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.
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
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
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
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/
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