Braiding the Blue

Weaving a Legacy into our Transportation Tapestry

Humankind ~ The Heart of our Heritage

         Our heritage speaks succinctly through this land of braided trails! Spreading the spirit of humanity by virtue of echoes, the voices of wisdom resonates time-after-time to move us forward.  The eye of the needle is threaded deep within the heart of our heritage and the soul of humankind stands monumental between the spaces of our past.  

         The ‘Heart of our Heritage’ is deeply rooted and resides within the lineage of Highway One [Canada’s Mother Road] and its multiple ribbon of crossroads threading timeless vestiges into the fabric of society, silently occupying the spaces between cities, townships, villages and national treasures. 

Public Art” is the universal equalizer that stands stately within the soul of humankind and connects art-to-rural-to-roads, via a visual conduit to engage inhabitants of vastly far reaching communities into the mainstream of social opportunity.

         “Art Route Blue” defines the spirit of our braided links and holds ‘no’ visible physical boundaries.  Magically, out of our past appears a path to the future engrained by the positive power of people, place and purpose.  Our mission is to generate an all-inclusive corridor to showcase the value of our past, infused & integrated with endless possibilities along a borderless Heritage Highway.  

Accredit is hereby extended to the Creator of Art Route Blue, Master Artist Michelle and her adept Colleague (Stacey) who collaboratively set ‘Art-in-Motion’ for the next generation of travelers to embark on a Dynamic Digital Art Augmentation to add the voice-over-art to enhance the integrity of Canada’s Mother Road!

Lacing the Legend into our Nation’s Braided Broadcloth …

Finding New Roads!

Lorrie Fleming,

A Pilar of the Blue Team and Canadian Route 66 Association Founder

AR:T ROUTE CANADA

Art and beauty comes in many forms, including the natural and the handmade , and there’s no reason why, when admiring one, you cannot enjoy the other. And there is no reason that our modern cave masterpieces should not be showcased as invitations for the globe to visit and meander along our highways. The bonus is that travellers can fill the art stops in with small business and community events along the way. Connecting our communities makes sense. Like a giant story book. And it makes more sense if a highway art project like ART ROUTE BLUE is launched with artists and grassroots communities. To keep the jobs, make connections and bring the creative economy to the rural communities and keep our young people talking to the elders. This is a people up road trip. The Canadian Version of ROUTE 66. This art trip is long standing in its vision. Held dear by many and led by Queen of the Road Lorrie Flemming. I am just the conductor and the painter who got to paint way before murals became the explosion of trend that are now. Or maybe these modern cave drawings have always been a huge part of the education and history making of the stories of the people and of nature as we all ride the highway of life. Our Destination Mural Town Art Route is a global grid. It has many more layers to unravel and we are excited as many are using the model to bring Destination ART Routes to their regions. There is blue on those walls though! And the blue beings to the hands of the artists, the visionaries and the first people that have shared fire stories since time began. AR:T ROUTE BLUE details great work across the globe. Some of these artworks are showcased in outdoor settings, others however, are set amidst the most beautiful scenery. Take a look and see community social economics through a new lens. With a content building economy made strong by keeping the people in that system. Our stories are our art and our towns the fires that warm the rural earth. We have made ground at AR:T Route Blue. Destination Mural Town has many tourism organizations and communities abuzz. Destination Routes have been growing in rail and nature trails. Art walks have been around forever and people love to stroll through the streets seeking local treasures. But this AR:T Route is unique as the team of Blue are also trainers, educators, creators, builders, healers, connectors, first responders, homeless, nature protectors, storytellers, painters, sculptors, carvers, singers, youth, elders and all first people from the globe. This is community building from a place of renewal to reimagining. A new form of muraltourism. A content creating system that keeps the content with the creators and the power of all horses in front of one cart. The blue is the stories of many, in a place of global connection, to a system that keeps people and nature connected. Now that is reachable tourism and community economics.

ART Trails-to-Tales

Threading Together Our Transportation Tapestry

A Framework Following our Roots…

Brief Narrative by Lorrie Fleming October 19, 2019

            Dreaming deeper than the sea…From Blue Horses riding higher than the sky to Angels dancing in gold dust, our history speaks voluminously through a multi layered symphony of ethnological origins, cutting through tough terrain.  Along this beaten path, Michelle & Stacey forged the framework to unlock the future of travel and braid the trails by the integrity of our roots through connecting “Art-in-Motion”!

            Back to the dawn of Michelle’s empowering “Art Route Blue” vision, the vastness of her journey is unyielding, transforming history into an everlasting lifeform, a gift for the ages.  The compendious research and supporting doctrine that Michelle and her “Blue Team” gathered on this movement is testament to the arrival of an imminent & magical destination.

            As one of the pillars of Michelle’s vision for “Art Alive” along the bloodlines of a “Mother Road”, my personal strength is galvanized by our mutual aspiration to connect humankind on an enriching, educational and cultural journey.  This is just the beginning, may the power of people, place and purpose be the drivers on this incredible ribbon of road that’s threaded along our integrated transportation tapestry…

In closing, Michelle – you are the creator of greatness along this enpowering & endless journey, thank you for bringing me aboard your moving canvas!

