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.
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
Here’s the New Garbage Gobblers @ The Coldstream Lookout – Note: The original version (pic below) housed in Revelstoke!
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!
Painting the Road Ahead
G’Day, My Sister Travelers:
As I sit here now in the wrath of a midland storm awaiting the power to kick in; I contemplate the journey that lies ahead.
Shifting our direction along this course as the wind changes direction, does not mean we’ve lost the will to move forward…
Seemingly, we fall victim of our success, as progress forces us to embrace challenges and shift gears.
Notwithstanding change, I truly believe that going back to our roots is the force that grounds us to rise above, to reach even higher sources of power.
The thought of the ‘Old Gold Rush Road’ connecting ‘The Mother Road’ hits directly home 🏡 for me. And the fear of missing an opportunity to ‘thread the needle’ on this ribbon of road may [at times] seem out of reach.
However, As I recapture my thoughts, I see myself (not lost, but found) along a discovery detour in the spotlight of spectacular scenery that becomes anew with every mile forging through this new road.
May our journey continue and carry us to new heights, keeping our legacy relevant & vibrant by building unbreakable bonds in this galvanized chain of heritage highways.
As true ”Wayfinders”, Our goal is to rise and lift others whom we meet along this pathway!
Staying on Course
Hello from Trails End…
Leaving our last campsite here in the Coldstream Valley perched high on the hillside that overlooks the radiantly beautiful Kalamalka Lake!
The views up here are stunning and this magnificent area is truly difficult to leave behind in our rear view.
Going ‘back to reality’ heading homeward, we’re stopped for a rest at Juniper Beach’ along the banks of the Thompson River, west of Kamloops Lake. How blessed we are to witness the landscape unfold in a kaleidoscope of colors. From red apples 🍎 to pumpkins 🎃 of brilliant orange, nature’s bounty speaks volumes as Autumn settles into brilliant hues.
So long for now my special comrades, we shall meet again soon ‘down destiny’s road’!
Rural ROUTES Rider
There is a map in my head of the painted people of the streets. The streets are different from the perch of a set of scaffolding above the city. The view is from a different lens. People are painted with different armour and wear shoes that tell economic place. Hair is coloured, tinted, combed or shaved to show social comfortability. I am an Owl sitting on a giant elm tree. My armour my overalls and my ball cap. The long blonde braids with the ends spattered in the colours from the pallet of the day. If you paint the people that pass the streets they all share the common skeleton. The artist model wooden doll posed in many different ways. Applications of fashion or anti fashion the only distinguishing differences. I think of those flip books where you can change the clothing of people in a quick turn of a page. I want to shuffle the social armour. Perhaps put everyone in white paint overalls and let them paint each other. Or at least paint how they feel today.
T-shirts with sayings and labels speak loud. The suits and ties of the armies fly with colourless abandon. The mural is not on the wall, but laying in the streets, with the painted people moving like a rhythm of brush strokes.