#Treasuring Strathcona Leaf Rubbings @ MacLean Park Gallery

This whimsical project at MacLean Park before the Outdoor Movie Night on August 17 marked a turning point in EartHand’s AIC residency at Strathcona: Rebecca and Anna collaborating on a piece, the last one Rebecca will do for the residency before moving to a farm in the Fraser Valley. Using graphite sticks and some of…

#Treasuring Strathcona: Goldenrod & Tansy Walk

The final Fibre & Dye walk in the series was held on the warm and sunny afternoon of July 20th. Our journey began at Strathcona Community Centre and continued through MacLean Park, Strathcona Park and the Cottonwood Community Garden. Cottonwood is a rambling garden, full of botanical surprises including established mulberry shrubs, shade tolerant figs,…

#Treasuring Strathcona Mural

Last week the Summer Heat Youth group began working with artist Alex Ruiz Ramirez to draft the mural design for the shipping containers that form the north wall of the Children’s Garden on the Strathcona Campus. The shipping containers hold the emergency supplies for the School and Community Centre, so even though they sit side…

#Treasuring Strathcona St John’s Wort Walk Gallery

On the warm Saturday afternoon of June 22 we met outside the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer St and our keen group of over a dozen participants strolled east past MacLean Park and south along Hawks, admiring trees and flowers, observing the landscape and considering the time and events that have passed since it…

#Treasuring Strathcona Blackberry Walk Gallery

A gallery of the beautiful evening of walking, talking and dyeing with blackberry on May 10. Participants met out front of Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer St Vancouver); we talked about the land as it was before 1850 and shared what we knew of the plants, animals, and xwmkwy”m (Musqueam), Skwxw7mesh (Squamish) and sl”lwta”/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)…

#TreasuringStrathcona: Garden Trails

Janey and Jay hosted an afternoon of activities for the kids at the Strathcona childcare centre on the pro-d day on April 29. Both these artists are really connected with the wild, and the ideas that seem to have resonated most strongly with them in this project are of how the land and waters looked…

#TreasuringStrathcona Fibre & Dye Walks: May 10, June 22, July 20

Part of my vision for #TreasuringStrathcona has been to have a diverse team of artists, people who are all fierce in overlapping ways — fiercely intellectual, fiercely protective, fiercely inuitive, fiercely activist. With Anna Heywood-Jones and Jennifer Brant, their fierceness is under cover of ‘mild-mannered’. They’re thoughtful and attentive and don’t really draw too much…

Multicultural Fair

“Its actually making me a little teary. It makes the kids see what’s good about their neighbourhood, because so often they’re told that it’s not.” This is what one of the teachers said as she stood before the table and looked at the map on the wall behind me, with the leaves that the kids…

February at Strathcona Community Centre

I’m still working on accounting for all the time it took me to come up with some notions of what to actually DO during this residency. My original thought was to lead walks where we pick up cool alley finds and plants and spend time in the studio playing. But when I held this idea…

January at Strathcona Community Centre

An art project is like a tree — for every visible branch, leaf or bud, there’s an entire non-visible underground network of roots and mycelium, soil and water that supports it. The spreading canopy that we see, feel and enjoy can’t exist without these prosaic mysteries. I have trouble admitting this and allowing myself the…