Artishow Victoria is a program where hotels and artists collaborate to paint the city in colour and culture. Artists have the opportunity to paint and sculpt in some unique locations and expose their work to new audiences, while visitors and locals alike have a chance to interact and enjoy the results in a comfortable environment.
Through the Artishow Artists in Residence program, visitors can experience the artists in action every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from May to October in the lobbies of the Fairmont Empress, Inn at Laurel Point, Hotel Grand Pacific, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa, Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina, Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Parkside Hotel and Spa and the Union Club of British Columbia.
Local artist Blythe Scott was an Artist in Residence at the Inn at Laurel Point this year. "This is a fabulous program. The artist gains exposure and connection to new clients. The hotel has access to an array of artworks on its walls. The guests are entertained by watching artwork unfold and everyone is stimulated by the changing environment and the opportunity to ask about processes and approaches." Says Scott. "In spite of chatting all day to lots of people, I still seem to be powering through the work. It is great to see my work in a new and dynamic space, instead of my tiny studio at home. The light is wonderful too!"
The love for art and Victoria shines through as artists paint, sculpt, sketch and create wonderful pieces in local hotels. "Art is my love and keeps me sane, keeps me fulfilled and keeps me happy. I will continue to paint until I am no longer able to hold a brush," said Judy Saunders. She's been drawing and painting since she can remember, but only pursued her dream full time when her first show sold out. Judy will be teaching at the Robert Bateman Centre in fall and hopes to "make people aware of the fragile environment by painting the old growth and delicate shorelines."
Using wire, screws, paint, canvas and other found materials, Tanta DeStaffay Pennington works on multiple pieces simultaneously to create abstract dreamscapes and symmetrical whirlwinds of colour. She loves being "able to constantly rearrange [her] world with pencil, paper and paint."
A tour of the participating hotel lobbies is a fun daytrip. Or see several artists in action on one day! Just stop by participating hotels and watch the artists as they work their magic.