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Some artists have an incredible way of capturing the essence of childhood, I find this is especially endearing in children’s books. The way a child stands, or the excitement and delight in play, Cale Atkinson is one of those artists.

The first time I picked up a copy of To The Sea, I was hooked. The dark colours set the tone for a moody picture book, a hint of sadness, yet offset with beautiful bright orange. Set in a rainy city by the sea, here in Vancouver we know a lot about rain. A little boy named Tim befriends a whale who is lost and struggling to be seen. Tim can relate to Sam, the whale, and together they devise a plan to get Sam back to the sea.

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Cale’s recent book, Explorers In The Wild, captures a different look. A book about an unforeseen friendship between a boy and a bear. This time his book is set in bright lush forest. Sound familiar?

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Cale grew up running through some of the same forests you may have gotten out and explored. You will fall in love with the beauty and familiarity of his books, the playfulness in his characters and the way he helps children navigate feelings of being misunderstood, sadness, wonder and friendship.

You can come out and meet him in person this Saturday June 25th from 12- 2 p.m.
Hear him read Explorers Of The Wild, and make a craft.

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You can also see Cale’s other work here , including another of our favourites, If I had a Gryphon.

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Also, if you love a good end page, Cale has some of the best.

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See you Saturday!

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Here’s to the Dads today. We hope that you’re enjoying the hats, ties, pennants and cards we’ve made you. They’re just a small token of how much we love you. Here’s to the Dads who lift us up, who drive us to be our best, who set the standard high, who inspire change, who love with their whole hearts, who make us who we are. I’m looking at you, Cino – and thankful for that guy in the picture there, who lifts us all up, builds us shelter, and keeps us safe and loved each and every day.

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In honor of today, I wanted to share my friend Lauren’s beautiful film about her Dad. Lauren is a talented film maker and blogger, and when she makes things about her family, its just the best stuff around. Go ahead, give it a look – and then call dad! He should be back from golf by now.

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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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