Thursday June 2, 2016 



Festive Creations

Art Under the Umbrella June 11 at Central Park

Jennifer Hickey, CCAC


he Chilliwack Community Arts Council invites all members of the community to gather in Central Community Park on June 11 for Art Under the Umbrella. This arts and culture event, held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., serves to recognize and celebrate artistic diversity while encouraging public interaction in a festive atmosphere.


Setting the tone for this vibrant celebration, live musicians and performers will be entertaining visitors with their diverse styles. Violinist Symarah Lush will be adding her fiddling flair, Damian Brennan will be sharing his guitar and vocal talents, and Neezar’s Troupe will be performing in their interactive and colourful street-style splendour.


As visitors meander through the park, they will discover art installations expressing unique artistic viewpoints from local artists.


Multi-media sculptor and recipient of the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Robert Bateman Award, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, will debut “Hot and Bothered,” a series of woven banners made of recycled snow fence material inspired by the theme of global warming and interdependence of species. While emerging artist Alisha Deddens will unveil “Waste Not, Want Not,” a commentary on the extravagant wastefulness of modern consumer culture and Dorothy Scudamore will fascinate visitors with “More Alike Than You Think” featuring whimsical mixed media creatures waiting to be discovered in foliage throughout the park.  


To round out the Art Under the Umbrella experience, artisan vendors will have handcrafted creations for sale. Jewellery lovers will be dazzled by Bliss Blossom Jewelry, Mignon and Waugh, and Glitz and Glamour Jewelry and Art. Those looking to accessorize will find endless choices with Willow Cottage, Loving the Bling, and Section 35. While those who embrace all artistic mediums will fall in love with works from Jeanette Heathman, Devon Road Pottery, Albery Studio, the Central Fraser Valley Graphic Guild, Julie Epp, Tessa Dumanski, Katerina Tiessen, and School District 33 Education Centre students.


Further animating the park landscape, select market artists will be showcasing their talents with live art demonstrations. Watch Michael Hamilton-Clark forming wooden masterpieces on the lathe, Joy Roberts sketching imaginative caricatures, and Julie Epp and Tessa Dumanski collaborating on a large scale drawing.


Beyond the park festivities, visitors are encouraged to venture out into the colourful streets of Downtown Chilliwack to experience Paint the Town, a window and mural painting contest organized by Urban Sprout Café and downtown Chilliwack community partners. Artists of all ages will be busy painting their hearts out at select downtown sites in honour of Art Under the Umbrella starting from 9:30 a.m.


Celebrate with Art Under the Umbrella on June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To find out more about the event please visit, call 604-769-2787 or visit the Chilliwack Community Arts Council – the Art Room (20-5725 Vedder Rd.).


Photo submitted. Hanging artwork "Bear" by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens



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