Penticton Art Gallery and local brewery teaming up

Mini-mural artists picked

The Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing have announced the artists who will be featured in their new public art project called Square.

In January, a call went out to artists interested in participating and nearly 80 applications poured in.

Eight local artists made the cut, and have been selected to create 4’ x 4’ mini murals which will be displayed at Cannery Brewing.

Zac Abney, Benji Andringa, Diane Bennett-Way, Liz Demer, Jolene Mackie, Diana Palmer, Stephanie Perry, and Gabrielle Strong will all see their art displayed.

Once the murals are completed in March, there will be a series of unveilings, and in the summer, the murals will be moved outside to Cannery Brewing’s Backyard patio space area. In the fall, the murals will be auctioned off to the public.

Ian Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing, is thrilled with the diverse group of artists selected.

"They all have distinct styles, and we can’t wait to see what they create to display at our brewery," Dyck said.

Paul Crawford, curator at the Penticton Art Gallery, said, “Taking inspiration from the ArtsWells Festival’s wildly successful Mini Mural Project, we are thrilled to bring a similar program to our community.”

The original project was started in 2009 by the Wells, B.C. artist Caroline Anders as part of their annual festival. Once completed, the murals would be displayed at the Island Mountain Arts Art Gallery and then auctioned off.

“We are so excited about this project, and I hope this is something we can continue in years to come. There was an overwhelming number of applications received, so thank you to our great local artists. We would love to fill the town with as many murals as we can! Thank you to Cannery Brewing for partnering with us on this. They have always been huge supporters of the Gallery, and we can’t wait to see this project come to light," Crawford said.

Follow along with each artist’s progress through the Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing social media accounts through #Square2021 on Instagram.

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