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Peace region HeART Walk a showcase of diverse, local talent

HeART Walk features 22 pop-up exhibits by 30 different artists
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Awstyn Cornet-Cooper's incredible portraits and punk-rock aesthetic at Peace Gallery North, one of 22 pop-up art installations for HeART Walk 2021.

Looking for something to do throughout the Peace in the name of art? Go for a HeART Walk, a region-wide initiative featuring art in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John downtown cores and bringing culture to the community.

Artist and organizer Haley Bassett says the initiative has expanded from last year, with 22 pop-up exhibits by 30 different artists.

“I’m really quite happy with how it went. The purpose of Heart Walk is to sort of branch out to the community more, and this year we were able to find some artists who hadn’t previously been involved,” says Bassett. “I’m looking forward to be able to continue building relationships with them.”

A project of the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, HeART Walk was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many businesses such as art galleries had to shut down or limit their capacities for guests.

Bassett says she approached the Fort St John Arts Council and Chetwynd Arts Council, which were keen to get involved. 

“It’s definitely been a group effort,” she said.

The art installations are up until Sept. 15 for the public to enjoy.

HeART Walk in Fort St. John:

HeARTWalk-FSJHeART Walk in Fort St. John. (Supplied)

HeART Walk in Dawson Creek:

HeARTWalk-DCHeART Walk in Dawson Creek. (Supplied)

HeART Walk in Chetwynd:

HeARTWalk-ChetwyndHeART Walk in Chetwynd. (Supplied)

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative. Email Tom at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca