Blenheim art show gets new look during pandemic


Discover Art Blenheim will be held in Blenheim, Ont., on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (Facebook Photo)

Just like the artists who put their wares on display, the people behind Blenheim’s Art in the Park had to get creative this year.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual event, organizer Debbie Brush found a new way for local craftspeople to show and sell their goods.

Forty-two artists, crafters and bakers will be set up at 22 locations around town Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Discover Art Blenheim.

“This will be quite unique,” Brush said.

Guests can pick up a map with the artists’ locations and a passport at Talbot Trail Place, 24 John St. W., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Artists will be stationed at their homes or a friend’s place. Each will provide hand sanitizer. Social distancing must be practised.

The Blenheim Rotary Club normally hosts Art in the Park at Talbot Trail Place, but the current limit on outdoor crowd sizes made that impossible this year.

There will be several clusters of artists around town, making it easier for guests to park their cars and visit multiple locations on one trip.

People will receive a stamp on their passport at each tour stop. After the tour, they can return the passports to Talbot Trail Place park by 3:30 p.m. and those with at least 20 stamps will receive a ballot for a $100 prize draw.

ConViction BBQ & Grill will have a food truck at the park. Public washrooms will also be available there.

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