Route 22 Collective Art Gallery
The moment you step inside Cochrane’s newest gallery, you know you’ve found something special: an airy, light-filled space that provides a base for local artists and a visual arts shopping and viewing experience for the community.
We spoke recently with the gallery’s director to learn more about this collective, formed under the umbrella of the Cochrane Integrated Arts Society (CIAS). With the need for more collaboration between artists and more presence of the arts in the community, the notion of an artist-run or collective model of a multi-discipline gallery was hatched. The concept would bring together local artists and would operate on a volunteer basis.
With the blessing of the CIAS and then securing the gallery space, a working committee of 12 new members looked to the examples of other collective galleries across the country, then rolled up their sleeves to create the core structure, foundational documents, build the website and build out the gallery space. A true labour of love.
Opened to the public in June, 2020, there are now more than 40 member artists in the Route 22 collective. The gallery display changes on a monthly basis. There is also a gift shop where smaller items, prints and cards by the artists are showcased and sold.
Next up? Not one to rest on their laurels, plans are underway to develop educational arts programming for the membership and wider community. Drop by anytime during August 10-17 and meet the artists.
You will feel the creativity and the spark of spirit that comes from this bold new venture!
Guest Journalist – Jane Usher
Video By – Blue Pixel Media