It’s the room where the elected officials of Rossland get business done and now it is livelier than ever! The Rossland City Hall features the artworks of three local artists. On a rotating schedule, the walls of the council chambers will be decorated with local art.
It is all part of a strategy to change the atmosphere of council chambers. Mayor Moore explains she would like to see the place become more inviting to the public so that people feel they can approach council and engage in lively constructive conversations.
“I wanted to make it feel more friendly and welcoming; I wanted to make chambers feel more welcoming and council more approachable. Freshen it up, send the message that this is a new council with new ideas and new ways of doing things.” Moore stated.
The idea germinated from a discussion between Mayor Moore and local Rossland resident Kathy Williams. It was Williams’ idea of getting local artists involved and the mayor put it straight into action just after the election.
Members of the local art community, namely Renate Fleming and Louise Drescher, compiled a list of local talent. The mayor and Fleming then went on social visits to canvass the works.
The intent is to rotate the works every three months. Current works interpret Rossland in their own unique way and with their own definitive technique. Artist Richard Soltice is the black and white photographer. “His moody images are from the surrounding area and the quality of his work is exceptional,” described Moore.
Claude Stormes is the painter with images of Rossland landscapes in vibrant yellows and oranges. Stormes captures the magical feel of our community. Additionally, painter Andy Holmes focuses on more primitive images evocative of a playful dream state. He epitomizes creativity.
“I love the diversity and I was really thrilled with how many artists jumped at the idea of beautifying city hall,” said Moore.
The public can view the artwork any time chambers is not in use for a staff meeting. Or, the public is invited to come to a council meeting and view the work while listening to council business being done. All works are for sale by contacting the artist directly. The next installation is due in April.
Artists interested in exhibiting work can get involved by emailing Mayor Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s my intent to show as many local artists as want to get involved,” she said.