Upcoming Workshops and Events
> River of Light: Community lantern installation
Fri Sept 22 & Fri Sept 29 from 6 – 9 pm
This summer, community members have been making handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem, from salmon to heron to a giant crayfish.
Join us for two evenings as we install and light the lanterns among the trees and rocks adjacent to Davidson’s Pool. As the evening light falls into darkness, meander along a river of light through the trees and sparkling on the water.
On Fri Sept 29, in addition to the lanterns, City of Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Kat Wahamaa will host an evening of river songs and stories in the park.
> Lantern-making workshops
Learn how to make a lantern out of simple materials like glass jars, tissue paper, chicken wire and bamboo. We’ll also try our hands at making lanterns out of recycled aluminum cans. The finished lanterns will form a large lantern installation along the Alouette River by Davidson’s Pool in late September.
All worshops are offered free of charge and are drop-in. Come for an hour or join in multiple days. Feel free to bring friends and family members (note: children need to bring an adult along to help with the tricky bits).
Location: at the studio – 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge
- Wed Aug 9: 6 pm – 8 pm
- Fri Aug 11: 2 pm – 5 pm
- Tues Aug 29: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Wed Aug 30: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Thurs Aug 31: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Fri Sept 1: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Wed Sept 6: 6 pm – 8 pm
- Fri Sept 8: 3 pm – 5 pm
- Fri Sept 15: 3 pm – 5 pm
- Sun Sept 17: 1 pm – 4 pm
- Tues Sept 19: 4 pm – 6 pm
- Wed Sept 20: 4 pm – 6 pm
Questions/RSVP: robi [at] robismith.com or here
> Painting, drawing and sketching
Bring your sketchbook and join me outside for some informal art-making. We meet at the studio and go from there. Free and open to all.
Upcoming drop-in workshops:
> This Place: Making art about Maple Ridge
Join me for a free, fun collage art workshop. We’ll work with photos, maps and writing to create collages that speak to our own experiences of “This Place.” For historical photos and stories, we’ll access the on-line collections of the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. Be sure to bring a photo, drawing or small object about your favourite place in Maple Ridge to add to your collage.
No art experience necessary. All ages welcome (adult support is required for children under the age of 12). Please register as space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP by email to robi[at]robismith.com or use this contact form.
> Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour, May 13 & 14 from 10 am – 4 pm
This Mother’s Day weekend, drop by the studio to to learn more about my residency projects for 2017 and see what I’m working on in my own art practice. The weekend is a fabulous opportunity to check out the studios of nearly 40 artists in our community.
For full details, see the Art Studio Tour website.
Sept 24 & 25 and Sept 30 & Oct 1: The River Lantern Installation
Join me in the woods and park adjacent to the studio (Cross’ Cabins Park at Davidson’s Pool) for a magical lantern installation celebrating The River. The installations coincide with the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends.
June 11 – July 2, 2016: Confluence Exhibition
This exhibition at The ACT Art Gallery features the intersecting work of all three Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Artists-in-Residence (Robi Smith, Kat Wahaama, Rebecca Fisher). The opening reception is Saturday, June 11 from 2 – 4 pm. All welcome.
May 7 & 8, 2016: Art Studio Tour
Visit my studio during the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour. Click here for a map. I’ll be showing works in progress for the Confluence exhibition opening in June at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery, as well as talking about upcoming residency projects and workshops and showing my personal work.
Rivers Day and Culture Days Weekend: Sept 25 – 27, 2015
Take a wander through the park in the evening to experience the magic of lanterns reflecting the theme of The River. The lanterns are installed in the park in front of the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent. Parking available at Cross’ Cabins Park and the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club.
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!
Aug 9 – Sept 20, 2015: Free Drop-in Lantern-Making Workshops
Join me in creating a lantern installation on the theme of The River in the park surrounding the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent, adjacent to Maple Ridge Park. The finished lanterns will be installed in the park during the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekend, September 25 and 26, 2015. No experience necessary; all materials provided. Children welcome with adult supervision.
All workshops and events take place at the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge, unless otherwise noted. Limited parking available at the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club.
Sun Aug 9: 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.)
