Art in the Garden is the longest-running garden event in the region, now in its 21st year. Since 1999, gardeners across the North Shore have invited us into their beautiful outdoor spaces to celebrate the talent and creativity of local musicians and visual artists. This year, due to risks brought on by the COVID-19, we have transformed the event into an online platform.

Art in the Garden Online invites audiences to escape with local musicians and visual artists in their outdoor and indoor spaces where they are inspired to create. Since we can’t visit private gardens this year, we’ve included some garden photos from previous editions to honor those gardeners who work so hard to create these beautiful places we’ve enjoyed so much. We hope this unique edition will provide our audience, visual artists, and musicians an opportunity to experience the local talent and stay connected in these uncertain times.

Hothouse Trio performs jazz in Donna Oseen’s North Vancouver garden; Dominique Walker’s work displayed in Myrna Pearce’s garden during the 2018 edition of Art in the Garden. Images Le Beuf Studios

Art in the Garden Online

Throughout May, we’ll be posting videos of musicians and artists who are inspired by nature on YouTube and Instagram for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

The Art in the Garden Shorts will culminate in Art in the Garden Live, two live-stream art & music collaborations. Join us on Instagram on Saturday & Sunday, May 30 & 31 at 7pm for two live-stream art & music collaborations on the original weekend scheduled for Art in the Garden. North Van Arts invites you to watch two artists respond and create two artworks inspired by live music performances all presented from their own, separate outdoor spaces

Scroll down to enjoy the Art in the Garden Shorts. New Shorts will be added weekly, so stay tuned!



Fraser / Henderson is Barb Fraser and Dennis Henderson, a singer-songwriter duo who perform acoustic/electric and folk/pop music in Vancouver, BC. They perform, tour, and record, folk, blues, country, rock, and more!

The music they create ranges from haunting references of the natural world to advice on the simple pleasures of life. The sweet interplay of guitars and voices conjure moods and tell stories, drawing us to the places that we all share.

For more information about Fraser / Henderson visit their website

Barb Fraser and Dennis Henderson are Fraser / Henderson. Images courtesy of Fraser / Henderson


Tiffany Blaise lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Blaise earned a BFA from Concordia University and has exhibited her work in Vancouver, Montreal, and Melbourne, including shows at The Telus World of Science, The Silk Purse, and the Montreal Art Matters Festival. Her artwork is held in both private and commercial art collections internationally.

Recently, Blaise lived in Melbourne to undertake an artist residency and travel around Australia. In addition to her practice, she currently works as an art consultant at Bau-Xi, Canada’s oldest commercial art gallery. Blaise has been awarded several grants to help foster engagement in the arts in local communities around Vancouver.

For more information on Blaise's paintings and commissions please visit www.tiffanyblaiseart.com

Tiffany and her work. Images © 2020 Tiffany Blaise


Chris Dietrich is born and raised in North Vancouver and recently graduated from Capilano University with a degree in Motion Picture Arts. He is passionate about making films and playing music.

As a folk/rock musician, he typically plays at bars, community events, and private parties and is always interested in finding new gigs. He was the lead singer of Capilano Suspension Bridge's house band, and recently performed at Wildeye Brewing.

As a singer/songwriter, his introspective lyrics are inspired by artists like Sam Roberts, Jim Morrison, and Jack Johnson. In his early days, he played mostly “unplugged” soft rock and is now experimenting with pop music, juxtaposing electronic beats with his acoustic guitar.

Dietrich's easy listening music, including the song performed for Art in the Garden, "No Good" is available for online streaming. Let's show our support for up-and-coming local artists!

Image courtesy of Chris Dietrich


Isabelle Börsig is a German-Canadian Pianist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Born in Canada but raised in Germany, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia. As a versatile musician with singing experience of over 10 years as well as experienced in the percussion and organ field, she likes to explore and experience music in all its facets. Her musical background includes a certified apprenticeship as a part-time church musician, received at the age of 17. With a passion for collaborative engagements, she participates in various events. Bringing music to people is pure joy and the best return is happiness or appreciation from her audiences.


