He’s showing off his beans to the world at 180 Projects at 180 Gore Street.
Bill Cowen has an exhibition currently at the gallery where he has brought together an eclectic mix of artists and history, some local, for his latest project Hill of Beans.
The project is a collaboration with other local artists, artists from out of town, old friends and even people off the street who have all been working on designs for labels for cans of beans.
“Basically in the Sault I don’t amount to a hill of beans,” says the ex-saultite. “The show is to prove that I do.” It’s a reconnection with his past in the Sault. “There’s a network here that I can tap into and that’s worth something.”
Some contributing artists include Michael DeVoni, Lon Granger, Rob Adamson, Steve Chmiler (Toronto), Luke Ramsey (Victoria), Jason Benj (Vancouver), Scott Kaija (Toronto) and Mike Robillard.
“I’ve been doing 10 a day…there’s still 37 to do,” says Cowen. He’s working towards 180 in total.
He’s had some help though from the other artists.
“Michael DeVoni came in and bam…24 done in a day.”
There’s even a shelf showcasing his daughter’s label designs as well as her friends’.
Rob Adamson, local cartoonist, designed 14 labels with new comics that helped to inspire a new comic book for him.
“You never know who’s going to get excited about it,” says Cowen.
He is also trying to represent as much local history and the culture that has come before today to help shape today’s artwork and artists locally.
So if you want to see Cowen flaunting his beans and hear him talk about the project, visit 180 Gore Street or come to his closing talk there on Thursday night at 6.