This year’s Art in the Park exhibition will be held early next month at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.
Since its inception in 2008, the Art in the Park program based in Revelstoke has provided visual artists with special access to explore, be inspired by, and connect with, one of Canada’s great national parks. This year, Parks Canada and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre have celebrated the natural and cultural heritage of Glacier National Park.
“Twelve artists from the region were chosen through a rigorous selection process designed to encourage a balance of artistic mediums and experience,” said a statement from the Visual Arts Centre and Parks Canada. “The artists spent four days together in early August in a rustic cabin setting in the Alpine Club of Canada’s AO Wheeler Hut.”
The artists worked closely sharing their visions and techniques while exploring, photographing, and sketching their environment. It was an opportunity for the artists to fully immerse themselves in one of Canada’s most beautiful natural places. Artists were then tasked with creating three works of art that represented their experience.
“This exhibition presents a way of seeing Canada’s rich national park through the eyes of an artist,” the statement said. “By providing this innovative perspective of the park through art, visitors to the exhibition are able to experience the park’s beauty and rich history in a unique way. The exhibition will travel throughout the region in 2017 as part of the Canada 150 celebration.”
The featured artists are: Kate Brooks-Heinimann, Zuzana Driediger, Lyndsay Esson, Jenny Ireland, Jaymie Johnson, Gwen Lips, Melanie MacVoy, Becky McMahon, Leanne Spanza, Val Speer, Jo Willems, and Jeff Wilson.
In addition to the Art in the Park exhibition, the Visual Arts Centre will also be exhibiting photography by students from the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program. This program provides an opportunitiy for local youth in Grades 9 and 10 to connect with their natural and cultural heritage through photography, music, and hiking experiences in Glacier National Park.
The exhibitions will run from November 4 to November 25 at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, located at 320 Wilson Street, behind the Days Inn.