Street Art in Merritt BC
Nicola Valley Arts Gallery Show “Street Art”, first show in 2021
Street Art is visual art created in public locations for public visibility.
Street art in Merritt BC just got a boost with the Art Show. For the last two weeks of January 2021 the community of Merritt and the Nicola Valley were invited to submit designs they thought would make good street art.
We collected over 40 pieces of art for us to consider for a street art project coming up. The City of Merritt, with their Beautification program, is working with the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council to bring art to the streets and buildings in Merritt.
Merritt is already known as a mural town.
Most of our murals have a country music theme.
We want to bring a variety of focuses, mediums, and sizes of street art to our community. So our art call out asked for designs and depictions of plants and animals common in our area, of humour, information/word art, abstracts…
Our Art Show was a good way to collect what people already have or was created especially for public art ideas. And it also allowed the public to come in and have an opinion on what they thought would make great street art in Merritt BC.
We have artists who’s art have already made it to the streets in Merritt and other towns, like Joel Reid.
Our show consisted of paintings, sketches, mosaics, carvings, and photos.
We talked about the process of turning the art into a design, small to large. And who would do it. It’ll take a team!
After we know the possible spaces for designs and get the kinks worked out, then a group of volunteers from the NVCAC will get started on turning these ideas into a reality.
We hope to have street art several projects completed this year. That’s the plan. And then locals and visitors can enjoy art around them when they are downtown in our community.
We want the public art designs to have a wide appeal.
From the look of the art work we had in our show, the designs will appeal to a lot of people. From flowers to mandalas, from stepping stones to powwow scenes, there’s lots to choose from!
Street Art in Merritt BC from Indigenous artist Leonard George
Our Art Show visitors had a great response to a long and dynamic piece brought in by long time local Indigenous artist, Leonard George. We are hoping to get a space for a mural by Leonard soon, so his work can be a showpiece for the community.
Thanks to all artists and creatives!
Thanks to all who contributed art, and to all our visitors who came by the Gallery! The NV Arts Gallery and Gift Shop has now been in its new location, 2051 Voght Street, for four months! It’s a bright, accessible space.
And “Street Art” was a bright and colourful Art Show…
Next show at our Gallery? “Art of Covid”!
What have the members of our Nicola Valley community been doing over the last year of Covid, to keep their creativity alive?
The submissions are starting to come in…
Hope to see you there! February 3 – March 8/2021
Covid Protocols in place…
And read about our fall move to 2051 Voght Street, beside Kekuli Cafe.
Jano Howarth, Arts Gallery Director
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