I’m Maurice Cardinal, IAD Partner and Marketing & Promotions Director.
Chris MacClure founded International Artist Day in 2004 and I got onboard just over a year ago to help introduce the IAD to even more cities around the world.
Homebase for International Artist Day is in White Rock, and it is here where we have traditionally held our flagship event. White Rock is a sleepy little seaside touristy town just outside of Vancouver. It’s a beautiful place chock full of artistic and creative people – kind of like Sante Fe or Carmel North. You can’t walk down the street or go into a coffee shop with bumping into a painter, photographer, musician, writer, or art promoter.
White Rock is between Vancouver BC and Seattle Wa … pure sunshine by the sea.
The walls were bare last week in our POP UP Gallery, but enthusiasm ran high.
The pic above is of Chris MacClure (far right) and Marilyn Hurst (far left) on site at the temporary space and making plans.
We took a look at our empty space on Friday afternoon, and by mid day Saturday it actually started to look like a real fine art gallery.
Chris with a painting by Jill Charuk – a little higher Chris and to the right, perfect!
In years past we’ve celebrated International Artist Day on October 25 – a tribute to Picasso’s birthday, but this year the celebration will last for the entire month of October, which means an incredible amount of work for all of our wonderful volunteers.
Our GALA though is still on October 25th and promises to be a blowout event!
We transformed an empty storefront into an impressive gallery in three days.
Artists started arriving Friday night with art deliveries, and by Saturday morning we had set up a Greeting & Signing in station.
We are excited and will be ready to launch our 2016 IAD Festival on October 4 so come out and join us at 1459B Johnston Rd in UpTown White Rock in the street level storefront adjacent to the Bosa Towers and Rexall Drugs.