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Public Art is a Visual Love Letter to the Village of Salmo – The Nelson Daily



The rivers, mountains, and trails around Salmo are irresistible to residents and visitors alike. The natural surroundings have long been an inspiration for local artists, including Tia Reyden.

When the Village of Salmo put out a call for local muralists to propose ideas, Reyden knew her appreciation for the natural scenes of Salmo life would help her create something beautiful.

Salmo has a history of prioritizing public art. In 1990, a local quarry owner launched the “rock project” to encourage stone masonry and boost stone sales.

The town commissioned several stone murals and a unique artistic perspective was established. Anne Williams, chief administrative officer of the Village of Salmo and Mayor Diana Lockwood are long-standing supporters of public art; they worked together to develop a plan that incorporated painted and stone murals into a new fence near the curling rink and Lions’ Park.

Between a Rock and an Art Place

The Village Council was able to move forward with enhancing the Lions’ Park entrance, much to the pleasure of neighbours and locals, with support from the Trust

“We beautify the park while telling the local story of nature and fishing,” says Williams. “These are things that are very integrated into our history. We took the opportunity to make a visually appealing fence and integrate the murals into it, but it was more than just a fancy idea. It was a series of murals to celebrate our community.”

After Reyden’s concept drawings were accepted by the board, she was eager to add to her impressive portfolio and contribute to her community at the same time. Inspired by the plethora of outdoor activities available to her family and friends in Salmo, she took from those experiences to create a colourful summer landscape depicting Salmo River and local trails, and used her young sons as eager models.

Reyden began her creative process from her garage, a perfect vantage point to paint while watching her three kids — not an easy feat. Her two painted murals perfectly complemented a third piece: a stone mural that she also designed, which was put together by local stonemason, Jason Bourne. This stone mural would become the seventh of its kind in Salmo.

Pandemic Pauses Public Art Project

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, local high school volunteers, prospective future stonemasons, and young artists were prohibited from taking part in the project as originally hoped. But a pandemic could not dampen Reyden’s inspiration, as outdoor activities flourished throughout this time. Inspired by her active community, she set out to beautifully showcase Salmo’s year-round outdoor offerings. Without volunteers, Reyden continued her work mostly solo, but says she felt completely supported during the project and appreciates the exposure the murals have provided her as an artist.

A Magical Reflection

The way communities are affected by public art is both nuanced and important. Art can mirror one’s surroundings and this latest mural project truly reflects a magical town. Reyden acknowledges the project holds meaning for many of her fellow community members.

“One of my friends lives right past the murals, and she told me that she just loves seeing them every day,” she adds. “When the light is changing, it’s almost like the murals change with the light.”

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Your hand-me-down art can be loved again: Art Attic is back – CambridgeToday



Is there something sitting in your closet collecting dust? The Cambridge Art Attic will take it.

The Cambridge Art Attic Silent Auction is back and looking for donations of art and home décor. As the Cambridge Art Guild’s largest annual fundraiser, the event supports the Cambridge Centre for the Arts (CCA). 

The 11th annual Art Attic Silent Auction will be held at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts on June 16, from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., June 17, from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and June 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Art Attic is accepting donations of art including prints, originals, and home décor, all priced to sell.

Visitors will have an opportunity to bid on and purchase art donated by local artists and the community.

The Cambridge Art Attic, an initiative of the Cambridge Arts Guild, is the primary fundraiser that supports the city’s art scene.

“We are so excited to see the silent auction return this year,” said Lori Bennett, chair of the Cambidge Art Attic.

“This is our major fundraiser that allows us to support our programs and events. Art Attic allows people to donate their previously loved art that they no longer use or have space for, and they know that someone else will love that piece of art again.”

Art can be dropped off at 60 Dickson St. For hours visit here

And for those doing some spring cleaning or decorating and have some art to donate, the Art Attic also accepts pieces year-round. 

“We get some items and we think, this doesn’t have much value, and then you find out it’s an antique piece. Someone will come in and get really excited about it,” Bennett said.

Proceeds from the Art Attic Silent Auction will support the Cambridge Arts Guild with local art initiatives including Cookies and Kids Theatre, Cambridge Studio Tour, the Juried Art Show, Artist in Residence, and Christmas in Cambridge. .

The Cambridge Centre for the Arts provides quality arts programming through classes, workshops, an art gallery, special events, and an artist in residence program.

The CCA is a municipally operated community arts centre that enriches and engages area residents, artists and organizations through quality artistic experiences and opportunities that stimulate, promote, and support the arts in Cambridge.

The CCA encourages participation and inspires an appreciation for the arts.

“Art speaks to people,” Bennett said.

“You see people’s faces light up at the auction when they see that special something that speaks to them. They can give it new life and enjoy it for years to come. It’s a win win for everyone.”

For more information, visit the Art Attic Facebook page.  The Arts Guild is also looking for new volunteers or to help with the silent auction. To volunteer, contact Wanda Schaefer at 519-623-1340 ext. 4491.

For more information, visit here.

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Goddesses, she-devils and a tangle with textiles – the week in art – The Guardian



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Art Beat: Have you visited the halls of healing arts at the hospital? – Coast Reporter



The Sechelt Hospital Foundation has welcomed Levi Purjue, an artist who contributed to the Art of Healing fundraising event, for its May rotating gallery at Sechelt Hospital. 

Located between the lab and physiotherapy offices, select works of art are available each month for sale to the general public or hospital staff. 

Further down the hall, visitors will find more of Levi’s works on display. 

Funds from the Art of Healing event helped to purchase a new X-ray for Sechelt Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department. 

Nature of Grief artist talk at GPAG May 28

The public is invited to learn more about Amberlie Perkin’s work in her The Nature of Grief exhibition at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Perkin will be providing an artist talk on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. 

Amberlie is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice includes sculpture, installation, printmaking, and painting.  

With interests in the interplay of grief and ecology, nature and the body, Perkin’s creative process evokes “the materiality of mourning” using grief and loss as lively material with which to build new forms while formalizing the presence of absence.  

More information is online at 

Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir concerts May 28 and 30

The Suncoast Phoenix Community Choir will present an eclectic mix of choral music for all ages on Friday, May 28 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 30 (3 p.m.). 

The Friday concert takes place at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt. 

The Sunday matinee will be at Calvary Baptist Church in Gibsons. 

The choir’s website has more information: 

The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion May 28

Roger Camp and fellow rockers Slightly Twisted & Friends will present The Peanut Butter Jam at the Roberts Creek Legion on May 28. It’s the group’s first time performing at the venue since 2020. 

Camp’s friend and fellow Canadian classic rocker Al Harlow will make an appearance.  

As is customary with Peanut Butter Jam events, cash donations will benefit the local food bank. 

The show starts at 8 p.m. on May 28. 

Coast Fiddler Camp coming in July

The Sunshine Coast Fiddlers are offering a Coast Fiddler Camp, to take place July 18 through 20 at Davis Bay Community Hall. Instructors will include JJ Guy, Gordon Stobbe, Geoff Horrocks, Trish Horrocks and Jennie Bice. 

Advance registration is required and is open now. For more information about the Coast Fiddlers and how to join, email 

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