Lesley Seselja and her team are thrilled with the success of this year’s Art in the Garden event in Nanoose Bay. Record attendance, great weather and one hundred outstanding artists from the region contributed to a blockbuster year for the art show and sale. The local charity, Nanoose Community Services (NCS), has benefited from the event’s success each year, and this year received $6,450 from Lesley and her team. This is up from last year’s donation of $4,432.
Over the two-day event, 2,780 adults and children came through the gates to enjoy the display of local art and crafts while taking in the beautiful surroundings, up from 2,250 the previous year.
“Originally, when I was a member of the NCS board ten years ago, my goal was to continue the Art in the Garden event for 10 years, or, until reaching the goal of $30,000 in donations to NCS”, says Lesley.
“So, I am very happy to have achieved both these goals through the hard work and dedication of the event’s committee and army of volunteers, neighbours, family and friends”.
Her neighbours, Natural Gift Farms, donated their farm for Public Parking and their upper Orchard for the Artisan Parking. Oceanside Tom Harris and Nanoose Business Service Directory both donated shuttle cars to bring people from NBES school and Nanoose Place Community Centre to the event.
She also appreciates the tremendous support of the community in coming out each year and spreading the word to bring more people from far and wide.
To date, the event has contributed a total of $38,150 in donations resulting from the net proceeds from entrance fees over the past 10 years.