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THE SUNFLOWER PROJECT

EXHIBITIONS 2022

  • SEED BY SEED SATELLITES GALLERY VERTIGO EXHIBITION
     

  • SEED BY SEED MUSICAL EVENT WITH MELINA SCHEINVERNON BC
     

  • BLOOM SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL, ARMSTRONG BC 
     

  • THE WOMEN OF MICHEL |"Pieces of Her" TOUR
    SEPTEMBER FERNIE BC|VERNON,BC
     

  • THE SUNFLOWER SKIRTS|GALLERY VERTIGO 
    NEW CANADIAN WOMEN SEPTEMBER-VERNON BC
     

  • GALLERY VERTIGO MURAL
     

  • 2 MILLION SUNFLOWER SEEDS PLANTED DURING COVID 

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“Like the sunflowers in the field when the light fades, we can turn to each other to gain connected strength.  For my immigrant grandparents, who were interned during World War One in Canada, let the sun shine on your faces.   And to my grandchildren, make your tomorrow be better than today!”
-  Michelle Loughery  International Master Muralist

VISONARY For 30 years acclaimed artist Michelle Loughery has been creating community and inspiring all ages. The award winning Wayfinder Project has been instrumental in communities and non profits around the world to connect to their communities through mural art projects. Social tourism legacy projects such as the BC Achievement Award Winning Downtown Vernon Mural Project, the Route 66 Mural City and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, The Sunflower Project and the BC Wide Mural Project. Loughery is a social change maker, community tourism art infrastructure specialist and human rights champion,  Michelle Loughery has led art and public art legacy projects around the globe and has stayed connected to the communities and people she has worked with in the model that has raised millions of dollars for small communities world wide, but more importantly built socio- economic bridges for those that are often unseen and unheard.  Loughery's dream of a connected community highway art route that would support inclusive projects in all communities has been her vision for decades, and she has gained global stakeholders such as Lorrie Flemming( Canadian Route 66-99), The National Route 66 organization and many more iconic champions both grassroots and celebrities. 

 

Contact us to learn how to be an ART WAYFINDER & SUNFLOWER WARRIOR ART WAYFINDER WORKSHOPS for your school or community!Contact us about WAYFINDER art in action and WAYFINDER ARTWORKS(tm)Training Programs, Zoom ART STUDIO TALKS and WAYFINDER speaking engagements!

 

Follow our art wayfinder social media for mural and community best practice tips!contact us to share your community artor support more art and sunflower story tellingWAYFINDER CREATIVE NETWORK & Training www.artroutradio.ca Social CHANGE MAKERS on the Creative WAYFINDER NETWORK

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SUNFLOWERS FOR PEACE
Paint for people, place and peace.

Sunflower shines over Vernon peace event. Artists Michelle Loughery and Brenda Ellis joined by others, including public, to paint sunflowers for peace.

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The Year of the Sunflower 2022 current Event

Sunflower Skirts Installation Exhibition -  Here are some visitors' comments:

"Bold, passionate, powerful"- Kate and Rob Scott
"A very interesting and amazing show" - Gail Short
"Amazing stories and creativity." - Linda K. Sellers

Artist Michelle Loughery's The Wayfinder Sunflower Project, was started in 2013 during the painting of the Internment Sunflower Mural in Vernon, BC. in honour of discovering her family members were interned in Canada’s first national internment operations. Hundreds of sunflower seeds were planted and many sunflower paintings were inspired as an impetus to tell this important story, in the hope that through creative advocacy this would never happen again. 

 

The importance of further conversation about internment, cultural history, human rights and social responsibility is imperative in these current Ukraine Crisis times.  As part of the national conversation of the importance of the work to tell the stories of many.

 

Sept - Oct 2022! Sunflower Skirts - HERstory

Gallery Vertigo, in partnership with Artist Michelle Loughery and The Wayfinder Sunflower Project, is proud to present this community art installation exploring patterns and ornamentation on recycled clothing embellished with stitch, paint, glass, beadwork, and surface design.  Each piece is an artist’s interpretation of a personal immigrant story or that of a friend, reflecting their journeys in Canada.

Curated by Aj Jaeger - Artist, it is a collection of textile artists who came together to create a story installation led by senior artists in a skills exchange intergenerational story experience. Featured Artists include Leslie Barnes, Anette Cameron, Lesley Comassar, Gloria Daly, Angela Hansen, Anni Hunt, Jennifer Greenwood, Aj Jaeger, Brittany Loughery Kette, Patricia Kozler, Michelle Loughery, Catherine Nicholls, Stacey Phinnemore, Brigitte Red, and Janet Scruggs.

Included as part of the installation is an opportunity for the public to add their stitches to a collaborative piece at the front of the gallery.   

 

The installation titled “Sunflower Skirts” will explore patterns and ornamentation on skirts that women have worn in their journeys in Canada.

 

All ages will participate in flower, fabric, paint and other exploratory WAYFINDER art in action workshops that will result in an experience based art installation that will be displayed beyond the walls of the gallery.  The Sunflower Skirts Stories will be shared on the Wayfinder Network Podcast AR:T ROUTE RADIO.

The collective piece of community art will be part of a collaborative art installation exhibition that will run from September 6 – October 20, 2022 at Gallery Vertigo #102 – 3105 28th Avenue, Vernon, BC. 

 

An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 with light refreshments by donation.

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Destination Mural TownGuest Dr. Karl Schutz
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Elvis is on the BuildingMaster Muralist Michelle Loughery
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The Symbol of the SunflowerHost Artist Michelle Loughery
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The Power of FilmGuest Actor-Filmmaker Ryan Boyko
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Canadian SunflowersGuest Anne Sadelain
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"The Sunflower represents all nationalities that have had their freedoms and rights taken. As a symbol of strength, but also as a symbol of rebirth and creative energy to renew. 

Through conversation we can recognize those who suffered from these injustices and, through greater awareness, ensure that similar injustices are less likely to be repeated in the future as we work towards a new renewal of Canada."

- Michelle Loughery 

International Master Artist 

The Sunflower Project Founder

My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back. - Louis Riel

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The Sunflower is native to North America and was cultivated by Native Americans for multiple uses.  

 

The Arrowleaf Balsamroot is native to many places and is also known as the Okanagan Sunflower!

Tallest Sunflower as of 2014 is 9.17 m (30 ft 1 in) grown in Germany!

Young sunflowers use an instinctive action called Heliotropism to  solar track the sun.

Cultures around the world use Sunflower seeds as a food source, medicine, dye and oil.

 

Sunflowers are one many types of plants known to aid in the removal of contaminates in soil. 

Bee Aware - planting Organic, Non-GMO seeds supports bees!

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