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Make a lantern this BC Day long weekend!

Tap into your creativity this long weekend. Join City of Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith for a free workshop to learn how to make a beautiful lantern as part of the River of Light project.


Workshop details:

  • Fri Aug 3: 3 – 6 pm
  • Sun Aug 5: 1 – 4 pm
  • Mon Aug 6: 1 – 4 pm

All workshops take place at the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent (on the same property as the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club). All ages and abilities welcome (children under 12 must bring an adult along to help with the tricky bits).


Over the past four summers, more than 100 community members have made lanterns in the forms of different species that call our local rivers home: ducks, salmon, crayfish, heron, dragonflies, butterflies and more.


This year the lanterns will be installed in Cross’ Cabins Park adjacent to Davidson’s Pool, creating A River of Light, over two evenings: Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.




Join the lantern-making fun!

Starting this weekend, lantern-making for this summer’s River of Light installation begins in earnest. Join me for drop-in sessions where you can help build a giant sturgeon lantern or make a smaller lantern of your own design.

Over the past few weeks, people of all ages have made lanterns in the shapes of salmon, koi, a duck, and a mayfly, as well as balloon-shaped lanterns for carrying. Others have been busy helping spruce up lanterns from previous years. On Canada Day, more than 75 people made glass jar lanterns to illuminate their way during the River of Light on Aug 24 and 25.

This week’s schedule:

  • Fri July 20: 6 – 8 pm
  • Sun July 22: 1 – 4 pm
  • Mon July 23: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Tues July 24: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Wed July 25: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Fri July 27: 6 – 8 pm
  • Sun July 29: 1 – 4 pm

Workshops are free and open to all ages and abilities. Children under 12 need an assistant to help with the tricky bits. The studio is located at 23740 Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge (map). RSVPs welcome.

River of Light at Canada Day!

Join me this Sunday at Maple Ridge’s Canada Day celebrations! Make your own lantern to carry during the River of Light community lantern installation at the end of August, or help build a giant collaborative lantern.



The City’s Canada Day celebrations run from noon to 6 pm at Memorial Peace Park in downtown Maple Ridge and feature live music performances, the Haney Farmer’s Market, and interactive booths featuring local arts and culture organizations.

In addition to making lanterns, hands-on art activities include painting your portrait to add to the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour‘s Faces Over Fences public art project, colouring giant drawings created by yours truly and Maple Ridge artist Tammy Routley, and creating street art / chalk drawings, including a large chalk mandala that I’ll spark in the alley beside Subway on 224th St.


Stay tuned for more lantern-making workshops at the studio this summer. Details here!

Art Studio Tour this weekend!


This Sunday, May 13, you’re invited to visit my studio during the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. Drop by between 10 am to 4 pm to learn about my community art projects as Artist in Residence with the City of Maple Ridge, see my latest paintings, and find out about upcoming workshops.

**Please note: while the Tour happens both Saturday and Sunday, my studio will only be open on Sunday. The Art Studio Tour features more than 40 artists in 25 studios and galleries in two communities. To learn more, visit

My studio is at 23740 Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge. Click here for a map. I look forward to seeing you!

River Songs and Stories + River of Light this evening

Photo: Janet Dwillies

***UPDATE: As of 3:30 pm we are planning to proceed with the installation and the River Songs and Stories 🙂 Bring a lawn chair and umbrella! ***

Culture Days is happening this weekend in communities across the country, including more than a dozen free arts events here in Maple Ridge

This evening, Fri Sept 29, you’re invited to join me and fellow Artist-in-Residence Kat Wahamaa for an evening of river songs and stories, as well as the River of Light community lantern installation. The lanterns will be lit from 6 – 9 pm at Davidson’s Pool (map) in Maple Ridge. River Songs and Stories, hosted by Kat and featuring a line-up of local songwriters, singers and poets, will start at 6:30 pm.

We’ve been watching the weather forecast and hoping the rain will hold off for the event. We’ll make a final determination at 3 pm but at this point are planning to proceed. Check the facebook event page or for the latest updates.



River of Light community lantern installation—tonight!

Join neighbours and friends for this year’s River of Light: Community Lantern Installation. The lanterns will be lit this evening, Friday, September 22, and next Friday, September 29, from 6 – 9 pm at Davidson’s Pool (map) in Maple Ridge.


Over the past few months, community members have been making beautiful lanterns in celebration of our local river ecosystems.

The weather is perfect for a magical evening as we illuminate the lanterns amongst the trees and along the water at Davidson’s Pool in Cross’ Cabin Park (off Fern Crescent). Be sure to bring your camera!