Artists take inspiration from the outdoors

The annual Art in the Park and Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program exhibitions open at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre this Friday.

Local artist Jess Leahey took inspiration from the outdoors as she and 10 other artists spent time in Glacier National Park this past summer. Photo: Amy Schultz.

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre’s newest exhibit showcases the insight and creativity of artists as they took inspiration from the outdoors. Art in the Park and GASP (Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program) are both annual exhibitions featuring works from artists who spend time gaining inspiration in one of our nearby national parks.

“We are always thrilled to participate in this exhibit and help share the amazing experience of our national parks through the eyes of the artists,” said RVAC executive director Sarah Windsor. “Reading the artists’ journals you understand how connected they became to their environment over the days of the trip and how much impact it had on their work. Each artist involved is so unique in style and medium that it truly offers an awe-inspiring experience for the viewer.”

The artists journals are displayed as part of the exhibition.

Art in the Park

An image of Jacqueline Palmer’s journal. Art in the Park artists kept journals of their experiences. These are on display as part of the exhibition. Photo: Amy Schultz.

This year 11 artists took part in Art in the Park. The result are a myriad of unique mediums reflecting on the artists experiences resulting from a multi-day trip to Glacier National Park this past summer.

Parks Canada has collaborated with RVAC since 2008 to present the Art in the Park program. The program provides select visual artists with special access to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. This opportunity creates an innovative experience for artists to immerse themselves in some of Canada’s most beautiful natural places. Artwork is created to inspire an emotional connection and deeper understanding of Canada’s national parks. The finished artwork is then shared with the public at various venues in the province and online.

Art in the Park artists for 2018 are: Arleigh Garratt, Camille Sleeman, Cathy Auburn, Claudia Bambi, Derek Dix, Jacqueline Palmer, Jessica Leahey. Karen Millard, Kit Collins, Leslie Savage and Tal Marsolais.

Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program

The Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students to connect with their natural and cultural heritage. Photo: Amy Schultz.

The Glacier Adventure Stewardship Program (gasp) provides opportunities for local youth in Grades 10 and 11 to connect with their natural and cultural heritage. Students participating in GASP build teamwork and leadership skills through stewardship opportunities in their community as well as hiking and backcountry experiences in Glacier National Park. Photos taken by the students will be exhibited at RVAC. GASP is a collaborative program run by the North Columbia Environmental Society, Parks Canada, RVAC and the Alpine Club of Canada.

This year, 17 high school students took part in the program. Their photography will be on display at RVAC.

“The GASP students produced some beautiful images of the landscapes they explored. From stunning vistas to more abstract pieces, their photography reflects the beautiful surroundings they were immersed in,” said Windsor.

An opening reception for GASP and Art in the Park takes place at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre this Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.