In sistership,

Lorrie

Painting the Road Ahead

Wall Talk

Take it to the wall. This is something that I have done for over thirty years..take it to the wall.

The wall for me has always been a place of healing. A place where I could be messy and let the paint drips fly and my never easily managed hair tangle with the paint and the wind. There is a silence in front of a giant wall. There is noise. The noise of the cars and people and screeching tires, with the constant beep of the pedestrian timers. There is wind and wonder and ice cream coloured smudges on your legs and hands. There is knowledge and meditation. Fear is not around you as you perch from high up on scaffolding. If you could but open paint layer wings and reach the reason most artists seek for the injustices in the world. There is much to learn as a muralist and observer from the wall and much to say.

It is a play and a movie. It is time captured in stories and in the people that entered and left the screen. The wall has been the movie screen to my life.

It follows me like a tattered friend. The surface rich in textures and warmth. Tales of chewed gum and belly laugh hysterical easy days of sun and sprinklers in downtown streets. The art of a muralist is a play. A screenplay.

Culture on the #blue

AR:T ROUTE BLUE may be about art, but it is about art and more. Although to my head art is everything. In times of peace, and bounty, art can take place. When we live from a lack of struggling to survive great art can be created. It is the art that is created in times of strife and struggle that sings with our stories. The pieces of thread, glass, the carved wood and pounded metal, that live in between the places that are most valuable. The stories that mark graves and great triumph, or the whispers of wool on a patio to sooth a anxious child, wrapped up in a knitted poncho.

Our hands are the weapons of peace by piece, row by row, while we count our blessings.

Culture is what we do to define our stories. Art is the thread in the layers that show us that we too are connected like the trees. Some of us sturdy oaks, and some of us willows, bending like whispers in the sun.

Each of us has a thread, each of us a community, each of us a region, each of us a county, each of us one planet…so really we really are just one huge soft poncho of many coloured threads….lovingly knitted on a sunny deck in paradise.

BY Michelle Loughery

Rocking the #Rural

In a time of renewal..Social media helps equalize the rural infrastructure in tourism. It eliminates physical boundaries and increases access to small towns, with access to the traveller grid. The inventory of the creative spots, art, roadhouses and authentic artisans people experiences are abundant, and the visits diversifying the economy, while fostering rural learning and closing the urban – rural divide. Bringing in the environmental knowledge to encourage respectful and responsible tourism.

Rural business owners can connect with other vendors or partners and the wider demographics and look within to gain new perspectives of the value of the inventory of their rural community and extend a personal invitation for people to visit their small town.

With social media, visitors can experience the community from anywhere in the world and immerse themselves in the invitation to visit and experience the layers of rural life and the incredible enthusiasm locals have for their own town. Visitors can experience the invitation to the hearth of home town BC.

RURAL NEED BC LIVE MUSIC AND AR:T

#ART AND #ROADHOUSES

Why AR:T ROUTE BLUE in GOLD COUNTRY

There is a need..not only for this area but across the USA & Canada.

Rural towns are facing many challenges…and they must build a cart that all the horses can pull. A connected trail that brings all the rural together in a united grid that is like a giant story book of stories. Gold Country is the region with the vision to renew and embrace the new creative and digital economy. With the success of the Gold Country Geo Cache program, it was only natural for the augmented reality Geo Art to launch from the region. Partnered with the many interior mural towns that are a huge tourism economy in themselves, it is a natural strategy to use the murals as gateways and fill the art and story spots in-between.

Borderless Grid Tourism is out of the box thinking.. Gold Country has the vision and the champions to work tirelessly with the innovation of AR:T ROUTE BLUE…and Create AR:T ROUTE GOLD for their region.

Highway Connection

Fire is a giant equalizer. The effected communities are vital to the soul of the west, and the story of the resilient people is needed to be sung. The people along the highway corridors effected by the disastrous fires of the last years are strong and are working hard to rebuild the arteries of the land. Art is a tourism and economic driver, but it is also a very large connector and renewal tool. The heritage TransCanada Highway fed this province with community builders and visionaries for a better life. This is a chance to lead and invite other provinces to join a a TRANS CANADA CONNECTOR Gateway initiative that will leave a creative circle route that will connect our historic Canadian Highway to the famous mother road of Route 66.

Blue moves

We at the blue are on the move. We are excited and as the path unfolds and new partners come to join there is a sense of peace that something that has a thirty year history deep in the streets of the world is being blessed with the support we have been shown.

Destination BC, Gold Country, Vernon Tourism, Kamloops Tourism, The Nicola Film Commission to name a few of the wonderful organizations.

Now the artists, well that is the glorious sky blue of patience, vision and complete blue heart…to know a project is to know it is a undertaking of patience and millions of brush strokes and conversations …..we at the blue are eager for new hands and hearts to take this vision to all artists and all communities……we are the sum of blue Thank you from my indigo stained soul.