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One of the most amazing aspects of opening this space for me was the opportunity to introduce families to contemporary art in an approachable and authentic way. This weekend we have a wonderful event celebrating artist Cindy Mochizuki’s recent project with Access Gallery. Join us from 2-4pm this Saturday for a free crafting event, book launch, and a chance to meet Cindy herself. More about the project here;

“When we are bored, the landscape appears barren, empty. But it is precisely this arid space in which the imagination can run wild, and produce whole populations of teeming, whimsical, creaturely life. Things on the Shoreline is a collaborative project initiated by Access Gallery, visual artist Cindy Mochizuki, and the students of Lord Strathcona Elementary School and the Vancouver Japanese Language School. A guest artist at both schools, Cindy led making and storytelling workshops, working closely with grade four and five students. The starting point of these workshops was the visualization of an empty seashore and, working with ink, salt, and words, together they slowly drew out the myriad possibilities that had been waiting to emerge on the blank page. The results of the workshops—a raucous population of whimsical inky creaturely Things and the invented environments in which they live—is the focus of the exhibition at Access Gallery which runs from February 12 – April 16, 2016. This project culminates in the launch of a limited-edition, hard-bound children’s storybook, authored and illustrated by Mochizuki. The launch will be held at Collage Collage on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 2-4 PM and features a reading by the author as well as light refreshment*.”

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We are so excited to begin our brand NEW session of interactive and exploratory music classes with Little Mountain Music Club this week! We’ve added two new weekend classes that are perfect for families with mulit-age siblings and of course another babies class (especially geared towards the littlest of music makers).  This session we’ll be jamming with drums, egg shakers, parachutes, and more! Check out collagecollage.ca to register on line for this 6 week session.

SUNDAYS

9:00-9:45 | Ages 0-2

10:00-10:45 | Ages 0-5

MONDAYS

9:15-10:00 | Ages 0-2

10:00-10:45 | Ages 2-4

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That’s right! Things are god and busy here on Main Street, so we’re going to need another set of artist hands in the mix.

If you are inspired, accountable, and have experience working with children 2-5yrs we’d like to meet you. You’d need to be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:45-12:45 starting in March. More shifts would become available based on performance after a 3 month review. You don’t need retail experience, but it would be an asset in a space like ours. You’re committed to growing with us in our new space, and interested in all three of these shifts. Training could start as early as Feb 15th.

Apply with resume to Collage Collage 3697 Main St by Jan 31st.

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Are we ever in love with this line from my hometown of Toronto. Yes, I have a bias – but can you blame me? These handmade sweeties are all made with care by Jamie Bennett, an illustrator turned adorable stuffies creator working in – can you guess? The Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood of T.O. I had to order one particular critter from this line; the Albino Squirrel. These guys are based on a real little colony of critters who in habit Trinity Bellwoods park. The real life ones aren’t known to wear trapper hats, but goodness, we’re glad that Jamie’s do. Foxes, skunks, raccoons and squirrels are available from $48 in store now.

Little Bellwoods Albino Squirrel

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