Geurilla art project signifies inclusion of all in Lake Country

Local artists put their heads together and come up with project to open arms to everyone in community regardless of sexual orientation

It started out as a conversation between some friends in the Lake Country arts community.

And it ended up as a positive message of acceptance in the form of “geurilla art.”

Local artist Wanda Lock and some friends, colleagues and even passers-by got together last week and painted a sidewalk in a movement to promote acceptance for all.

“It was a conversation I was having with many people in Lake Country,” said Lock. “We thought it would be nice if Lake Country could do something to recognize acceptance and make a statement that we are inclusive and accept diversity.”

The rainbow coloured sidewalk painting—which Lock called You, Me, We, A Pride Painting Project—mirrors the rainbow colours that have signified acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.

“The response I have been getting has been fantastic,” said Lock. “Even from people I don’t even know. This was kind of a pilot project so if we could do it in the spring and maybe do the entire sidewalk I think the community would be behind it.”

Lock said the idea came from movements from other city’s such as Kelowna that has four rainbow coloured cross-walks to promote acceptance. She said it would be great if Lake Country could join that movement in the spring.

The painted sidwalk is out front of George Elliot school and was painted using exterior paint, meaning it won’t be permanent.

But Lock is hoping to make it more permanent in the future.

“This was kind of geurilla art,” she said. “If we do this in the spring maybe we can do something proper. As artists in our community i think that is part of our responsibility, to get out there and make a statement.”

Lock was helped in the project by Petrina McNeil, Yolanda Robinson, Megan Ross, Rick Davidson, Neena Sood, Elizabeth Henderson, Tara Milne and Jamie McEwan, all from Lake Country and special guest artist from Kelowna, Rena Warren.