SIX HUNDRED FOUR SHOES
My artwork was put on sneakers in collaboration Six Hundred Four in Vancouver.
When I started this project last spring, I was working on artwork for the group show “Voyages” at the Italian Cultural Centre of Vancouver. I was painting the tower climbs I had done in Italy. So I had an idea to paint the same view of Vancouver…
I climbed the iconic structure of the Vancouver Skyline: the Harbour Centre to see what would inspire me. The sunset from up there had so many wonderful colors that I could bring into the shoe. I created this piece called “Overlooking the City”, the name has a double meaning because Vancouver locals rarely visit this spot and therefore it is “overlooked”, and similarly the scene is literally looking over Vancouver from above.
Overlooking the City – Joanne Hastie – 2016 – Acrylic on Canvas (48″ x 36″)
A portion of the shoe sales (6.04%) goes towards the Crisis Centre of British Columbia, a non-profit volunteer organization committed to helping people deal with emotional crises. They’ve provide support for all types of people – youth, adults and seniors. Operating with only a small staff, the Centre relies on over 450 front-line volunteers to provide education and training aimed at fostering resiliency and building capacity to respond to crisis and suicide. I couldn’t be more excited to help such a good cause.
Seven local Vancouver artists were involved in this project. You can see all the fabulous Vancouver artist shoes here: Six Hundred Four.