Big Draw at Oak Park!

This past weekend, we had a fantastic time participating in the Vancouver Big Draw with the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre! A lot of kids participated in our fence weaving, and the end result is a fun and cheery new work for the Marpole community to enjoy! Be sure to check out the work in front of MOCC’s pre-school playground.


A big thanks to Big Draw Vancouver, MOCC, and Vancouver Parks Board for making this project possible!


chART at the Big Draw on October 1st

chART: Public Art Marpole is now involved in the Vancouver Big Draw Festival! Join us October 1st from 10:30-1 to take the art of cross-stitching to a gigantic level! We will create woven works on the chain-link fences around Marpole Oakridge Community Centre. All are welcome to participate in this fun, family-friendly event. Refreshments will be provided!


Big Draw Vancouver, on Saturday, October 1, is a special day when people of all ages across the city gather together and draw! It’s a day to celebrate and explore the creativity that is in us all – no previous experience required. Connect with the power and pleasure of getting in touch with your inner artist at over 40 city-wide, eclectic, and FREE drawing workshops. Visit for descriptions of all Big Draw Vancouver workshops.

Coming Fall 2016: WE ARE HERE: A Creative Mapping Project

chART: Public Art Marpole and Emily Carr University of Art + Design are happy to present We Are Here: A Creative Mapping Project by artists Ashley Guindon, Cheryl Lee, Xian Luo, and Simeng Wang. This project has been generously funded by the Marpole BIA and the Neighbourhood Matching Fund.


We Are Here is a multi-layered project that provides opportunities for connection through the production of three related community art projects based on the map of Marpole: a street mural map, a textile map, and a printed map. The mural, based on a map of Marpole, is already complete and spans 68th St. at Granville. Our next step is to produce the stitched and printed maps, and this is where we need the community’s help!

We are funded to do a series of workshops in which Marpole residents will share places with historical, personal, cultural, or environmental significance. Each spot will be marked with a cross-stitched patch, and at the end of the project the artists will combine the patches into one stitched map. We will also document the stories and suggestions shared during the workshops and turn them into a folded paper map, which will be distributed throughout the community. Our aim is to share local histories and recommendations for neighbours and visitors alike!


Stay tuned for updates on workshop dates and times – all are welcome to attend!

Leaves and Fishes Redux


chART Project Manager Ashley Guindon lead a fantastic group of Emily Carr University illustration students and alumni through a repaint of our “Leaves and Fishes” mural at Granville and 67th Street. Thanks to everyone (shout out to  Claudia of the Marpole BIA) who lent a hand to bring this mural back to life in advance of Marpole Summerfest. Weather pending, we will be giving the mural “Fractal” on 66th and Granville a similar uplift. Just another way of giving to our community of Marpole.


Sculptures Growing in the Garden

If you have walked by the Oak Park Fieldhouse lately, you may have noticed some odd happenings in the garden. Our Emily Carr students continue to be very busy building their sculptures for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The sculptures are made from recycled plastic bags that are transformed into panels of colour and texture. The frames of the sculptures are bamboo and designed in sections to they can be easily transported to Jericho Beach and assembled on site. It is a fantastic team effort and we have also had a lot of fun. Work can be pleasure. Good thing because these students have really put in the hours!

Hope to see you at the festival!



chART at Marpole Community Day!

Thanks to everyone who came to visit us during the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre’s Marpole Community Day on June 4!

This year, we were working on We Are Here, a creative community mapping project by artists Simeng Wang, Cheryl Lee, Xian Liu, and Ashley Guindon. This project consists of three mapping projects:

Street Mural Map: Based on a street and topographic map of Marpole, it spans 68th St. at Granville


Stitched Map: Created by the community, for the community, it features stitched patches marking places in the community with historical, personal, cultural, or environmental significance.


Paper Map: Using the community stories and suggestions gathered at community events like Marpole Community Day, the artists will create a paper map with the suggested locations. Anyone will be able to use this handy version of the stitched map to discover their neighbourhood in a new, exciting way!

Thanks to everyone who contributed a patch/story to our stitched map! We look forward to gathering more suggestions at future Marpole events.