With the sun out and the planting season in sight, workshops are popping up everywhere. Lori Weidenhammer sends word about upcoming programming at the Means of Production Garden (E 6th Ave & St. Catherines St.)…
MOPARRC WORKSHOPS – Everyone Welcome, FREE
Bean Poles and Beyond: Sat. Feb. 14, 10am-12pm Location: Means of Production Community Garden, North China Creek Park, Corner of St. Catherine and East 6th Ave.
Join us for a hazel coppicing workshop with Oliver Kellhammer. Learn about the oldest form of woodland management. Coppicing involves cutting of stems down to the stump, allowing them to re-grow and produce multiple stems called poles. Hazel poles are harvested approximately every eight years and fashioned into a wide range of products, including hazel fencing, rustic furniture, bean poles and now art installations! Learn by doing. Dress for the weather. Be prepared for rough terrain.
Creative Bee Gardening with Madame Beespeaker and FriendsSaturday Feb. 21, 2-4 pm – FreeLocation: Mount Pleasant Community Centre3161 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 2Z1 Tel: (604) 713-1888
It’s that time of year when we all start ordering seeds and dreaming of the blossoms, ripe fruit and vegetables we will plant in our gardens. Learn how you can help honeybees and native bees by adding plants to your garden that will nourish our urban pollinators while filling your backyard or balcony with the fruits of your creative spirit. We will take the time to sketch out our ideas and share our passion for gardening with each other. Gardeners of all ages and abilities are welcome! Join Master Beekeeper and Master Gardener Brian Campbell, garden designer Jean Kindratsky, and artist in residence Lori Weidenhammer (aka Madame Beespeaker) and other gardeners in our midst for an afternoon of collaborative brainstorming.
Space is limited, please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mount Pleasant Community Centre (604) 731-1888
Announcing the Mount Pleasant Artists in Residence MOPARRC (Means of Production Artist Raw Resource Collective): Artists of MOPARRC Artists’ Residency at the Means of Production Community Garden will be using material grown in the garden in the creation of ephemeral works with community members. Sharon Kallis will use her experience at working with natural ephemera to create collaborative materials-based installations. Lori Weidenhammer’s apicultural installation and bee-centric performances merge citizen science, agriculture, and folklore with performative actions. In a merge of art with archive, Lois Klassen will invite community gardeners and artists to record what is remarkable in their gardens using her mobile documentation machine called the Garden Gnomad.
Working Site: Means of Production Community Garden in North China Creek Park, at the corner of St. Catherine Street and East 6th Avenue. Located in central Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, The Means of Production Garden was developed by the City of Vancouver, Environmental Youth Organization (EYA), and lead artist Oliver Kellhammer in 2002 with a mandate to grow materials for artist’s use.
Sharon Kallis is a sculptor who works seasonally with what the land produces. Humble repetitive tasks; gathering, sorting and identifying natural materials are her urban dweller’s way of getting to see and know the landscape. Sharon engages communities in working together to discover the wonder and diversity in both the natural and constructed world. Using hand skills including sewing, lashing and weaving, like a quilt, everyone’s part becomes a piece of the whole. Sharon is currently working with Stanley Park Ecology Society and the community by re-purposing invasive species in Stanley Park into sculptures that will be returned to the forest as artificial nurse logs, bird habitats and crocheted anti-erosion bio-netting. Workshops happen in Stanley Park the last Saturday of every month: Jan-Nov. 2009.
Lois Klassen is active in community-based art and collaborations. With a special interest in recording and archiving community action she is inventing for MOPARRC a one-of-a-kind, solar-powered, documentation machine called the Garden Gnomad. Watch for the Garden Gnomad at MOPARRC events and at your community garden. Her other works include Comforter Art-Action in which she promotes the group action of making humanitarian blankets (2001-present). In Archive City (Richmond Art Gallery, 2008), she was part of a trio of artists who served as a memory collection agency for the residents of Lulu Island. Her works have been exhibited throughout western Canada, in Berlin and Havana.
Lori Weidenhammer, aka Madame Beespeaker, is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. Her collaborative media works with Peter Courtemanche have been shown in Canada and abroad, including Divining for Lost Sound, Brain Dress, The Haunted Crinoline, and The Laughing Dress. As a food security volunteer and activist, Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators, and guerilla gardening. You are invited to follow her seasonal diary at beespeakersaijiki.blogspot.com.