Celebrating Canada's 150th Through Art

Inspired by Canada's 150th Celebrations there will be five murals painted across the Bow Valley, one in each of Banff, Canmore, Exshaw, Lake Louise and Morley. Two Canadian Artists, Jarus and Jason Botkin, will lead the project with youth from the five Bow Valley Communities to generate imagery inspired by stories from Elders, long-time residents and community members. The painting of these murals will take place in September and there will be various opportunities for each community to be involved.

Meet the Artists

Join us at artsPlace (905-8Ave) on September 7, 2017. Chat with the artists, see their concepts and hear about their ideas for the 5 murals. The artists will also show their previous artworks, including the murals they created around the world.

5:00-7:00pm Artist meet and greet - join us for snacks and conversation!

7:00-9:00pm Artist presentations - Jarus and Jason Botkin will show previous works and unveil their concepts for the murals!

MURAL UNVEILINGS

Celebrate the completion of each mural at the official unveiling in each community. For more information on each unveiling visit the Community Calendar.

Lake Louise Recreation Centre September 13 at 2:00pm

Morley High School September 26 at 2:00pm

Banff High School September 29 at 2:00pm

Canmore artsPlace September 30 at 2:00pm

Exshaw Community Hall September 30 at 6:00pm

Why Paint Murals in Each Community?

The murals are meant to celebrate the relationships between inter-generational groups, Indigenous peoples, multi-cultural communities, new comers, settlers and all who reside in the Bow Valley. Through inclusion, connection and reconciliation these murals will talk about the stories of the Bow Valley. This project will engage youth by encouraging new relationships in their community and giving them a meaningful project in their own community where they can make a difference. 

The Selected Artists

Jason Botkin - selected for the Banff and Morley locations

A graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 (with honors), Botkin has been involved in the creation of over 200 murals internationally since 2009, while exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  His body of work includes the co-creation and ongoing direction of the EN MASSE project http://enmasse.info/ and is a key project coordinator and international consultant for the PangeaSeed Foundation, http://www.pangeaseed.foundation/ , an organization that harnesses the power of art, science and creativity by generating awareness, stimulating dialoque, changing perceptions, and inspiring positive change around pressing ocean environmental issues.

To find out more about Jason and his murals that are around the world, visit http://www.jasonbotkin.com/

Image courtesy of the Artist, Jason Botkin,  Aquarium of New Zealand

Jarus - selected for the Canmore, Exshaw and Lake Louise locations

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Jarus earned his degree at the Academy of Realist Art Toronto (2011).  From 2011- 2017 Jarus has travelled to participate in mural programs and festivals around the world, leaving behind permanent murals in major cites as well as small communities. As a realist painter, the narrative Jarus depicts communicates a feeling that the story of individual spirit, fresh and relevant to the neighbourhood. His goal is to pursue a collaborative approach that obliterates distinctions between art and community building.  His pieces are scattered throughout the walls on the streets of cities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico.  To find out more about his murals visit http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/young-jarus/  

Image courtesy of the Artist, Jarus. Wynwood walls in Miami, Florida


Road Mural Project

This mural was designed with a theme of strengthening community bonds. The mural is painted on the road in front of the Civic Centre on 7th Ave. The artist who designed and painted the mural was Lucie Bause. She has lived in the Rocky Mountains for 25 years, before moving to Fort McMurray in 2014 to works as a Visual Arts Programmer.  Over the past 15 years, she has been involved in numerous group and solo art exhibits in Banff, Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton. 

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