SUNFLOWER SALUTE

DEDICATED TO OUR CULTURAL HISTORY KEEPERS

LORRIE FLEMING – APRIL 26, 2020

2020

Inspired by a Conversation with Michelle on Our Cultural History Keepers

SUNFLOWER SALUTE

A Unified Face of Humanity Graced by a Smile

Natures Storytellers and Pillars of Peace

Narrative by Lorrie Fleming to Welcome Summertime…

Natures’ emblematic ‘face of hope’, Sunflowers are an expression of happiness that symbolize adoration, loyalty, strength and longevity. Known for its distinguishing trait that stems from its root word (sun) ~ embodies energy, joy and happiness in the advent of summer. It remains a fact that no flower can lift someone’s spirit like a sunflower!

Tracing its roots, Sunflowers originated in the Americas (1,000 BC), and were cultivated as a valuable food source for centuries. With the European exploration of the ‘New World”, the flowers’ popularity spread as the world began to appreciate and recognize its beauty & sustenance bearing a sun- like appearance that radiates an invitation to summer. Sourced for their seeds, the sunflower reflects so many of the sun’s positive characteristics of life. Freshly picked from sunbeams and caught by the eyes of Artists who loved to capture sunflowers as a motif of splendor in various genres throughout ancient times; also revered as sacred & inspirational in ceremonies of aboriginal societies.

Today, the sunflower remains admired for its sunny charm & delightful disposition. It is no wonder this sacred flower was chosen to personify the “The Sunflower Project”, spearheaded by Master Muralist (Michelle) as a historical honor in recognition of the countless Canadian men, women and children of Ukrainian & European origins that were imprisoned at internment camps across Canada during WWI. The murals, commencing with the Sunflower Painting in downtown Vernon, BC combines multi-media, traditional artwork as well as historical photos & personal stories shared by loved ones directly affected in various communities across Canada.

File Name: Sunflower Salute by Lorrie Fleming – April 26, 2020

Inspired by a Conversation with Michelle on Our Cultural History Keepers (The Sunflower State)

Regarded as the “Sunflower State, Kansas in Midwest USA bordered by Missouri on the east and Oklahoma on the south, morphed into it’s namesake emblem to honor the early settlers that fed the seeds to their poultry along the Santa Fe Trail. Hence the Sunflower was officially signed into legislation as a unique & cherished State Symbol. In the southeastern corner of Kansas State, Old Route 66 passes through a brief section [of 13 miles] on its way between Joplin, Missouri and Miami Oklahoma. This is observed as the “shortest stretch of the popular Route between Chicago & LA and is among the best- preserved portions of highway featuring many Roadside Attractions. The vintage buildings of Galena KS, near the MO State Line, inspired Pixar to choose this iconic place as the fictional community of ‘Radiator Springs’ and its beloved character “Tow Mater”.

(Four Women on the Route)

The Kan-O-Tex Service Station on Old Route 66 is a 1920’s building lovingly restored and converted into a Route 66 Café by {Four Women of the Route – Betty, Melba, Renee & Judy}. Collectively, they facilitated the rebirth of Galena’s stretch of Historic Route 66 and dubbed the iconic Gas Station “Four Women on the Road” operated as a tourist attraction for several years. Ownership changed and today it is named “Cars on the Route” with the emphasis on the connection to the Movie CARS. The 1951 International boom truck next to the Kan-O-Tex Service Station was the impetus of the depicted ‘Tow Mater’ character that contributed greatly to the movie’s success.

BLUE TECH


My Blue Ladies:

Our official affiliation with Route 66 gives us the credibility of international status as heritage highway advocates.  

Art is the ‘Mother’ that makes us equal … Blue symbolizes The People, a product of the stories ~ Gold is the business.  Without one, there is no other!  Take one component away and none remain…Basic ethics of physics must apply (or) the structure crumbles.

Together, we have the power to drive commerce in a shared economy of a national scope by forming an inclusive alliance to honor the resilience of people, the survivors & builders of our transportation hub.  

A ‘Prism’ is what we must become – a solid geometric figure that follows equal and parallel rectilinear paths.

Go National!  Art Route Blue owns its product and is the virtual Heart of Art and the assets of stories that equate to its success.

The process will prove itself and roll out by the integrity of the Crescendo (highest point) within the Voice of Art.

Create a pictorial of places (visual) in concert with the voice (audio) on The Field of Dreams platform – build it – they will come!  

We live in the Rural with a national focus.The power of Art, creates its own mood to interject with the Alliance and Talk to the Walls; and they in turn will tell the story.

It’s time to Create a Market Plan, Build the Pod Cast and showcase the peoples’  playground that will capture our strength for the voice over art to ‘align’ the stories and turn them to Gold!


In Art We Trust-LORRIE FLEMMING

AR:T Route Blue ROAD REPORT

…Here we are at the start point of the legendary Cariboo Wagon Road that carved a permanent place on Canada’s Western Frontier.  A major transportation hub from fur trails-to-steel rails echoing tales of BC’s historic significance to carry our nation through the ages.  Our history speaks in many languages…Listen quietly, you will be amazed at what you may hear between the timelines of travel!
Lorrie,
Tracing our Trails

Michelle:
Your articulate words speak succinctly to the integrity of your leadership.  An educator, motivator, coach and servant leader (the list is endless)!
Our Society is blessed by your contribution to inspire humankind.  
My heart is touched by you!
Lorrie
Road Mother

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