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A River of Light, captured in photos

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A huge Thank You to everyone who made lanterns, helped create the magical installation in the woods, and experienced a River of Light in 2017!

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Thank you to this summer’s joyful lantern-makers:

  • Deni, Ann, Lois, Leanne, Zoe, Felix, Owen, Jackson, Sophie, Erica, Lynn, Madison, Sophia, Cathie, Erin, Val and all the families who came and made lanterns together (and anyone else I’ve forgotten)

A heartful thanks to the crew of volunteers who helped set up and tear down the installation over the two Friday evenings:

  • Lois, Cathie, Erin, Ann, Tammy (and friend)

A special thank you to Kat Wahamaa, Tony Rees, Chris Horne, Jack Emberly, Herb W Bryce and Gerry Sharpe for bringing the river to life through music and spoken word on Friday, Sept 29.

An extra thank you to Lois Wittenberg for taking and sharing these fabulous photos that capture the spirit of the night:

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And finally, thank you to the more than 100 people who made your way down to Davidson’s Pool in Crosses Cabins Park over the two Friday evenings to enjoy the River of Light and celebrate this special place we share with the salmon, crayfish, herons, eagles, ducks, and dragonflies.

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Let’s make magic together!

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Photo: Janet Dwillies

It’s that time of the summer! Drop by the studio to help create this year’s lantern installation. Be part of dreaming up our theme, designing and/or building the lanterns, or simply come and help out. We can always use an extra pair of hands!

Here are the upcoming workshop dates and times. All are drop-in, so 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).

All workshops are at the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent (map). If the weather is clear, we’ll work outside on the lawn; if raining, we’ll move inside.

August

  • Tues Aug 29: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Wed Aug 30: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Thurs Aug 31: 1 pm – 4 pm

September

  • 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

This year, we’ll install the lanterns for public viewing on two Fridays, September 22 and 29 from 6 – 9 pm. If raining, we’ll shift to Saturday, Sept 30.

If you have any questions, please send me a note or call (604) 928-4284. Look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

A River of Light begins…

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photo: Keith Jardine

Many thanks to everyone who made Saturday evening’s A River of Light so spectacular, from the dozens of people who made the lanterns this summer, to the volunteers who set up and took down the installation to the nearly 100 people who came to wander through the trees and exclaim over how beautiful and magical the lanterns looked in candlelight.

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photo: Liliana Rincon Tami

We will be lighting the lanterns again next Friday (Sept 30) and Saturday (Oct 1) from 6 – 9 pm. On Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm, all are invited to drop by the studio to make a glass jar lantern to light your path as you take in the lanterns in the evening.

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photo: Keith Jardine

For more information or if you have any questions, please email robi@ robismith.com

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photo: Keith Jardine

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photo: Liliana Rincon Tami

A River of Light: Community Lantern Installation

Experience a magical evening walk through a river of lighted lanterns among the trees adjacent to Davidson’s Pool in Crosses Cabins Park (map).

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Over the past three months, more than 50 community members have been working with Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith to create the lanterns in the shapes of salmon, stars, dragonflies, butterflies and more. The lanterns are made from simple materials such as bamboo, chicken wire, glass jars, tissue paper and glue.

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All are welcome to view the lanterns over the BC Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends (weather permitting):

  • Fri Sept 23: 6 – 9 pm
  • Sat Sept 24: 6 – 9 pm
  • Fri Sept 30: 6 – 9 pm
  • Sat Oct 1: From 2  – 4 pm, drop by the studio to make a glass jar lantern to carry in the evening; lanterns lit from 6 – 9 pm

The lanterns will illuminate a path among the trees and on the rocks between Davidson’s Pool and the Artist-in-Residence studio.

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Here’s to a magical River of Light!

Note: Limited parking available at Cross’ Cabins Park (small parking lot for Davidson’s Pool). Street parking along 236th Street or 130th Avenue. Carpool or walk if possible! map

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Getting ready for A River of Light

September is here, which means the River of Light lantern installation is coming up in just a few short weeks!

This year’s installation will reflect the joy of many hands working together. Over July and August, nearly 50 people dropped by the studio for workshops to help make and repair lanterns, and many people came back more than once. I’m thoroughly enjoying meeting everyone and watching the beautiful lanterns take shape.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering free drop-in workshops on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. There’s still time to make a lantern from scratch, or to finish a lantern you started in the summer, or just to come and help repair some of the older lanterns. We can keep it simple or make it as complex as you’d like!

September drop-in workshops 

  • Sept 8 (Thurs): 6 – 8 pm
  • Sept 11 (Sun): 2 – 4 pm
  • Sept 15 (Thurs): 6 – 8 pm
  • Sept 18 (Sun): 2 – 4 pm
  • Oct 1 (Sat): 2 – 4 pm

All workshops are free and take place at the Artist-in-Residence studio (23740 Fern Crescent). All ages and skill levels welcome. Children under 12, please bring an adult along. RSVPs appreciated to robi@robismith.com or through the Community Art and Nature Meet-up Group.

Make your own lantern at home

If you aren’t able to come to any of the workshops, but would still like to make your own lantern to add to the installation, please do! My main inspiration for the lanterns comes from celebration artist Paula Jardine (who I’m so lucky to call sister-in-law!). Paula welcomes you to use the easy to follow lantern-making instructions on her website.

Volunteers for installing, lighting and stewarding the lanterns

The lanterns will be lit over the BC Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends, September 23/24 and Sept 30/Oct 1, starting at 6 pm (to 9 pm) adjacent to Davidson’s Pool. I’m looking for a few volunteers to help install and light the lanterns each day and then be on hand to make sure the candles stay lit and fire safe. If you are interested in helping out, let me know. Shifts can be anywhere from  one to 4 hours. I’ll provide tea and snacks!

If you have any questions, or would like to join in any of the workshops, please let me know by email at robi@robismith.com. You can also RSVP through the Community Art and Nature Meet-up Group. Feel free to share with others who may be interested.

Here’s to creating a magical River of Light together!

A River of Light: Help Create a Community Lantern Installation

This summer, join me in creating a magical lantern installation in the park next to Davidson’s Pool.

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Throughout the summer, I’ll be hosting free workshops at the studio where you’ll learn how to make handmade lanterns that reflect different elements of the river ecosystem. We’ll make the lanterns out of simple materials such as chicken wire, bamboo, glass jars, aluminum cans and tissue paper.

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In late September, we’ll install lanterns among the trees adjacent to Davidson’s Pool and float them on the water. At dusk, we’ll light the candles inside the lanterns to create a river of light meandering through the trees and sparkling on the water.

For more information on upcoming workshops, click here.

To watch a video of last year’s lantern-making workshops and installation, click here.

This Place

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Maple Ridge has a rich and varied history, from the traditions and culture of the Katzie First Nation, to the expansion of the railway, early logging, brickworks, and hard-working pioneer families, through to the creation of Golden Ears Park and the development of our neighbourhoods, community organizations and businesses.

And then there are the people who come from all parts of BC, Canada, and the world to live and work here. Some arrived generations ago and have stayed, others are newly arrived. We all bring our stories and histories with us as we create community together.

Over the coming months, I’m looking forward to exploring our individual and collective histories with neighbours and community-members through art.

Specifically, we’ll be working with photos, maps and writing to create collages that speak to our own experiences of “This Place”.  For historical photos and stories, we’ll be able to access the on-line collections of the  Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. You’re also invited to bring your own to add to the mix.

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No art experience is necessary to take part in these free workshops. All ages are welcome (adult support is required for children under the age of 12).

For dates and details on upcoming workshops, click here. I look forward to you joining me!