Well Lit, a temporary art and light installation outside 49th Parallel was created to showcase the work of student and emerging artists during Festival of Lights.
Student artists from Stz’uminus Community School and Ladysmith Secondary School: Sheldon Peall, Amy Sennet, Shaylah Ward, and Haley Wells were chosen to have their artwork displayed. Each piece incorporates the theme of light in some way.
The students got the experience of installing their work in window spaces outside the 49th Parallel. Volunteers from the Festival of Lights helped in the installation, and strung lights around the window frames.
The initiative was spearheaded by Lacey McRea Williams of Thoughtful Place Design. Williams attended a series of meetings last year discussing what a public art strategy in Ladysmith would look like. Through that process, Williams said she heard from students that they wanted to be represented in the broader community.
“It was about having community partners come together to showcase student talent,” Williams said. “I heard from students a lot, and they really wanted a space to express themselves visually.”
49th Parallel sponsored the installation, and provided financial awards for the artists. 49th Parallel president and CFO, Peter Richmond said he looks forward to adding more public art, both permanent and temporary, around the 49th Parallel property.
“It’s been a great project to work with Peter on. He understood the importance of providing some funding for the project,” Williams said. “Artists should be paid for their work. It takes time, it takes effort, and we really wanted to hammer that home. Now these students know they can be creative and they can make a bit of money from it as well.”