Interview with Chris Andrews
1. What is your Afterglow 2018 project called? Could you describe it? What is its inspiration?
Last year I asked people to decorate a cloth square, and they collectively made 150 squares. These squares have been assembled into a wall hanging to commemorate Canada 150 in Bridgewater. The wall hanging will travel around through groups, uniting people with their art. It is called See Me Canada 150 Bridgewater Time Quilt
My second project will display the nine healthy habits (Power Nine) of people who live to be 100. I will ask people to draw or write what they can do to live long and well. Exploring the Power Nine was our 2018 Annual Intention (like a resolution only better).
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, and your creativity.
I like art to be a part of the solution, or to make people smile. I try to never create things that will make people sad or bring them down. We all need some good news or just lighten up! I live in Bridgewater and believe creativity is next to breathing. I look for opportunities to help people light their creative sparklers together! I write, draw and do mixed media projects. I have done a 50 foot mural and made junk rig sails for the boat I helped build with my husband.
3. How do you feel Afterglow makes an impact on Bridgewater?
It makes an impact on me as a community member, helping me feel creatively useful. Ashton (Afterglow Founder) makes it super easy and fun to be your most expressive self. Afterglow lets people of all stripes do and share art in an open 360 model, right where we live; it shows that art is at the heart of Bridgewater. I love not having to get in a car, spew fossil fuel and hot air to have a first rate art experience. Every year is a miracle of participation. Last year I enjoyed the little kids sitting on their parents knees to do their drawings and whole families waiting for their most artistic member to do their piece. One woman swore she will come back from New York city just for Afterglow - I'd better finish that wall hanging!
4. Why have you chosen to take part in this year's festival?
Because we can. It's great to stretch the definition of 'Art' and watch the 'you and me' sharing that emerges in the street. Afterglow is an activity that blows spirit into the centre of town, right down King St. It puts Bridgewater on the artisans' map of Nova Scotia. My husband, Frank Bemben, helps, and so do our friends. It's probably the most excitement we have all year! There is no judging, just lots of fun. We have enjoyed the 3 years we did presentations, as well as the year we tooted around as Bridgewater 'Artourists'.
5. What are you looking forward to most in this year's festival?
Seeing how people will react to the Power Nine Challenge, and how they will manifest their intentions for a good life together. I know it is bad writing form to use a word repetitively, but there is no other word better than 'fun'!
Interview and blog compiled by Jordan Beck Crouse
Afterglow Art Festival
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