fbpx
North Van Arts Garden 8

Garden 8 – Energetic

Gardener: Loutet Farm and Gerry's Garden
1400 Rufus Avenue, North Vancouver

Loutet Farm (a half acre of growing space) is the first urban farm on public parkland in Canada.

There will be a Farmer’s Market taking place at Loutet Farm on Saturday from 10am – 2pm. 

Guided farm tours will be taking place both days at 11:00am and 1:30pm. Tours are free and no registration is required. 

Founded as a unique partnership between the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the City of North Vancouver and the University of British Columbia, Loutet Farm is an exciting project designed for our community to learn about food systems, become involved in local food production and to have greater access to locally grown produce.

Employing underutilized public parkland provided by the City of North Vancouver, Loutet Farm operates as an economically viable urban farm within a residential area. Funds generated through the sale of the produce are directed back into the operations of the farm while creating valuable green-collar jobs for north shore residents. In addition, the farm is where we host tours, workshops, field trips and volunteer sessions for both adults and children. Check out our website at www.ediblegardenproject.com and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Gerry’s Garden: For more than ten years, Gerry MacPherson has tended to to the space now known as Gerry’s garden after the loss of his son. He has turned what was once a roughly half-acre derelict space adjacent to Brooksbank Elementary and Loutet Park into a beautiful green garden. The Garden is now managed by a team of volunteers, and they are always looking for more help. Follow them on Facebook for more information: www.facebook.com/gerrysgardenNV

 

Accessibility

Parking is available nearby, but is limited. If you are able to comfortably walk an extra block or so, please consider parking a block away in order to leave the parking closest to the farm available for those who need accessible parking. You may also wish to bike or bus to this location! The nearest bus stops run along East Grand Boulevard. The 240 and 228 busses stop on East Grand Boulevard and 16th, 17th and 19th Streets and the 228 and 255 busses stop on East Grand Boulevard and 15th Street, each a ten minute walk from the garden.The garden is largely flat, with some gentle slopes. There are unpaved paths that lead through the garden. The paths in Gerry's Garden, where many of the artists are based, are quite wide and well worn, whereas the paths through the farm are more narrow.This location has public washrooms.

Visual Artists

Sarah Rosenbloom
she/her
Painting Presentation: The Intuitive Process with a Neo-Expressionistic Outlook on The Ongoing Harms of Colonialism
Mixed Media
READ MORE
Sarah Rosenbloom is a visual artist based out of Vancouver, BC, on the unneeded and ancestral territory of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Sarah is a 25-year old multi-racial woman of colour of Trinidadian and Jewish descent, whose work is based in the philosophy of social justice and consciousness. Through her work, she explores her own personal relationship to the ongoing harms of colonization through embodied inquiry, such as physical pain, trauma, healing and transformation with an intuition-based psychedelic and neo-expressionistic style. She also explores debates and topics of consciousness, such as philosophy of consciousness and theories of ancient Indian philosophy, like illusionism vs. realism, metaphysics of time, and suffering/karma.With 10 years of professional freelance art experience, Sarah has displayed her artwork in numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout Canada. In addition to her educational background in both Visual Arts and Psychology, she completed several advanced training courses in Visual Arts at the Ottawa School of Art. She also founded the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) painting club, where she honed her painting skills at weekly painting gatherings and created events and opportunities for other students to advance their painting pursuits.
Rowan Wright
he/they
Collaborative Work: This Moment
Risograph, Papercraft, Ink Markers
READ MORE
Rowan Wright is a graphic designer living with ADHD. In 2021, he moved to Vancouver, BC, to attend Emily Carr University School of Art + Design. He graduated in May 2023 with his Bachelor of Design with a major in communication design. As a teenager, Rowan had trouble understanding the world around him, especially “social norms” and relationships to people, until he was diagnosed with ADHD in April 2019. While this helped him identify his perplexing behaviors, he noticed that other people had a difficult time making sense of the condition. This revelation sparked his journey in addressing how people with ADHD live with the condition. His goal is to help them not feel isolated. Rowan creates using digital software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as Procreate, then prints his work using a Risograph, a specialized printer that utilizes highly pigmented inks. Currently, he is promoting his work Visualize, a book that explores ADHD using empathy through experience.
    Radish Designs
    they/them
    Block printing activity
    printmaking
    READ MORE
    Christina is a Mexican-Canadain, queer artist who brings these personal perspectives forward in their art. Art is also a way in which they embrace their nuerodivergence and continue to find new ways to express through printmaking, digital art and other mediums like acrylics, oil paint and alcohol markers.Their art is inspired by the natural landscape and minimalist expressions of very intricate and complex environments. Christina is a climber backcountry skier and backpacker and uses these experiences to influence their art. Furthermore, their art touches on femine expression and the beauty that can be found by navigating the modern world.

