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River Songs and Stories + River of Light this evening

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***UPDATE: As of 3:30 pm we are planning to proceed with the installation and the River Songs and Stories ūüôā 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 ‚Äď 9 pm¬†at Davidson‚Äôs 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¬†ferncrescent.ca¬†for the latest updates.

 

 

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River of Light community lantern installation‚ÄĒtonight!

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

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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!

A River of Light: Help Create a Community Lantern Installation

This summer, join me in creating a magical lantern installation in the park next to Davidson’s Pool.

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Throughout the summer, I’ll be hosting free workshops at the studio where you’ll learn how to¬†make¬†handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem. We’ll make the lanterns out of simple materials such as chicken wire, bamboo, glass jars, aluminum cans and tissue paper.

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In late September, we‚Äôll install lanterns among the trees adjacent to Davidson’s Pool and float them on the water. At dusk, we’ll light the candles inside the lanterns to create a river of light meandering through the trees and sparkling on the water.

For more information on upcoming workshops, click here.

To watch a video of last year’s lantern-making workshops and installation, click here.

Art Studio Tour: A behind-the-scenes view

What¬†better way to spend the¬†Mother’s Day weekend, May 7 & 8, than by taking in some local¬†art? The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour¬†is a wonderful way to visit artists working in their studios, see how they make their art, what materials they use, what inspires them, and to ask questions.

My studio will be open both days from 10 am – 4 pm¬†and¬†is located at 23740 Fern Crescent, on the same property as¬†the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club¬†(also open for the tour). Here’s a map.

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I’ll be showing a preview of three new installations I’m creating for an exhibition that opens at The ACT Art Gallery on June 11. The exhibition, Confluence, features the work of all three¬†Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Artists-in-Residence‚ÄĒmyself, Kat Wahamaa and Rebecca Fisher. My¬†installations respond to my¬†observations about how our local¬†community interacts with¬†the Alouette River watershed. The installations are a combination of paintings, sculptures and found materials.

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Over the two days of the studio tour, I’ll also be giving¬†the following demonstrations and artist talks:

Saturday, May 7

  • 11 am: Making salmon sculptures out of aluminum cans (demonstration)
  • 3 pm: Making lanterns out of chicken wire and tissue paper (demonstration)
  • 8 – 9 pm: Lighting the lanterns – come by and experience the magic of The River lantern installation by candlelight

Sunday, May 8

  • 11 am: Making salmon sculptures out of aluminum cans (demonstration)
  • 2 pm: Artist talk: “An Unnatural History Collection” – observations on creating an installation out of found materials for the Confluence exhibition at the ACT Art Gallery (opens June 11)

I’ll also be sharing my current residency projects and how you can get involved in making art about nature in community.

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For more information on the Art Studio Tour, including artist listings and a map, check out the tour website.

This Place

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Maple Ridge has a rich and varied history, from the traditions and culture of the Katzie First Nation, to the expansion of the railway, early logging, brickworks, and hard-working pioneer families, through to the creation of Golden Ears Park and the development of our neighbourhoods, community organizations and businesses.

And then there are the people who come from all parts of BC, Canada, and the world to live and work here. Some arrived generations ago and have stayed, others are newly arrived. We all bring our stories and histories with us as we create community together.

Over the coming months, I’m looking forward to exploring our individual and collective¬†histories with neighbours and community-members through art.

Specifically, we’ll be working with photos, maps and¬†writing to create collages that speak to our own experiences of “This Place”. ¬†For historical photos and stories, we’ll be able to access the on-line collections of the¬†¬†Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. You’re also invited to bring your own to add to the mix.

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No art experience is necessary to take part in these free workshops. All ages are welcome (adult support is required for children under the age of 12).

For dates and details on upcoming workshops, click here. I look forward to you joining me!

Salmon alight in the forest

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The salmon have entered the forest! Last night and this evening from 6 – 9 pm, the salmon lanterns are swimming upstream in the woods alongside the Alouette River in Cross’ Cabins Park. The installation is part of Culture Days and is a celebration of Rivers Day, both happening this weekend.

Here are a few photos of the lanterns. This afternoon (Sat Sept 26) between 1 – 4 pm, drop by the studio to make your own lantern to carry through the installation this evening. We’ll be making the lanterns out of glass jars and tissue paper. You need about 15 or 20 minutes to make yours. All ages welcome. The studio is at 23740 Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge.

On Sunday, you’re invited to bring your lantern (not required) down to the Haney Warf from 6 – 8 pm for an evening of storytelling, songs and the WaterBody performance, all celebrating water.

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Looking forward to making more magic today!