i choo choo choose you!

since our last post we’ve had a number of #craftsforkidsatheart events where we created masquerade masks, holiday wreaths and ugly christmas sweaters. we’ve seen familiar faces, reunited with old friends and met some new and really great people in the process (not to mention having a great time while doing it!).

for february, love is in the air! and we will be crafting cards to share with whomever makes your heart flutter. for details or to RSVP (always appreciated so we can ensure we have enough supplies), visit our facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/382698781875101/

the event is free to participants, though this time around crafters need to be 19+ as The Terminal Pub is our host for the evening. hope to see you there!!

 

 

pecha-wha??

this saturday, we will be presenting at the 3rd volume of Pecha Kucha New West.

for those of you who’ve never heard of Pecha Kucha, it is a presentation style developed in Japan where the format is restricted to 20 slides for 20 seconds each, aiding the presenters in having a concise message and the audience in having exposure to multiple messages in a series of presentations.

this format has been adapted by cities all over the world as a way bring people together and share ideas. vancouver has been hosting pecha kucha nights since 2008 and has produced 28 events to date, with huge popularity. thanks to the event organizers, some local business and grant funding, new westminster now has a series all its own, with this weekend’s promising to be the largest yet.

seeing the rising popularity of this event gives us hope that we will see growing support for a widening variety of creative and inspired happenings for adults in our city. and although we don’t want to give away all the details of our presentation…we can say we hope to spark conversations which continue to encourage an engaged and vivacious community.

find more information about Pecha Kucha here:
http://www.pechakucha.org/faq

show me your love

in the first few weeks of October, SoAreWe Creative will be hosting The Night is Young: Second Edition

the mission: as with last year, is to showcase artists (both established and emerging) who live, work and/or play in new westminster. in addition, our aim is to bring together a diverse range of artists to contribute to the community dialogue surrounding the arts in the city.

the theme: for this year’s exhibition is “show me your love”.

the date: the show will run anywhere from 3-14 days (yet to be determined)

the details: we encourage all media types to submit up to 15 images of their work for consideration in this juried show. please ensure the images you submit are of the work you intend to show. images/slides must be accompanied by a slide list that includes the title, date, size and materials of the work. sculpture and 3D pieces must be free standing (a limited number of plinths will be available). please provide scale reference for 3D work in your images/slides. links to websites will only be considered as a complete application if all information for the pieces are easily accessible. submissions must include a one-paragraph artist statement explaining how the work submitted addresses the theme, and their connection to New West (max 250 words).

the location: new westminster! (exact site specifics yet to be determined)

the cutoff: please submit your applications no later than august 3, 2013

PLEASE NOTE: only original artworks are eligible. artists are strongly encouraged to be present the evening of the show (opening date to be announced)

some day my prints will come

determining each craft for #craftsforkidsatheart is going to become decidedly more difficult! but for July we have a bright idea (wink!).

if the forecast is in our favour, we’ll be convening in friendship gardens (tipperary park) for some crafting in the sun! if it looks as though we might be rained out, we’ll announce a new locale closer to the day. so mark your calendar for July 13th and check out the link for details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/406612302789937/

the night is young, again!

because there’s always something you would do differently, and because great ideas come without warning, we’re determined to do The Night is Young all over again. the premise will be the same in that we want to showcase the work of those who live, work and play in new west, but the theme for the work this year will be different. the city has a lot of passionate people and that energy is something we’d like to share!

and while we don’t know the location yet (beyond the city limits), we do know it will be happening in the early half of october. the show will also run for a longer, over multiple days, so more people have a chance to see what it’s all about and so we can have some time to enjoy the fruits of our labour!!

we will be drafting our call for artists in the next few weeks and will post it here when it’s ready. if you’re an artist and would like to collaborate in a bigger way than just exhibiting, let us know! if you’re not an artist or a creative type but would still like to participate, email us with some details about yourself and how you think you could contribute (extra hands are always welcome) - andsoarewe@live.com

one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

it never ceases to amaze us how with the same materials, you can end up with such varying results! the first installment of #craftsforkidsatheart was further proof, both of how unique our imaginations are, and how much people love to be creative!! we were very excited by the turnout for our first event (it’s always great to see new faces) and hope the momentum will continue to grow.

here’s a peek from tuesday night’s event (more images will be posted to the gallery page). the next craft night will be in the first half of july, and we will provide all the details as soon as we have them.

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countdown to launch!

in june we will be launching our second project, Crafts for Kids at Heart.

having applied for this year’s ONE Prize competition (sponsored by Donald’s Market and the River Market at Westminster Quay), we were again selected as finalists, and had the happy fortune of being chosen by our community for this fun loving project.

the premise is to host a once a month series of adult craft nights where grown ups can get together and let their “inner” children run free, all while meeting new people and getting in touch with their creativity.

the theme for our first craft night is based around water. growing up next to the fraser river, this aspect of our home town has always been significant. also, the event will be held at the River Market at Westminster Quay, so we thought it was well suited!

each month will see a different type of craft and a new location. the hope is to have some of the evenings lead by artists who dedicate themselves to craft as a way of life. find us on Twitter @andsoarewe and follow what’s happening with #craftsforkidsatheart!

the night might be over, but we’ve only just begun!

friday marked our first official event which was titled, The Night is Young.

the night was great, and we had so much fun, that we’re both sitting here wondering…”now what?!”. as event organizers, it was difficult to network in between announcing performers and making sure everything else was running smoothly. but when we were able, we met some intriguing folks that seem to have a genuine interest in making things happen in our home town, and this has us terribly excited to start working on something new.

with a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays, i have a feeling it won’t be long into the new year before we’re scheming something new!  it’s about time we put all this arts education to work ;)