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ICE BOX outdoor art event
Sat February 1 - Sun February 2
One event on February 8, 2020 at 12:00 am
February 1 and 2 & February 8 and 9, 2020
11 am – 5 pm
Macaulay Heritage Park, Picton
The Department of Illumination Artistic Company presents The Second Annual ICE BOX
Art in the Heart of Winter
February 2020 in Prince Edward County
The Department of Illumination is brightening up winter with the second annual ICE BOX, a public art event in Prince Edward County. Taking place over two weekends February 1-9, 2020 at Macaulay Heritage Park in Picton, ICE BOX is a remarkable outdoor arts experience with immersive art, live performances, group dances, and more!
ICE BOX programming over the two weekends includes performances by Juno Award winner Justin Rutledge, The Patron Saint of Objects Lost in Drawers by Birdbone Theatre, a presentation by Six String Nation, snow dances with choreographer Arwyn Carpenter, fire spinning and a flow workshop with Trellis Arts & Entertainment, a joyful community procession, maple taffy on snow and marshmallow roasts, and plenty of other wintery surprises!
At the heart of this winter event are five ICE BOXes, colourful wooden huts, each transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists, in collaboration with community members of all ages.
The five ICE BOXes include: STITCH by Nella Casson and guest artist Marion Casson (Nella’s mother), which fancifully recreates the inside of a train car while ruminating on the baggage we carry; MAP by Andrea Piller, who is working with local students and community elders to create layered text and mixed media collages for a collaborative map installation; PRINT by Chrissy Poitras and Genna Kusch, whose series of relief prints on the theme of migration are turned into intricate interactive pop-ups similar to childhood pop-up books; GROW by Susanne Larner, who has created a fantastical Victorian greenhouse, filled with plants, both real and those constructed from a variety of artistic media; and BE HERE NOW by Hri Neil, a creative play-space for all ages that meditates on the present as it relates to the past as well as an imagined future.
The host venue Macaulay Heritage Park will also have interesting artifacts from their collection on display as part of ICE BOX festivities.
The Department of Illumination was founded in 2013 by a group of artists in Prince Edward County, Ontario, who came together to create the Firelight Lantern Festival. This annual celebration has grown to become one of the most beloved cultural events in the County. Six years later, they expanded their work with the creation of ICE BOX, showing love for the community by continuing to create magical arts experiences that are accessible to all.
ICE BOX takes place on the grounds of historic Macaulay House in Picton, Ontario. At the centre of the event are five ice boxes, colourful wooden huts, each transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists in collaboration with community members of all ages. The site of ICE BOX is a festive gathering place that over the course of two weekends becomes a hive of activity, including dancing, live music, storytelling and even a community procession! During the week ICE BOX hosts school visits, giving hundreds of children the chance to experience both art and winter like never before. Presented in partnership with Macaulay Heritage Park.
For more information, including the programming schedule, visit deptofillumination.org/