This year’s Sarnia Artwalk is now ‘history’

Heavy rains on Sunday did not dampen enthusiasm for annual spectacle

Photo by Madison Taylor.
Photo by Madison Taylor.

This past weekend Sarnia experienced its annual Artwalk. For 14 years, this festival has been celebrating the development of culture in the city. With last year’s Artwalk bringing in over 25,000 people, this year was sure to have been another success.

Many artists displayed their artwork in a gallery-like environment, whether it be culinary, visual, or craft arts, for the public to observe. It gave the artists a chance to interact more with  the public and to share their experiences with the art.

Multicultural Village, another part of Artwalk, involves local groups of First Nations, Sikh, Chinese, East Indian, Latino, and Greek people to share their cultures through food, art, and entertainment. Live performances such as First Nation Dancers, Irish Dancers, and the Maraca Stilt Drumming Troupe, were enjoyed by the public.

Along with Artwalk, an environmental festival was also held. The purpose of the festival is to promote healthy living and environmental awareness to the community and to make it a part of daily lifestyles.

With the city being reminded of the various cultures on an annual basis, Sarnia will continue to gain more knowledge and understand the cultures of its fellow residents. Let’s hope that next year’s Artwalk will be just as fun, if not more, and entertaining as well as an educational experience.

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  • Ashley Mann

    I can’t thank Counsellor Sholten enough for informing myself and other Sarnians on Facebook that there was a charge to enter Artwalk. I hope next year it’s free. unfortunately because of our money situation we couldn’t attend this year. Thank you again Counsellor Sholten. As I mentioned before we have never had a councillor so involved in social media. It’s wonderful.

  • Aruba M

    Hi Ashley, there was no charge to enter Artwalk this year. It’s an open event to the whole community, it always has been and that definitely didn’t change this year. In addition to the free street parking on Front and Wellington, there was also free parking this year with extended hours in the Bayside Centre parking garage. The only charges were those to buy items, food or whatever else was being sold by vendors, which is expected. There were numerous free activities as well, especially for families. I have attended Artwalk for years and was a part of the multicultural village this year and last year. It’s unfortunate you missed this year’s event but I hope that you can attend this wonderful and free event in the future.