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Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council Announces
2010 Artist in Residence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2010
The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council, in partnership with the Ridge Meadows Parks & Leisure Services is pleased to announce the Artist in Residence for 2010, Kjaer Neletia Pedersen. Her one-year term as Artist in Residence began on March 1, 2010 and includes a number of artistic initiatives to benefit both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities.
Pedersen is a former teacher of grades one to adult and has also organized programs for large First Nation's schools in Vancouver, as well as teaching English, Math, L. A., Resource Room, etc. at the secondary level. She is primarily a ceramic artist, who also works with fabric and other forms, creating and selling her work in local galleries for the past number of years. "I am so grateful to begin a new and exciting chapter in my life," Pedersen explains. "I look forward to the challenge of raising awareness of the arts in my new community and exploring my own talents as an artist. I am eagerly anticipating the support and new friendships that I expect to enjoy in Maple Ridge."
The community of Maple Ridge has seen a great benefit from the Artist in Residence program; Mayor Ernie Daykin explains "The District of Maple Ridge is pleased to continue to partner with the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Arts Council and support the Artist in Residence program through the provision of a municipal residence for the new artist. Kjaer possesses a wealth of creativity and over a decade of experience engaging communities through her medium of ceramic art. Undoubtedly she will continue to shape the Artist in Residence program into a valued asset benefitting many members of our community."
While in the position of Artist in Residence for Maple Ridge she will engage in a number of community projects, while pursuing her own artistic pursuits in various mediums. Gordon Kirkland, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council's Artist in Residence Committee Chair explains "one of the great benefits of having an Artist in Residence program is that it gives the community an opportunity to experience art of all types, and it gives exposure to a particular artist that he or she might not otherwise receive. Kjaer is a unique talent, and I believe she will bring a great deal to our community through her proposed programs, classes, and the development of her own work in the coming year."
Meet Kjaer Pedersen and leran more about ceramic art during Celebration of the Arts week at The ACT Family Art Jam, Saturday April 24 from 1-4pm.