Ridge Meadows arts studios opening doors

Mother’s Day weekend will see a record 36 local artists in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows opening their studios ...

Mother’s Day weekend will see a record 36 local artists in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows opening their studios to the public to share their passions for making beautiful, fun, quirky and often useful things out of paper, paint, clay, wood, metal and more.

May 9 and 10 will afford locals the chance to catch some of the best the region has to offer, said Kerry McLaren, one of the studio tour organizers and a pottery artist.

“The Art Studio Tour is a fabulous way to see a huge range of artwork—from pottery and textiles, to jewellery, woodworking, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture—in a short period of time,” said McLaren. “But not only do you get to see the work, the tour gives you the chance to experience where and how intriguing objects are made and ask questions directly of the artists. That interaction can be so inspiring.”

New on this year’s tour, you’ll be able to meet all three of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ artists-in-residence in their studios.

Rebecca Fisher, an accomplished textile artist, will open her studio in Osprey Village where you’ll be able to try your hand at felting.

Kat Wahamaa, a musician and photographer, is Port Haney’s artist-in-residence.

She’ll be inviting people to make an eco art garden flag or yarn star, while also taking in a mini concert with her and her partner Tony Rees.

Silver Valley artist-in-residence Robi Smith will be introducing neighbours to her environmentally-themed artwork and upcoming free workshops exploring art mapping, collage, and lantern-making in her studio by the Alouette River adjacent to the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club, also on the tour.

“In the end, there really is something for everyone,” says McLaren. “All you need is a map, an hour or two, and an openness to see and experience something new.”

• Admission to the self-guided tour is free. For more information, visit http://artstudiotour.ca.