Most of all, however, she said she was blown away by the artists — both visual and performance — themselves. The artists consisted of the faculty and student body of the Grenfell Campus visual arts program, and from other local artists in Corner Brook and surrounding areas.
Though festival organizers worked with the artists in the months leading up to the event, they were really in their own little “cocoons,” Gauthier said, until it was time to set up.
“And then they show up big like that across the board — it was amazing,” she said. “There wasn’t an uneven performance.”
She said everything went “above and beyond” even her wildest expectations, with hundreds of people drifting through the West Street area during the 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. run time. Even at 1 a.m., for the last performance of “All Fired Up” by Wonderbolt Circus, there were 200-300 people on hand to watch, Gauthier said.
There were a few minor challenges in execution, such as not getting traffic barricades up in time in the right locations, but organizers were able to fix those issues fairly quickly with the help of the security company that was on site for the event. Gauthier chalked that up to her own inexperience managing a festival like this one.
Everything else was positive, she said, especially the state of the street when all was said and done. After all the exhibits had been taken down by the artists, by about 2 a.m., there was really nothing else to do.
“The message really got across to people that we wanted it to be a festival that was going to be proud of the fact it was green and clean,” she said.
“Everything disappeared and we were left with a clean street.”
She has gotten a lot of feedback on social media, with people telling her they had a “wonderful time,” and that they were “amazed” by the turnout. She said there is definitely a significant hope for another event like this in the future — maybe even on an annual basis.
“It was just a magical night,” she said. “It was a really nice vibe in the air.”