Benji Andringa of Lowclass Art painted a mural at Free Spirit Sports last week. (Liz Rorstad photo)

Revelstoke artist paints mural at Free Spirit Sports

Free Spirit Sports has come a long way since the days of selling snowboards, guns and fishing gear in 1992.

The snowboards are still there but the rest has gone, apart from the original owner Elmer Rorstad. His store is constantly evolving, with the latest addition being a commissioned mural by new and upcoming local artist aka Lowclass Art.

As an ode to the exploding backcountry boarding and skiing taking place in Roger’s Pass, Rorstad wanted a shop t-shirt designed to reflect this.

“Our customers who come to us to buy their backcountry gear were asking for great t-shirt designs,” he said, in a news release.

The completed mural. (Liz Rorstad photo)

That’s when Benji was hired to produce the Roger’s Pass t-shirt.

Rorstad explained “We wanted a design not only to include the recreational side of the Pass, but also to reflect what it means in other ways to locals and visitors alike”.

A big one was including the train,which is a huge part of Revelstoke, plus the local wildlife.

Putting the design on the wall was a no brainer according to Rorstad.

“It’s a legacy painting really, done by a incredibly talented young artist,” he said. “Benji had the idea of doing a live art session, so people could drop by and watch him work.”

Andringa complete the mural last week and the public was invited to watch him at work. All sorts of people have enjoyed it for what it represents to them, like any art piece. If you look closely, there is a Norwegian troll in there somewhere, a nod to Rorstad’s heritage.

As for what’s next at Free Spirit, Rorstad is open to new things.

“We love coming up with new and fresh things to work on. We’re hoping to partner with Benji and Revelstoke Remax for the Lunar Art festival in September.”


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

International bike race comes to Revelstoke

More than 250 riders took part last weekend

Council approves second hotel at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke City Council has approved the development permit for a second hotel… Continue reading

Liam’s lowdown: Where is Revelstoke heading?

There is almost every kind of drive-through. From banking and booze to… Continue reading

Former CAO of Revelstoke hired by Osoyoos

Allan Chabot resigned earlier this month after serving as CAO from 2015

Revelstoke Community Calendar for June 19

Organic Pest & Disease Management talk June 20, 5 p.m. Terra Firma… Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

B.C. teen killed by falling tree near Victoria

Second youth also injured in freak incident during field trip at Camp Barnard near Sooke

South Okanagan mountain resort sees lengthy snowfall

Snow stayed on the ground for four, says resort manager

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Interior forestry workers ratify five-year contract

It was approved by United Steelworkers Local 1-417, which represents workers in Kamloops, Kelowna

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

Most Read