      Visual Artists

      Sarah Rosenbloom
      she/her
      Painting Presentation: The Intuitive Process with a Neo-Expressionistic Outlook on The Ongoing Harms of Colonialism
      Mixed Media
      READ MORE
      Sarah Rosenbloom is a visual artist based out of Vancouver, BC, on the unneeded and ancestral territory of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Sarah is a 25-year old multi-racial woman of colour of Trinidadian and Jewish descent, whose work is based in the philosophy of social justice and consciousness. Through her work, she explores her own personal relationship to the ongoing harms of colonization through embodied inquiry, such as physical pain, trauma, healing and transformation with an intuition-based psychedelic and neo-expressionistic style. She also explores debates and topics of consciousness, such as philosophy of consciousness and theories of ancient Indian philosophy, like illusionism vs. realism, metaphysics of time, and suffering/karma.With 10 years of professional freelance art experience, Sarah has displayed her artwork in numerous festivals and exhibitions throughout Canada. In addition to her educational background in both Visual Arts and Psychology, she completed several advanced training courses in Visual Arts at the Ottawa School of Art. She also founded the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) painting club, where she honed her painting skills at weekly painting gatherings and created events and opportunities for other students to advance their painting pursuits.
      Rowan Wright
      he/they
      Collaborative Work: This Moment
      Risograph, Papercraft, Ink Markers
      READ MORE
      Rowan Wright is a graphic designer living with ADHD. In 2021, he moved to Vancouver, BC, to attend Emily Carr University School of Art + Design. He graduated in May 2023 with his Bachelor of Design with a major in communication design. As a teenager, Rowan had trouble understanding the world around him, especially “social norms” and relationships to people, until he was diagnosed with ADHD in April 2019. While this helped him identify his perplexing behaviors, he noticed that other people had a difficult time making sense of the condition. This revelation sparked his journey in addressing how people with ADHD live with the condition. His goal is to help them not feel isolated. Rowan creates using digital software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as Procreate, then prints his work using a Risograph, a specialized printer that utilizes highly pigmented inks. Currently, he is promoting his work Visualize, a book that explores ADHD using empathy through experience.
        Radish Designs
        they/them
        Block printing activity
        printmaking
        READ MORE
        Christina is a Mexican-Canadain, queer artist who brings these personal perspectives forward in their art. Art is also a way in which they embrace their nuerodivergence and continue to find new ways to express through printmaking, digital art and other mediums like acrylics, oil paint and alcohol markers.Their art is inspired by the natural landscape and minimalist expressions of very intricate and complex environments. Christina is a climber backcountry skier and backpacker and uses these experiences to influence their art. Furthermore, their art touches on femine expression and the beauty that can be found by navigating the modern world.

          MUSICIANS

          YVONNE KUSHE
          she/her
          Afro beat
          Both days, 11:00am - 1:00pm
          READ MORE

          Yvonne Kushe is a Ugandan-Canadian multidimensional creative and artrepreneur who manifests her talents as a singer, songwriter, educator, curator and comic. She is also the founder of PolliNATION, an arts collective that seeks to elevate the wellbeing of artists through collaborative workshops and holistic artful experiences.

          Argel MDR
          he/him
          Electro-pop, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, Contemporary Soul
          Both Days, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
          READ MORE

          Argel Monte de Ramos also known as Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC’s Toyota Searchlight 2021 and the Music Category winner of Surrey Board of Trade’s 2022 Surrey Art and Business Awards. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. With Sam Smith, One Republic, and Original Pinoy Music (OPM) as his music influences, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. In addition, he is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel’s most recent single, ‘Sail Away’ was featured in Spotify editorial playlists, including Fresh Finds Philippines. Argel recently received a Pop Artist of the Year Nomination and an Excellence Award by a BIPOC artist from Fraser Valley Music Awards 2021 by CIVL radio 101.7 FM.

            MUSICIANS

            YVONNE KUSHE
            she/her
            Afro beat
            Both days, 11:00am - 1:00pm
            READ MORE

            Yvonne Kushe is a Ugandan-Canadian multidimensional creative and artrepreneur who manifests her talents as a singer, songwriter, educator, curator and comic. She is also the founder of PolliNATION, an arts collective that seeks to elevate the wellbeing of artists through collaborative workshops and holistic artful experiences.

            Argel MDR
            he/him
            Electro-pop, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, Contemporary Soul
            Both Days, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
            READ MORE

            Argel Monte de Ramos also known as Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC’s Toyota Searchlight 2021 and the Music Category winner of Surrey Board of Trade’s 2022 Surrey Art and Business Awards. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. With Sam Smith, One Republic, and Original Pinoy Music (OPM) as his music influences, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. In addition, he is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel’s most recent single, ‘Sail Away’ was featured in Spotify editorial playlists, including Fresh Finds Philippines. Argel recently received a Pop Artist of the Year Nomination and an Excellence Award by a BIPOC artist from Fraser Valley Music Awards 2021 by CIVL radio 101.7 FM.

