THE ART BLOG
Back in August of this year the Elkford Arts Council was successful in its application to the Columbia Basin Trust's Public Art Grant to commission its first piece of public art. This grant is to support the acquisition and installation of permanent art by Columbia Basin artists in public spaces in communities. To see what other communities received CBT Public Art Grants this year, click here.
A Call for Entry was sent out in August to all of the Arts Councils in the Columbia Basin, seeking artists to submit ideas for this project. Proposal packages required: the artist's CV, 10 images of their previous work, 2 references, project proposal and drawings. Submissions were due October 12, 2018 and were juried in the days following by Mandy McGregor, Steve Fairbairn, Tammy Cashato, Michelle Barthel and LeAnne Cheswick. They met in person at the Elkford Art Studio and Teri Cleverly facilitated the jury process - each juror graded each submission based on these guidelines set out in the Call for Entry:
- How well the proposal reflects one or more of the suggested themes
- Artistic merit of proposed artwork
- Suitability of the artwork to the proposed site
- Quality of previous artwork/ portfolio
The results were tallied and Katherine Russell's submission, titled "Pass in the Clouds" was chosen. After references were called and all other submission requirements were confirmed, Katherine was notified as the successful applicant for Elkford's first public artwork!
Katherine will make a set of six 3' x 1.5' glass wall panels depicting the silhouette of the iconic hiking trail the "Pass in the Clouds" north of Elkford in the Height of the Rockies Provincial Park. Inside of this silhouette will be vertical striations of colour loosely referencing the change in colour from sub alpine to alpine elevations. Within this colour will be imagery such as pondarosa pines, cedars and wildlife prints. To do this she will use a technique called powder printing, to "print" coloured glass powder onto sheets of glass before fusing them in her kiln. Each glass panel will be framed in steel.
Katherine lives in Elkford and has a kiln-forming glass studio. You can find out more about her and her artwork here.
This artwork will be installed inside of the Elkford Community Conference Centre and will be unveiled on Saturday June 29, 2019 as part of Elkford's Wildcat Days celebrations.
This project is funded 80% by the Columbia Basin Trust and 20% by the Elkford Arts Council.