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Earth Day Wildlife Art Workshop 2 of 2

Venue: Harmony Centre

Host: Earth Day Grey Bruce 2023

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890 4th Ave E,
Owen Sound
N4K 2N7
( ON, CA )

When: Mar 26, 2023 @ 12:30 PM


Earth Day Wildlife Art Workshop is back by popular demand!

Part of what made our Earth Day celebration magical last year, was the convergence not only of people in all their diversity, but of striking art and music through our riverside parade. The annual Earth Day Procession of the Species is a space to honour and give voice to everything that we want to protect by bringing wildlife into the heart of the city through art. Last year, the procession was filled with colourful paper maché representations of animals, birds and fish that are most impacted by habitat loss and the climate crisis.

This year's workshop will have a special focus on the Seven Grandfather Teachings as represented by Wolf, Bear, Raven, Beaver, Turtle, Bison and Eagle. The art workshops will reflect on what these animals have to teach us: humility, bravery, honesty, wisdom, truth, respect and love, at this moment of ecosystem crisis. This suggestion comes from Sharon Isaac, Artist and Indigenous Cultural Facilitator with the M'Wikwedong Friendship Centre, and we are thrilled to announce that she will be working with us to deliver these workshops and to bring the teachings through artistic representations of these creatures. Local settler artists Hester Koopman, Ron Shweitzer and Michelle Lawrence will be co- facilitating these workshops, along with Sharon, to provide a variety of workstations where art enthusiasts of all ages can on work small and large individual and collaborative art pieces for the parade.

This is an intergenerational workshop and everyone who wants to make art and be part of honouring Earth Day is welcome. Bring a friend or two. Children must be attended by a parent or guardian. And please encourage more people to join us on Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd at the Owen Sound Farmers Market. In particular, help us to carry all this beautiful art in the parade!

Art supplies will be provided, but please help the effort by bringing used cardboard and paper bags, and other recycled pieces that you want to incorporate into your project. Everyone is encouraged to bring a plastic basket or container, or to think about how they will be bringing their work home to dry. Folks can choose to continue work on their projects at home. Let us know by email what you plan to do, and we will try to work together.

This is a popular workshop, and so early registration is encouraged. Public health guidelines will be followed.

  • Dates & time: Sunday March 26th from 12:30 - 4:30pm
  • Location: Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave E. Owen Sound
  • Who: Anyone who wants to make art and carry it in the parade
  • Cost: Free, but donations towards the Harmony Centre are welcome
  • Bring: Recycled cardboard, paper bags, newspapers, an apron, a plastic container to carry your work home if you do not plan to attend both days

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