News

Salmon art for old bus garage

This David E. Blackmore art will adorn the old bus garage after a Town of Qualicum Beach council vote on Monday night. - Photo illustration provided by Town of Qualicum Beach
This David E. Blackmore art will adorn the old bus garage after a Town of Qualicum Beach council vote on Monday night.
— image credit: Photo illustration provided by Town of Qualicum Beach

He's the last person on Qualicum Beach council one would think would vote against anything related to salmon, but Scott Tanner did just that Monday night.

He was out-voted 4-1 however, and the old bus garage in Qualicum Beach will be adorned with a local artist David E. Blackmore's depiction of salmon in their run up a river.

It's the culmination of a process that included the input of a working group comprised of people with experience in design, engineering, marketing, fine arts and business, led by the town's cultural consultant Patricia Huntsman. There was a Call to Artists that included specific criteria and a points system based on things like transferability, site responsiveness and artistic excellence.

A group submission of four different images by artists Merv Brandel, Peggy Burkosky, Dan Gray and Roger Moore received the highest score with 236 points, only three ahead of Blackmore's 233 points. Staff made the recommendation to go with Blackmore's piece

Tanner, often seen at events related to salmon and the host of River's Day activities in Qualicum Beach last fall, preferred the four-panel work, which he said was "a little more diverse, more detail in it. I love salmon but you've seen one salmon, you've seen them all."

"Qualicum" is an anglicized version of the Salish word "sqal-li," meaning "where the dog salmon run."

The Blackmore's piece — which can be moved elsewhere intact when the garage is eventually torn down — will be in place likely by April, council heard.

The entire budget for the purchase of the art and all production costs is between $1,700-$2,800. Final numbers aren't in, but Huntsman said the total will fall between those numbers.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

BC Ferries ends fuel surcharge as oil falls
 
B.C. oil refinery backers move ahead
 
Qualicum’s Pedego leads country in sales — wins Dealer of the Year award
Evacuations, state of emergency declared near Parksville
 
Capital projects on a priority list for Port Coquitlam
 
Winter Fishing
Departed secretary treasurer on payroll until end of June, SOFI report shows
 
‘How was I to know evil would walk to my doorstep?’
 
Abbotsford man charged with Surrey murder

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.