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Patio program focuses on business owners, accessibility, safety and vibrancy

Katie Allard doesn’t serve food or beverages, but her work will be part of an open-air art gallery, dishing up an appealing experience for Calgarians as patio season is upon us.

Allard is one of 21 local artists selected to mix paint and talent to infuse life and vibrancy into some of the grey concrete barriers designed to act as a protection function around patios this summer.

Over one weekend in May, Allard, a multidisciplinary Cree artist and printmaker, spent about 24 hours painting her four barriers.

“It’s art that’s public and functional and as an emerging artist I am so honoured to be part of this opportunity to create,” says Allard, who was selected as part of The City’s partnership with the BUMP Festival Road Works program. More than 300 artists applied to the program this year.

“Not only will it increase my skill set as I have never painted outdoors, but I’m also excited to be able to do something so cool and so visible for the community,” she says. “Who doesn’t love patio season?”

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