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ACC Gazette - Spring 2020

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38 The Alpine Club of Canada | Gazette | Spring 2020 Art in the (Glacier National) Park A unique a rtists' residence exists a t a n ACC hut in the hea rt of BC's Selkirk Mounta ins. In the high summer, a t the Wheeler Hut in Rogers Pass, 12 a rtists from diverse loca tions across Ca nada a nd inter- na tionally ga ther to reflect, resea rch a nd produce their work as well as forge rela tionships a nd excha nge ideas. Parks Canada and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre have partnered on the program since 2008 and the ACC is proud to support it as part of our commitment to mountain culture. Artists' residences are common in galleries, art schools, embassies, even plein-air locations, but for the mountain lover, this might be one of the most interesting anywhere. The residence is short (five days and four nights) but the immersive nature of it – artists hike, work and eat meals together and then bunk in the hut where they work – makes it a deeply engaging experience. They work in a variety of media from paint to clay to photography to jewelry during their stay and after they return home. Each artist then submits three final works for an exhibit tour. Create, tour, repeat The program works on staggered years with a residency one summer followed by an exhibit tour of the works produced the following year. 2019 had an exhibit on tour, so this coming summer will see a new group of artists stationed at Wheeler, finding inspiration in the tall trees and cold mountain streams. 2021 will see this year's works displayed in galleries and public spaces across western Canada, with a possible stop in central Canada as well. Win-Win-Win The residence benefits Parks Canada and the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre with the prestige and promotion of asso- ciating with these talented artists, not to mention being the subject of those artists' works. The residence allows Glacier to connect Canadians far and wide to the stunning beauty of our mountain parks. For their part, artists have the oppor- tunity to be immersed in a creativity and productivity incubator with other artists, and then have their work shown on the exhibit tour. And for the ACC, mountain culture is as much a part of our DNA as sum- miting peaks and exploring glaciers, so supporting this program is something we look forward to every year. Watch for the exhibit tour in your area next year (they'll be announced through our ACC channels), and if you're hiking in Rogers Pass this summer, say hi to the groups with the easels and sketchbooks, and maybe join them for an inspirational dip in a mountain lake. ~ACC The Back Page

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