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A River of Light, captured in photos


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!
















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:



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.


A River of Light begins…


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.


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.


photo: Keith Jardine

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


photo: Keith Jardine



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).


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.