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What the Co-op could look like.
NEWS RELEASE · 9th September 2010
Terrace & Dist. Arts Council
Terrace & District Arts Council and the Skeena Diversity Society are hosting a Graffiti Fest September 24 – 26, 2010.

The City of Terrace has agreed to use the former Co-op building and parking lot as the canvass to post your art. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on September 24, 2010.

Bring your own supplies and safety equipment. Music and food for thought and inspiration will be available.

On September 25, 2010 from 6 - 8 pm will be a potluck dinner & BBQ. Theme “COLOUR”.

Do you want to learn how to do “spray-paint” art? Experienced tutors will be available on site to share their knowledge on this creative venture.

No fee but you will be required to complete a memorandum of understanding. Something new and fun for everyone while attracting so much more. For more information please call 615-6862 or 635-6530
grab a can
Comment by Noreen Spence on 28th September 2010
I took part in the Graffiti Fest and had a LOT of fun. My part of the wall is pretty lack-luster, despite the fact that I do have a bit of skill as an artist.
I'm excited to think this will be a constantly evolving canvas and I don't think anyone should be excluded or need to show a "minimal level of talent".
The fact that so many people from so many different strata of society came out on such a horrendous weekend to play with paint was amazing.
Art is play. While playing we learn about ourselves and about the people around us. In play we experience joy and community.
I'd like to see Helmut, Steve, and any others who are standing back critiquing, grab a can of spray paint and experience some delight.
Just seeing that old building, symbol of economic downturn, turned into an expression of community makes me feel happy.
Thank you to the city, TDAC and SDS for giving us this opportunity!
I waited
Comment by Steve on 27th September 2010
as I said I would, I waited for the final product before passing judgement. As one fellow said on Facebook "they were trying for the Berlin Wall and got South Central LA"

Some of the "panels" are quite appealling and well done and some convey some great concepts of respect and healing-I can open my middle aged white male mind and appreciate the effort and the concept behind them. Some on the other hand are little more that a poorly planned "visual assault" as my friend Helmut referred to grafitti in general.

Staceys quote of Sept 17 was "By Stacey Tyers
17th September 2010 · The worst that could happen is it looks ugly and it gets painted over."
I'd suggest the organizers get busy painting on a good chunk and at least organize a "do-over" with a minimal level of talent as a prerequisite.

Nobody is, Helmut
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 27th September 2010
Nobody is expecting to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. We just want to have fun. Why does everything need to be conformed?

While it may be an assault to one's eyes it IS beauty to another. So, would it not be safe to say the more we condemn it the more of an assault it is? Would it not become more welcome over time if it is embraced as art?

I'm pretty sure there is much art, plays etc.. that in their time were not accepted by the mainstream but are now openly embraced.

Open your mind Helmut, and have a little FUN!
Reality
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 18th September 2010
Art Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some "art" I would not hang in my living room and is best displayed in the living space of those who think it is "art". Unless you are doing something like the murals in Chemainus done by talented artists and around a particular them it is simple graffiti. The public's artistic taste is more conventional. Graffiti is a visual assault, and people should put it on their own walls and not expect to be able to make "a silk purse out of a sow's ear" with a splash of paint.
great canvas have many layers
Comment by Denis Gagne on 17th September 2010
It's not uncommon for canvas to be covered in many layers... it's easy to paint over paint, we can do this every years, we are going to have so much fun!! (you guys who pretend this is somehow a problem are really making my day, ah)
Besides, the tidiness and conformity of exterior appearances do nothing to reflect the true nature of a community, it is the color that shines through and true! Come on Terrace, time to grow some character! Enough with the shades of grey, brown and beige :) Please continue to make things seem alive around here before we all turn to stone!
Congrats on the new yellow redo for TEDA office... very nice quality paint job!
The Worst that could happen
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 17th September 2010
The worst that could happen is it looks ugly and it gets painted over.

In the meantime the community has had a great time coming together. There are certain restrictions, nothing hateful, offensive etc...

As to skill level, it's ART. To each their own, excluding people takes away from the purpose and message.

Lets just have a good time for once! Remember all the hoopla about the zombie walk? it was fabulous fun!
Whoo boy!
Comment by Don MacLeod on 16th September 2010
I'm all for art, but this project, though well-intended, is fraught with danger. My main concern is the free-for-all focus of the event. There is no sense of theme, restriction or skill mentioned in the promotion. Participants are to bring their own paint, plan and paraphernalia. And right in front of the George Little House, in sight of passenger trains and tourists! Can the organizers delay and re-think this?
Do you think...a thought
Comment by Arjunna on 16th September 2010
I can see where you may be coming from Helmut. I can only say that I sincerely believe the city of Terrace supports this project because it believes as do we, that it will bring the community together.
Do you think?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 12th September 2010
Once it is covered in graffiti or what passes for art with some people the city can put it at the bottom of their list of things to deal with, tidy up, develop or whatever. Not a bad political move. No matter how bad it looks then, there will always be those who want to preserve it as art.
Gonna be great
Comment by Arjunna on 12th September 2010
I think this is a great idea. I have been to many cities around the world that have embraced what was once an exclusive part of underground culture. These progressive cities did exactly what Terrace is embarking on and it was successful in garnering the attention of passerby's in a way other things could not. Of course not everyone is going to like it. That's understandable. In fact that is true for all art.

This project IS'NT aimed at getting those who like to vandalize, out to show their skills. It's about getting the community together to show their creativity in a unique way and in the process create new connections. And to hopefully liven up the dreary look of the once popular Co-op building.

I personally can't wait and will be there helping as much as I can.
not everything is the mona lisa.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 11th September 2010
It's not necessarily going to be a masterpiece, in the eyes of clearly all these critics.

What it WILL be is an opportunity to bring community of all ages together, to have fun, be creative... nobody is ever going to say don't tear it down it's art.

It's a way to bring something positive and something COMMUNITY to a ramshackled, beat down old building creating an eye sore in the middle of our town.

It's about children, adults, seniors all being able to get involved and be a part of something.

No, it's not going to create jobs, but it is going to create some community morale. It's not hockeyville, it's even BETTER. nobody will be drawn in lotteries, nobody will be excluded unless they choose to be.

Soooooo, why not come out and just have fun with the rest of us?
Could it look any worse?
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 11th September 2010
Yes, actually it could. You know that line about putting lipstick on a pig....it is still a pig.
art?-with reservations
Comment by Steve Smyth on 10th September 2010
Sure its an art form, as long as its not on your property or in place the property owner has approved it-It's not art if someone "tags" your house or place of business--thats simple vandalism.

Personally, I'm waiting to see the results before passing judgement as to whether or not its so wonderful. On one hand, I'm not anxious for the downtown core to look like downtown LA but on the other, could the Co-op building possibly look any worse than it does now?
Wonderful
Comment by Jess Lindstrom on 10th September 2010
I am so glad to see an eye sore turn into art. Grafitti is not only a form of art but a way to express feelings in a unique way. In the cities it's common to see a designated area, wall or building to paint on and I'm happy to see the people of terrace understand it is indeed a form of art and no longer needs to be frowned upon.
What an amazing idea~
Comment by Carol Fielding on 9th September 2010
Thank you to Terrace & District Arts Council and Skeena Diversity Society for your vision of a fun and entertaining project. I look forward to watching the project unfold!
Interesting.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 9th September 2010
I was told that the Co op building was an expensive monument to the lack of business acumen of a former council and mayor. Would this not be like defacing a monument? Maybe there could be a portion depicting a sheep shearer fleecing a lamb.