For the Artist and Geek in You

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Rich­mond

Liv­ingtrees swathed in colourful yarn. Mas­ter­ing an an­i­mated short. Ex­plo­ration into the wild world of geek art. These are just a few of the ex­cit­ing and ex­pres­sive ac­tiv­i­ties that young English-speak­ing adults can ex­plore for free through the project.

Funded by the Con­férence ré­gionale des élus de l’Estrie, this lat­est cul­tural project from Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has been de­signed to give youth be­tween the ages of 18-35, ac­cess to new artis­tic and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences through a se­ries of work­shops led by pro­fes­sional artists. De­fined by Project co­or­di­na­tor Kris­telle Hol­l­i­day as “a blast of art, ec­cen­tric­ity and sur­prise,” par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to dis­cover their hid­den artis­tic tal­ents through six events that ven­ture into the world of op­ti­cal arts and dive head­first into a week­end-long se­ries of geekre­lated art and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Reg­is­tra­tion is tak­ing place now for the first work­shop, Land Art, which takes place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2012. Led by pro­fes­sional art col­lec­tive Zoné Vert, par­tic­i­pants will spend the day view­ing the world around them and re-shap­ing the earth into pieces of nat­u­ral art. Up­com­ing events, de­signed to get the cre­ative juices flow­ing, in­clude; Mono­type En­grav­ing, Oct 17 - with artist Sté­pah­nie Ver­ri­est. COUN­TRYCON, Oct 19-21 - in part­ner­ship with DHTV Les Curieux. Film An­i­ma­tion, Oct 30 - with film­maker Farzin Farzanah Yarn Bomb­ing, Nov 14 - in part­ner­ship with La Ga­lerie des Nanas Film Sound­track, Nov 28 - with mu­si­cian Bernard Langlois.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of community spa­ces that en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and knowl­edge, OpART cre­ates a link be­tween par­tic­i­pants and event part­ners such as the Rich­mond Arts Cen­tre and the Rich­mond & Re­gion Community Learn­ing Cen­tre which Co­or­di­na­tor Siu-Min Jim says is thrilled to be in­volved in the project, “A project such as this gives us the op­por­tu­nity to work in part­ner­ships at Rich­mond Re­gional High School to en­hance community re­la­tion­ships and pro­mote life­long learn­ing, which is at the heart of ev­ery Community Learn­ing Cen­tre. Town­ship­pers› As­so­ci­a­tion has been such a sup­port­ive found­ing part­ner in the cre­ation of this CLC, one of new­est out of 37 in the prov­ince Quebec and the 3rd for the Eastern Town­ship School Board. “

A full list­ing and de­scrip­tion of avail­able work­shops can be found on Town­ship­pers’ web­site at www.town­ship­pers. qc.ca/OpArt. Each of the work­shops are free and par­tic­i­pants are free to take part in one or all how­ever, reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. To book your spot in the up­com­ing Land Art work­shop, hosted out­side the Rich­mond Arts Cen­tre, 1010 rue Prin­ci­pale North, Rich­mond, on Oc­to­ber 6, 2012, 9:15 a.m. – 4 p.m., please contact Siu-Min Jim by call­ing 819-8263702, ext 242 or email­ing jims@etsb.qc.ca. Lunch will be pro­vided.

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