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Two Rivers Gallery announces return of Community Art Days

Events happen July 12 and 13 at Canada Games Plaza

Community Art Days returns in July, Two Rivers Gallery has announced.

This free, all-ages event will take place on July 12 and July 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Canada Games Plaza and at Two Rivers Gallery. BMO Community Art Days will engage our community through the intersection of art and collaboration with local partners, featuring family-oriented activities, workshops, performances, community partners and food trucks. The theme of this year’s event is Archival Renewal.

Come visit our two artists-in-residence! Local artist Adam Ross emulates the style of Bob Ross in his live painting demos and Vancouver-based printmaker and comics artist Tajliya Jamal will invite folks to participate in a collaborative artwork utilizing archival family photos, and memories of Prince George.

This year’s iteration will bring back many fan favourites including the return of Citizen Pong.

Featuring ping-pong tables designed by local artists, it will be available for free play.

Additionally, many familiar, family-friendly art stations with fun crafts for all ages, such as paper rocket making, and fingerprint painting will be in full swing.

Each day will feature a diverse and exciting group of local performers programmed by Inspire Productions, including the Khast’an Drummers, Phat Funk, Colin & Kiziah, Genevieve Jaide, DJ Smashley, Grace Hoksbergen, YXS, DJ Nige, Inspire and Andy Heywood providing Community Art Days with the lively performances that event goers have come to expect.

“BMO is proud to encourage lifelong learning through art and is committed to support the progress of our local arts scene by helping make it accessible to everyone within the Prince George community,” said Stephanie Partridge, BMO's regional vice-president, personal banking, B.C. and Yukon Region. “At BMO we know strong communities and the organizations supporting them are essential for building a thriving economy, ensuring a sustainable future, and fostering an inclusive society. I’m very excited for this year’s event and to build upon BMO’s 200-year-plus legacy of growing the good in the communities we serve.”

BMO has been a title sponsor of BMO Community Art Days since 2007.

Notable community partners include the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum, the Prince George Public Library, Tourism Prince George, the Prince George Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, and Huble Homestead. Food vendors will include various local restaurants and trucks, such as Afro Caribbean Cuisine and Baller Food.

“Now that two years have passed since the event’s rebranding, we will be placing a special emphasis on the community connections Two Rivers Gallery has strengthened post-lockdown,” says Alexander McLauchlan, Community Art Days coordinator, “We will establish that, as our events renew themselves, the underlying connection between community members remains the same.”