Join us for the 4th annual Plein Air Painting festival. This “In the Open Air” painting festival was a great success last year, so be sure to mark your calendars! Come and see the competitors as their paintings develop on Friday and Saturday! Then all completed paintings will be displayed for the public on Sunday. Book your reservation for the festival luncheon where the winners will be announced.
For those who are new to the event, it celebrates artwork created “en plein air,” meaning literally “in the open air.” This style of painting originated in Europe near the end of the 19th century, when artists left their studios to paint what they saw in the great outdoors! Devotees believe that painting on site, in natural light, produces luminous paintings of unparalleled quality and beauty. Please note: New Date
During the competition, come rain or shine, up to fifty participating artists from across the Lower mainland will be painting around the Historic Site. Artists will capture breathtaking historic vistas, 1920s farm equipment, historic buildings, lush gardens & orchards, delightful farm animals, and surrounding mountains of our uniquely beautiful region.
The festival will culminate on Sunday with live entertainment by Bruce Coughlan of Tillers Folly and an award ceremony at the 2 pm Sunday luncheon. Winners of the People’s Choice and other categories will be announced following the Luncheon. The sale of paintings will occur throughout the afternoon on Sunday until 3 pm.
Want to participate in the festival? All skill levels are welcome. Email us at: email@example.com Registration is $15. All ages and skill levels welcome! Looking for a place to stay overnight during the festival? Contact Tourism Harrison at 604-796 5581 for accommodation information.
BC’s Museum of Rural Life
Located near the junction of the Harrison and Fraser Rivers, the Kilby Historic Site stands as the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills, British Columbia, Canada.
Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely tour of the Kilby Historic Site with its magnificent 1906 General Store Museum. Visitors will view a fascinating gallery of product packaging dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Don’t miss the intriguing artifacts in the heritage Post Office and Manchester House Hotel; both were an integral part of the Harrison Mills community at the turn of the twentieth century.
Kilby Historic Site, 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0