Friday, September 14, 2012


Art News

The Spirit of Water

Rivers of Peace exhibit opens Sept 28, looking for local artists

Released by Dehliah Simpere, Woodside Art Gallery


he Rivers of Peace Eco Arts Festival, September 28, 29 and 30, celebrates the life-giving waterways of the Fraser Valley of British Columbia through arts and action.


The festival includes a juried art exhibition with opening reception September 28, 7pm at Woodside Gallery, 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians For Change Eco Arts Salon September 29 and a Rivers Day Arts and Action Fair on September 30.


The festival is being presented by ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society, Woodside Gallery and the newly minted Fraser Valley Chapter of Council of Canadians.


"The hope with the festival is to inspire people to contemplate the spirit of water and the importance of stewardship of this precious", says Kat Wahamaa, ACES board member. "Its a very grassroots event, with something for everyone, taking place right at the confluence of the beautiful Harrison and Fraser rivers."

Rivers of Peace kicks off Friday, September 28 at 7pm with the opening reception of the visual arts exhibition at the Woodside Gallery, 2226 Lougheed Highway, on Mount Woodside in Harrison Mills. The exhibition runs from September 28 to October 7, 2012.


"We are seeking art in all mediums," says Dehlia Simpere, of Woodside Gallery.


The Call for Artists deadline is September 20 and information is available on line at

The Eco Arts Salon takes place September 29 from 1-4pm at the Harrison Mills Community Hall, 1995 School Rd., Harrison Mills and is part of the 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians For Change events taking place worldwide that day. The afternoon of poetry and music includes singer songwriters Cathy Hardy, Deanna Knight, poets Marion Quednau, Deborah L. Kelly and more.


There will also be a screening of the documentary film Fraser River Journey. The film follows a group of 12 B.C. First Nations youth on a raft trip down the Fraser River. Wielding waterproof video cameras, the youths set out to document their adventures on one of the most stunning and diverse river systems in the world.

The festival culminates with a Rivers Day Arts & Action Fair on September 30 from 12-4pm, also at Woodside Gallery. Throughout the afternoon enjoy the exhibition, information booths, refreshments, music and hands on arts. A range of community organizations are participating in the Action Fair. Guest speakers include environmentalist John Vissers of Pipe Up and eco artist and educator Beth Carruthers. Vissers is involved in a number of sustainability projects; Rail for the Valley, Zero Waste BC, and Pipe Up, challenging Kinder Morgan's plans to transport Tar Sands bitumen through the Fraser Valley.


Carruthers visual art works are exhibited and collected internationally. She works internationally as a consultant and curator in the area of arts, culture and sustainability, and lectures widely.

For more information contact ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society at or email Kat here.

Rivers of Peace Eco Arts Festival Sept. 28, 29, 30

Sept. 28-Oct. 7 Art Exhibition

Opening Reception Sept. 28 @ 7pm

Woodside Gallery, 2226 Lougheed Highway, Harrison Mills

Sept. 29 "Eco Arts Salon" Poetry, Music, Film 1~4pm
100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change
Harrison Mills Community Hall, 1995 School Rd, Harrison Mills

Sept. 30 - Rivers Day Arts & Action Fair 12~4pm
Woodside Gallery, 2226 Lougheed Highway, Harrison Mills


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