For 21 years, Art in the Garden has offered an unforgettable celebration of creativity through self-guided tours of private North Shore gardens, decorated with the work of local artisans and filled with live music.
On June 12th 2021, North Van Arts is launching Arts in the Garden Online: an engaging celebration of art, music, and nature. As we transition into the summer, Arts in the Garden 2021 will offer a chance for the public to safely engage with their community through viewing online Garden Concerts and participating in new, creative projects and knowledge sharing guided by Artist Vignette videos, which will be released on the North Van Arts website.
Garden Concerts will immerse viewers in visual and performing art experiences, captured in the spectacular backdrops of three local private gardens across the North Shore. These videos will feed a need for live music and performance, offering opportunities to be inspired by local artists and gardeners and to connect with nature. Visual artists whose practices vary from sculpture to glass work, fibre arts and paintings exhibit their artwork among the flowers, trees and garden fountains. Shandra Stephenson, Tary Majidi, Violet Finvers, Claudia Wiebe, Allison Burns Joseph and members of the Cascadia Society are skilled artists whose works fits seamlessly into the garden settings. Local musicians Ava Maria Safai, Julia McDougall and Jay Knutson perform original music to feed your need for live performances. Contemporary dance group Lamondance, spoken word poet Angelic Poversky and performance trio Little Fish Productions will provoke reflection through their creativity.
Artist Vignettes will offer activities guided by artists Isabelle Kirouac, Willoughby Arevalo, Margaret Joba-Woodruff, T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss, Kwiigay iiwaans, Jaz, Oliver and Tracy Williams (Sesemiya) as they reflect, collect or create from our local land-base. Some videos will be accompanied by instructions and infographics, making it fun and simple to create arts-based projects in gardens or local parks.
“Our goal for Arts in the Garden online this year is to connect audiences to nature while at home, celebrating the event theme of gardens and the arts coming together, and encouraging viewers to engage with and appreciate public spaces, nearby parks, and their own balconies or gardens. The interactive vignettes provide opportunity to work with nature to create art, safely connecting with the community and the land, and helping people to focus on their own well-being in a fun, engaging, and healing way,” says Nancy Cottingham Powell, Executive Director, North Van Arts.