Com­mu­nity gath­er­ings for ‘A Day in the Park’

The Mid-North Monitor - - Community - BY PA­TRI­CIA DROHAN

With the weather of late, it might be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to pic­ture a day in the park, but sev­eral mem­bers of the Es­panola and area com­mu­nity will be try­ing their best to imag­ine sun­filled days, with light breezes and but­ter­flies, when they come to­gether on April 11 at the Es­panola Pub­lic Li­brary.

April 11 was the first of sev­eral com­mu­nity gath­er­ings tak­ing place at the li­brary to be­gin cre­at­ing a new art in­stal­la­tion that will be a ma­jor part of the Sev­enth An­nual Es­panola Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

Par­tic­i­pants will come to­gether with other com­mu­nity mem­bers to cre­ate a se­ries of park themed items that will be used as a fi­bre art in­stal­la­tion at the 2018 Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val that takes place the third week­end in Oc­to­ber.

This is the third year that the fes­ti­val has part­nered with the Es­panola Pub­lic Li­brary to cre­ate an art in­stal­la­tion.

“Fi­bre artists and en­thu­si­asts will be cre­at­ing and con­tribut­ing el­e­ments that rep­re­sent their ex­pe­ri­ences en­joy­ing park spa­ces. All com­po­nents of the in­stal­la­tion will be cre­ated from fi­bre – yarn, fab­ric, wood and paper.”

The idea for the ‘fi­bre art park’ be­gan with lo­cal artist, Chan­tal Lafrance. She was a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the Co­ral Reef Project of 2015, which was in­stalled at the Es­panola Recre­ation Com­plex dur­ing the 2015 Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val.

Parks have a spe­cial mean­ing to peo­ple in the north. It is part of the cul­ture for fam­i­lies to visit or camp at day parks, pro­vin­cial parks, camp sites or just pic­nic dur­ing the warm weather months.

“The pur­pose be­hind this com­mu­nity fi­bre arts col­lec­tive is to bring to­gether like­minded in­di­vid­u­als to cre­ate art to­gether,” said Lafrance. “Cre­at­ing to­gether fos­ters com­mu­nity spirit and cre­ates in­te­gral re­la­tion­ships within the cre­ative com­mu­nity.”

Meet­ings will be held at the Es­panola Pub­lic Li­brary the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of each month, be­gin­ning April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. Be­gin­ners are en­cour­aged to join in, and any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing cro­chet or knit­ting tech­niques will be able to get ex­pert in­struc­tion at these gath­er­ings. Each meet­ing will fea­ture pat­terns, in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion for the cre­ation of many park-in­spired el­e­ments, such as an­i­mals, in­sects, birds or any­thing re­lated to a park mem­ory.

The Es­panola Fi­bre Arts fes­ti­val will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of fab­ric, yarn, knit­ting nee­dles, cro­chet hooks, which can be dropped off at the li­brary dur­ing busi­ness hours.

No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary, and chil­dren under 12 are wel­come, but must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Any­one in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in any or all of the sched­uled gath­er­ings, can visit the Es­panola Fi­bre Arts Face­book page or email co­or­di­na­tor@es­panolafi­brearts­fes­ti­val.ca .

The sched­uled gath­er­ings at the li­brary are April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, and Sept. 12. If you are un­able to at­tend the gath­er­ings, but want to par­tic­i­pate, you may sub­mit your own cre­ations to the li­brary, no later than Sept. 25.

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At the 2015 Es­panola Fi­bre Arts Fes­ti­val, hun­dreds of sea crea­tures were cre­ated by dozens of com­mu­nity mem­bers who came to­gether to knit and cro­chet. The re­sult was the Co­ral Reef Project, art in­stal­la­tion that was on dis­play at the Es­panola Com­plex dur­ing the fes­ti­val. This year’s theme is ‘A Day in the Park.’

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