Award Ribbons for Places in Pictou County
a project led by visiting artist Marlene Creates
Workshop Dates: Call for participants now open, ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
June 27 (9am-1pm at the Bayview Community Hall),
June 28 and 29 (Travelling throughout the county)
For this project, visiting artist Marlene Creates invites participants of all ages to share some of their meaningful places in Pictou –– either natural or built –– in order to reveal some of its invisible layers of meaning. Participants will be given the materials to create an award ribbon, which will be installed in their chosen spot. This is a chance to commemorate a place that people value in their everyday environment. Awarded locations will be compiled to create an online map so they can be explored after the Festival.
Marlene Creates is an acclaimed environmental artist and poet who lives and works in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. For over thirty years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. Currently her work is focused on the six acres of boreal forest where she lives in a ‘relational aesthetic’ to the land. This oeuvre consists of Water Flowing to the Sea Captured at the Speed of Light, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2002-2003, and ongoing projects such as the The Boreal Poetry Garden (2005–).
Marlene Creates’ art practice incorporates her work as an educator, environmentalist and community arts activist. Since 2001, she has been leading multidisciplinary place-based art projects in Newfoundland schools. In these projects, students explore the particular attributes of their local environment, community and heritage through field trips, drawing ‘memory maps’, photographing, writing recollections of their own experiences, and interviewing elders in the community. Her work is in numerous public collections including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the National Gallery of Canada. http://www.marlenecreates.ca
Bay View Community Hall is located on the Bayview Road heading out of Pictou towards Braeshore. Call 921 3373 to reserve a spot for this project.
photo: Sally LeDrew, 2007