“The ancient art of maskmaking has been practiced for at least nine thousand years, and has been used around the world in ritual, celebration, theatre and performances. Maskmaking has also been used as a therapeutic tool, helping us share experiences and feelings through symbol, metaphor, and visual imagery”. So says Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross in their book “Your Brain On Art”, my current read while waiting for the ice to melt.
Looking forward to better weather with the beginning of Spring, April is the month that The Cave Gallery will feature PNWS members work. Application forms will be available soon. On April 20th participating members will gather at the Cave Gallery for artist’s talks. Since this date is only a week before International Sculpture Day (April 27th, this year) we decided to celebrate early and invite members to gather at The Cave and after the talks, don costumes/masks/etc. and if the weather cooperates take a walk through the downtown gallery area, Ester Short Park and Vancouver’s new Waterfront Area.
One week before the gathering at The Cave, On Saturday, April 13th, Dave Frei and Jennifer Corio will host a potluck/maskmaking/costume building gathering for PNWS members at their studio in Vancouver. Our intent is to build on last year’s IS Day event and gather in a communal space for fun and colaborative art making. We invite members to bring materials to share. We will set up tables and have a paper mache building area. Again, this event will culminate in a celebratory walk through downtown the following week, wearing our masks/costumes, and proclaiming to the City of Vancouver, “We Are Sculptors, We Are Here, Hear us roar!”