Environmental painter next artist in residence

Robi Smith eager to engage with the community to create a series of mixed media paintings.

A pair of paintings by Robi Smith.

A pair of paintings by Robi Smith.

Environmental artist Robi Smith will be launching her new artist residency at the Fern Crescent location in Maple Ridge on Saturday.

She will be the third artist in residence there after a selection panel chose her after reviewing other candidates work from across Metro Vancouver.

Smith is a self-taught painter, mixed media and installation artist who works with environmental themes and materials.

She was born and raised in the Vancouver area and her art has been exhibited throughout Canada and the United States.

Smith is eager to engage with the community as part of her residency to create a series of mixed media paintings that explore the connections between the people and history of Maple Ridge to the natural environment.

On Nov. 15, Smith will be officially opening her studio to the public and is inviting feedback on residency ideas.

Her studio will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 23740 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge.

Admission is free.

Parking will be available at the Lapidary Club.

• For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/FernCrescent.