When you are strolling the main street in Enderby, you are immediately greeted by an eclectic mix of the new and the old, with the sum presenting an undeniable sense of community and culture. It saturates the personality of the walkways, and the shops and services. Recently installed beside the Enderby and District Art Centre is Enderby’s newest public art project – an absolutely stunning example of the vision of one artist. This mural, installed on three 4’ x 6’ panels, transforms a sad and empty space employing the use of colour and captivating impressions.
The seed of this project began in the small town of Sayulita, Mexico where Diane Larsen and friends were visiting and saw the town’s metal heart in the town square. Back in Enderby, Diane – a founding member of Enderby’s Courtyard Gallery – with support from the other members, went to work with her brother to build and install their own version of the heart.
Planning for a mural began and the public was invited to deposit their used bottle caps in the newly installed heart. Over the ensuing months, the heart was emptied three times, and the caps were sorted by colour. Diane worked on sketches for the design, bringing her thoughts to gallery meetings for input from gallery members, ultimately incorporating the concept of sky, land and water in her final design.
Five gallery members alternately worked on the panels in a back room of the Art Center. Diane, with her watchful eye, supervised and created a three-dimensional colour gradated beautiful mural. After the gluing process, other members of the community were included in the challenging process of screwing the caps securely in place.
Earlier this season, on Courtyard Gallery’s Art Festival day, a tent was set up and the bags and boxes of bottle caps were brought in for the community to complete two sunflower panels, which are also on display alongside the main mural.
The heart still stands in the Courtyard and the community continues to come through to fill the heart, as the energy has inspired interest within the community. Thank you Diane for this fantastic project and all your hard work. Truly, one person CAN make a difference.
Written by Bonnie Baker-Bacigalupo
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In 2012 a group of local artists came together with the vision of forming an art gallery in Enderby. With some fundraising and a start-up grant of $3000 from the Enderby and District Arts Council the newly formed Enderby Artists’ Initiative opened the doors of the Courtyard Gallery in April of 2013. In 2020 the Courtyard Gallery ceased to operate under the Enderby Artists’ Initiative as a result of a merger with the Enderby and District Arts Council (EDAC) and now operates as a permanent standing committee of EDAC.
The purpose of the Courtyard Gallery is to operate, on a nonprofit basis, an artist run gallery which provides opportunity for local artists to exhibit and sell their works.
We are an eclectic group, as you will see in our gallery. We display paintings in a variety of media; handcrafted jewelry; pottery; wood carvings; sculptures; weaving, books, and fibre art fabrics and apparel; as well as a variety of gift items.
This nonprofit, co-operative gallery aims to showcase the work of local artists and reach out to the community with workshops and exhibitions, as well as participate in local arts festivals.
February 1, 2020 marked the official merger of the Enderby and District Arts Council with the Enderby Artists Initiative (Courtyard Gallery).
The revitalized Enderby and District Arts Council and Courtyard Gallery continue to bring to the people of Enderby and District the art experiences that they have come to expect.
EDAC has moved it’s office to 617 Cliff Avenue, Enderby, BC.
As a member of Enderby & District Arts Council, the Courtyard Gallery supports the future Community Art Centre.
You can find more info about the arts council at enderbyartscouncil.ca .
Click on the Courtyard image to watch the Poppy Mural being created.
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We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their generosity and support in the past and present:
Hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
If you are interested in being part of this nonprofit, artist run gallery, please download our Application Form and return it to the gallery. Or you can also ask for an application if you are visiting in the gallery. You can contact us here for more information:
In order to get to know the Courtyard Gallery artists, we are introducing a Blog called Our Studios which we will be implementing throughout the year. The reader will see where they work, what inspires them, their routines, such things as their favourite music as they work and interesting tidbits. We hope you enjoy this insight into our artists.
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