Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Painting with Beeswax

Artist, Shary Bartlett brought her unique painting with beeswax technique to the MACC girls club last week. The smell of beeswax permeated the cultural centre as these young people composed and created these 3 dimensional collages.

Rebecca Graham brings natural dyes to Moberly

MACC girls learnt how vegetables and spices are utilized in dyeing cloth.  Working with artist Rebecca Graham, they cut up cabbage, parsley and brewed vats of dyes including those chopped vegetable along with turmeric and coffee!  They learnt about  mordants and tying silk in order to create and achieve a  hand dyed scarf which they took home.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Urban Weaver

The Urban Weaver Project culminated  in an fabulous open house celebration on Sept 6, in Maclean Park.

Over the course of 2 years, lead artists Sharon Kallis and Todd DeVries have shared, taught and developed opportunities for community members of all stripes to try their hands at weaving from green waste harvested from Stanley Park. This  project, originally sponsored by the City of Vancouver Park Board and Stanley Park Environmental Stewardship program brought together Science and Art by 'up-purposing' green waste through ongoing weaving circles in this studio residency.  While this first phase is coming to a conclusion- the good news is that this innovative and inspired project will continue.  Thanks to the City of Vancouver, Park Board Field House Residencies the urban weaver will maintain it's presence in the fieldhouse through to January 2015.  To find out more go here: Urban Weaver Project

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Something Collective- Green Graffiti

Resident artists Something Collective are working on a year long project called We Are Here in the Sunset community.  We are Here aims to 'map' the neighbourhood through sound, dance, and images. Collective member Juliana Bedoya completed the green graffiti component at Sunset community centre where she engaged a group of youth from a summer camp and a group of adult learners from the South Hill Learning Centre to create these art pieces.  Members of the community are invited to 'steward' the graffiti by spraying the moss on a regular basis. Once programs begin in the fall, the out of school care program and the preschool will be care taking of the art work on a  regular basis.  To find out more about the process please go here: Something Collective

Monday, August 27, 2012

Looking forward to Creative Remix4!

Creative Remix3 was a huge success! Thanks to Kim and Malcolm and all those wonderful volunteers.  Here is a sneak peek as to the fun, creative energy and quirky programming we get up to- please join us in 2013!

Cake Tease visits Creative Remix3

We were delighted to have Teresa from Cake Tease provide us a decorating cupcake workshop in celebration of Creative ReMix3.  She taught us about how to use fondant, candies to create characters and how sketching ideas holds a role in cake decorating to! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Madame BeeSpeaker visits Creative ReMix3

Madame BeeSpeaker led us on an ecological process where we learnt more about the insect many are so scared of;  THE BEE! A healthy respect for what bees do was soon revealed and bee habitats were constructed.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mere Phantoms at Moberly

Creative Remix3 had the pleasure of working with artists Jaimie Robson and Maya Erasen from Montreal last week.  The artists brought the Mere Phantoms  workshop to Moberly.  Participants experienced the magic of shadow and play working within the theme of the urban landscape. Imaginative building and creatures were created out of paper then integrated with the existing Mere Phantoms landscape.  Utilizing a simply halogen light, with a darkened room and stage, a sense of cinematography is created!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Canada Day 2012

The Sunset Community has been enjoying a Canada Celebration at Sunset Community Centre for many, many years. Over 2000 people come out to enjoy the festivities which includes a barbecue, performances and a participatory art project.  This year, artist Jasna Guy had members create a giant maple leaf with rose petals.  On each petal-  community members 'tattooed' designs, message, dates and their names- then these completed petals created the 5 x 5 foot maple leaf on the grounds of the Sunset Community Centre.  Over the course of the following weeks we will all witness the decomposition of this ephemeral art piece.

Canada Day 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

MACC Girls Club

Bright Alley Shuffle, The grand finale!

The MACC girls club thanks SAFA, Julie Lebel and the Sunset Association for supporting this 10 month project.  See you next Fall!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MACC Girls Club- spa

Artist Lori Wiedenhammar showed the  MACC girls how to create spa products for home utilizing herbs from the Moberly herb garden.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Vancouver Storytelling workshop with Trudeau

The students from Trudeau Elementary plant the 'firey' herb in the Moberly Cultural Herb garden. This links to the series of storytelling workshops these young people have participated in.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Vancouver Society of Storytelling

Vancouver Society of Storytelling ELEMENTAL: Fire

The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is hosting a series of storytelling workshop at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre with grade 7 students from Trudeau elementary. Participants will share fire-related stories while learning the life cycle of certain herbs that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have the tonifying and warming qualities of fire.
Vancouver Society of Storytelling ELEMENTAL: Fire

The Vancouver Society of Storytelling is hosting a series of storytelling workshop at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre with grade 7 students from Trudeau elementary. Participants will share fire-related stories while learning the life cycle of certain herbs that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, have the tonifying and warming qualities of fire.

