Local visual artist Kate Schutz is celebrating Calgary with her latest project, ViewpointYYC, a series of paintings of’ favourite places across the city.
“We are cultural capital this year, and I wanted do a project in honour of that,” Schutz said in an interview.
ViewpointYYC is a participatory project, and Schutz has already begun collecting views and meaningful places from Calgarians on her Facebook page.
She said she’s received “lots of coffee shops,” and stories of people falling in love in Calgary.
“It’s helping me to view Calgary in a different way,” she said.
A hilltop in the community of Bankview, at 19th Street and 23rd Avenue S.W. is one of Schutz’s favourite viewpoints.
“You can look over the city, and particularly at night, it’s really beautiful,” she said.
Schutz’s paintings are inspired by nostalgia.
“I’ve always been interested in making art about memories,” said Schutz.
“Once [the memories] become paintings, they become part of our collective experiences, and people are invited to experience this personal moment in a larger way.”
Born in Edmonton, Schutz moved to Calgary to attend ACAD in 1996. After graduating from the art school, she made Calgary her home.
Schutz is happy with the growth of the city’s arts community.
“When I first came to Calgary, it was not an easy time to be an artist in the city,” said Schutz.
“I feel like I’ve persevered through that now, and the arts and culture community is really starting to become well known,” Schutz said.
“Artists are staying here in Calgary because it’s an exciting place to be – especially with our amazing mayor.”
Schutz is on a mission to learn what Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s favourite view is.
“He’s such a supporter of the arts in Calgary, and truly, he’s one of the main reasons I’m excited to live here,” she said.
“I’d really like to paint his favourite view,” said Schutz.
Schutz’s goal is to raise $3,200 for her project. She’s raised 74 per cent of her goal thus far, and the project is accepting funds until Feb. 19th.
“People are really behind the project,” said Schutz.
With the funds, Schutz plans to stock up on painting supplies, and travel across Calgary to capture the city’s scenes with her paintbrush.
Schutz would like to feature her ViewpointYYC paintings in an exhibit.
The painter said it will likely be a year before Calgarians can view her art in an exhibition because she would like to paint Calgary’s scenes throughout the four seasons.
“I want to capture Stampede, and autumn by the rivers,” said Schutz.
She expects to begin her paintings in February.
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