Free lantern-making workshops (drop in):
Sun Aug 16: 1 – 4 pm
Thurs Aug 20: 6 – 8 pm
Sun Aug 23: 1 – 4 pm
Thurs Aug 27: 6 – 8 pm
Sun Sept 6: 1 – 4 pm
Thurs Sept 10: 6 – 8 pm
Fri Sept 11: 10 am – 12 pm
Sun Sept 13: 1 – 4 pm
Thurs Sept 17: 10 am – 12 pm
Sun Sept 20: 1 – 4 pm
Aug 10 – 14: 9 am – 3:30 pm: Eco Arts Camp: Creating Art in Nature
Age: 8Y – 12Y / Join me for a week of exploring nature as inspiration, a source of art materials, and a setting for creating art work. These exciting camp days will combine art making with hikes, swimming at Davidson’s pool, and outdoor games with Parks & Leisure staff. Art activities include nature printing, journaling, plein air painting, creating forest sculptures, and more!
Camp is held in the beautiful nature setting of the Artist in Residence house located at 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge. 5 Sessions: $250. Register through MRPM Parks & Leisure Services. Code 203105
July 25: 9 am – 2 pm: Artists in the Park
I’m excited to be part of this year’s Artists in the Park event, held alongside the Haney Farmers’ Market in Memorial Peace Park (Maple Ridge). This “Artists in the Park” market will feature demonstrations and beautiful artwork from all kinds of local artists. Enjoy live music, unique vendors and kids activities in a street market atmosphere to celebrate all things creative! More information…
July 27 – 31: 10 am – 3 pm: The Art of Lantern Making
Age: 12Y+ / Join me for a week exploring the art of lantern-making. We’ll start with simple forms such as sphere and box lanterns, and then work towards creating more complex and organic forms including animals, fish and birds. Lanterns are made out of simple materials, including wire, bamboo, and tissue paper. No experience required!
Workshops are held at the Artist in Residence house located at 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge. 5 Sessions: $135. Register through MRPM Parks & Leisure Services. Code 203106
Saturday May 23: 10 am – 2 pm: Art at the Farmer’s Market
Visit the Haney Farmer’s Market at Memorial Peace Park and drop by the bandstand to meet a handful of artists from the Art Studio Tour, including myself. We’ll be showcasing our work, from paintings to pottery. Free.
Mapping the Landscape workshop
Do you love maps? Join me for a free workshop where we’ll create maps based on natural, rather than human-made, landmarks. Make a map of your neighbourhood, your favourite walk and the park surrounding the Artist-in-Residence house. Add in stories and symbols that are meaningful to you to create very personal maps. I will share lots of examples and ideas. No drawing or other experience necessary.
Cost: Free. Please RSVP by email to help me plan space and supplies. Location: All workshops meet at the studio at 23740 Fern Crescent at 2 pm.
Sat/Sun May 9 & 10: 10 am – 4 pm: Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour
Cost: Free. Drop by my studio at 23740 Fern Crescent to see what I’m working on and learn more about my residency. Check out the stuios of 36 artists in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows on this self-guided tour over the Mother’s Day weekend. For more information, click here.
Saturday April 18: 10 am – 2 pm: Earth Day Celebration
Cost: Free. The theme for this year’s Earth Day Celebration in Maple Ridge is Water, water, everywhere! Join me on the Bandstand at Memorial Peace Park to create your own fish out of recycled materials. Details…
Sundays March 8, 15, 22: 2 – 4 pm: Nature printing workshop
The workshop is now full. I will be offering it again in the fall. Cost: Free. Please RSVP by email to help me plan space and supplies. Location: All workshops meet at the studio at 23740 Fern Crescent at 2 pm.
For more information about the workshop and what to expect, click here.
Sunday, Feb 8: 2 – 4 pm: Valentine-making party!
You’re invited to drop by my studio and make a Valentine for someone special in your life. Can’t think of someone you’d give a Valentine to? Make a beautiful heart for yourself!
Location: 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge. (Note: same property as the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club – follow the driveway to the house below.)
Saturday, Nov 15: 10 am – 4 pm: Community Launch of Robi Smith’s Fern Crescent Residency
Drop by my studio at 23740 Fern Crescent to say hi, learn about my residency ideas, and see examples of my past work. I’m looking forward to getting to know my new neighbours, near and far!