Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation
March 28 - April 25, 2009
Opening reception March 28 from 1 - 4 pm
Mason Sewing Centre
6184 Fraser St. Vancouver BC
Invitational exhibition by Friends and Members of FibreEssence.
UNDER THE CHERRY TREE
Saturday March 28
Sunday March 29
10.00am – 5.00pm
Under The Cherry Tree is the opening event for the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival.
This festival is presented with the support of the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver. Over 2,000 members of the public are expected to attend this family friendly two day part of the festival. As well as fine crafts hand picked by Leon and Pickles, this event will also feature the cultural arts and cuisine of Japan. Demonstrations will be taking place all weekend on the walkway adjacent to the hall as well as on the stage of the Floral Hall.
The Floral Hall of Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street (37th and Oak), Vancouver The gardens are centrally located, have free parking and are convenient to public transit. The Floral Hall is beautiful and well managed - refreshments and music will be provided. Admission will be free of charge to Under The Cherry Tree.
CHERRY BLOSSOM SUITE
Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Ave (Oak and 49th)
March 4 – April 5, 2009
Everyone is welcome to an ARTIST’S TALK Sunday, March 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
This series of six quilted wall hangings portrays the breathtaking emergence of cherry blossoms after the long, grey winter in Vancouver. Contoured city landscape provides great views of the rolling waves of pink, a result of extensive boulevard planting. Appliquéd and machine pieced waves of cloud, mist, blossoms and landscape are an important aspect of these pieces. Waves are also used as a horizontal quilting element to signify the energy of the earth, and how all these elements are interconnected. A veil of quilted and beaded rain angles across the winter scenes, changing to falling, painted petals in the last, late spring scene. The rhythm and harmony of nature is transformed into a visual symphony in six movements.
The exhibition is open to the public Sundays from 10–11 a.m. and 12–1 p.m. or call the office during business hours to arrange a viewing. 604-261-7204
During the same time period, Judy Villett has a collection of smaller textile pieces celebrating spring in the Fireside Room, Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival