|Near Victoria you'll come to this bridge.|
So, last Saturday I learned how to tune up my bike with the help of the most patient bike repair guy I could have asked for, Theo, and another young student. For 3 hours I addressed long standing issues and got to sit in on how to change handlebars, add a bike carrier over the back fender and glanced now and again as another participant replaced a cable. All this for $25 + the cost of materials (to my surprise all sounded worse than it was; no materials were needed - whew). This is a great deal, I'll be back. Part of their gig is that you can use recycled bike parts or new in your repair.
Sunday, Rod and I walked in to town...yes, I said WE walked.
The Chalk Festival - be sure to watch the video for 2 reasons:
1. You will hear the music of the O'Briens, a group I enjoyed on my last visit to Victoria
|The O'Briens playing last year at Bastion Square.|
2. You'll be introduced to the guy who brought chalk art to Victoria.
The festival was underway this morning dominated by a threatening sky. The 2 cordoned off blocks of Government Street were covered in semi-opaque tarps as artists and audience waited for the drippy weather to clear as it usually does by early afternoon. This gave us a chance to chat to many of the chalk artists.
|The view down the road. This goes on for 2 blocks. |
Realism, 3D and fantasy works are represented.
Artists come from B.C. and the western states (coast) mainly.
"I look at it as a misty cloak that will unveil the beauty laying underneath gently as it is burned away by the sun." I said.
He paused, nodded and smiled, "Wow, that's a whole lot better than the vision I've had of viewing the work through cloudy cataracts."
I laughed with him thinking to myself how my dream teacher would say I provided him with a better dream. Years ago, a fellow art teacher friend had encouraged him to participate in the chalk festivals and, though his body protests somewhat now, he continues to take part.
|3D art happening inside the Bay - done in paint not chalk|
|I loved this collection of bears, |
especially the one up top with the huge salmon.
|Lovely, magical creation; very dreamy!|
|Ian, the guy who started it all.|
This looks like so much fun that I might try my hand at it next year, everyone was having a great time.