Location: 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge (below the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club)
Robi Smith is a mixed media and installation artist working with environmental themes and materials. Her art reflects her passion for coastal ecosystems and her interest in our changing relationships with nature over time. Maple Ridge welcomed Robi Smith to the Artist in Residence Program at the Fern Crescent location (Silver Valley and Alouette River area) in October 2014 for a three year term.
Smith’s interest during her residency is to engage with the local community to explore the connections between the people and history of Maple Ridge to the natural environment, and vice versa. Join her in her studio for free art making workshops, nature walks, and lantern-based installations. You’ll also find her sharing her work at local events in Maple Ridge including Earth Day, the Art Studio Tour, summer farmers’ markets, and more.
Throughout the year, join Robi for free mixed media collage workshops exploring and celebrating places within Maple Ridge that are significant to you. The workshops follow the theme of ‘This Place’ and combine sharing stories, memories, journaling, map-making, collage and painting. These fun workshops are for everyone, with no art experience necessary. Children welcome with adult supervision.
In summer and early fall 2016, Robi once again hosted lantern-making workshops outdoors at the studio. The lanterns reflect the theme of `The River’ and were installed in Cross’ Cabins Park over the Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends in late September.
"Art Can Change” Video featuring Robi Smith, Kat Wahamaa and Brandon Gabriel
Residency Projects 2015:
In summer and fall 2015, Robi worked with community members to create a lantern installation on the theme of ‘The River’ in Cross’ Cabins Park. Over the period of three months, the public was invited to open studio times to help Smith create lanterns in the shapes of local wildlife. The lanterns were installed and lighted in the wooded area hugging the Alouette River in Cross’ Cabins Park over the Culture Days weekend, September 25-27, 2015.