“Idea Garden” planned for RBC Market Mornings

City’s Farmers’ Market to host free outdoor art-making activities

Guelph, ON, August 10, 2015 – Starting Saturday, August 15, and continuing over the next four Saturdays, community members are invited to contribute to the creation of a collaborative work of art outside of the Farmers’ Market as part of the City of Guelph’s RBC Market Mornings.

Guelph artist Meredith Blackmore will be encouraging participants to build a garden of ideas and possibilities starting with a blank canvas. In the first few weeks, the project entitled, “Idea Garden,” will ask community members to map out the garden’s spaces – its rows and beds, arches and borders, pots and planters. Then participants will have a chance to paint something growing into and out of these spaces.

“I’m excited to see how market-goers interact with this project,” says Stacey Dunnigan, supervisor of tourism and Farmers’ Market. “The Market environment appeals to all five of the senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – it will be interesting to see how the “Idea Garden” grows and develops over the four weeks.”

Artist Meredith Blackmore envisions colourful panels filled with imaginative offerings of every shape, size and texture. “Imagination is the name of the game – plants, vegetables, tornadoes or sharks, anything is possible – this is a garden of ideas after all!”

This is the second time RBC has sponsored the Market Morning program which features artist-led opportunities for the community to participate in free outdoor art-making activities. The initiative runs every Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon from August 15 until September 5 in the Farmers’ Market parking lot. Everyone is welcome to plant an idea and leave their mark in the community garden. All materials, including paints and art smocks, will be provided.

“The Guelph Farmers’ Market is a place of community and abundance,” Blackmore shares. “It’s a perfect location to engage a diverse group of individuals and families in a visual arts conversation.”

About Meredith

Meredith Blackmore was born in King City, Ontario. She earned a Bachelor of Fine art the University of Guelph and has taught art workshops for all ages from British Columbia to Bogotá, Colombia. Meredith is a studio member of Necessary Arts Collective in Guelph and founded STUDIOHERE based in Fergus earlier last year.

For more information

Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investments
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca