Revelstoke to take art to the alleys thanks to Columbia Basin Trust grant

The unexpected location of the public art exhibit will encourage viewers to consider how art can enhance typically marginalized areas.

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The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society will install artwork in alleyways, like in this artist's concept, thanks to help from a Columbia Basin Trust public art grant.

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society is putting a unique spin on public art thanks to a $30,000 Columbia Basin Trust public art grant.

Revelstoke artist Rob Buchanan will create 12 pieces that will be placed in alleyways throughout the city. The large-scale digital artworks will be printed on aluminum, framed hung on alley walls and lit. Themes in these “art alleries” will range from landscapes to abstract art, with the locations and art selections still to be determined.

“Alleyways lie on the edges of society and are not often associated with art or tourism —however, they are vital as potentially thriving public spaces in new urban design,” said Victoria Strange, executive director of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. “The unexpected walk through an Art Allery will hook locals and visitors and encourage them to rethink the idea of how art can enhance alternate spaces and create a beautiful experience within a typically marginalized area.”

Revelstoke is among 11 communities in the Columbia Basin that have received a public art grant. In total 13 works of public art will be installed with support totalling more than $244,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s public art grants. Through the grants Basin communities can purchase original works of fixed art, from murals to scuptures, created by Basin artists and install them in well-traveled spaced accessible by all. This was the first intake of the $750,000, three-year program.

“Public art has long-term impact in several significant ways,” said Aimee Ambrosone. “It can engage minds, offer learning experiences, help provide a living to local artists and create a draw that affects the economies of our communities.”

For more information about the Columbia Basin Trust visit ourtrust.org.

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