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Public Art Artist Calls, Workshops, Events and More
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The Colour Garden: Creating and working with natural pigments with Catherine Shapiro
Thursday, September 17, 2-3:30 pm
Online presentation hosted by the Richmond Public Art Program
Catherine Shapiro will talk about her experiments with growing indigo and other plants and making them into pigments and dyes. She will show us examples of what you can grow as art materials in your own garden.
Catherine Shapiro went to the San Francisco Art Institute for a couple of years in the late 1960’s and immigrated to Canada in 1970. Settling in the Caribou with her husband, they set up a printmaking studio and Catherine started gardening. Moving to Vancouver in 1974 she continued making multimedia work that expressed her growing knowledge about plants focusing on women’s contributions to the development of horticulture. In the 1980’s Catherine began making environmental works from plant materials that she foraged or grew including nettle, hemp, cedar, wisteria, artichoke, mallow, flax and bamboo. These interests have continued to inform her work and have given her the opportunity in the last few years to mentor a young artist in growing and processing indigo as well as to be artist in residence at MOP garden to continue this project. Working with indigo has lead her to making a wide variety of paints from botanicals sources which she has been using recently on a new series of cast paper sculptures and paintings.
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Kinder Gardens: New Visions for Pollinator Habitat and Accessible Food Systems with Lori Weidenhammer (and a special guest)
Thursday, October 1, 7-8:30 pm
Online presentation hosted by the Richmond Public Art Program
A grandchild of depression-era prairie settler farmers, Lori Weidenhammer has worked as an artist-educator in several school and community gardens. She is passionate about connecting people of all ages to plant and insect biodiversity and beauty. As a wrap-up event to her group’s residency at the Terra Nova Farm, Lori will share her vision for a more ethical, ecologically sound way to produce food and preserve biodiversity in cities and rural areas. This will be a call to action: to work together as agri-cultural dreamers to learn from our experiences during the pandemic and make dramatic, lasting improvements to the way we manage our overburdened ecosystems.
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Video: Sea to Sky by Thomas Cannell and Franz Mayer of Munich
Video link: https://youtu.be/fmIPkWxV4vg
Learn about the creation of a new public artwork with this interview with Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell and Michael Mayer of Franz Mayer of Munich as they speak to the conceptualization and fabrication of Sea to Sky, a five-storey-high glass artwork to be integrated into the façade of the Paramount development in Richmond's city centre (No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue).
Richmond Has Heart Public Art Projects
Richmond Public Art is launching four artist initialed projects, as part of the Richmond Has Heart Campaign developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The projects by local artists Keely O’Brien, Lou Sheppard, Denise Fong, Christy Fong and Marina Szijarto will promote mental health, well-being and creativity while maintaining physical distancing protocols and fostering community connections during this unprecedented, destabilizing and challenging time. For more information, visit: Richmond Has Heart.
Cycling Art Tour
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is finding unique ways to come together while apart, connecting through the arts and expressing their support for front line workers. Everywhere residents go they will find artful hearts and rainbows in the windows of Richmond homes and businesses.
The Cycling Art Tour has been created for residents of all ages to get outdoors and celebrate community art and Richmond Public Art in a safe way. The artworks comprising the tour underscore the power and resilience of community, connection, togetherness, home and place. All the artworks are accessible to the public regardless of facility closure status. Take the tour alone or together with your household or small pod.
Public Art Bike Tour Map
Art Tour Challenge: How many hearts can you find in the windows of homes and businesses created to show support for front line workers? Share your favourites online and tag #RichmondHasHeart.
Engaging Artists in Community Program Update
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Learn and discover wild, native and medicinal plants that support us physically, emotionally and spiritually as we explore and experience our living world outside. Lori Snyder will introduce you to ‘Indigenous ways of knowing’ and these teachings will help to anchor important ways of being to help move us into an understanding and awareness of restored balance. Through stories and engaging our senses, Lori will weave a journey back to our true Nature.
Lori Snyder is a descendant from the Powhatan, Dakota, T’suu tina, Nakota, Cree, Nipissing, Dene and Anishinaabe peoples, mixed with French and Celtic ancestry. She was born and raised on the lands of the Squamish people, overlooking the Salish Sea on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Turtle Island—near Vancouver, Canada. Through Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogies, Lori leads people of diverse backgrounds in reconnecting to the Earth’s wisdom. Teaching at elementary and secondary schools, she recently facilitated a pilot project with Farm2School BC. Helping to incorporate Indigenous teachings into the curriculum, Lori supported the development of nine Indigenous foodscapes on school grounds in Vancouver. Today, Lori stewards a medicine wheel garden at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. She is the Artist in Residence at Hastings Community Centre for 2020 and is part of the creative team for Victory Gardens for Diversity, an artist residency project at Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond, working with interdisciplinary artist Lori Weidenhammer. Learn more at lorisnyder.co | @earthandcompany
Art Wrap Program Update
New Traffic Art Wrap Artworks!
Public Art, Transportation and Fire Services are pleased to bring some colour to Richmond's streets with the recent installation of six art wraps on Traffic utility boxes.
Fire Hall No. 1
Gilbert Road and Granville Ave
Andrew Briggs has commemorated the history of Fire Services in Richmond and Fire Hall No. 1 using archival photos and has interpreted Richmond's heritage into modern pop artworks.
No. 2 Road and Moncton St.
Laara Cerman's intricate wave patterns of native plant species indigenous to Garry Point Park and the Steveston area. The photograph of Canada Goldenrod and Reed Canary grasses reference both the environments of land and sea.
Steveston Highway and Mortfield Rd.
Richmond photographer, Nora Montiel complements the Buddhist Temple in her response to the site on Steveston Highway. The artwork allows those passing by a glimpse behind the walls and into the inner sanctuary of the temple.
2020 Capture Photography Festival
Richmond Public Art in partnership with Richmond Art Gallery presents photo-based works for the Capture Photography Festival. Each installation evokes personal, historical, and spiritual intimacies that connect us to each other and our communities. The temporary works are currently on view until September 1, 2020.
Lansdowne Canada Line Station
Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, a descendant of Mennonites, Emily Neufeld’s interest lies in the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit it. Over the last two years Neufeld has visited and photographed a dozen of these empty houses, where the work takes on a performative aspect. Once in the structures, she considers the history of the inhabitants, the building with its contents, and performs interventions – creating sculptures from the various materials found within the homes and yards.
Self portrait with mended flesh
Manuel Axel Strain
Aberdeen Canada Line Station
Self portrait with mended flesh by two-spirit artist Manuel Axel Strain is a diptych depicting the artist’s connection to their Grandmother. The work is born out of the artist’s internalized struggle to accept their own identity. Wrapped in their grandmother’s scarf, the artist’s arms metaphorically carry a spiritual connection and kinship to their ancestors. With such gestures of guidance and care by the older generation, the artist reflects on the traumatic times of their life, expressed in terms of vulnerability and resilience in reference to current and historical forms of colonial violence.