Projects

2018 is the final year of my artist residency with the City of Maple Ridge and an opportunity to celebrate the work created in collaboration with neighbours and friends.

Join me this summer as we build the finale of the River of Light: Community Lantern Installation. Free lantern-making workshops will take place from May to August, with the final installation on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.

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In 2017, I worked with my colleague Kat Wahamaa, also Artist-in-Residence with the City of Maple Ridge, on two projects that celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. First we worked with students from six elementary school classes to prepare possible designs for Maple Ridge’s street banners. Four designs were selected and printed on city street banners. Two more designs were created by artists from the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

The second project was a Culture Walk, which took place on Sunday June 4 at three sites: Kanaka Regional Park, the Maple Ridge Museum and Haney House.

During the summer, I opened my studio for lantern-making workshops to create a new community lantern installation in Cross’ Cabins Park (Davidson’s Pool) off Fern Crescent. We made handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem. In September, we installed the lanterns both in the park and on the rocks jutting out into the river. At dusk, we lit the candles inside the lanterns creating a river of light through the trees and sparkling on the water.

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Throughout 2016, I engaged community members in nature-based art, from sketching and painting outdoors, to creating collages about personally meaningful places in Maple Ridge.

Over the summer months, more than 80 people joined me in creating A River of Light – a magical celebration of the river at twilight. We made handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem. In late September, we installed the lanterns along the river adjacent to Davidson’s Pool. At dusk, we lit the candles inside the lanterns creating a river of light through the trees and sparkling on the water.

The lanterns were lit over the BC Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends, September 23/24 and Sept 30/Oct 1 adjacent to the studio at 23740 Fern Crescent.

For more information about how you can get involved, see the workshops/events page.

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In 2015, my residency projects included hosting free community art making workshops at the studio and in the park, as well as developing a lantern-based installation on the theme of The River in Maple Ridge Park.

The workshops followed on the theme of “marking territory”. They combine guided walks, reflection, journaling and art making exploring a variety of media.

  • Making prints from nature
  • Creating maps using natural, rather than human-made, landmarks
  • Learning about local history and create meaningful mixed media collages using personal and archival photographs

In the summer and early fall, I invited community members to open studio times to help me create lanterns in the shapes of local wildlife on the theme of The River. The lanterns were installed in Cross’s Cabins Park over the Culture Days weekend, September 25-27, 2015.

I was also part of local events in Maple Ridge such as Earth Day (April 18 from 10 – 2 pm at Memorial Peace Park); the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour (May 9 and 10); and the Summer Art Market (July 25). Click here for more details about upcoming events.

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