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City to unveil public art at the INVISTA Centre

May 30, 2019 -

The City will unveil its latest temporary public art installation in Kingston at a public launch event on June 12 at the INVISTA Centre from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Three local artists were selected through a public call for submissions to create public art for the atrium of the INVISTA Centre, a City-owned, fully accessible, multi-purpose fitness and community centre located in Kingston's west end. Residents are invited to attend this free event to view the installation and meet the artists.

"This is a true made-in-Kingston public art project featuring artwork by local artists" says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development with the City of Kingston. "The project is an important part of the City's ongoing efforts to bring public art into all neighbourhoods of Kingston and to create opportunities for emerging and established artists to share their work more broadly and in different ways."

Public art at the INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd., will feature a large-scale mural titled Waterway by Danielle Folkerts and six pillar wraps, including the Portals Series by Shannon Brown and The Toy Camera Series by Anna Soper.

Artists' Biographies

Danielle Folkerts is a contemporary visual artist, art educator and program coordinator. She is the face behind The Travelling Artisan: a resource, art studio and brand focused on fine art, travel and arts education. Folkerts has attended artist-residencies and workshops around the globe and is known for her colourful and expressive paintings and textiles, her vibrant large-scale murals and her upbeat and inspiring workshops across Canada. Waterway is inspired by the Kingston community and Lake Ontario.

Shannon Brown is an artist, arts educator, film producer as well as a program and event coordinator. Her visionary art hangs in collections across Canada, Mexico and the United States. She has exhibited in more than 30 venues from the Canadian Consulate in San Miguel Allende, Mexico to the Atlanta Georgia Folk Festival and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Brown is most inspired by creating spaces for transformative community arts experiences to take place, such as Kingston's ElectricCircuits Festival, or facilitating arts workshops, classes and events across Canada. The Portals Series calls people to step through a portal and to dream about the new world in which we want to live. 

Anna Soper has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from OCAD University, where she received the OCAD University Medal (Photography) in 2011. She has studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Western University. In 2017, Soper participated in Your Own Grad School, an artist residency jointly hosted by the Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.  Born and raised in the Kingston area, Soper has exhibited her artwork in Toronto, New York, London, the UK and here in Kingston.

The Toy Camera Series is an exploration of wild spaces Soper has explored with her camera and draws the urban and natural environment into a rhythm of light, form and colour.

More information on public art at the INVISTA Centre.

More information about the City's Public Art Program.

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