ARTS COME ALIVE IN PICTURES
Throughout its 20-year existence, Arts Alive has grown exponentially.
This presents some challenges for Teri James, who has tackled the role of lead organizer for 13 of those 20 years.
This year's festival featured 140 vendors - roughly 30 of which were businesses - along with 56 performers to a festival annually held along the one-way portion of Fraser Highway, as well as in Salt Lane and McBurney Lane.
"It's becoming logistically harder," James said. "It's a bigger festival so it's getting more and more difficult... to organize it. We're going to look at expanding our committee of organizers, for sure."
However, thanks in large part to a host of enthusiastic volunteers, this year's event ran smoothly, once again.
"There's nothing that brings a community together like a festival on a beautiful day," James said. "People came out in droves and we appreciate it. It's definitely turning out to be one of the best arts festivals in the Lower Mainland."
Luckily, the weather cooperated. The predicted rainfall never materialized.
To James' relief, visitors to Arts Alive were treated to an agreeable mix of sunshine and overcast skies.
"I was stressing about it all week and it turned out okay," James said. "In fact, it was perfect weather."
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