Board & Enso.  We felt it was only fair to give the prizes to those who showed up for the draw.  How could we have refused not to give it to those beautiful smiling faces waiting in anticipation of who the winners were!