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.
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.
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