AR:T ROUTE BLUE the movement and the alternative highway art road trip

A movement and collection of art interest stops along the alternate highways and byways connecting communities to artists and storytellers and rural communities to the world.

A global local social art project that will leave a legacy impact. The opportunity for Gold Country Communities is to launch this international project from the Gold Country Region. Building from the fires in a community reimaging strategy. 

Labyrinths of Blue

Eyes & Voices of Our Blue Corridors


    The origin of AR:T ROUTE BLUE initiated by {Master Artist & Visionary Michelle} is solidly grounded as a pillar of leadership built on trust & integrity, spanning a nation!   Sparked by ‘Art-in-Motion” and tied together by (3) spirited & determined women bound by a desire to connect the images of public art along a ribbon of alternate routes sourced by “A Mother Road”.

    True stories vividly ‘come-to-life’ upon the walls of storytellers who collectively convey their truths, trials & tribulations to reflect sheer survival of each community along its ‘blue line’.  The launch of AR:T Route Blue is introduced by a softer tone of the Women of the Road who are “The keepers” of AR:T Route Blue.  The Founding Blue Team is comprised of motivated ternaries (a trio of blended & like-minded women) bonded in a triangle of strength and lead by Michelle (The Master Visionary).  A Right of Passage is born by the connective pillars (Michelle, Stacey & Lorrie) who add a voice & direction for the images to navigate the story line.  

    In reference to survival, the township of Cache Creek speaks volumes as “a little town that remained on the map, despite being bypassed by the “expressway” of the Coquihalla Highway.  Cache Creek being uniquely situated along the original Trans Canada Corridor is a pivotal place of entry for a rebirth of ‘time travel’ and a centerpiece for the Arts.  The small community is reminiscent of so many towns along Route 66 that reduced themselves to ‘ghosts’, becoming victims bypassed by freeways.  Cuba, Missouri in the heart of Route 66 reinvented itself as a “Mural City” that was brilliantly kick-started by our homegrown Canadian Superstar, Michelle Loughery!  

…Here at home in B.C., Cache Creek, nestled along the banks of the Bonaparte River and a tributary for the Historic Hat Creek, is positioned as a hot spot to showcase, spotlight and reflect on ‘the people of the walls’.  Trust in the “people on the wall”; and shine the light upon this kinfolk and their leaders as a teaching mechanism spoken in a language understood equally for those reflected upon the wall.  On that platform, we invite the citizens of Cache Creek to partner with our “Blue Team” to get on board the first launch of a pilot program to procure a new ‘Alternate’ direction for the people to follow at this ‘Junction for the Arts’. 

     The brush strokes of the highways transform the storytellers’ images into a kaleidoscope of life that ‘appears-as-it-moves’ and evolves as an alternate route of time travel in a melody of murals {as with words of a song} to create the harmony within a pyramid known as <Art Route Blue>…

“Working together in a unified pathway stamped & sealed in blue”.

Lorrie Fleming

A Founding Mother of the Road

“CANADIAN ROUTE66/99” and “AR:T ROUTE BLUE”        

A Roadie’s Creed:
By Lorrie Fleming
Loyal Friend of The Mother Road morphed into Route Blue ‘n Gold…

…Going back to our roots, Wisdom tells us that history repeats itself in many forms!  Physically, culturally, mentally & morally, each creating an integral life of it’s own that transforms a lasting experience into a fine ART.  

Our unique Human senses [jSight, Sound, Smell, Touch] are just a few of the attributes that instinctively draws an experience.

The Mother Road Revival sparked a movement to recapture the past experience (a first impression) carved in stone to set the tone to pave the path for the future.

Small communities hold a special place in the hearts of travelers .  Too often, small towns must reinvent themselves to simply to survive; and Route Blue © shows the ‘way’ forward, Leaving A living legacy of integrity in vision, voice & valor.  

Route Blue-to-Gold is not a claim to fame or a race to be first in a popularity contest (an all too temporary existence).  Let’s Go Boldly Blue to outreach farther into the distance setting the course towards all inclusive permanence in the face of humanity refined in the true sense of  people–place–purpose, lined in an aggregate of GOLD…

Route Blue © ~ A Journey well Traveled 
….The Stories Await…

Dear Michelle the Blue Wayfinder:

Day 1 of our southbound journey transported us to natural wonders and amazing vestiges of time.  Our first stop – breakfast at The Historic Packinghouse nourished the appetite & comforted our senses.  Surrounded by sounds of energy abound, trains rumbling in harmony with nature’s creatures ~ steelhead, big horn sheep and wondrous winged raptors all living within a sacred sanctuary where two rivers cleanse the soul.  Following Highway #8 along the banks of the crystal clear waters of the Nicola River, hoodoo spirits that tower above the canyon walls seem to welcome us to this land of enchantment that awaits to discover.  Pressing for time, a quick glimpse of Michelle’s magnificent murals speak a special language that echo an invitation from watchful eyes to stop & listen to the stories yet to be told.  
A climb up the steep Mountain Highway 97C connected our southward passage onward to the vast Okanagan Valley ending in Osoyoos at today’s destination point. 

At journey’s end, our spirits were lifted higher up to a vista that welcomes weary travelers to Spirit Ridge Resort.  This tranquil place is truly a prescription for calming the nerves and recharging the energy needed to set our sights on day #2.  Stay tuned at sunset tomorrow for another magical mystery tour…
Lorrie & Bob
Two for the Mother Road inspired by “Route Blue”

“Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown”…