Projects

In 2017, I’m working 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’re working with students from six elementary school classes to prepare possible designs for Maple Ridge’s street banners. Four designs will be selected and printed on banners in June. Two more designs are being created by artists from the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations. All the designs will be shown during the Canada Day celebrations in Memorial Peace Park.

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

This summer, I’ll be opening my studio up again for lantern-making workshops to create a new community lantern installation in Cross’ Cabins Park (Davidson’s Pool) off Fern Crescent. We’ll make handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem. In September, we’ll install 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.

In addition to the lantern-making workshops, I’ll be offering some free nature sketching and collage workshops throughout the year.

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

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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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