is a Canadian land artist, permaculture teacher, activist and writer. His botanical interventions and public art projects demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His work facilitates the processes of environmental regeneration by engaging the botanical and socio-political underpinnings of the landscape, taking such forms as small-scale urban eco-forestry, inner city community agriculture and the restoration of eroded railway ravines. His process is essentially anti-monumental – as his interventions integrate into the ecological and cultural communities that form around them, his role as artist becomes increasingly obscured. He describes what he does as a kind of catalytic model-making, which lives on as a vehicle for community empowerment while demonstrating methods of positive engagement with the global environmental crisis.
Oliver was the founding artist of Means of Production Garden
Sharon Kallis discovers the inherent material potential in a landscape with a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials. Based in Vancouver BC, Sharon has engaged with communities at home, the U.S., Ireland, Mexico and Spain developing community projects that support makers being producers without first being consumers.
Using the lengthy title of being a community engaged environmental artist, what Sharon Kallis really does is commit to being a life-longer learner. Learning while teaching -and teaching while learning- Sharon partners with ecologists, gardeners, weavers and others with an interest in linking traditional hand technologies to what we can grow, gather and glean in our urban green spaces.
This has led to experiments in both park design and planting choices that foster community connection back to place, the seasons, and our shared pre-industrialized cultural traditions. As the founding executive director of EartHand Gleaners Society Sharon has worked extensively with Vancouver Park Board since 2008. Sharon’s book, Common Threads: weaving community through eco-art, is published by New Society Publishers and is a field guide to ‘making with others’ with what you find close at hand. Sharon’s work has been recognized by numerous awards and grants including the Vancouver Mayors Art Award and the Brantford Elliott international textile award.
aka Mr. Fire-Man. Informed by many years spent in advertising and outdoor leadership training, David Gowman’s vaudeville style practice revitalizes a shared experience that blurs the line between audience and performer. David’s art practice encompasses painting, graphic design, wood working, sculpture, instrument making and community-based music facilitation. In 2000 David began investigating making of horns and other wind instruments with locally grown Elderberry, Empress wood and the invasive species Giant Cow Parsnip. David has been the park board artist in residence at the Maclean Park Fieldhouse since 2015.
Rebecca Graham is a weaver and artist of mixed northern European ancestry, and the third generation of her family in Coast Salish Territory. She studied in environmental ethics and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and abroad and holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Rebecca explores the relationship between ourselves, other species and the land through flax for linen, woven structures, and hide tanning. Rebecca has been the artistic director of the EartHand Gleaners Society since 2014. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Mayor’s Art Award as the Emerging Artist in Craft and Design.
Other artists / skill holders that join us periodically include:
Jaymie Johnson, Ryan Vasseur, Nicola Hodges, Nicole Preissl, Veronica Weachter Danes, Catherine Shapiro,
Past MOPARRC members
is active in community-based art and collaborations. With a special interest in recording and archiving community action she is inventing for MOPARRC a one-of-a-kind, solar-powered, documentation machine called the Garden Gnomad. Watch for the Garden Gnomad at MOPARRC events and at your community garden. Her other works include Comforter Art-Action in which she promotes the group action of making humanitarian blankets (2001-present). In Archive City (Richmond Art Gallery, 2008), she was part of a trio of artists who served as a memory collection agency for the residents of Lulu Island. Her works have been exhibited throughout western Canada, in Berlin and Havana. loiszing.blogs.com
aka Madame Beespeaker, is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. Her collaborative media works with Peter Courtemanche have been shown in Canada and abroad, including Divining for Lost Sound, Brain Dress, The Haunted Crinoline, and The Laughing Dress. As a food security volunteer and activist, Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators, and guerrilla gardening. You are invited to follow her seasonal diary at beespeakersaijiki.blogspot.com.
is a multidisciplinary artist, community art gardener, photographer, arts educator, budding permaculturist and Founding Director of the Emerging Arts Professional Network– a national not for profit and community support network of over 4,000 arts professionals from across Canada. Currently pursuing a Masters degree at SFU on the cross sections of arts and environmental education, Ella’s creative and professional work deals with the arts, hybrid identity, community, technology and the environment.
likes to make things and is extremely passionate about bringing people together to cross-pollinate ideas, and share resources. In line with this, she’s an avid crafter/life hacker at the Vancouver Hack Space – and organizes events such as natural dye workshops and spearheaded the 2011 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Hobbies are constantly evolving, but current passions include knitting, sewing, spinning, needle felting, silkscreening and natural dyeing. Emily works full time as a freelance Graphic Designer and project manager.
Artist in Residence: Annual Bed
Brian Jones 2014 Born and raised in the border lands between England and Wales on a small family traditional farm, Brian learned in his teen years to make the corn dollies that are part of the wheat weaving tradition based on the archaic harvest rituals of that area. Brian worked with his Dad on a variety of weaving initiatives to conserve and promote the art of the welsh wheat weaver during the 1970s when there was a revival of folk music, dance and art in that area. 44 years in a unique rural community gave him a love of traditional folk arts and the desire to contribute to community involvement using his accumulated skills. In 1997 the Dill-Jones family settled in Kitsilano and Brian became involved again in the local Morris community. Brian continues bringing his ancestral traditions of music and weaving to many community multicultural events around Vancouver.
Caitlin ffrench 2013 Growing up in an apple orchard in the Okanagan made a lasting impression; Caitlin as a fibre artist still looks to what grows from the ground for inspiration harvesting what is seasonally available for both dyes and fibres. An avid knitter, Caitlin knits for the movie industry and teaches classes in knitting and solar dying across the city. Caitlin has written for online and print-based textile publications, sharing her knit designs and solar dye knowledge in Ravelry and Knitscene magazines.
Art is Land Network 2012 Art is Land Network functions as an artistic think-tank where members share ideas and opportunities to find common ground for collaboration. They seek to increase awareness of alternative art-making methodologies that employ natural and re-purposed materials in a local, respectful way. The common thread for these artists is their engagement with landscape. AILN approaches the land itself as impetus for locative art strategies, artists working in the land, site-generated art and social engagement.
Pierre Leichner: 2011 “Most of my works address biopsychosocial and spiritual issues simultaneously. My recent projects Pommier Renversé, The Root Laboratory Project and Jardin Biologique # 8, Potager de Résistance put me in a collaborative dependency with living matter. Jardin Bologique #9 is presently growing at the Means of Production Gardens. I am also working on altered book’s project: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Re-Revised that draws on my previous experiences and knowledge as a psychiatrist and an artist. It questions the political and economic issues that are associated with psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. I am a collective member of Gallery Gachet and a board member on the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. I obtained my BFA from Emily Carr University in 2007 and my MFA from Concordia University in 2011.”