AR:T ROUTE BLUE has legs and roots..

I have a vision. One that has consumed me for so long. The connection of people and communities under one thread. A piece of thread that we can all hold on to. The highways unite us all. Animals, and people have traversed those highways or paths form centuries. The very land making the wayfinder lines and the valleys and water the places that hold our dreams and our steps. I am always humbled by the stories of the immigrants that I am so proud to be a person molded by. Those stories are like threads. Strong and visions of places and times that my eyes have never seen. But they are as real and defining as my own experiences. This is the bridge of time that each one of us hold. The connection of the generations and why elders are so important. I am a grandmother. I love the art of being a grandmother. My grandchildren are portals to my own children, yet also a mirror of myself and a look back at those I never met. The DNA in all of us is a tapestry. It is the life line to the future. AR:T Route blue has been a long journey. It is hard to explain what it is. Many may think it is an art route. Many think it is a blog. Many think it is something that a crazy artist is pushing that makes no sense. But it is a vision. It is building something that will connect us to each other and to the creative skills that exist in everyone of us. And it is the space. The space that lives between each one of us. I met a wonderful new artist from Ashcroft this week. Marina and I were speaking about the blue and Marina sees artist copyright is like water.

Art is for everyone. You can own water rights..but you never own the water…only the creator can. And in that conversation and connection I realized that the blue is vital to us connecting through creative thought and the thread that brings us all together…..the blue is a thread that is making its way and I am again humbled by the journey. Grateful in Blue- Michelle The Blue Wayfinder

Rotary Centre of the Arts Blue Renew Show Jan 3- 31 Kelowna

IMG_1228Vernon, BC based Master Artist, Michelle Loughery, and show visionary is pleased to open Blue Renew –  an exiting and powerful, curated artist collaboration exhibition at the Rotary Centre of the Arts in Kelowna BC.


Celebrating the Power of Blue through collaboration of Artists, Art and ArtBuoys.

Michelle Loughery – Route Blue Buoys – Blue Renew

The group of Route Blue are coming together to collaborate on the first show of 2018 – an alignment of ten premier Okanagan Artists and artworks by emerging artists, reflecting on the 2017 challenges faced by people and planet.

The exhibition picks pieces of what is left behind, to ignite a renewal process and invites our communities to explore, through an artistic lens, the coming together, the forming of new paths, and the strength in the ancient act of hand to land artistic vision.

We stand for the energy of the waters, and the need to protect and respect Mother Nature, as we humbly move ahead after her warning tumble, during the floods and fires that have devastated so many areas.

This collaboration invites the viewer to leave a piece behind … write a word that represents 2017 or the intent for 2018. We are all one … we are all blue … we are part of one tribe. We are the power of blue!

The public is invited to participate in the Blue Renew – art:debris, art and ARTbouy exhibition that runs until January 31, 2018. Grand Opening at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts in the Galleria is January 18, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm.

The exhibition will engage the public in a multitude of land, water and social issues expressed through artistic conversation, storytelling and connection … “the time of consciousness has arisen – The Knower”. Renewal like the wings of a crow, bold strikes in the air … debris reclaimed to fuel imagination, determination, and honouring the power of nature to remind us of our small place in the blue waters of life.

Renewal starts with the picking up of debris and reclaiming the action of community throughdiverse collaboration,” said Michelle Loughery, Vernon, BC –based and internationally renowned master artist.

Route Blue engagement artBuoys are an art debris connection tool to explore our diversity, the environment, our communities, and ourselves. Reclaimed ocean buoys transformed into art by citizens, youth, elders and artists – ocean debris that has been cleaned up from global coasts, by a non-profit called The Ocean Legacy Foundation.


Artists are the speakers of the now, the painters of the visions and the hands lent to toil the stories of our lives. Engagement art is many hands coming together leaving artistic footprints behind.


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Venue: Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC Canada V1Y 6Z1

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Collaborating Exhibition Installation Artists

Michelle Loughery, Master Artist

angelika jaeger (aj)
Sheldon Pierre Louis
Jill McDonald

Patricia Doyle
Melissa Dinwoodie Gale Woodhouse
Rob Creelman
Brittany Loughery Kette

Stacey Phinnemore

Lynn Stoughton

Jennifer Greenwood

Mandy Reeves
Patrina McNeill
Linda Marriott
Beverley Peacock Rachael Zubick


Celebrating the Power of Blue through collaboration of Artists, Art and ArtBuoys.






BLUE Movement


What happens when two or more, or even ten masterfully talented artists collaborate? Is it even possible for such strong individuals to interact and cooperate? Could they create something new together, something different, something brilliant? Yes, yes, and yes! Art collaborations simply cannot be a bad idea.

And what if these collaborations helped bring awareness about social issues, and helped to clean plastic from our oceans and water sources? And what if the movement had a crazy name called Route Blue? Would it make sense? Yes, yes and Yes!
And what if the group took ocean buoys, that have been cleaned up from Canadian Beaches, by an non profit called Oceans Legacy Foundation, that found their way here as debris from the Japan Tsunami in 2013, and turned them in to art, and provided a plastic solution and awareness art engagement program?  This would seem a bit crazy… buoys on land?
Well it is not crazy. It is a wonderful art event that brings artists together within communities. The buoys bring the energy of the oceans, and lends that power to the art shows and events with mystical gifts from the sea. The buoys connect us to other countries and force us to see the plastic waste issues that are endangering our planet, and food sources. 
And what if we looked round and found much more debris, from the Fires of 2017, from rural communities and landfills, and turned that into programming that can help rebuild communities, create jobs and build tourism?
A program with a 30 year success rate, with huge socio economic tangible results and thousands of youth lives involved. 
It would make a new movement of social art that creates tourism and socio economic change in a urban and rural connection. 
A what if we tied this all to art events and shows, that showcase hidden talent that lies in hidden studios, rural towns and in street art? It would be magical like a herd of blue horses running across an open field, Right?   Well we thought so too, and called it a creative movement, that would run along the common ground of our highways, collecting art stories on walls and unexpected places and create a trek, where artists and art events are supported and tourism encouraged.  What would this long line of blue horses run on?  Well of course,  a blue route, a place along the braided trails of our highways, the path that tells the diverse experiences of all the first peoples that traveled the routes, and the musicians and artists that worked with hardened hands to tell the story of those roots.  Art, youth, history, digital storytelling, content building tourism travel app and map that will invite the globe to explore our areas and hear our tales. Would you follow such a movement? share your blue, your passion for living an artful and wandering wild artist life?
Would you be bold enough to show your blue?
I am very humbled to have formed this group with my many artist friends. From the inception of the concept my artists peers, have jumped at the chance to be part of something that is larger than the blue ocean and sky. It is something larger than all of us, it is like water is, a movement, a telling of roots and a combining together in community style in art collaboration events that will engage many. 
So watch for our events, murals, shows and crazy stunts as we share the blue…along Route Blue..
We are the power of blue!