Wild about the art

Pacific Brant show’s third season was in Sidney last weekend

Annette MacDonald and Harold Last

There was more art than you could shake a stick at, in Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre over the weekend.

The 24th Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show was on — the third straight year they have set up shop in Sidney after one year in Victoria and the rest up-Island as part of the annual Brant Wildlife Festival in Parksville. Show chair Dennis Drechsler says there has been such a great response to the event from the community that they plan on sticking around.

“Our vision is to grow,” he said on Sunday, “and attract major artists from Canada and the United States.”

To do that, he said, the event needs solid community support as they expand their offerings to the public. Art demonstrations, auctions, raffles and more are part of the show — not to mention the array of wildlife and natural world-themed art from carving and painting to photography and sculpting.

The show itself is a judged affair, with awards handed out to artists in 59 categories.

Drechsler said they continue to build on the calibre of art at the event, adding there were 16 top notch artists on hand at this year’s show.

The Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show will be back in Sidney in 2015 — right after next Easter. For details, visit www.thebrant.ca.