At the end of the story explorations, students will plant the ‘fiery’ herbs- in this case- onions directly into the cultural herb garden. The images here show the students in the garden deciding where to plant.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In My Hands-installed at Sunset Community Centre

In My Hands was led by artist Jasna Guy and created by participants in the MACC Girls Club over the course of 3 workshops. The following 4 posts describe the process.

In My Hands will be on exhibition at the Sunset Community Centre- 6810 Main Street, Vancouver, BC from March 7 - April 7 2012. Please do stop by to view it.

In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy

Each ‘hand portrait,’ was photographed in black and white. The enlarged images provided the basis for further elaboration through a variety of art materials. As part of the self-study process, the girls also engaged in idea gathering―some based on fun palm-reading and astrology, and some based on deeper reflection on their lives, their dreams and future plans. From this initial idea gathering, the girls chose descriptive words and phrases that they then added to their hand portraits, combining text with designs of their own making to create a personal artistic statement about who they are and how they see themselves at this point of their lives.

In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy

Indispensable as tools, our hands quite literally speak volumes. We talk and gesture with our hands, adding passion and conviction to the messages we wish to communicate and the stories we want to tell. We borrow gestures from our cultures, from the people we encounter, from our friends, from our family members, from people we see in the media. We adapt the gestures to suit our special way of being and relating to people. The gestures become part of our bodily repertoire, perhaps as characteristic of our personality as the tone of our voice or the way we smile.
Approaching the hands from these perspectives, the girls of the MACC Girls’ Club were asked to think about a hand gesture that was characteristic or significant to them, in other words, to consider a hand gesture as a portrait that says something about themselves right now.

In My Hands- MACC Girls Club- led by artist Jasna Guy

MACC Girls Club had the pleasure to work with artist, Jasna Guy on a photo based project called. IN MY HANDS

The project displayed here explores ‘ hands’ as rich markers of identity and individuality. From the shape of the fingers to the texture of skin, from the beautiful and complex lines of the palm, to the intricate whorls on the tips of the fingers – all these are carriers of our uniqueness.

Monday, February 20, 2012

MACC Girls Club

It has been a delight to observe the identity project Juliana has led the MACC Girls Club on over the past 5 weeks. Having started with blind contour drawings to a 3-d representation brought a depth to their investigation. The girls had a variety of materials to explore with tradtional form of making, in order to represent their self. They are now completing Artist Statements that reveal further - who they are- watch for these on display, at Sunset Community Centre- 6810 Main Street.

Friday, February 17, 2012

MACC Girls Club

This after school youth program is for girls, girls, girls! This year we are happy to announce that the continued partnership with South Asian Family Association (SAFA) will provide funding to enhance this program with weekly guest visiting artists!

MACC Girls Club will work with Something Collective our resident artists who bring media arts, doll-making, puppetry, digital storytelling and the magic of words to this after school program. In addition, participants will explore recycled book making, drawing, drum beats, hip hop and more!

SAFA is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit association with a mission to promote and enhance family values while embracing Canadian Culture and maintaining South Asian Culture and identity. SAFA aims to create opportunities for cross-cultural understanding.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reception for Here & There

On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 we were delighted to host a community celebration honouring the completion of a 2 year process that resulted in the community public art project, Here & There. Pictured here is John Thomas (L) and Walter Schultz (R) who were both instrumental in getting the original and current centres constructed. In the case of John Thomas, it was his father, Stan Thomas- then president of the Sunset Memorial Centre who led a campaign to raise the necessary funding to build the original centre. Walter Schultz, community member and past president of the current Sunset Community Centre engaged politicians on a municipal, provincial and federal level to gain the necessary funding to get this centre built. Both of these stories were captured by digital storyteller Lisa Nielsen that now reside on a flatscreen embedded into the heritage wall you see behind Mr. Thomas and Mr. Schultz

Monday, January 9, 2012

Here & There Community Celebration

Here and There
...a community engaged public art project is completed
Mark Your Calendars to attend this community celebration!
When? Wednesday, January 11, 5:00-7:30PM Where? Hall at Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street
You are invited to join members from the Sunset Board,
representatives from, the Arts & Culture Office- Park Board,
the Stan Thomas Family and artists-Lisa g Nielsen, Pat Beaton & Zee Kesler.

This project is jointly sponsored by Art & Culture, Parks Board, The Sunset Association and The Thomas family of Delta, BC, in memory of their father, W. Stan Thomas, founding president of the Sunset Memorial Centre, and Prime Signal Ltd.