Hollis Nelson was born on the unceded Coast Salish territories to working-class parents of mixed European descent. Hollis was homeschooled and raised on a strict vegetarian diet. Her family followed a Sikh spiritual leader and her early years were spent practicing yoga and meditation. Her art practice is informed by this mixed upbringing and engages with questions of place, identity, and belonging. She paints with acrylics, working on recycled material, clothing, and fabric, as well as large scale canvas.

Along with her physical art practice, Hollis is involved with a variety of projects that connect her to Vancouver’s artist community. She is the art curator for Wallflower Modern Diner and she is a mastermind member of Thrive Art Studio. She works as a community engager for Sunrise Studios and in 2017 Hollis co-founded Hawks Creative Collective. For more information about Hollis and her work visit https://www.hollisnelson86.com/

Painted clothing and accessories by Hollis Nelson. Left to right: Upcycled Leather Earrings, Eyes on Fire Pants, and Blue Swirls Vest.


A recipient of the West Vancouver Arts and Culture Award, Karen Fowlie is a singer-songwriter with deep musical roots in her community. Karen entertains audiences with her melodic songs about Western Canadian life and has opened shows for bands Trooper and Streetheart and performs locally with her band Karen Fowlie and the Originals.

On April 17, 2020 Karen released a song called “Home”. She wrote "Home" when her son asked what the difference was between a house and a home.

Recent career highlights include a special guest appearance on the talk show “Leisure Talk” (Fairchild TV), where Karen spoke about using music as a way to bring communities together and performed “The Moon Represents My Heart” in Mandarin at Richmond’s Chinese New Year celebration. The performance was televised in British Columbia and China.

Karen's latest song, "Cherry Blossoms" will be released on May 29th, 2020! on Spotify, Youtube, and social media platforms.

For more information about Karen Fowlie please visit www.karenfowlie.com


Ari Lazer is a geometer, designer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. His work explores the intersection of geometry and the patterns of nature by creating interactive spaces, art objects, and stories.

In the studio, Lazer draws on the principles of the traditional study of Sacred Geometry to create works that merge the modern world of contemporary design and the timeless principles of harmonic form. For a decade, Lazer has been captivated by the forms of nature and the way they construct our world - exploring in equal parts modern science and ancient wisdom traditions. His unique artworks and functional art objects utilize traditional woodworking techniques and a CNC laser to create compelling symmetries that echo the natural world. Lazer weaves these patterns, creating contemplative spaces, artworks, and contemporary design to foster mindfulness in the modern world.

His company Sacred Light Design Co. specializes in custom installations for homes and businesses looking to create a mindful atmosphere, and a unique contemporary aesthetic. You can find his work at www.sacredlight.ca or on Instagram @ari.lazer

Works by Ari Lazer


Mehlinda Heartt is a harpist with 35 years of musical experience. A solo harpist, Mehlinda also performs as part of duos, trios, and larger ensembles including harp, flute, violin, cello, and percussion.

Mehlinda performs in ensembles including Blue Lotus and the Celtic Harp Choir, she also teaches at the Celtic School of Music, the Mozart School of Music, and is a private instructor. Mehlinda has recorded with various contemporary artists. For more information about Mehlinda visit www.harpistry.com


Meghan Spence is a visual artist and studied painting at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC. Her acrylic paintings are in collections around North America, and her work is shown regularly in galleries and art spaces around the province. Her roots are in the Okanagan Valley where she began as a self-taught artist. Early on, Meghan worked on a community-based mural project in her hometown of Vernon, BC, while developing her work. Meghan then pursued an education and career in civil engineering before, ultimately, resuming her art practice. Her love of the outdoors is often a springboard for her ideas as well as how she spends her free time. Meghan creates out of her studio in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

"My landscape work explores the current human connection with nature. How our environment is used, respected, and valued shapes our relationship with the natural world and the understanding of our place in it. What is it about nature that makes us feel whole? My work attempts to tease out those connections; the feeling of the landscape and the sense of place. Subject locations range from deep in the backcountry to out the car window because this is how nature is currently experienced. Using colour, movement and broad brush strokes my paintings make an emotional connection to place. I use dense, opaque acrylic paint and raw brush marks to give the landscape mass and individual character."

Meghan Spence


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