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What’s New

Dear friends of THE PUBLIC ART POLLINATOR PASTURE PROJECT:

Bee Central is hosting three separate bee-inspired art events, and one live performance.  Bee Central: A Community Art Pollinator Project is holding its second free community art event “Small World” on Saturday, July 4th at the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage site at the bottom of Dilworth Mountain along Mill Creek Linear Park in Kelowna, BC. On June 14th, we featured “The Swarm in June” by Rhonda Neufeld.

Saturday July 4thSmall World, Samuel Roy-Bois.   “Small World” is a community art event created by Samuel Roy-Bois, sculpture professor at UBC Okanagan. This public art project’s name refers to Stanley Milgram’s experiment demonstrating the six degrees of separation between people. It is an invitation to create a large three-dimensional representation of human and nature interconnections. Throughout the day the public is invited to do some light carpentry, adding segments to the colourful wooden structure and witness the growth and development of this beautiful collective sculptural work.  This intricate sculptural web of sticks and nodes will be a symbolic representation of the fragile ecosystem shared by both humans and pollinators and of our deep inter-dependance. Small world is also a celebration of the collective effort, and the pleasure of fabricating. All materials, components and tools will be provided on site.

Each event is free of charge, family-friendly, and open to the public. Drop in at any time during the event. The other events planned this summer are:

Murmurations, Sarah Megan Hunter; August 23rd – 7:00 – 8:30 pm  This live, interactive community performance piece by writing student Hunter is inspired by the special movements bees make and early movements people make and people should be prepared to hum, sing, dance, shake, wiggle, and laugh.

Mason Bee Homes, Lori Mairs; September 26th – 11am-3pm Ecological artist Lori Mairs will guide our community in building on-site mini-homes for native bees alongside a large scale model of a mason bee tube and accompanied by on-site talks with the Central Okanagan Heritage Society about pioneer culture and agricultural history.

Bee Central is part of a larger plan to introduce and stimulate a ‘buzz’ about bees and the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park, particularly to attract a diverse community to help with the planting, building and maintaining of a Public Art Pollinator Pasture in Kelowna. Bee Central is partly made possible by a Community Public Art Grant from The City of Kelowna.

For more information about UBC Okanagan Eco Art Incubator projects or to become a volunteer, please contact Associate Professor Nancy Holmes, nancy.holmes@ubc.ca, 250-807-9369. The website for more information is http://blogs.ubc.ca/theecoartincubator/ .

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP!

  1. Volunteers to help with event days, setting up tables, helping with parking, helping with art projects (cutting, painting, gluing): June 14, July 4th and September TBA.  We expect most days to run from 11 am – 3 pm.  We’re happy to have two-hour shifts. 
  2.  Information Tables for your organization for the Bee Central dates- June 14th, July 4th, September TBA. If you’d like to promote your organizations, we’d love to have you!  We’ll provide a small (6’ long) table and a chair or two if you bring the rest!   We expect most days to run 11 am – 3 pm. 

Please RSVP Megan @ athenaproductions@shaw.ca if you can help on any of these days. We’d also be very pleased to accept anyone who could help with transport of tents and tables and chairs (small truck!)

Nancy Holmes and Megan Hunter

Bee Central: A City of Kelowna Community Art Project

The Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project

Webpage: http://blogs.ubc.ca/theecoartincubator/bee-central-a-community-art-project/ 

One thought on “What’s New

  1. This is a most refreshing approach to a difficult issue. Please remain and fortify your organization. Connect with similar movements which are emerging albeit with less of an inclusive artistic bent and flourish!
    Bravo.

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