I’m excited to be celebrating both Culture Days and Rivers Day this weekend through a community-based lantern installation at my artist-in-residence studio. If you’re in the area, drop by!
The lanterns have been created by local community members, artists from Victoria, and myself. Inspired by work I was engaged in 10 years ago in Victoria as part of an artist collective named The Wild Salmon Guild, these lanterns reflect on the importance of wild salmon here on the west coast. We need healthy waterways, like the Alouette River that runs in front of the studio, to sustain us.
Over the next two years of my residency, I’ll be hosting more lantern-making workshops for you to join in the fun and expand the installation. For inspiration and instructions on how you can make your own lantern, visit celebration artist Paula Jardine’s website.
Here’s the schedule of activities at the studio (Map: 23740 Fern Crescent) this weekend:
Fri Sept 25: 6 – 9 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
Sat Sept 26: 6 – 9 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
On Saturday afternoon from 1 – 4 pm, drop by the studio to make your own lantern to light your way through the evening installation. You can also drop by the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club to make a wind chime.
On Sunday evening, join all three Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows’ Artists in Residence from 6 – 8 pm at the Port Haney Wharf for a free, family-friendly evening of storytelling, music and performance by the WaterBody Collective. Bring your lantern!