Monday, May 9, 2011

Women with Green Thumbs this Thursday!!!!

My dear friend and colleague Catherine Shapiro is giving an artist talk this Thursday at Rhizome. Don't miss this rare opportunity and come early to avoid disappointment! I'd love to see you at our event. Please spread the word!

Women with Green Thumbs

Celebrating the Creative and Curious Gardeners of Vancouver
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway
7pm -9pm
Free admission

Herstory Cafe and Means of Production Artist's Raw Resource Collective (MOPARRC) present:
Senior artist and accomplished gardener Catherine Shapiro will give an illustrated artist talk focussing on ways that gardening has inspired her painting, drawing, and sculpture. This will be followed by facilitated “Story Circles” where gardeners can socialize, inspire and share their own gardening stories. Hosted by Lori Weidenhammer aka Madame Beespeaker, community-based performance artist and member of the MOPARRC.

Food & beverages for purchase. Come early and join us for dinner. We have the whole cafe but seating is limited.

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Catherine Shapiro has been an artist and an organic gardener for forty years. As part of her art practise Catherine loves researching history, focusing on ethnobotany and family history. Her projects often span several years of digging into the archives in between digging in the soil. She has worked with a variety of materials and techniques, including making paper from plant fibres from her garden and the natural environment. She has worked with The Public Dreams Society, All Souls (Mountainview Cemetery), the Powell Street Festival, and has exhibited in many galleries in the Pacific Northwest including The Pitt Gallery, the Simon Fraser University Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Burnaby Art Gallery. Catherine grew up in the Hollywood Hills; having lived in San Francisco and the northern town of Wells, B.C. before moving to Vancouver, she has experienced gardening in a variety of climates. She was the first head gardener at City Farmer Demonstration Garden in Vancouver, with a passion for permaculture. Catherine is truly a lifelong learner and a vivacious story teller.

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