Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Arts

Aboriginal Art Month

Artist-in-Residence launch June 2 at the Chilliwack Library

Released by Jennifer Fehr, FVRL/Web photo Darlene Allison


elebrate National Aboriginal History Month at Fraser Valley Regional Library this June. Join us as we welcome Aboriginal Artists in Residence – Darlene Allison and Jay Havens.


The artists will visit various FVRL locations to showcase their craft, chat with the public, and present programs to registered groups of all ages!


A member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, Darlene Allison is a self-taught artist who has been creating art in many forms for over 35 years. She is a skilled artist, painter, and sculptor; however, she has focused much of her passion the past 14 years on carving. Using alabasters and soap stones, some of which she gathered herself from mountains right here in BC, Darlene will demonstrate the craft of carving.

A descendant of the Haudenosaunee Mohawk Nation, Jay Havens is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of visual arts, mural making and scenography. Much of his work examines stories and the ways in which stories can be told visually to act as communicators between cultures. Using local materials, culture, narrative, and Bunraku – traditional Japanese style puppets, as inspiration, Jay will share the art of visual storytelling as he crafts a large five foot puppet that will take two people to articulate.

For more information, including the complete artist tour schedule and samples of their work, visit or your closest FVRL location.







Please note that all appearances are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.





Fraser Valley Regional Library is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving almost 700,000 people in its service area. Established in 1930, it is funded with taxes raised in the community it serves, plus a Government of BC operating grant. The governing Board consists of elected officials representing 15 member municipalities and regional districts. With its mission "to connect people to the world of information and ideas," FVRL plays a prominent role in the communities throughout the Fraser Valley.




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