Back at the end of June, the Bankview Community Art Review Committee, working together with the This is My Neighbourhood program through the City of Calgary, put out a call for local Bankview artists to help beautify our two local parks.

In mid-July the committee met to review the submissions – what wonderfully difficult thing to do when there are so many exceptionally talented artists who call Bankview home – and selected two artists to transform garbage bins in Buckmaster Park and the Bankview Off-Leash Park. After much consideration the committee selected Chris Pecora and Vince Kogut.

Many of you may know Chris from his mural work on the South East walls of the Community Hall. Chris, who has lived in Bankview for the past five years, is a graphic designer and illustrator. In his own words his vision for this project centres on the neighbourhood parks being “a place where people can meet, enjoy the fresh air, and have conversation about local issues and happenings” and to him “this is a key piece of what makes Bankview special.”

As an emerging artist completing his Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the University of Calgary this summer, Vince is working with Bankview for the first time. With his focus on painting and drawing, Vince’s open studio practice – where he holds live painting demonstrations – has led him to seek out ways to engage communities through art. Vince expects his work for this project to be grounded not only in his photorealistic style but also in the significant elements of the landscape in Bankview and Calgary.

Both Chris and Vince have worked to engage the community to inform the pieces they will create for the work that will installed in Buckmaster Park and in the Bankview Off-Leash Park this fall. Watch for photos to be posted on the website and on our social media accounts soon!

Thank you to Chris and Vince for sharing your work and your talent with us. Public art helps to make our inner-city community vibrant and alive – we’re grateful to have this new work as part of our urban landscape!

This project is possible thanks to our partnership with the City of Calgary and the This Is My Neighbourhood project and the support of Jenna Findlater, one of our Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinators.

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