Seniors-led art project looks at history of women's skirts

Skirts tell story through art

A Vernon art project has received federal funding.

The Wayfinder Sunflower Project between Gallery Vertigo and artist Michelle Loughery received funding via the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The support will fund the Sunflower Skirts When Seniors Create project.

The collective piece of community art will be part of a collaborative art installation September through October at Gallery Vertigo.

The installation will fill the gallery with multi-medium art pieces exploring the patterns and ornamentation on skirts that women have worn in their Canadian journeys.

All ages will participate in flower, fabric, paint and other exploratory workshops that will result in an experience to be displayed beyond the walls of the gallery on the Wayfinder Network Podcast AR:T Route Radio.

"Art reflects life and portrays history through creating, viewing and responding to activities that provide both private and shared experiences," says Vertigo's Brigitte Red.

Loughery, known for her historical murals around Vernon, adds: "Community art is about people having an effect on their cities, taking responsibility for their visual and physical environment, leaving records of their lives and concerns and in the process transforming neighbourhoods, and sharing skills to create inspiring exchanges."

The exhibit will run Sept. 6-Oct. 30.

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