New Sculpture Walk executive director is ready for challenge

Castlegar arts group holds AGM and hears positive report from director Joy Barrett

Executive director Joy Barrett

Executive director Joy Barrett

Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk Society held their annual general meeting on Jan. 28. Over a dozen people were on hand to hear the report from board chair Darlene Kalawsky and executive director Joy Barrett, who started in December.

“It’s been really exciting to be involved with a project that has been so well run and well received,” said Barrett. “This is our third year and we’re going to have 30 sculptures within the downtown core. Just that sheer number and the quality of the work shows the support the community and the city has had for this amazing project.”

Barrett was pleased to see a good turnout and is looking forward to a strong future for Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk.

“The AGM went really well,” she said. “It was great to see the community come out and support this. There are a lot of exciting things we’re going to be doing this year continuing with the Sandsations project that will be in July. There’s also the Mosaic project that is done with local youth. We’re also looking to add some jazz to the downtown core, see what we can do to be more colourful and have the community and tourists come out as well.”

Kalawsky talked about other projects that have been done recently such as the Gala Awards Celebration and the Scavenger Hunt program, and some exciting upcoming events such as possibly placing large sculptures at the main entrances to the city.

The group is also hoping to increase their membership and board members looked at different ways to attract new members by possibly changing the membership rules.