Art in the Park
Eighteen Kisses by Jackie Pendergast© Jackie Pendergast
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 collaborated with the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society (RVAS) to present the Art in the Park program.
Western Red by Sue Davies© Sue Davies
Artists are chosen through a rigorous selection process designed to encourage a balance of artistic mediums and experience. Participants work to create unique pieces of art that reflect their vision of Mount Revelstoke National Park. 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 Program Artist Kip Wiley on the Giant Cedars boardwalk© Parks Canada - Zuzana Driediger
The opportunity to take time to experience the micro aspects of Mount Revelstoke National Park is truly a blessing!
— Mas. Matsushita
Mount Revelstoke Art In the Park 2012 artist
2012 marked Mount Revelstoke National Park’s first Art in the Park program with fourteen local visual artists selected to participate. Artists focused on the flora and fauna found in the park, exploring wild flowers, rocks, tree bark, leaves, insects, birds and lichen. Together, using a variety of media, they created original pieces of artwork to be part of the exhibition entitled Up Close.
More information on the Art in the Park program and artists is available from the
Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.
For 2013, the Art in the Park program was held again in Mount Revelstoke National Park with the additional opportunity for artists to participate as an Artist in Residence.
Untitled by Eve Fisher © Eve Fisher
The program offered artists accommodation in the Caribou Cabin (usually closed during the summer) and the use of the Balsam Studio (formerly the Balsam Lake Bookstore). In this way, artists were able to discover the park after hours and, during the day, work in the studio and interact with park visitors. Other artists from the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society preferred to explore the park by visiting on their own or in small groups during the day. Together, using a variety of media, they created original artwork to be part of the exhibition.
The 2013 exhibition also includes photography from the Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program students and mentors. Professional photographers shared their skills with youth, and together they produced a collection of photos. This year’s exhibition will be shared with the public at various venues and samples of the work displayed on-line.
2013-14 Art Shows
- The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre - November 8 to December 6, 2013
Additional shows to be confirmed.
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