The iAD fine art event started in Canada twelve years ago is now celebrated around the world and is happening in White Rock BC throughout the entire month of October 2016!
Chris MacClure and his Kissing Picasso
White Rock artist Chris MacClure developed the concept in 2004 because he felt artists weren’t being recognized for the contribution they make to society. Everyone else had “Their Day!” so Chris thought it was time artists did too. Consequently, he launched his idea online and watched as the IAD slowly gained traction worldwide.
A couple of years ago he partnered with artist and promotions advisor Maurice Cardinal to help him grow his dream even faster. Between the two, plus with the help of Chris’ partner in life and art, Marilyn Hurst, the iAD is reaching new levels in places like the USA, Qatar, Tanzania, Spain, India, Saudi Arabia, and of course across Canada.
Although the traditional iAD event is held October 25th, which was chosen in tribute to Picasso’s birthday, this year the White Rock Flagship Festival is being celebrated for the entire month of October!
The 2016 iAD White Rock Festival opens on October 4th at 6pm and will feature the much anticipated 12×12 Show where art buyers and collectors can score a huge find for a reasonable price. The canvasses are small, but the quality is high and comes from some of the most talented and respected artists in BC. During the first opening week, from the 4th to the 11th art aficionados will be able to sip wine from local vintner 1st ROW, and listen to music by classical guitarist James Devon while they view and invest in art from the week’s featured IAD artists like Jill Holiday-Charouk and Richard Tetrault. Some artists will also be painting on site at the POP-UP Gallery located at 1459B Johnston Road in uptown White Rock.
Richard Tetrault, founder of the East Side Cultural Crawl will give a presentation on October 6th at 7pm. On October 7th there will be an Art & Wine Group Tasting Party. Drop by and create your own masterpiece under the watchful eye of three accomplished artists.
On October 8th, Rod Lamirand author of The Eyes of the Arab Boy, will give a talk and read from his new book,
On October 11th well known celebrity artist Dave Benning will give a talk and demonstration on the art of portraiture.
The following three weeks will see many more artists featured and also deliver a number of surprises for art lovers and artists alike.
Check back for more exciting IAD events in October …