Organizers have cancelled the 2020 TD Art Gallery Paint-in, citing a directive from the provincial health officer to cancel all large events this summer.
This would have been the 33rd year for the free event, which was scheduled for July 18.
It is the biggest art party of the year, attracting tens of thousands of people to Moss Street. Almost 200 artists took part last year, displaying or demonstrating their skills outside on the street.
Apart from the exposure for the artists, the event is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Jon Tupper, director of the gallery, said the Paint-In is an important event for both the gallery and the community.
“Despite the restrictions put on us due to COVID-19, we are still committed to supporting the creative community and are looking at alternative options to share local artists’ work with the public,” he said.
Gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned in B.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has said large events will not be allowed until a vaccine or a successful treatment has been developed, or there is “community” immunity.