Maple Ridge, BC…. Port Haney Artist in Residence, singer/songwriter Kat Wahamaa, is taken by the blues. She’s always lived by lakes and now the Fraser River is out her front door. The CD she released this year with Tony Rees is called Everything Blue. And she’s even planning to paint the Artist in Residence house at 11630-224th Street blue to add some sparkle to the neighbourhood and help identify it as part of the City of Maple Ridge/City of Pitt Meadows Artist in Residence program. “The original colours of this funky fifties house were blue and white,” says Wahamaa. “And as
Wahamaa spent the last few months working on the inside studio space of the house, also connecting with folks in the neighbourhood and performing at community events, from the Maple Ridge Museum’s 40th Anniversary to the City of Maple Ridge’s 140th Birthday Celebration and the CEED Centre's own AGM celebrating our 30th Anniversary. In addition to music, she works in photography/visual arts, eco and fibre arts, dance and theatre, with a focus on art for social change.
As for singing the blues, she will be hosting the first in a monthly series of Singer-Songwriter Circles with her partner Tony Rees, at the CEED Centre from 7-9 pm starting November 19. The sessions are an opportunity for songwriters in all genres to get together for a relaxed evening of sharing music, inspiration, ideas and resources.
Wahamaa is collaborating with the CEED Centre on another project as well. This Sunday, November 23, from 11am – 3pm, with a crew of other neighbourhood volunteers, she and the CEED Centre will be creating a small community garden on the front lawn of the AiR house. Some of the vegetables grown will be used by the volunteers working the garden and some will be donated to other community food programs. The AiR Community Garden is funded in part with a Neighbourhood Matching grant from Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services and by the CEED Centre.
“I’m hoping folks in the neighbourhood come by and see the work in progress on Sunday, or pitch in if they are so inclined”, says Wahamaa. “’I’ve also started a bit of a yarn-bombing public art project in the front yard. I had the idea to create a loom from a huge branch that fell from one of the beautiful old apple trees here and with our gang of Fibre Breathing Dragons, got it started a few weeks ago. Everyone who comes by is welcome to add to this hand weaving.”
For more information on the Artist in Residence projects in Port Haney and Singer Songwriter Circle please contact Kat Wahamaa at email@example.com or www.facebook.com/Kat-Wahamaa-Artist-in-Residence-Port-Haney . For more information on the Port Haney AiR community garden please contact the CEED Centre.