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Shuswap trail mix

Two Shuswap groups have banded together to mix art and nature. The results can be found in art galleries, cafes and trails in the region.

"This could literally be your summer itinerary," said Tracey Kutschker, with the Shuswap District Arts Council.

The council joined forces with the Shuswap Trail Alliance to bring together over 40 participants who explored the Shuswap's natural and cultural landscape through the region's diverse trail system.

“Starting with an acknowledgement of our place in Secwepemc territory,” said Phil McIntyre-Paul, executive director of the trail alliance.

Fifteen teams comprised of artists, photographers and trail guides put together the tales of 15 trails.

The result is the production of 15 brand new installations of art, photography and stories in one of the biggest collaborations to date for the Shuswap District Arts Council.

The installations can be found at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, three off-site venues at the Prestige Harbourfront Inn, Prisa Lighting and the Blue Canoe Bakery Cafe and two on-site trail installations on the Mount Baldy Lookout trail and the Foreshore Raven trail.

As well, a Trail Mix field guide has been published celebrating the project. It can be purchased at the art gallery in Salmon Arm with proceeds going to local art and trail projects.

"This is a legacy publication that gives life to the exhibition long after the summer," said Kutschker, exhibition curator.

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