Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Eco Action with Music and Art
Local artists, musicians
promote stewardship at Harrison Mills Sept 26-27
Released by Cynthia Berge, ACES
he Rivers of Peace Eco Arts Festival, September 26, 27 celebrates the life-giving waterways of the Harrison and Fraser Rivers of British Columbia through arts and action.
Presented by ACES: Actively Creating an Exceptional Society, Woodside Gallery and ShinyB Media, this free festival includes an art exhibition and Eco Arts Action Fair.
Rivers of Peace kicks off Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m. with the opening reception for the visual arts exhibition, presenting the work of Tracie Stewart, Michael Hamilton Clark, Vickie Legere and Sherren Macleod at the Harrison Mills Community Hall, 1995 School Road in Harrison Mills.
Along with other community organizations, ACES is a charter member of the Harrison Salmon Stronghold – an international designation that recognizes the importance of our area as a habitat for salmon. Sts'ailes First Nation is the lead on this initiative and Willie Charlie will speak about the background and goals of the Harrison Salmon Stronghold.
This year in addition to the amazing artwork, the exhibition reception features a performance by the award-winning Gerald Charlie & Black Owl Blues so be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Gerald is from Lake Errock and resides on Scowlitz Reserve. He has pleased audiences all around BC and in the US.
The Eco Arts Fair takes place September 27 from 11-4pm, also at the Harrison Mills Community Hall. Come and learn about our amazing watershed and how to be a good steward, enjoy the exhibition and the talents of the Sasquatch Dancers, renowned Fraser Valley poet Robert Martens and the highlight performance by Iskwew.
Coming from the Cree Nation of Canada, Fara Palmer is joined by Cree/Métis singer Sandy Scofield and Dene singer Tiffany Moses – each of them with active careers in other forms of music.
The Georgia Straight says, "When the three sing together, their collective joy and pride is magical. They're all strong women, and powerful ambassadors for First Nations culture."
Iskwew Singers wear traditional clothing or regalia and play hand drums and rattles. They perform at local, regional, national and international music festivals and cultural events.
Through Rivers of Peace, ACES hopes to inspire people to contemplate the spirit of water and the importance of stewardship of this precious gift. It’s a very grassroots event, with something for everyone, taking place at the confluence of the beautiful Harrison and Fraser Rivers. For more information visit ACES at www.weareaces.org, via email here or call 604 826 6803.
Opening Reception Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Eco Arts Fair – Poetry, Music, Hands-on-Arts 11 ~ 4pm Harrison Mills Community Hall, 1995 School Road, Harrison Mills
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