Art Across the Pacific – Community Murals
Some of you have read my previous entries about the artist’s exchange I participated in last year in China. On March 31st, the people from Guiyang, China will arrive here! Thanks to many people, especially Roxsane Tiernen and Ceasar Hu, many activities and events have been organized, and on behalf of the group I would like to invite you to some of them. As part of our visitors’ week here we will have several exhibitions and will paint mosaic murals. We would like to invite you to participate, especially in the painting of the two mosaic murals on Easter Monday (see below).
I had the pleasure of being the lead designer and painter of one of the two murals that will soon be donated to the Burnaby General Hospital. The designer of the second mural, which I have not yet seen, is Mila Kostic.
Although paint has been applied to create an overall design, one step remains. Namely, members of the public of all ages are invited to participate in the completion of this collaborative project by adding something to one of the 320 canvas pieces of these mosaic community murals.
If you would like to contribute to a mural by painting a small ‘something’ on a panel, some of the key words that came up in conversation with the hospital administrators were: diversity, interconnectedness, community, network, collaboration, empowerment, welcoming, families, flow, no barriers, seamless, safe, hope, and continual care. This being said, what you choose to paint on the 5″x7″ panel is entirely up to you. You do not need to be an ‘artist’ to participate! Art supplies will be available, and a big “thank you” to Opus for donating the paint and canvases!
Join us, and your work will hang in the Burnaby Hospital!
Please see details below; and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at my new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who would like to know more about the mural, I have included some information below.
Opening Receptions – Thursday, April 2nd
Deer Lake Gallery – 4 to 5:30 pm 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Burnaby Art Gallery – 7 to 9 pm 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Artists Attending & FREE Admission
Deer Lake Gallery April 3, 4, 5th 12 – 4 pm
Burnaby Art Gallery April 3, 4, 5th 12 – 4 pm
Painting Mosaic Murals – Monday, April 6th
For the Burnaby General Hospital
Deer Lake Gallery – 10 am to 3 pm 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
FREE Admission & Everyone Welcome to participate!
Unveiling of murals – TBA
What is a mosaic mural?
A mosaic mural is made up of many smaller paintings, which have been designed to fit together as a whole image. The overall design needs to be quite simple, yet clear.
I met with some of the key people at the Burnaby Hospital to find out what they value most, and how the caregivers continuously serve the greater community. I was surprised to find out that Burnaby is the second busiest hospital in BC, and when I met with the administration team their feelings and care for those around them was palpable. Their enthusiasm and willingness to connect spurred me on, and I wanted to create something extraordinary. A special thank you to Sylvia from the Burnaby Hospital Foundation for her continuous energy and communication.
My hope is that people who arrive at the Burnaby hospital front desk, perhaps in a state of unease or fear, will have a moment to breathe and take in this scene. Whenever I have been to the hospital, especially when taking my kids, I feel like a vulnerable, naive child who is trusting those I love to the care of strangers. It seemed a good fit to portray a young person, standing in the rain, looking toward a brighter future, whatever that may be. Those of you who are familiar with the view of Burnaby from Deer Lake Park will recognize the skyline on the final 8ft x 4.5ft mural. I wanted to include the iconic Burnaby General Hospital in the design, so some artistic license was used to do so.
How does one participate in adding to these mosaic community murals?
Simply show up at the Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, between 10 am and 3 pm on Monday, April 6th! Everything you need will be provided.
I would love to hear back from people about suggested titles for this mural. I look forward to spending time with those who are able to attend upcoming events.