© Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald
Individuals take part in the March of the Crows during the third Art in the Open Festival on Saturday in Charlottetown.
People marching and cawing while dressed as crows, balloons sticking out of the ground, and a fortune-telling owl were all common sights in Charlottetown this past weekend.
The third annual Art in the Open Festival showcased the creativity of Island artists on Saturday by transforming downtown Charlottetown and Victoria Park into a surreal landscape celebrating the city’s visual art scene.
More than 35 exhibits were presented, including interactive and experimental pieces, live performances, community initiatives, collaborations and much more.
One of the highlights was the March of the Crows, which saw more than 100 people make their own crow costumes.
Participants cawed and danced as they marched their way from the Confederation Centre of the Arts down to Victoria Park.
“It’s just so neat. Everyone makes something different, it’s such a creative thing for everybody,” said march coordinator Erin Bateman
Bateman said the march is something her three kids, Henry, 9, Jane, 7, and Alice, 5, look forward to every year.
“My girls made new costumes this year but my son, he likes his consistency,” she said.
Shawn Younker, who was at the festival with his wife, young son Luke and eight-month-old son William said the march was also a highlight for them.
With it being the family’s first time at the festival, Younker said he was impressed.
“I think its awesome, look at all the people that are out, for the culture and the arts it’s awesome for Charlottetown.”