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Keep an eye out for these colourful chairs in your community and get your best selfie face ready

This Alex Fong chair will be placed in one of 14 communities from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Art Walk
September 07, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The ArtWalk festival is one of the most popular events of the summer, and like everything else it was pulled when COVID-19 rolled into Canada.

That didn’t keep those who plan the Lake Country event to give up on creating a way for local artists to be celebrated.

The ArtWalk Planning Committee commissioned 45 artists to turn  Muskoka or Adirondack style chairs into works of art. 

These Art Chairs will appear in the municipalities throughout 14 communities in the Okanagan, from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm.

A cluster of three art chairs somewhere in a park or along a beach. 

“The cluster of three chairs will be placed six feet apart, which will keep everyone safe while still encouraging coming together for a visit, or just to enjoy the scenic surroundings,” reads a press release about the display.

“This Community Project was planned so the two main mandates of ArtWalk could be met.  Our first goal is to support artists.  Many artists have struggled this summer because shows and lessons have been cancelled.  This project has given a creative challenge and some funds to 45 artists.”

The second goal is to provide art experiences for the public. 

“We are so pleased to be able to follow the initial sadness of cancelling Lake Country ArtWalk earlier in the spring with such a fun and accessible community art project,” Sharon McCoubrey, chairperson of Lake Country ArtWalk said in a release.

“Knowing that artists were busy making art this summer, and knowing that these beautiful Art Chairs will be found within our Okanagan communities, marks the 2020 year for ArtWalk in a special way.”

The paintings on the Art Chairs are as varied as the artists who did the paintings.  From humourous, to reflective to beautiful, organizers say the images on these chairs will be entertaining to everyone.  As a bonus, each Art Chair includes a short, powerful saying that will give us all something to think about.

If you find an Art Chair in your or any community, take a selfie and post it to #ArtWalkArtChairs or #lcartwalk.  The really curious people will try to find all 45 Art Chairs.  
 


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