Rutland’s Uptown Business Improvement Area is on the brink of adding more world-class street art murals to the collection.
Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) is working towards producing four to six additional murals, focusing on the exceptional home-grown talent of BC and Okanagan artists.
Last year, the Uptown Mural Project team successfully produced seven large scale murals, including a Youth Muraling Project in Lions Park. This collection of street art has been well-received in the Okanagan Valley and this year Kelowna is presenting the Uptown Mural Project as a key component of the city’s public art collection.
Each of the new mural locations will be strategically placed within the Rutland business improvement area and added to the Uptown Mural Map. The goals of this Urban Art Initiative are driven towards the beautification of Rutland, encouraging community involvement and neighbourhood pride.
Ali T. Bruce is the first artist participating in this year’s launch of phase two Uptown Mural Project. She will be painting on the North wall of 170 Rutland Road North where Rutland Vapes, Kim’s Hair Studio, Kinara Mortgages and the Living Faith Miracle Centre are located.
Bruce is a visual artist, muralist and tattoo artist living and working in Vancouver. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University and studied Communication Design at BCIT. Bruce has worked with Vans, While Odin Sleeps, the Vancouver Mural Festival, Salmon Arms, Timbre and more.