Friday, September 12, 2014

Artist in the Community

September always feels like a starting point for me. The excitement of a new school year mixes together with the cooler air and abundant root vegetables and something just clicks into gear. My energy levels soar and I start creating extensive to-do lists. And then September 11th arrives. What a buzz kill. Those pesky evil-doers sure know how to squash my momentum.

So yesterday I decided to distract myself with something inspiring; I ventured down to the West End Community Centre to see what Pearl Van Geest was up to. Her 'Territory of Sensation' project has been running all summer, and I knew that if I didn't pick up the pace, I'd miss it entirely. (if you hadn't heard,  this is part of the City of Guelph's new 'Artist in the Community' initiative) 

After reviewing an extensive blue print of the property, we ventured out to explore the naturalized area that sits just east of Fire Hall Station #4. Pearl and her daughter Ieva set me up with some paint, mylar, and brushes and off I went. I selected an area to focus on, pulling inspiration from the vibrant asters, goldenrod, and oak trees surrounding a large pond. 



On a day usually focused on deconstruction, what a dream it was to be amongst the flora and fauna, sketching, layering and creating. My piece below (along with the work of all other participants) will be pieced together, printed on three large plexi panels and displayed at the WECC. I'm thinking it'll be pretty darn fantastic.


(psst...there's still a few more opportunities for you to contribute to this collaborative art project! Workshops will be held on September 13,14, 26, 27 and 28 from 10:30am-12:30pm.)

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