Glacier National Park

Art in the Park

Clouds Hugging Mountains by Leanne Spanza
Mount Fidelity by Leanne Spanza
© Leanne Spanza

Art in the Park is about creating that sense of place and sharing an emotional response to that place through art.
— Jackie Pendergast
Revelstoke Visual Arts Society and Art in the Park artist

Since 2008, the Art in the Park program based in Revelstoke B.C. provides visual artists with special access to explore one of Canada's national parks and then share the experience through art. Artwork is created to inspire an emotional connection and deeper understanding of Canada's national parks. Parks Canada has proudly partnered with the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society (RVAS) to present the Art in the Park program.

Artists are chosen through a rigorous selection process designed to encourage a balance of artistic mediums and experience. Participants work closely over a period of days sharing vision and techniques while creating unique pieces of art. The finished artwork is then shared with the public at various venues in the province and on-line.

Parks Canada's goal is to build a broader awareness among Canadians of Canada's national parks. By creating artwork from their experiences in the park, artists reveal meanings and relationships that complement the scientific and educational perspectives presented by park staff. Through artists' participation, Parks Canada hopes to expand the way the park is seen by local residents, staff, visitors and audiences beyond park boundaries.

2012 - 2014

Art in the Park is scheduled for Mount Revelstoke National Park.

2011 Program

2011 artists
Art in the Park 2011 artists at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre Gala event
© Parks Canada

The location is amazing... knowing that you are painting where no one else has painted.
— Glenn Clark
Glacier Art in the Park artist, 2011

For 2011, the Art in the Park program celebrated Glacier and Yoho national parks' 125th anniversaries. "We had an excellent response to the call for entry which made it difficult to select artists this year," said coordinator Jackie Pendergast of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society, "There were 57 high-calibre applicants from across the province and it was very challenging to select only a few."

Successful artists spent several days in a remote setting in Glacier National Park in late July. An additional group of Art in the Park alumni artists from previous programs visited neighbouring Yoho National Park for several days in late August.

The artists spent time out-of-doors, taking in the incredible landscapes of these national parks. From the sub-alpine meadows on Glacier's Mount Fidelity to Yoho's thunderous Takkaka Falls, they engaged with the landscape, drafting sketches, taking notes and photos and sharing art techniques. When the week was over, they returned to their studios to complete their work. Here, artistic visions become reality and the final art exhibited at various venues (see schedule below).

While the program has regularly been based out of Glacier National Park, over the past few years former Art in the Park participants have explored other national parks including Pacific Rim and Yoho national parks with Mount Revelstoke and Waterton Lakes national parks being considered for future. Each national park offers new landscapes and opportunities for creative artistic expression.

2011-2012 Art Shows

  • The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre – November 12 to December 3, 2011

  • The Art Gallery of Golden (partial exhibit) – Dec 9 to January 12, 2012

  • Field Visitor Centre (partial exhibit ) – Dec 9 to January 12, 2012

  • Toast to the Mountains event, Friends of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier, Revelstoke BC - January 20, 2012

  • Modern Bakeshop and Cafe, Revelstoke BC – March - May 2012

  • State of the ART show at the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler BC – April 13-22, 2012

  • Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna BC – October 2012

More information on the Art in the Park program and artists is available from the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.

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