Have you noticed? Victoria’s Vic West neighbourhood is developing a great community vibe. It’s hip, it’s arty, it has a funky coffeeshop and an artisan bakery. It has arrived.
The Spiral Café on Craigflower has long been a communal hub for the area, showcasing local musicians and artists on a regular basis and serving up some mighty good coffee at the same time.
When Frye’s Red Wheat Bakery recently moved into the little commercial cluster known as Craigflower Village, it felt as though something a bit magical had happened. Cheerful baker Byron Fry quickly began selling out daily with his organic artisan breads, batches of eyerolls-to-heaven chocolate croissants and, most recently, his popular wood-fired pizzas.
Fresh coffee. Fresh baking. And for the month of May, fresh art. The Vic West Art Quest is launching with a public opening celebration on Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On that festive evening, and through to the end of May, a group exhibit of local artists’ work will be jointly hosted by three stalwart Vic West venues—the Spiral Café, r place salon, and Hemp & Company at 418, 420, and 422 Craigflower Road.
Come out to this creative neighbourhood to see mosaic work by Hart Downey, jewellery by silversmith Diane L. Hill, fibre arts by Ria Bos, beautifully adorned gourds by Raven Wyntre-Clarkson, colourful quilts by Kate Musgrove, striking abstract paintings by Maria Middleton, paintings and photographs by Fern Long, and the works of many other artists.
For another taste of Vic West community on the same weekend, stop in at the Vic West Fest in Banfield Park on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a family-oriented “picnic in the park” with assorted food vendors on site, live music by local musicians, organized games and craft-making fun for children both in the park and the Victoria West Community Centre. Vic West Art Quest artists will also be on hand to demonstrate their works.