What is Community Canvas?
Community Canvas is a collaborative painting station brought to you by Kas Rea Visual Arts. It gives people the opportunity to paint what they like, for as long as they like, wherever they like on canvas. Choose from a variety of brushes and colours in acrylic paint. Community Canvas is a fantastic artistic expression and is appropriate for all ages, all levels, even for those who don't identify as being an artist.
Community Canvas offers everyone something different. It is a great way to bring people together, to offer accessible art supplies for those who may not have their own, and is a door that can open many possibilities. From my personal experience, it's a great icebreaker for meeting and connecting with people, and is especially lovely for families. People come and go as they please, some stay for hours, some only dipping their toes for a few minutes. People can add to what is already painted on the canvas, or start a new section of their own. Sometimes I come back and look at what I painted earlier, and someone has changed it in their own unique way.
Community Canvas is a continuous project I'm working on, and can be seen at a variety of events, such as my art shows, birthday parties and festivals. Community Canvas is a free experience - no one has to pay to use any of the supplies. There is an optional donation jar if you wish to express your gratitude. During Community Canvas, I often document the process as it unfolds. I do this by taking professional photos and videos of those who are painting, with permission from those individuals. I then photograph the end results, and I share them on my blog here with you, and on my artist Facebook page, Instagram and Snapchat accounts.
Website Launch Party, The Academy of Music, Saskatoon. 2018.
Currently, I have enough supplies to continue Community Canvas this year. This is due to the many generous people that have donated their art supplies, such as paints, brushes and canvases. I already have an abundance of my own supplies, so I thought it would be great for others to use them in a creative and comfortable environment. If you or someone you know have any items you would like to donate to Community Canvas, click here to send me a message.
Community Canvas will continue going to a variety of events throughout the year. If all goes well with this pilot project, next I will apply for grants to help ensure Community Canvas continues in the future. The objective is to be able to replenish the supplies and possibly pay for my time. At some point, I wish to have prints of the canvases on display for an art show. Everyone who painted on a Community Canvas would be invited as the artists. I feel this would be a great opportunity to strengthen community, celebrate the arts, and remember the people, collaborations and connections.
25th Life Celebration Party, Saskatoon. 2017.
Photography by Kas Rea Visual Arts and Patricio Del Rio. All rights reserved. 2020
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- Kas Rea