Local artist Monk was in Alberta recently, promoting the beauty of our area with her paints and canvas.
Monk is well-known for encouraging young and old to paint with her and add their brush strokes and signatures to her works of art. During the Edmonton Home and Garden Show March 22 to 25 she was part of team from Tourism Vancouver Island.
Monk had a four by five canvas of the giant trees in Cathedral Grove that people participated in painting.
She said hundreds of people picked up a brush and added their signature to the canvas.
Monk said when she told people about Cathedral Grove and how old the trees were in the park many of them couldn’t believe it.
“So many people said they want to come here and when you explain to them that the trees are 1,500-years-old in Cathedral Grove they believe it is a sacred place and everybody has it on their bucket list as a place to visit.”
Sharyn Sadauskas of Vancouver Island Tourism said they had representatives from Parksville and Qualicum Beach as well as Cowichan Bay, Campbell River, Tofino and Nanaimo promoting the region to Albertans.
Monk said the people she talked to told her that they would love to move to the Island.
Monk said she told them that if they came to Parksville they could use her easel and paints and take them down to the beach, where they could make their own painting.