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Pollinators, art, and education comes together in a community eco-art installation

Artist and sculptor Annabel Stanley, foreground, shows participants how to make coiled bumblebee ‘pots’ during a recent Pollinator Pasture event.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/UBC Okanagan
August 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA - A six part event is bringing art and nature together to educate people about bees and pollinators in an artistic celebration of the end of summer holidays.

As summer comes to a close and holidays are ending, UBC Okanagan’s Border Free Bees and the City of Kelowna’s Public Art Pollinator project are joining forces for an eco-art installation.

Bee-decking the meadow: A community eco-art installation is going to be a way to learn about bees and pollinators while creating art, according to a UBC Okanagn media release.

The event takes place Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 at Brent's Grist Mill Heritage Park, 2136 Leckie Pl.

The series of events will give people the opportunity to create art, learn about pollinators and enjoy the final days of summer outdoors.

This event is free and has six drop-in events over six days. The first event, on Aug. 29, is held in conjunction with a Parks Alive event. A music and displays from the Kelowna Museum Society will be on site. The other five events will feature a variety of artists, musicians, and artisans. Participants can also learn about the Border Free Bees research project that links art with wild bee conservation, says UBCO's Associate Director, Public Affairs, and University Relations Nathan Skolski.

This series of events is presented by the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the Kelowna Museum Society, and Parks Alive at the City of Kelowna who are collaborating with the Border Free Bees research project and EartHand Gleaners Society.

The event is open to everyone, however, people must be prepared for the elements. There will be uneven ground, exposure to sun and heat, in an open-air environment and no access to water or washrooms on site. It is recommended that you bring water, picnics, and appropriate sun protection. For questions, call 778-840-8911.

For more information, contact Nancy Holmes at nancy.holmes@ubc.ca or Jaymie Johnson at beedeckingkelowna@gmail.com.

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