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.
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!
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.
The field house is buzzing with activity and it is not just the bees in our garden. This summer we are hosting another class from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Together we are creating a series of sculptures for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The theme of the work is Micro Patterns of Nature. We are transforming recycled plastic shopping bags into fused plastic material that will serve as the main fabric for the sculptures. The structure will be made from bamboo. When the festival is over, the sculptures will be disassembled and all of the material will be repurposed. Check out the Micro Patterns site to learn more about the project and all the artists involved.
chART Public Art has been working with the Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) for five years now, creating public art interventions throughout the community. We have produced several murals, banners, bus shelter wraps, and community projects that have engaged all different aspects of the Marpole community. We have worked with schools, the community centre, non-profit groups, and members of the public. Our latest street mural was produced over the weekend of May 14 and 15 and you can find it on 68th and Granville.
The mural, We Are Here: Marpole, was designed by students from Emily Carr University in a class sponsored by the Marpole BIA, that took place over 2 semesters right here in the field house. To complete the mural, we were fortunate to be able to host two amazing illustrators, Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, for a short residency at the field house. They helped to make the amazing design a reality on 68th street. It was a real team effort!
This makes our 3rd (!) street mural in Marpole. You can find them along Granville Street at 66th, 67th, and now 68th.
Durwin and Guin also hosted an illustration open house for alumni and students from the Emily Carr illustration major and we had 40 amazing illustrators come to the field house in May. They were drawing everywhere — in the garden, in the house, and in the park. Fuelled on pizza and bad jokes, a great time was had by all. We have such amazing talent here is Vancouver.
Thanks Durwin and Guin for all your hard work and support of the field house. We can’t wait to work with you again next year!
We have been so busy (busy as bees?) at the field house the last few months, we have been too busy to post on all that we have been doing. So here is a series of updates starting with our first sessions of the Bee School.
Some of you who walk by the Oak Park field house may have notices we have a couple of lovely educational bee hives (painted by chART member Jaymie Johnson). Our resident bee master is Brian Campbell. Anyone who know anything about bee keeping in the lower mainland will have either met or heard about Brian. We are so lucky to have Brian as a member of the chART collective and to be working with him at the field house as he is an extremely busy guy. Not only is Brian the seed master for West Coast Seeds, he also works with the Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA), teaches classes at VanDusen Gardens, and is part of our other research project (in collaboration with Emily Carr University, UBC Okanagan, and the cities of Richmond and Kelowna) Border Free Bees. Brian also runs his own, Blessed Bee School, and teaches classes at a number of locations in Vancouver and Richmond.
This spring’s class was a beginner Bee Keeping course with an emphasis on the FLOW Hive. The FLOW Hive has been the most successful crowd-sourcing campaign in the history of Indiegogo, raising almost 12.5 million dollars. That is a lot of new bee keepers. So in the interest of supporting all the would-be beekeepers in Vancouver, we sponsored a FLOW Hive ourselves. It arrived last December and we assembled it here at the field house.
Brian designed a class to incorporate the unique aspects of the FLOW Hive, but primarily, the course deals with a broad range of essential bee keeping information and hands-on experiences.
Our class wrapped up after 6 weeks, but we will be following up with our students to check on how their hives are doing and have everyone back for our next honey harvest at the field house. Last year we had two honey harvests and this year promises to be equally busy.