The Lobby Gallery at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues presents “Things With Wings”, July 28 to September 21, 2012.
Charmaine Lurch brings wild bees into the popular imagination through her larger than life wire sculptures, evoking the relative invisibility of wild bees and highlighting the tremendous role they play in sustaining our ecosystem
When: July 272012, 6:00 pm
Where: Liu Institute, The University of British Columbia, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver.
What: An evening highlighting bees and pollination through art, science, and community initiatives.
Who: In addition to artist Charmaine Lurch…
Amanda Van Haga is a researcher in Dr. Leonard J. Foster’s laboratory at UBC’s Centre for High-Throughput Biology (CHiBi), working on understanding how honey bees respond to and defend themselves from fungal and viral invaders. Amanda will be presenting on the current state of honey bee health in Canada and research done by the Foster Lab on alternatives to chemical control of honey bee pathogens and their work on identifying markers of disease resistance to help beekeepers select and breed bees that are genetically resistant to varroa mites and other diseases.
Nicky Grunfeld is a undergraduate student in the Land and Food Systems faculty whose work focuses on re-establishing a Honeybee Engagement program on the U.B.C. Farm for students and the greater community. Nicky will share with us some of the key aspects of her experience with bees.
Mary Bennett is a mixed-media artist and community catalyst. She works for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver one of whose priorities is community-engaged environmental art. Mary has led several “Bee-line Walks” in Kitsilano following a path that goes from her community herb garden, to a mason bee castle to a bee hive at Cypress Community garden. Mary is a long-time Kits resident who identifies as a bee-ally and feels walking, art and gardening are great ways to learn about and support bees. Mary will discuss the equation “Art+Bees=Community”.
Kevan Cameron is a spoken word artist known as Scruffmouth the Scribe. He is currently co-editing an anthology of African-Canadian poetry and working on his debut album, Spoken Notebook. He is the creative director for Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective which produces educational, creative and celebratory events for the empowerment of the people. For the opening of “Things With Wings”, Kevan will treat us to bee-inspire poetry.