We love getting out in our community and this past weekend was no exception.
The Gallery took part in Kids’Club at the Market on Saturday with the Kitchener Public Library. Despite the rain, or perhaps because of it, tons of kids dropped by throughout the morning to create colour bursts. We started by drawing on fabric with permanent markers and then adding rubbing alcohol with eyedroppers. The result was a cool colour bleeding effect that resembles tie die. Those who took part created drawings to take home and also added to our collaborative banner.
Julie Burdett, KW|AG’s Outreach Summer Program Assistant says there was a spirited group of parents and kids taking part in the activity, “Many of the kids and parents came back to do two or three colour burst drawings…which was nice to see! The kids especially loved using the eye droppers, and the collaborative banner started to really grow and take shape as kids added more intricate designs and filled up larger amounts of the banner.”
On Sunday it was off to Open Streets Uptown Waterloo. After we got some clouds and rain out of the way early on it turned into a nice, albeit windy day. There was a slew of activity and people wandering the streets. KW|AG’s tent was located on Willis Way beside the Shops at Waterloo Town Square. We created very cool window ornaments by using wire to create a shape and then stretching nylons over the outline, tying them off and painting them with watercolors.
Dodolab’s Andrew Hunter was also at the festival (right by our tent). It was a real treat having him there to represent KW|AG and Dodolab’s current exhibition Light Motives. He had some great participation in his survey about the future of the City of Kitchener (even though we were in Waterloo…no big deal). Stay tuned for a blog by Dodolab about the community involvement for their exhibition.
There were also some other really cool activities going on around us including: a boxing ring with an instructor giving women’s self-defense lessons, a skateboarding area with a bungee cord tied to a skateboard allowing riders to glide through the air and do tricks, and a band playing in the town square right by our tent. There were also people skating around on roller blades handing out materials for a roller derby team, and solo artists singing and playing.
We had a lot of fun taking part in both weekend events and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did. Look for us this coming Sunday at Kidspark in Victoria Park from 11 am – 5 pm rain or shine.