August 16, 2019
In previous years URBA looked for ways to beautify space, we updated banners, planted trees, new lamps standards, garbage containers, bicycle racks, planters and hanging flowerpots. Many of those items are now being done with a partnership with the City of Kelowna. So, now it’s time for a new idea. The Board wanted to make a bold statement, we decided to join Montreal, Moncton, Vancouver and the other cities who embrace street art. Street art makes our neighbourhoods vibrant; they add colour to building walls and streets that would otherwise go unnoticed. Having this art in our community is a treat for locals young and old and will encourage tourists to visit Rutland. Street Art attracts new local businesses, helps bring customers to pre-existing locations, and boosts the economy. Some cities even offer walking/biking public art tours as a great way to interact with a city and its art!
So what’s the plan?
URBA will be using some of their funds that was allocated for beautification as well as we grants from the City of Kelowna Community Arts Program & Central Okanagan Foundation
So here are the locations where the artists will be working starting this weekend and into next week
Lions Park on Gray Rd – public washroom – IT’S DONE GO HAVE A LOOK! - done by Jorden Doody and students from RSS
Christman Plumbing – Rutland Rd N - will be done by Maxilie Martel
Save More Pawn & Thrift Shop – corner of Asher & Shepherd - will be done by Kevin Ledo
Christ Church at 160 Rutland Rd – wall facing Burger Baron drive thru - will be done by Taka Sudo
Valley First Credit Union Hwy 33– the blocks near the drive thru bank machine- will be done by Sandeep Johal
Westcoast Homes & Truss Ltd - 156 Valleview Rd (right next to the URBA office) - COMPLETED - Artist Jeremy Shantz
Lavish Body Products Hwy 33 (stairwell leading up to Valleyview Chiropractic) - work in progress Artists Jeremy Shantz & David Doody
check out the Uptown Murals Project Website https://www.uptownmurals.com/ for bios and photos of the artists.
We are also hosting a URBAN ART & ARTISAN MARKET for details: