Big turnout for RVAC skateboard-themed July exhibit opening

Turbo Bambi and some of her supportive artist friends. From left to right, Sherry Cheriton, Turbo Bambi, Hayley Stewart, Ariane Arbour. Photo: Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre hosted its July art show opening event on Thursday evening, July 7, where visitors had a chance to check out the new exhibition and meet the artists. The exhibit features five artists from B.C.’s Interior.

The event attracted many with its diverse displays and underlying skateboard and street art themes. Many of the artists utilized skateboard decks as canvases for their medium. The artwork provides a range of exciting characteristics, from film photography of Revelstoke’s quieter places to taxidermy depictions of consumerism.

Turbo Bambi’s gallery, Let the Good Times Roll, features a mix of skate-snow-surf culture with artistic mediums and comical street art characters. Bambi is this month’s main gallery artist.

The Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre attracted quite a crowd on July 7 for their opening event featuring Turbo Bambi’s quirky characters blended with backcountry imagery (pictured). Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Maxim B. Vidricaire’s collection titled Timeless includes captivating film photography portraying Revelstoke’s back allies and provides an engaging lifestyle view of the city, among other film artifacts.

Benjamin Arcega’s exhibition, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, gives a glimpse into who and what inspires his unique approach to painting, skating and self-expression.

Benjamin Arcega (left) and Maxim B. Vidricaire (right) pose in front of one of Maxim’s film photos on the underside of skateboard decks. Photo: Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

Heather Yip and Nicole LeBoutillier encourage their audience to consider the impacts of consumerism in their colourful exhibition, Love Letter to the Landfill.

DJ Dolla Hillz set up at the opening event. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The opening event was widely attended by art lovers and skate culture enthusiasts alike. In addition, Revelstoke’s local D.J. Dolla Hillz performed live music at the event. The exhibition will be displayed at the visual arts centre from July 7 until July 31.

Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.