              PERFORMERS

              Queer Soul Poets
              they/them
              Spoken Word Poetry, Movement, Meditation
              Sunday, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
              READ MORE

              Queer Soul Poets is a new collective currently made up of 6 multidisciplinary artists. Sarvin Esmaeili, Angelic Goldsky, Rae Grant Duff , Chantal Dobles Gering, Anjalica Soloman and Tanaz Roudgar. We all have backgrounds in performing arts including theatre, poetry, dance, music, and clown. Most of us recently graduated from Theatre Schools such as Studio 58, UBC & VFS. We have been in the real theatre industry for 2-3 years now. We are all femme queer non-binary folks in our mid 20’s with cultural backgrounds from Iran, Israel, Costa Rica, England & Germany. Some of us are white settlers and some of us are brown immigrants. We are queer muslims and queer jewish spoken word artists dreaming of collecting our poetry into a digital archive, creating our prose into experimental storytelling performances and reaching the hearts of diverse communities . We are all about queering the theatre and inviting exploration into our non-linear and decolonized narrative. Our collective aim is to create a place of belonging weekly for queers to listen and tell their own stories. A space for deep healing and wellness of the artists. Our performances feel like sitting around a bonfire are cozy and on stage transmute into shapes and shadows of trans spiritual jam cyphers. We have so many visions as young emerging artists for the future of theater and we are in need of resources such as free rehearsal spaces to cultivate that.

              Franz Seachel & Bryn Davies
              she/they | he/him
              Spoken Word with Piano Accompaniment
              Sunday, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
              READ MORE

              Franz Seachel is a South-Asian settler residing on unceded Coast-Salish lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. She is a multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and workshop facilitator. Franz has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the Founder/ Executive Director of Enable: Arts Society, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting community-based and collaborative art projects by emerging and/or marginalized voices. Her work has been featured at Word Vancouver, Voices of Today in Toronto, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Richmond World Festival, Ode to Surrey, and Surrey Muses, amongst others. Franz is a creator of space. She believes in the connection of art. She believes art makes living bearable and does her best to put more colour into the world. She means this both in the sense of brightening up the mundane with creation, as well as in her mission to uplift the truths of marginalized bodies. She teaches writing workshops on embodying the writing practice by combining her knowledge as a Yoga teacher and parts of her own artistic practice. Franz hopes you dream often, and breathe deeply; she hopes you find reasons to stay. You can follow her on Instagram, @franz_seachel

              Bryn Davies is a settler residing on unceded Coast-Salish lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. He has a BFA in Music from SFU and is emerging into his production career. Though the piano is his first love, he enjoys drumming, and dabbling with other instruments and sounds in his electronic music. If he’s not playing music, he’s hanging out with his cats.

                PERFORMERS

                Queer Soul Poets
                they/them
                Spoken Word Poetry, Movement, Meditation
                Sunday, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
                READ MORE

                Queer Soul Poets is a new collective currently made up of 6 multidisciplinary artists. Sarvin Esmaeili, Angelic Goldsky, Rae Grant Duff , Chantal Dobles Gering, Anjalica Soloman and Tanaz Roudgar. We all have backgrounds in performing arts including theatre, poetry, dance, music, and clown. Most of us recently graduated from Theatre Schools such as Studio 58, UBC & VFS. We have been in the real theatre industry for 2-3 years now. We are all femme queer non-binary folks in our mid 20’s with cultural backgrounds from Iran, Israel, Costa Rica, England & Germany. Some of us are white settlers and some of us are brown immigrants. We are queer muslims and queer jewish spoken word artists dreaming of collecting our poetry into a digital archive, creating our prose into experimental storytelling performances and reaching the hearts of diverse communities . We are all about queering the theatre and inviting exploration into our non-linear and decolonized narrative. Our collective aim is to create a place of belonging weekly for queers to listen and tell their own stories. A space for deep healing and wellness of the artists. Our performances feel like sitting around a bonfire are cozy and on stage transmute into shapes and shadows of trans spiritual jam cyphers. We have so many visions as young emerging artists for the future of theater and we are in need of resources such as free rehearsal spaces to cultivate that.

                Franz Seachel & Bryn Davies
                she/they | he/him
                Spoken Word with Piano Accompaniment
                Sunday, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
                READ MORE

                Franz Seachel is a South-Asian settler residing on unceded Coast-Salish lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. She is a multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and workshop facilitator. Franz has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the Founder/ Executive Director of Enable: Arts Society, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting community-based and collaborative art projects by emerging and/or marginalized voices. Her work has been featured at Word Vancouver, Voices of Today in Toronto, Vancouver Poetry Slam, Richmond World Festival, Ode to Surrey, and Surrey Muses, amongst others. Franz is a creator of space. She believes in the connection of art. She believes art makes living bearable and does her best to put more colour into the world. She means this both in the sense of brightening up the mundane with creation, as well as in her mission to uplift the truths of marginalized bodies. She teaches writing workshops on embodying the writing practice by combining her knowledge as a Yoga teacher and parts of her own artistic practice. Franz hopes you dream often, and breathe deeply; she hopes you find reasons to stay. You can follow her on Instagram, @franz_seachel

                Bryn Davies is a settler residing on unceded Coast-Salish lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmaɁɬ təməxʷ (Musqueam) nations. He has a BFA in Music from SFU and is emerging into his production career. Though the piano is his first love, he enjoys drumming, and dabbling with other instruments and sounds in his electronic music. If he’s not playing music, he’s hanging out with his cats.