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Celebrate Culture Days and Rivers Day this weekend

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!

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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.

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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!

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Help me create a magical lantern installation about the river

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As part of my artist residency this summer, I’ll be working with neighbours and other interested community members to create a lantern installation on the theme of The River in and around the park surrounding my studio at 23740 Fern Crescent. The studio is below the  Maple Ridge Lapidary Club, adjacent to Cross’s Cabins Park (just east of Maple Ridge Park by Davidson’s Pool and the Hot Rocks).

To create the lanterns, I’ll be hosting a series of free lantern-making workshops in August and September. The finished lanterns will be installed in the park during the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekend, September 25 and 26, 2015.

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The lanterns will be made out of simple materials like wire, bamboo, tissue paper and white glue. Because of the fire ban, we’ll be lighting them with LED lights.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun; you can either make your own lantern or work on some of the larger pieces that we’ll be building collaboratively.

No experience is necessary as I’ll be there to guide as needed. All materials are provided. Children under 12 are welcome with adult supervision.

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Here’s a schedule of planned activities:

Sunday, Aug 9: Open studio & nature walk: 3 – 5 pm
Drop by the studio to learn more about the project and what we’ll be making. At 4 pm we’ll head out for an inspiring nature walk along the river. (If you’re coming for the walk, make sure to wear appropriate footwear.) We will not be making lanterns on this day.

Free drop-in lantern-making workshops most Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons:

Sundays, Aug 16 & 23, Sept 6, 13  & 20: 1 – 4 pm
Thursdays, Aug 20 & 27, Sept 10: 6 – 8 pm
Friday, Sept 11: 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday, Sept 17: 10 am – 12 pm

Installation: Rivers Day and Culture Days Weekend
Fri Sept 25: 7 – 10 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
Sat Sept 26: 1 – 4 pm Make your own lantern to light your way through the evening installation; 7 – 10 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
Sun Sept 27: 7 – 10 pm at the Port Haney Wharf

The art of lantern-making

Making your own lanterns is a simple way to create functional art pieces that literally light up your life.

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The materials for making lanterns are basic (thin strips of wood, wire, tissue paper and glue), but the possible forms you can make are endless.

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Join me for a week of exploring the art of lantern-making at the Fern Crescent Artist-in-Residence studio in Maple Ridge. We’ll start with simple sphere and box lanterns and then move on to more complex shapes. You’ll be invited to incorporate personal photos and writing into your lanterns to create more meaningful pieces that you can use in your home or give as gifts. The finished lanterns can be lit with tea light candles or LED lights.

The workshop runs Monday to Friday, July 27 – 31, from 10 am – 3 pm out of the Artist in Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent. Ages 12 and up welcome! (Those younger than 12 may participate with a registered adult who will work with them 1 on 1, but please send me a note to confirm.) The workshop fee is $135 and includes all materials.

To register for the The Art of Lantern-Making visit the Parks and Leisure registration site and search for code: 203106 (July 27-31). You can also register by phone at 604-465-2470.

EcoArts Camp: Creating art in nature

Let’s get outside this summer and make some art together!

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I’m excited to be collaborating with Parks and Leisure staff to run an EcoArts Camps for ages 7 – 12 out of the Artist-in-Residence studio (23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge) and surrounding parks. The camp runs Aug 10 – 14 from 9 am – 3:30 pm each day.

Over the course of each week, we’re going to be working with nature to create art, whether it’s gathering natural materials to use in printmaking or drawing and painting our observations by the river or building sculptures out of found materials in the forest.

We’ll be keeping records of our observations, ideas and reflections in individual journals and use these as the basis for creating work in the studio.

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This summer camp is a fabulous opportunity for budding artists to work with a professional artist to learn about different artistic processes, materials, and techniques. The focus of the week will be on exploration and play, creativity and observation. Each camper will end the week with their own journal filled with a meaningful record of their week.

When we’re not making art, Parks and Leisure staff will be leading outdoor games, nature hikes, and water play. Come join in the fun!

To register for the EcoArts Camp, visit the Parks and Leisure registration site and search for code 203105 (August 10 – 14). You can also register by phone at 604-465-2470. The registration fee is $250.

Old things into new: making fish out of drink containers

One of the things I’m enjoying most about my residency is exploring new ways of making art that are easy to share with other people. For instance, as part of Maple Ridge’s huge Earth Day celebration, I invited people to make fish out of recycled materials.

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Maple Ridge Earth Day celebration

When I proposed the idea to the event organizers, it sounded very simple. In my mind, I envisioned fish made out of recycled glass and metal held together with wire. Then I started playing with these materials and experienced how challenging they are to manipulate. I then thought of paper but, with rain a distinct possibility, that could end in a soggy mess.

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After poking around on-line, and becoming totally inspired by David Edgar‘s work, I started playing around with frozen orange juice containers and tetra paks. Perfect! They’re easy to cut, staple and sew (no glue!) and the materials are waterproof!

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Art Studio Tour: May 9 & 10

I love studio tours—going on them is an endless source of inspiration, and being on them as an artist is always fun and full of surprises (because you just never know who’s going to show up).

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Over the Mother’s Day weekend, I’m super excited to be part of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. Over the winter and spring I’ve settled in to my new studio space, and now I’m doing the fun work of rearranging my work on the walls, finishing up new pieces, and creating some added treats for those who make the trek to my place (think treasure hunt!).  I’ll also have cards, art journals and small gift items for sale.

The studio tour is a great time to meet me, ask questions and learn more about my upcoming programs. For instance, this summer I’ll be running two summer art and nature camps for kids out of my studio, offered as a joint program through the ACT and Parks and Leisure Services. I’ll also be offering lantern making workshops and working with community members to create a lantern-based installation along the river. Join me!

My studio is located at 23740 Fern Crescent Road, on the same property as the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club, also open on the tour. Parking is available at the Lapidary Club (top of the driveway) as well as in Cross’s Cabins Park (see map here).