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PHOTOS: Local artists put on live demonstrations at Maple Ridge Public Library

Artists in the Library marked the end of 2023 BC Culture Days

BC Culture Days has officially come to an end, with community groups all throughout the province hosting an assortment of activities to help locals embrace the heritage and culture of their communities.

One of the many organizations that participated in this year’s Culture Days was the Maple Ridge Public Library, which held its Artists in the Library event on Oct. 14 to close out the three-week-long celebration.

Librarian Amanda Geofroy said that the event included a variety of artists from the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour as well as Whonnock Weavers and Spinners, who put on live demonstrations of their artmaking in the library lobby.

“Customers enjoyed having conversations with the artists about their art and their techniques to create their art,” said Geofroy. “This event brought a wonderful energy to the library’s space.”

The Maple Ridge Public Library also hosted a large assortment of other activities as part of Culture Days, including two first-time programs, explained community librarian supervisor Liza Morris.

“Two new additions to our programming this year were the Craft and Art Supply Swap and the Tiny Art Show,” said Morris. “Both were very successful and we plan to repeat them in the future.”

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At the Craft and Art Supply Swap, locals stopped by with a variety of crafting donations, with Morris explaining that people of all ages participated in this event.

The Tiny Art Show was also a big hit, with more than 150 tiny canvases being submitted to the library and put on display.

“It was amazing to see the range in age and experience with all the art displayed together,” said Morris. “Some pieces were created by children, while others were clearly made by more experienced artists. There was also an assortment of mediums used, including paint, collage and other mixed media techniques.”

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The all-ages community events at the library don’t stop just because Culture Days is now finished. This weekend, the library will be hosting a Repair Cafe from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Brandon Tucker

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I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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