East FEAST (Funding Emerging Artists with Sustainable Tactics) is a grassroots micro-funding event to celebrate and support emerging community artists and engage the local community. It was indeed a FEAST - of food, entertainment, artist presentations and enthusiastic supporters. Three finalist described their project proposals and the winner from last year described the success of their past year’s activities. Mary Stott, Joan Blackwood, Darlene Marzari and Joslin Kobylka attended to support the proposal of Cheryl Fortier, a favourite teacher and Guild workshop instructor.
For the last 6 years Cheryl has spent 6 months a year as the Resident Director of the Virginia Centre for Creative Arts at their campus in Auvillar, a heritage designated village in Southwest France. Part of her work for the Centre in France involves engaging the community in support of the arts. One of her activities involves a collaborative project with other French artists and a national residence and centre for adults with developmental disabilities. They were all intrigued to know more about Canada and Cheryl sought to make a connection between them and a similar group here in Vancouver. To see a description of the 3 Project Proposals presented to the gathering, June 1, in the Canuck Family Education Centre adjacent to Britannia Centre, please visit: http://eastfeastvancouver.wordpress.com/tag/cheryl-fortier/
The four Guild members attending this event were very happy that Cheryl’s proposal was selected to receive the FEAST funding. To see a photo of Cheryl and the artists at "A Deux Mains" studio in Valence d'Agen, France go to: