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Downtown gallery returns

For the second year in a row, the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO) is teaming up with local businesses in downtown Kelowna to transform the Cultural District into one huge, beautiful, public art gallery!

ARTSCO is currently calling for submissions from artists and businesses to participate in the second annual Downtown Gallery program.  A unique cultural experience, the public, shoppers, tourists, and residents will be able to encounter the streets of Kelowna in a new way, with artwork featured in the windows and on walls of the stores that line Bernard Avenue and surrounding area.

Through this program, artist participants develop relationships with local businesses and showcase their work in high-traffic locations and business participants have new and returning customers come through their doors to see the artwork up close. In 2016, several stores even prepared a window display or merchandise inspired by the art piece installed in their business.

To participate in the Downtown Gallery Project, all you need to do is provide a space or storefront window that can host a piece of artwork for two weeks. You get to select which piece of art and/or artist(s) you would like to display in your business from a database of artworks available and art installation is provided and painless, leaving no unwanted holes in your walls.

Coinciding with the national Culture Days celebration which takes place on September 29, 30 & October 1, this year, Downtown Gallery will run for a full two weeks from September 23rd to October 7th, giving plenty of time for art sales and for return visits.

Artists interested in applying are asked to send their contact information, images of up to three art pieces, an image list, a biography, an artist statement, and be members of ARTSCO. For the complete application requirements, please visit https://www.artsco.ca/news/call-for-artists/ .

Don’t miss out on this excellent and rare opportunity to elevate your business and expose your artwork to the greater public. The Downtown Gallery brought our vibrant downtown community together in 2016, and this Fall we aim to create a bigger, brighter, and unmissable public art gallery.

To register your business or submit your artist application, contact Victoria Moore at [email protected] by August 21, 2017.



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