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Eco Arts Salon: featuring Activist Artist J Peachy, June 27

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 Eco-Arts Salons are FREE events that bring together those active in creating environmental art with interested community members and  representatives of environmental/community groups interested in using art to advance their social or environmental goals. his is a monthly presentation and hands on activity facilitated by artists who create” eco-art”. Join in for exciting dialogue and creative activity at the intersection of art + environment+ community! www. These events serve as a venue for dialogue and for people from a variety of backgrounds to connect professionally and socially. Salons are held from 7:00-9:00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre. This month’s feature artist/activist is J Peachy, who will be doing a presentation for the first hour, and the second hour will be a hands on art making project. The last 10 minutes ARE ALWAYS RESERVED for announcements and invitations from the community to events that are relevant to environmental arts.  Bring your posters, cards and brochures for sharing! For information about member events and to add your own, see our online community centre or send a note to

Wed, June 27, 7pm – 9pm

Roundhouse Community Centre- Room B, Vancouver (map)
We have coordinated a series of short-term community environmental art projects in different Vancouver locations (some indoor; some outdoor) with artists including: Nicole Dextras, Oliver Kellhammer, Pierre Leichner, Sharon Kravitz and Haruko Okano. Projects were hosted at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden and Granville Island. Below are examples of some recent Environmental Art projects.

An Eco-Arts Project at Kitsilano House, where volunteers, residents and visitors create symbolic nests from natural materials. Messages of memory and hope are deposited into the nests during the Kits House’s transitional period. Read more about this project by clicking here. Several Green Streets volunteers are involved with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver — pushing the envelope for traffic circle and corner bulge gardens.  From Chloe Bennett’s Bees Please Bee Habit-Art at 6th & Yew to Julien’s Car Battery at Fremlin and 46th  and Ella Cooper’s Art Garden at 8th and Trimble with art activites incluidng poetry-making; clay work and brightly painted signage, art is springing up in public space near you. Mary Bennett has started Bees Please II at 6th & Trafalgar with a community herb garden – please come by and pick some herbs — and then tell the bees to visit too. We’d like to connect with anyone who’s noticed – or better yet is making – art in the Green Streets plots.

Cedar by John Hemsworth and Peter von Tiesenhausen (Photo by Paul Colangelo)

On December 15, 2006 a major windstorm struck Stanley Park. This storm closed parts of the park for several months. CACV partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Stanley Park Ecology Society to produce the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project and we continue to provide programming to help promote understanding of the project. This project was a collaboration between artists, ecologists, park staff, environmental educators, and the very ecology of the park itself. Completed in 2009, it began with creation of ephemeral works and then the semi-permanent works. Artists were selected considering artists’ histories, interests, proposed initiatives as well as artistic merit, ecological merit and strategies of community engagement. Two of the artists bring a First Nations background to the project. All six artists collaborated with forest ecologists and park staff.

“Fringe” by Shirley Weibe. (Photo by Paul Colangelo)

They worked under the following conditions:

  • Used only natural materials – native to Stanley Park and ecologically friendly.
  • No destruction of living plants, unless invasive or other species which results in net ecological benefit
  • Public could watch the process of creation and interact with artists
  • Educational and participatory elements were developed and delivered.

A series of videos about the project is available for playing or download. Click here to check them out on our CommunityArtsYVR youtube channel. We are involved with and helped start the Means of Production Artists Community Garden in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.

Means of Production started in 2002 with Oliver Kellhammer as lead artist and instigator, working with Vancouver Parks Board, the  Community Arts Council of Vancouver and Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA).  The piece of land straddles  Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver engineering land and is on lease to the Environmental Youth Alliance. In 2009, Community Arts Council of Vancouver with funding from the City of Vancouver sponsored MOP Out! – an outreach and communications programs for the tea parties and events held at the garden. In 2012 the Garden is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Happy anniversary, MOP! From Earth Day, 2010 to the end of August, Sharon Kallis worked with a variety of community groups to create ephemeral installations in CRAB Park at the foot of Main as a Community Arts Council project. The canoe has been repaired and reinstalled in 2011.

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