Still Life Harvest Project

“Banquet Still Life”, Adriaen van Utrecht, 1644, Rijksmuseum

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
DUNBAR STREET AT 29TH AVENUE

The Working Holiday Still Life Harvest Project was a community based art and food drive installation presented during the Dunbar Village Harvest Festival. Led by artist Elisa Yon, the project invited participation through the donation of non-perishable food items in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Over the course of the day, volunteers and community members assisted in recreating a Dutch still life painting by Adiaen van Utrecht, entitled Banquet Still Life, 1644. The harvest scene was composed of food donations, patient dogs, memorabilia, and other borrowed objects from the community.

The following images document the installation and presentation of the Still Life Harvest Project. Special thanks to photographer Amanda Arcuri, who patiently and diligently documented and instructed dogs and their persons for portrait sittings. A special mention is deserved for Jason, one of my youth volunteers who after claiming to have no training in art or drawing practices, bravely and successfully created a life size cardboard cut out of a violin for the still life scene.

Photographer Amanda Arcuri and our amazing youth volunteer, Camryn.
Even dogs and their owners got a chance to participate in the still life.
Participatory dogs and their persons.
Special thanks to The Pastime Consort who played Flemish and Baroque inspired melodies for us.
Special thanks to the Pastime Consort group who accompanied our installation with Flemish and Baroque inspired melodies

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Children’s collectibles, garden ornaments, an old chair from the Dunbar Community Centre, the Girls Soccer Team trophy, Stong’s vintage vegetable oil container, match book package and peanut butter, recorders from The Pastime Consort and platters, baskets and a ceramic fish dish were all borrowed from community members, partners and businesses to animate the still life.

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PLEASE PARTICIPATE BY DONATING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO THE STILL LIFE!
Make a donation of a non-perishable food item at the Dunbar Community Centre or drop off your food item(s) at our tent during the Dunbar Village Harvest Day Festival.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society’s top 10 most wanted items include: kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, canned salmon + tuna, canned chicken and turkey, soups, stews, chili, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, pasta (regular + whole wheat), brown rice, regular rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, canned vegetables (corn, beans, peas and pasta sauces), canned fruit (applesauce, pears, peaches, packed in juice or water), infant formula and diapers.

How about loaning us a piece of memorabilia?
Please connect with us via e-mail if you would like to lend us a still life object instead. The borrowed object must hold significant meaning for you and/or represent Dunbar in some way. Borrowed objects may include, but are not limited to: a musical instrument, a chair, a basin, baskets, platters, dishes, bowls, toys, stuffed animals, momentos, etc.

Please connect with us at: workingholidayproject@gmail.com

A special thank you to the following community supporters and partners:

DUNBAR COMMUNITY CENTRE ASSOCIATION, VANCOUVER BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION, AMANDA ARCURI, DUNBAR VILLAGE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, DUNBAR RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, THE PASTIME CONSORT, STONG’S MARKET, VANCITY, KOKOPELLI CAFE, BLIGHT’S HOME HARDWARE, TD CANADA TRUST, GREATER VANCOUVER FOOD BANK SOCIETY, ST. PHILIP’S DUNBAR ANGLICAN CHURCH, DUNBAR HEIGHTS UNITED CHURCH, THE HOB TOO, VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, VISUAL SPACE GALLERY

 

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