Community gatherings for ‘A Day in the Park’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.’