KidzArt Dayz logo unveiled

Two Rivers Gallery staff unveil the artwork of Jenny Hsieh that will be featured in promotional material for BMO KidzArt Dayz. Bill Phillips photo
Two Rivers Gallery staff unveil the artwork of Jenny Hsieh that will be featured in promotional material for BMO KidzArt Dayz. Bill Phillips photo

Coming soon to screens, posters, billboards, and T-shirts across northern B.C. – the work of Vancouver artist Jenny Hsieh.

Hsieh’s playful illustration depicts a child cruising towards adventure by submarine and will be featured prominently in promotional material for Two Rivers Gallery’s BMO KidzArt Dayz.

“It’s imaginative, and celebrates movement towards creativity,” says Twyla Exner, director of public programs at Two Rivers Gallery.

Earlier this spring, Two Rivers Gallery put out a call to Canadian artists, to design 2018’s logo for its annual summer children’s festival, BMO KidzArt Dayz. The artist was paid professional fees for her artwork, which will appear in all promotional materials leading up to the 2018 event. “We’re happy to support an artist in the creation of an original illustration that so perfectly suits our event,” Exner said.

The 28th annual BMO KidzArt Dayz is coming up Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. New at the 2018 event – Sandra Cardenas and Nikki Boxer will get the crowd on their feet for a Zumba Fitness dance party, plus Chinook Yoga will be leading a family session. The crowd will be wowed by performances from Alberta’s Hula Hoop Circus, former Dheli2Dublin musician Andy the Musical Scientist and many more. Local groups the Bollywood Dream Dancers and Khat’san Drummers will perform. There will be dozens of interactive activities, including rocket launchers and the ever-popular paint spinner.

“For the 2018 version of KidzArt Dayz we’re really looking to draw a diverse crowd,” said Exner. “In the past we’ve had a lot of young participants, and we love our young participants and look forward to hosting them again this year, but we have also planned activities and entertainment that will appeal to toddlers to pre-teens, as well as anyone who’s a kid at heart.”

There will be live entertainment all day for the two days of the event, which takes place at Canada Games Plaza, next to Two Rivers Gallery. The theme is that it is a celebration of creativity through art, movement, and music.

“Creativity is a lifelong pursuit, and that’s why we’re excited to be making this year’s event

the best one yet,” said Executive Director Carolyn Holmes.

As families head out on road trips this summer, Holmes encourages them to plan to visit Prince George July 6 or 7.

The event is sponsored by BMO Bank of Montreal, the City of Prince George, Tourism PG, The Regional District of Fraser Fort George, Northern Development Initiative Trust, the PG Community Foundation, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the PG Citizen, 101.3 the River,

99.3 the Drive, CKPG – among other sponsors – BMO KidzArt Dayz is back and bigger than ever.