Taking time to create by: Betty-Jo McCarville, Education Facilitator.

It was an incredible first day of Festival 2017 today. This year’s line up is truly inspiring - all the sights, sounds and smells of festival are energizing!

With all the great exhibits and performances to check out it is hard to say, but I believe I may have had one of the best vantage points from which to watch the festival come alive today. In the heart of the WorksShop, free public art making tent, I was surrounded by young and old, artists and amateurs alike, mostly determined by the sheer coincidence of who was walking by. Those members of the public who did stumble upon our tent and decided to stop to sit together, draw, paint and share a moment, made this day a truly magical one for me.

Robert was one such haphazard guest. With calm concentration he sat for while and made us this incredible drawing. Robert’s eagle, along with the many other works made in the WorksShop, will be featured on a public mural we will be piecing together over the next 12 days.

Come join us any day from now until July 4, 12-8pm on the South-East corner of Churchill square. We’ll be waiting with a ton of supplies and a tent full of creativity.

Betty-Jo (B.J.) McCarville is an artist and educator from Charlottetown, PEI. Currently pursuing an M.A. in Art Education at Concordia University, B.J. is dedicated to arts accessibility and finding creative ways to inject art into public life. Her work taps into the power of art and storytelling to connect, restore, inspire and transform. B.J. was awarded a 2016-17 SSHRC GSM Scholarship and a Faculty of Fine Arts Merit Scholarship upon entry to her M.A. Studies. She has formerly received two PEI Council for the Arts creation grants for Emerging Artists, as well as a Forum Jeunesse Bursary from Atelier Circulaire. Her work is included in the Charlottetown “Art in the City” collection as well as the Colart Collection of emerging Canadian artists in Montreal.