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In Your Hands

August 5-September 5, 2021

This Community Art Project reminds us that the future of our waters & lands is in our hands. Artist Jenny Smith has designed a beautiful sculpture of two cupped hands emerging from the earth in John Lawson Park next to the Silk Purse, like an early spring/barren tree, ready for members of the community to bring it into its summer as they embellish it with the fruits of their imaginations.


In Your Hands empowered the audience by making them participants in the artwork by physically finishing it. In this case, adorning the sculpture with symbolic objects which they have sourced from the West Vancouver shoreline that they feel comprise what we, as a community, are cultivating for our climate. By doing so, the notion is instilled that we are all artists of our reality & we receive what we contribute. