Nelson’s mural festival will rely on B.C. artists who will paint in isolation

From 2019: Mural by Sheldon Pierre Louis on the parkade and Kevin Ledo’s portrait of J. Fred Hume on the Hume Hotel. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
From 2019: Cassie Suche and her mural on the back of the Wood Gundy building. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
From 2019: Jessa Gilbert created this mural at the intersection of Vernon and Cedar, and another at the corner of Vernon and Morgan Streets. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s mural festival this year – Aug. 14 to 16 – will be socially distanced.

No muralists will be coming from out of province. All are from the Kootenays except one from Vancouver, says festival director Sydney Black.

The artists will be isolated, living alone in apartments the festival has found for them.

“They will travel between their apartment and the wall [where they are working],” Black says. “Their supplies, groceries, coffee, food from restaurants, will all be brought to them with contactless delivery. So they will have virtually no community contact. They will not be in our stores or our parks. If things loosen up, that could change, but for now, that’s where we are.”

The performance aspect of the festival will be online.

“We will have three days of music, and also five days of dance workshops with a group called Immigrant Lessons from Vancouver,” Black said. “They are diverse group of dancers from all over the world who fuse contemporary dance with traditions from their home countries. They will be working with youth in the area, livestreamed and online, in collaboration with the youth centre.”

There be online live tours of the murals, video documentation of their creation, and artist interviews.

Mural locations and artist names will be announced in a few weeks, Black says.

Related: Nelson mural festival: ‘a huge act of community



bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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