Hello Snake followers! We are almost midway into January and have exciting updates about our Year of the Snake events.
Last December we followed Jacquie Rolston’s beautiful lunaria and found cloth snake lantern around the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden for our 4th year of participating in the Annual Secret Lantern Festival and Winter Solstice event. See photos of the snake construction and Winter Solstice festival page. On Sunday, February 10, Jacquie’s snake will reprise its dance as part of the Chinese New Year: Lion Dance Procession on Granville Island. The procession begins at 10:30am and will make its way through the Public Market and Net Loft.
This week we will begin our artist-led workshops to construct a snake sculpture for the Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration on February 17. Alastair Heseltine, a prominent Hornby Island artist who has worked extensively with environmental mixed media, will be leading six four-hour workshops at the Firehall Arts Centre between January 14-19. Monday and Friday workshops are currently full, but registration is still open for the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday workshops through Eventbrite. Sign yourself up, get to know us, and become involved with your local community arts!
Our Snake events don’t just end in February! We intend to plan events for the entire lunar year. In March we expect to present you Hilary Peach of Poetry Gabriola and the launch of her band’s exciting new CD, Dictionary of Snakes. Stay tuned for our latest updates as we say goodbye to the year of the Dragon and welcome the transformational year of the Snake!