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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
Master Artist Creative Influencer 

The Sunflower Project Founder

For me, the sunflower embodies the simple complexity of life and plants roots of “home”.


I love how we can each look at the swirls in the heart of the flower and see so many different patterns - all extending outward, all based on a single, simple concept.


I love the interaction they bring:

the bees, the birds, the shared smiles. I love the fact that they come back, year after year, spread by that interaction.


Simply said, they are “JOY and HOPE and LEGACY.    

 Brenda Ellis

#BlossomOkanagan Seed Connector


“From one mighty seed, the soul of society grows.”  - Lorrie Fleming, BC achievement award winner and founder of the Canadian Route 66 Association. 

Hi. Michelle. I just wanted to send you this note and thank you for the opportunities that you give to artists. You are my new earth angel.


I was working on the second part of my mural today and I was thinking about you and the gift that this project has been for me. I have been able to work through some dark spots that we all experience with this coved epidemic. The mural project has led me to many other paintings and back to it again. I am not sure that I would have been as enthusiastic without this call out. It has given me focus and drive. And now the sunflower project has awakened another part of me. Your words and invitation to participate in these projects are life giving. I also believe that it is very important and our duty as artists to shine a light into the darkness. So my dear thank are a breath of fresh air" ... xoxo Jo (Petty)


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“Our sunflowers will speak of diverse beginning and the blending that makes us all uniquely Canadian. The diversity of our beginnings are the legacy in which we become the Light for a future of prosperity, Peace and unity”.   - Marina Papais, Renowned Glass Artist

“Aspiration.  I want to be more like a sunflower Rooted and steady, planted on this big beautiful blue earth. Swaying along with life’s breezes and gusting winds.  Golden face to the sky, anticipating.”   - Patricia Doyle, Artist 

As we have been socially distancing and isolating since the concern of COVID-19, we have been adapting, reimaging and connecting rural living to the new digital outreach. Follow the journey to plant #Seedsofhope for today and tomorrow.


Join us as we safely connect with each other. Take part as we envision a living corridor of connection that blossoms onward spreading cheer and brightening the landscape to encourage one another.  Together we will sow seeds of sunshine and joy. #blossomBC

Marcie Down, 
 #BlossomGoldCountry Seed Connector

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