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The Richmond Art Gallery’s Artist Salon Series is a free monthly program for artists to connect, network, socialize and learn from each other.
This month, guest artist Lori Weidenhammer hosts the first session of Artist Salon 2020 to share what it is like to be a community-based artist and to lead a fun stitching project we can all participate in! Lori will introduce her role in the 2020 artist residency at Terra Nova Park in Richmond, followed by some hands-on art making.
Victory Gardens for Diversity: recipes for community-based ecological engagement is an artist residency project at Terra Nova Park. The team includes lead artist, Lori Weidenhammer, Lois Klassen, Crystal Lee, Jenn Pearson, Catherine Shapiro, and Lori Snyder. Throughout the residency, the community is invited to participate in gardening, bioblitzing, cooking, stitching, dyeing, making paper and creating with the artists throughout the year.
Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is originally from a tiny hamlet called Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. It is in this place, bordered by wheat fields and wild prairie, that she first became enchanted with bees. She is the author of a book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees published by Douglas and MacIntyre. For the past several years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker, practising the tradition of “telling the bees”. As a food security volunteer and activist Lori works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. On occasion, she likes to dress up in silly costumes and talk to bees.
Lori is originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation and feels gratitude to be able to live and work in unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations.