Pedestrian bridge becomes an art gallery

The pedestrian bridge in Golden will be the site of a unique photo exhibit from September 7 and running through September 26.

Local photographer Claire Dibble is getting prepared to put on a special art show to be held on September 7-26 on the pedestrian bridge.

Local photographer Claire Dibble is getting prepared to put on a special art show to be held on September 7-26 on the pedestrian bridge.

The pedestrian bridge in Golden will be the site of a unique photo exhibit from September 7 and running through September 26. The exhibit will showcase a collection of black and white portraits of river users on the Kicking Horse River.

This will be the first time in the history of the bridge that a show will be shown to the public in this manner.

The portraits were taken by local artist Claire Dibble who has a long history with portrait photography and rafting.

She explained that the Kicking Horse is one of the most heavily used rivers in B.C. when it comes to commercial rafting.

“I have always had an interest with portraits. At one point I thought it would be interesting to do something here. I have a background in white water rafting as well and I really liked the idea of having the show on the bridge,” Dibble said.

Between 18-20 portraits will be shown during the exhibit on the bridge.

“I guess I have always been drawn to them as a viewer. People in general are really interesting especially their faces,” Dibble said.

As for why she wanted the exhibit on the bridge Dibble said, “ I really like the idea of alternative exhibit spaces. This seems like one that is set to put things on the structure which is somewhat sheltered. It is a place where people may not expect to see art.

The project was made possible with the support of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust, and Golden District Arts Council, and has been approved by the Town of Golden. The portrait subjects are primarily river guides for the local rafting companies and some of the town’s keen whitewater kayakers.

There will be a small event marking the opening of the show on September 7 at 5:30 p.m.