Penticton Art Gallery and brewery team up again for Mini Mural Project 2022

Local artist Diana Palmer’s wine glass mural was displayed at Cannery Brewing in Penticton until it was sold during an auction event in October 2021. The Cannery Brewing and Penticton Art Gallery is hosting the Mini Mural Project 2022. (Monique Tamminga Western News)Local artist Diana Palmer’s wine glass mural was displayed at Cannery Brewing in Penticton until it was sold during an auction event in October 2021. The Cannery Brewing and Penticton Art Gallery is hosting the Mini Mural Project 2022. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A total of $20,000 was made at the Cannery Brewing’s auction of the Mini Mural Project 2021 in October 2021. (Cannery Brewing Facebook)A total of $20,000 was made at the Cannery Brewing’s auction of the Mini Mural Project 2021 in October 2021. (Cannery Brewing Facebook)
The hands mural by Zac Abney was displayed in the Cannery’s new Alcatraz room before it was sold at auction. (Cannery Brewing)The hands mural by Zac Abney was displayed in the Cannery’s new Alcatraz room before it was sold at auction. (Cannery Brewing)

After seeing how successful the Square Mini Mural Project was in 2021, the Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing are teaming up to do it again this year.

This year’s project will see the number of selected artists raised from eight to 10 with each artist creating a 4-foot x 4-foot mini mural. Visual artists are invited to submit a proposal by Jan. 21.

In late October, the Cannery held an auction night. The eight pieces were sold for just over $20,000.

Last year’s artists were based out of the Okanagan and several right here in Penticton. The artists displayed last year were Zac Abney, Benjo Andringa, Dianne Bennett-Way, Liz Demer, Jolenne Mackie, Diana Palmer, Stephanie Perry and Gabrielle Strong.

This year, selected artists will have the month of February and the beginning of March to complete their mural. All pieces will be framed and installed by the Penticton Art Gallery at Cannery Brewing and put on display at the brewery until late October.

“We really wanted to find a way to support artists who have been hit so hard by this pandemic,” said Cannery Brewing owner Patt Dyck last year. “Artists haven’t been able to have an exhibition in over a year.”

Each selected artist will be provided with a 4 x 4 foot primed wood panel, $500 artist honorarium and unveiling party.

The 10 murals will be unveiled on Friday, March 25 at a special public event marking the kickoff of the 2022 Ignite the Arts Festival. The murals will remain on display at Cannery Brewing until late October when they will be auctioned off with the proceeds being split between the artists and the Penticton Art Gallery.

All of the works will be hung originally indoors inside Cannery Brewing’s taproom, and then moved outside to The Backyard for the summer. In October the works will be auctioned off and the proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Penticton Art Gallery and the artists. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the following year’s program.

To learn more about the mural project go to the Penticton Art Gallery website.

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