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Last chance to make a lantern for this year’s River of Light!

Over the past couple of months, people from all walks of life have dropped by the studio to help make the lanterns for this year’s River of Light community lantern installation.


In addition to myriad glass jar and globe lanterns, as well as salmon, stars and dragonflies from previous years, we now have a gorgeous multi-coloured duck, a heron about to catch a fish, two salmon showing off their vibrant spawning colours, and a giant crayfish created by five people (to date).

If you would like to make a lantern for this year’s event, you still have time:

  • Sun Sept 17: 1 – 4 pm
  • Tues Sept 19: 4 – 6 pm
  • Wed Sept 20: 4 – 6 pm

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.

Photo: Keith Jardine

Join us Fridays Sept 22 and 29 for the big event!

This year’s River of Light: Community Lantern Installation takes place over two Fridays, September 22 and 29 from 6 – 9 pm. If raining, we’ll shift to Saturday, Sept 30. 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.

On both Fridays, we’ll start installing the lanterns around 4 pm. It takes about two hours to place all the lanterns and light them (this year using LED lights). If you can spare some time to help with the installation, please let me know. All hands appreciated!

If you have any questions, please send me a note. Look forward to seeing you soon!

Photo: Keith Jardine

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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Salmon alight in the forest


The salmon have entered the forest! Last night and this evening from 6 – 9 pm, the salmon lanterns are swimming upstream in the woods alongside the Alouette River in Cross’ Cabins Park. The installation is part of Culture Days and is a celebration of Rivers Day, both happening this weekend.

Here are a few photos of the lanterns. This afternoon (Sat Sept 26) between 1 – 4 pm, drop by the studio to make your own lantern to carry through the installation this evening. We’ll be making the lanterns out of glass jars and tissue paper. You need about 15 or 20 minutes to make yours. All ages welcome. The studio is at 23740 Fern Crescent in Maple Ridge.

On Sunday, you’re invited to bring your lantern (not required) down to the Haney Warf from 6 – 8 pm for an evening of storytelling, songs and the WaterBody performance, all celebrating water.









Looking forward to making more magic today!

Help me create a magical lantern installation about the river


As part of my artist residency this summer, I’ll be working with neighbours and other interested community members to create a lantern installation on the theme of The River in and around the park surrounding my studio at 23740 Fern Crescent. The studio is below the  Maple Ridge Lapidary Club, adjacent to Cross’s Cabins Park (just east of Maple Ridge Park by Davidson’s Pool and the Hot Rocks).

To create the lanterns, I’ll be hosting a series of free lantern-making workshops in August and September. The finished lanterns will be installed in the park during the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekend, September 25 and 26, 2015.


The lanterns will be made out of simple materials like wire, bamboo, tissue paper and white glue. Because of the fire ban, we’ll be lighting them with LED lights.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun; you can either make your own lantern or work on some of the larger pieces that we’ll be building collaboratively.

No experience is necessary as I’ll be there to guide as needed. All materials are provided. Children under 12 are welcome with adult supervision.


Here’s a schedule of planned activities:

Sunday, Aug 9: Open studio & nature walk: 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.) We will not be making lanterns on this day.

Free drop-in lantern-making workshops most Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons:

Sundays, Aug 16 & 23, Sept 6, 13  & 20: 1 – 4 pm
Thursdays, Aug 20 & 27, Sept 10: 6 – 8 pm
Friday, Sept 11: 10 am – 12 pm
Thursday, Sept 17: 10 am – 12 pm

Installation: Rivers Day and Culture Days Weekend
Fri Sept 25: 7 – 10 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
Sat Sept 26: 1 – 4 pm Make your own lantern to light your way through the evening installation; 7 – 10 pm Lanterns lit for public viewing
Sun Sept 27: 7 – 10 pm at the Port Haney Wharf