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Yesterday, we visited the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. They have a small but beautiful garden where I sat for a few minutes enjoying the late afternoon light. The garden includes a Meiji era Shinto shrine.

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This year’s 26th annual Paint-In was held on July 20. Approximately 180 artists participated, showing off their techniques and talents. Here are a few shots of a few of our friends who were there this year.

Beautiful felted portrait heads created by Dale Roberts, with the stunning Dame Mailarta (lower left).

Beautiful felted portrait heads created by Dale Roberts, with the stunning Dame Mailarta (lower left).

The gorgeous work of Haren Vakil.

The gorgeous work of Haren Vakil.

This young woman was playing beautifully along the route.

This young woman was playing beautifully along the route.

Karen Lynn Kaiser and Marshall Hugh Kaiser displayed their work together, as they do at their studio in Dragon Alley.

Karen Lynn Kaiser and Marshall Hugh Kaiser displayed their work together, as they do at their studio in Dragon Alley.

Our friend Gareth Gaudin's spot was too busy to photograph when we went by, but later, when we were taking the bus to a friend's, we saw a young woman with one of his prints; she was very excited about it.

Our friend Gareth Gaudin’s spot was too busy to photograph when we went by, but later, when we were taking the bus to a friend’s, we saw a young woman with one of his prints; she was very excited about it.

What a glorious day for the Paint-In; 25 years of showcasing local professional and emerging artists in one of our most beautiful neighbourhoods. We spent several hours walking the route, chatting with friends and fellow artists. Tens of thousands of visitors had a great time viewing the work of over 150 artists. There was also great food and live musical entertainment. This year our friend Dame Mailarta, as part of her Portrait Palace project, walked the route to have her portrait taken with all the other participating artists. She also had a display set up where the public could take a picture of themselves posing as a stamp of the Queen which they could mail or email to the project. It was an amazing day!

One view of the crowds taking part in this year’s Paint-In.

GJ and I pose at Dame Mailarta’s spot on the tour. GJ loans the Queen his jaunty boater hat! Apparently the cardboard corgi caused great consternation to many of the little dogs passing by.

Spent a couple hours at the AGGV this afternoon. It was a wonderful walk there today with bright blue skies and crisp cold air. There are several interesting exhibits on right now; here are a few photo highlights:

"Retinue of Thirty-Six Court Officials." This and the next three photos are from the "Enduring Art of China" exhibit.

"Retinue of Servants with Sedan Chair," Ming period.

Ikebana by Amanda Gaunt, Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Carved stone objects 19th and early 20th century. The two pieces top right are carved turquoise and so delicate.

These two pieces plus a video installation by Megan Dickie are among the offerings for the exhibit called "Throw Down."

Part of "Victoria Collects: A View into Private Art Collections from the Region." Some of the artists represented are Gauguin, Mondrian, Warhol, Group of Seven, Oldenburg among many others.

A Meiji period Shinto Shrine adorns the Asian Garden.

A section of the Asian Garden at AGGV.

The back of the original gallery, Spencer Mansion.

The first of several installations of "Sleeping Bag" by Tyler Hodgins. These ice sculptures which address the issue of homelessness will be appearing all over town for the next few months.