4/30/2014

BACK DOOR ARTISTS

IT ALL STARTED
on a cold November afternoon last year. 
Artist Iris Low and I, Therese Lydia Joseph, dragged all our paints, brushes, rags and buckets to the North Shore Neighourhood House (NSNH) in North Vancouver. We set up 10 easels, on each easel we placed a 16x24 inch canvas and hoped for the best. One by one they showed up - some shy, some talking and giggling and some came with their babies and some did not show up at all...  The coordinator of the NSNH brought in the rest of the supplies: Pizza, Cookies and a veggie plate. Now we were all set!


9 TEEN PARENTS 

between the ages of 16 and 23 came to paint for a couple of afternoons with Iris and myself. Some teens never painted before, some started with an idea and ended up with something completely different and some had a fixed plan they pursued all the way to the end. Some were fast and some were distracted. Some loved pink and others black. Some were focused and some kept talking, eating and leaving for a while. Some had their minds set on creating art for their child and some rocked their babies between brushstrokes. 



NO MATTER WHAT 

or how the teens painted - it was a delight to see these young parents engaged in the process of art-making. At times it was emotional, at times it was funny and hilarious and sometimes we were at a crossroad and did not have an answer. In the end each teen was proud and pleased with their work. Iris and I were exhausted but encouraged. We were amazed with the vibrancy and the energy that filled the room as we admired the finished paintings. 

We would do it again in a heart beat. 



 PRINT IT - STICK IT - WALK THROUGH IT
Iris and I had the idea to somehow add the teens artwork to the back door entrance of the NSNH. The 15 ft high entrance consisting of a double glass door surrounded by large window panes would be ideal. So out came the camera... We photographed each painting, put the high resolution files through Photoshop and came up with an artistic concept... no need to say more.  
Watch this short video and you'll get the 
"aha - oh I see - wow cool" 
experience. 



PARTY TIME
The NSNH threw an "Unveiling Party" for the teens, guests and artists. Everyone admired the collaboration of this project. It was possible thanks to the financial support from the City of North Vancouver and the Arts Office, the partnership with the NSNH, the installation by Speedpro Signs and the 9 teen parents who participated in our workshops. 

ONE LAST THING
check out and walk through the back door of the NSNH and see  - no - experience the magical effect the artwork displays in the foyer. 
It's a rainbow of colours with a kaleidoscopic twist 
A reflection of light and dance of shadows 
Quite spectacular!











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