Moose on the Loose Griz Days Edition
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About The Event
Moose on the Loose presented by Fernie & District Arts Council
Moose on the Loose is a temporary public arts festival that spans five months starting in February. Each month features a different basin artist who has created a moose-themed installation in a new Fernie location. Local community members are also creating mini moose artwork along the same theme. These moose will be let loose into the community each month! For March we teamed up with the Griz who is going to help us find the moose on the loose!
March feature artists: Michelle Mongey & Soraya Olszrwski
Michelle and Soraya work with a variety of mediums to showcase their shared passion for the mountain lifestyle, creative expression, and sustainable futures. In true Fernie fashion, with one from Australia and one from Ontario - their friendship was forged while exchanging stories of past vanlife adventures, and the desire to pursue collaborative art projects in the local community. Their grit and playful attitude shines in all they do, both on and off the hill.
Soraya’s experience with building, craft, and teaching environmental art-based workshops complements the dedication Michelle exhibits in her detailed paintings and drawings. As emerging female artists, both women are dedicated to remolding perspectives and rising to the challenges that arise during a changing global climate.
This year we have all had to look at familiar things in new and creative ways, especially the music scene. We wanted to echo that sentiment with an upcycled vinyl record Moose on the Loose that highlights Fernie’s vibrant music community.
Upcycled records as a medium evoke nostalgia for days gone by and the music we pair with our good times and bad. Records inspire storytelling between generations. We laugh about the albums our parents saved up for and friendly debates ensue about tangibility, sound quality and the experience as a whole.
Although vinyl sales are experiencing a resurgence, thrift store shelves are still full with forgotten one hit wonders and favourites that have become scratched and worn out. British Columbia has been built on an economy of raw material and resource extraction but we want to focus on the other side of the waste stream and inspire thinking about what happens to the things we get rid of. We strive to give new life to old plastic as a Fernie Moose on the Loose.
While we can’t all meet in Station Square for a live music concert we can still celebrate music and look forward to the days when we will meet again in person.
This project is made possible by Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Resort Municipality Initiative and FDAC core funders BC Arts Council and City of Fernie.