Amazing Local Urban Art

Art can be used to enhance an environment, evoke emotion, provoke a reaction, or promote a message. Over the past month I wanted to capture some of the Urban Art that we find throughout our city. The following flikr slideshow is a sampling of some of the murals and urban wall art around Kelowna. 
Featured pictures include:

Pride Mural: Scott Tobin (2009)

This community project boldly celebrates the positive theme of unity. The imagery was developed through a series of focus groups with local gay, lesbian and gender questioning youth.
Mad Hatter: Through the looking glass is a result of a collaborative art project between the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan and UBC Okanagan, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, professor and local artists Byron Johnson.
This extraordinary event was made possible with the help of Witmar Development who has kindly donated the Old Ponderosa Motel property for this unique and once-in-a-lifetime project. 
This major art event features over 50 UBC Okanagan fine arts students who will have transformed the old motel into an idiosyncratic installation art experience.  Installation art is a genre of art, which incorporates any media, including the physical features of the site, to create a conceptual experience for the viewer.
  • Aerosol Art Mural: Lars Widell (2006) 
"..brilliant colours and whimsical forms progress through an image moving from the lake at one end to vineyards, orchards, and gardens at the other." http://www.kelownaculturaldistrict.com/publicArtGallery.php?artID=37
  • "Screamers" (unofficial title): Lars Widell (2009)
Using art to turn the world inside out.
Discover JR, a French street artist, who recently won the 2011 TED prize
During the time I was taking these photos I was disheartened to arrive in our newest community park on Gerstmar to discover that it had been tagged over the weekend. I even more disheartened to see a great piece of wall art in Rutland Lions Park with a tag on it.
If you see graffiti in Kelowna, go to this site that is dedicated to letting the City know so that it can be removed.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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