Summer Arts Festival – August 13th @ Deer Lake Gallery


For almost 40 years the Burnaby Arts Council has presented the best in local performers and artists set against the beautiful Deer Lake Park. The Festival activities are surrounded by majestic trees and park on near Deer Lake, Burnaby.

The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy featuring, outdoor painting competition, over 20+ artisans, children’s art workshop, musical performance by First Nations musician Rory Dawson, Burnaby Summer Theatre plus more! Demo and Art Exhibition: Between Land and Sky featuring the Vancouver Sketch Club. The Demo features 2 fabulous artist Sonia Mocnik and Taylore Co.

Experience the magic of live performance of the Sweet Stink of Victory a play by the Burnaby Summer Theatre. In the Sweet Stink of Victory, we follow Sophia the Skunk and Chuck the woodpecker through a journey to save their forest from an infestation. Through the help of their wits and a wise, weird, mystic deer they find the secret to saving the forest. It is an interactive musical performance so be prepared to dance, sing, move around and have lots of laughs! Special performance for children of all ages!

Enjoy music and entertainment featuring the first ever Park’s Edge Paint Off: Live International Painting Tournament, West Coast Fiddleheads, a solo performer Gord Oliver covering diverse artists from the 50’s & 60’s, duo musical group Audinos a music improv with Chris Blaber on vibraphone and Joel Mackenzie guitar, a lively performance by the Burnaby International Folk Dancers and finally we are very pleased to have Rory Dawson a First Nations artist/singer from Kwakwak’awakw nation from Kingcome Inlet BC.

Stroll and shop at the juried Artisan Market under the tents outside on our newly landscaped front yard. The Market features some of BC’s finest artists and designers displaying a variety of hand crafted items. The Festival includes 20+ artisans including: a glass blower, handmade soaps by Cedar Shade Soaps, super quirky hand crafted sock creatures by SockSmith, first nations jewelry by Rory Dawson, painted silk fashions & art, ceramics, original watercolours, acrylic and oil pastel artwork, jewelery, home crafted organic snacks & treats plus much more!

CALLING ALL CHILDREN YOUNG AND OLD to a very special day of fun and activity including crafts, music, entertainment and face painting. A FREE hands on art workshops for children of ALL ages.

3-2-1…. The final words one often hears when entering the colour massacres of live painting competitions. Usually a short amount of time, a palette of colours, brush in hand and an audience of eager onlookers excited about what creations lay in store from the competitors. Vancouver has seen a plethora of new live painting events pop up in recent years; from Art Battle, Golden Brush’s Battle of the Brush, SNAG, Vancouver Art Attack and others they have all become a unique way for art lovers and creators to come together and get closer to the creative process.

This year we are featuring our very own Park’s Edge Paint Off: Live Painting Tournament. Many people have never seen how paintings are created and it is an exciting spectacle to get a glimpse of what the creative process looks like first hand. Mingle that with an emphasis on speed and the chance for prizes and recognition and it’s a recipe for a fun engaging event with thrills, excitement and culture. Audience voting determine the winners of the events, and silent auction for the real prize of those who will get to walk home with a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Event Schedule:
Saturday, August 13th
10:00 – 5:00 Artisan’s selling their original artwork
10:00 – 3:00 Children’s Art Open Workshop & Community Mural
10:00 – 11:00 West Coast Fiddleheads
11:00 – 12:00 Gord Oliver, Musician
12:00 – 1:00 Burnaby Summer Theatre – Sweet Stink of Victory
1:00 – 3:00 Park’s Edge Paint Off (Live Paint Battle)
1:30 – 2:30 Burnaby International Folk Dancer
2:30 – 3:30 Audionos: Feauring Chris Blaber & Joel MacKenzie
3:30 – 4:30 Rory Dawson, First Nations musician

Summer Art Festival is sponsored by the Burnaby Arts Council.

Location: Outdoor Event @ Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby