Face paint, check. Cotton candy, check. Five-year-old Elizabeth Grochowski was having a good time at Arts Alive in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Tines

VIDEO and PHOTOS: Biggest Arts Alive yet in Langley City

Free admission arts event estimated to have attracted 25,000

This year’s Arts Alive in Langley City was the biggest yet, with 25,000 people expected to attend the all-day exhibition (compared to about 18,000 the previous year) to see 250 artists and artisans.

For the first time in its 24-year history, all of the vendor spots were sold out.

“With a wait list,” said Downtown Langley Business Association executive director Teri James.

James said the calibre of performing artists was up, and many were promoting the event on social media in addition to the promotional campaign by the DLBA.

James said the success of the event is due to support by sponsors, volunteers and the City as well as local residents.

“Half the people (visitors) here are from the community,” James said.

The event continued on the One-Way — and several side streets — until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors could see new work from painters, potters, sculptors and jewelry designers along Fraser Hwy between 204 206 Streets.

The Arts Alive Showcase Stage at McBurney Plaza featured all-day live music, as did Salt Lane.

There was a Children’s Fun Zone with free activities for kids including balloon twisters, face painters, crafts, bouncy castles and more.

James said plans are already in the works to make next year’s 25th anniversary a memorable one.

dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

 

Arts Alive took over the One-Way in Langley City. Attendance was up, with organizers expecting about 25,000 this year compared to about 18,000 the previous year. Dan Ferguson Langley Tines

When you’re posing for a photo and a friend decides to break you up. Roiane Evans teases “Krazy Bob” owner of the shop of the same name, as he was explaining his street installation of 45s, CDs and sticks at Arts Alive in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Above: Melissa Burgher was one of 250 artists and artisans at the Arts Alive event, the first time all the vendor spot have been sold out; bottom left: Alex Maher performs at Arts Alive in Langley City; bottom right: Face paint, check. Cotton candy, check. Five-year-old Elizabeth Grochowski was having a good time at Arts Alive in Langley City on Saturday. For the first time in the festival’s 24-year history, vendor spaces were sold out. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Alex Maher performs at Arts Alive in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Wood artist Jay Mapson works on a new piece at the Arts Alive event in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Tines

Two year old Riley Kim was deciding which temporary tattoo to get with the help of mom Jin Seo at the Arts Alive event in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Strollers view art on the street at Arts Alive in Langley City. Attendance was up for this year’s event, with organizers expecting 25,000 attendees. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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