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Businesses turn into galleries in Quesnel

The annual Art Trail is bigger than ever, this year
Keith Prestone poses with Chia, a portrait of a red-tailed hawk of the same name he cared for as a young man. Prestone is the organizer of the 2023 Quesnel Art Trail and one of the featured artists in the city-wide exhibition. (Black Press file photo)

The business of art and the art of business all co-mingle and work together, on the Quesnel Art Trail.

Over a period of months, local businesses are carefully paired with local artists. In the leadup to each year’s art trail, it is always a challenge and a mission to get as many of these relationships established as possible. This year, more than 50 locations will be displaying some of the best and most exciting visual creators the region has to offer. The fun for the public is to spot the art when they come in for their goods and services, or take the list and go for a tour of the town to look at what each one has done to showcase the city’s artists.

“The 2023 Quesnel Art Trail is an event that people travel to from out of town, actually setting aside some of their leisure time to come here and see all the amazing artwork,” said Keith Prestone, coordinator of the Quesnel Art Trail. “We have almost doubled the amount of artists participating this year. It is, as most big undertakings are, hugely built on the foundation of many years and many peoples’ efforts. And this year is no different as it takes a team to pull something like this off.”

The secret, said Prestone, is to concentrate on the artist first, and reach out to a business that feels like a fit, whether because of complementary inventory or a personal connection or some underlying reason that location will be beneficial for the artist’s work.

“Most of the businesses that have participated in the past years were only too excited to be part of it again this year, because they had such positive experiences in the past,” Prestone said. “Significantly it is of course something different - a fun, interesting and exciting thing to do, for everyone involved.”

The 2023 Quesnel Art Trail has the following artists showcased in the following businesses:

1 Edgewood Farms: Keith Prestone • Maureen Wheeler

2 The Cutting Edge: Casey Fisher

3 CJ Directory: Donnie Johnston

4 Fix Auto: Lee-Anne Chisholm

5 Hub International Insurance: Mariska Dumas Ne Ville

6 Andres Electronic Experts: Ann Finch Treffrey

7 Wings Tap & Grill: Sharilee Golob

8 The Corriente: Cecile Allen

9 Motherlode Wash: Greta Lind Wright

10 Quesnel Door Shop: Lauren Cover

11 College of New Caledonia: Keith Prestone • Marcela Bodorikova • Aatu Karjala-Fox

12 Quesnel Art Gallery: Carpe Diem (various local artists)

13 Quesnel Visitor Centre: Bryden Rankin • Laurie Bare • Michelle Taylor

14 Craig’s Table: Louise McKillican • Cheryl Norquay

15 Barkerville Brewery: Petra Simmons

16 Fraser River Chevrolet Buick GMC: Denise Wellband

17 Cariboo Ford: Marlene Pegg

18 Cariboo Keepsakes: Norman Fletcher

19 AC&D Insurance: Sybille Muschik

20 Himalayan Kitchen: Lesley Ann Kuhn

21 Andres Electronic Experts: Fred Paulson

22 Integris Credit Union: Tanya North Shymko

23 Connects Wireless: Natasha Lepine

24 PMT Chartered Prof. Accountants: Karen Powell • Sarah Fitchett

25 Quesnel Chiropractic: Horace Warden

26 Scotia Bank: Quesnel Quilters Guild

27 Willis Harper Home Hardware: Quesnel Woodturners Guild

28 K-Max Games & Videos: Marguerite Hall • Sandy Fontaine

29 Paradise Spa: Shae Lightening

30 Circle S Western Wear: Marlene Pegg

31 My Own Collection: Patti Faber

32 Rocky Peak Adventure Gear: James Savage

33 Spa Rivier: Cyndi Cassidy

34 Green Tree Health & Wellness: Sierra Bird

35 The Space Above Art Studio: Katja Kovanen • Lana Pederson • Claire Deane

36 Outlaw An Urban Clothing Co.: Christine Yaffe

37 City Furniture & Appliances: Greta Lind Wright

38 Walk-Rite Shoe Store: Marie Nestel

39 Century 21 Energy Realty: Terry Bordeleau

40 Big Country Printers: Meghan Robinson • Robert Premishcook

41 Cariboo Regional District Library: Norman Beckman

42 Mama C’s Gifts & Giggles: Miranda Marcotte

43 Reason 2 Run: Heather Armstrong

44 Dragonfly Naturals Health Food: Tahirih Goffic

45 Hab 97 Fried Chicken & Mexican: Geri Eddy • Deryck Monsour

46 Super Save Gas Station: Christine Piltz

47 Crystal Glass Canada: Pat Hildebrandt

48 Four Rivers Co-op: Norman Beckman

49 Lensmasters Optical (Mall): Francois Lapree

50 West Park Mall: Virginia Winter • Laura Balkwill • Sarah Sargent

CNC and Cariboo Keepsakes have even more of the area’s best visual artists on display.

READ MORE: A trail of artnerships with Quesnel businesses

READ MORE: BC Culture Days will be launched in Quesnel


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Frank Peebles

About the Author: Frank Peebles

I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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