New Fresh AiR Artist in Residence arrives at Allan Brooks

Allan Brooks Nature Centre would like to welcome the new Fresh AiR Artist in Residence for July and August - Amélie Brindamour. Amélie is a Montreal based settler artist and art educator, exploring issues related to the natural and urban environment through place-specific projects including installations, participatory performances, eat-art and photography. Relying on affordable materials from everyday – cardboard, paper, pine wood, bread, etc. – she intends to create spaces within nature and the urban realm in order to challenge our perception of pre-established social and spatial systems. Recent projects in 2017 include a self-made mobile-bakery, presented at DARE-DARE Center for the diffusion of multidisciplinary art, Montreal, as well as the performative work The Temporary Woodland Postal Service, a mailing distribution service using an alternative sorting system, which took place during the Murmur Land Studio artist residency in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts and a Master in Art Education from Concordia University, and works as an art teacher in various community settings and at the Cegep level. 

During her residency in Vernon Amélie will conduct an in-depth artistic research exploring the presence and characteristics of mushrooms in the Okanagan Valley, and the relationship between certain types of trees and fungi under the forest floor through the mycorrhizal network. She plans to develop an interactive sculptural installation establishing parallels between this information and resource exchange circuit, and our contemporary communication systems, looking closer to how we could find inspiration from nature to alleviate its context of power dynamics. The artist would like to aknowledge the support for mobility from LOJIQ - Les Offices jeunesses internationaux du Québec

Amélie would love to connect with amateur and professional mycologists, recreational and commercial pickers, and any mushroom enthusiasts, in order to learn more about mushrooms in the Vernon area and where the good spots and trails to find them are located. If you would like to get in touch with Amélie, contact the Caetani Centre at 250-275-1525.
Amélie will also host one of the August Evening Arts Events at ABNC – The Mushroom Method – Aug 14th - a watercolor workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn some basic techniques and paint local mushrooms from the Okanagan Valley, inspired by the aesthetic of botanical discovery prints. Participants will also become familiar with making spore prints from the mushrooms provided. The artworks will be created on watercolor postcards. Along with the creativity enjoy delicious Cider from BX Press along with mushroom inspired appetizers from Gumtree Catering, set among the beautiful views at Allan Brooks Nature Centre. Tickets for the Mushroom Method are limited and are available at
About the Fresh AiR Program
The Fresh AiR Program is a partnership between Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Caetani Centre that was established in 2013. This art & environment themed residency is open to visual artists working in all media. Each year we host three artists for two months at a time from May-October. Residence is provided by the Caetani Cultural Centre and studio space in the loft at ABNC is made available to each artist.

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