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Ecological artist Marlene Creates connects community, art, nature

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UBC Artist in Residence invites Okanagan public to Woodhaven Nature Conservancy

Marlene Creates

Ecological artist Marlene Creates

Internationally renowned ecological artist and poet Marlene Creates will be in Kelowna throughout March to present a series of talks and workshops about the links between art making and the natural world.

Creates will facilitate two site-specific community art master classes, a public evening talk at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and numerous in-class lectures at UBC’s Okanagan campus — culminating in a special project for the Regional District of the Central Okanagan on March 22.

The master classes are open to the public, and both of them will focus on the idea of place as a site of honour and acknowledgement. The art created in these classes will be a central theme at the March 22 event.

Creates has participated in more than 300 solo and group exhibitions across North America, Asia and Europe, and taught visual arts at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

She has been a guest lecturer at more than 150 conferences and institutions, and her work can be found in numerous public collections including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the National Gallery of Canada.

Cerates’ artistic interests include photography, relational aesthetics, ecology, poetry, and place. Since 2002, her principal artistic venture has been to pay close attention to one particular place — the six acres of boreal forest that she inhabits in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Creates records the life of the relationships that can be found in dynamic interactions with the wild.

Her residency is sponsored by UBC’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

For more information about Woodhaven, visit www.regionaldistrict.com/services/parks-services/regional-parks/woodhaven-nature-conservancy.

Schedule of Events

Master Class: Community-based Art
Saturday, March 9, 1-5 p.m. at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, 4711 Raymer Road, Kelowna.
Free, registration required. Contact Lori Mairs at art@lorimairs.com

Public Lecture
Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m. at the Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna.
Free.

Master Class: Community-based Art
Saturday, March 16, 1-5 p.m. at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.
Free, registration required. Contact Lori Mairs at art@lorimairs.com

Special Project for the Regional District
Friday, March 22 at Woodhaven Nature Conservancy.
Free, family-friendly event, everyone is welcome to attend. Watch for more details at www.ubc.ca/okanagan/fccs/news-events.

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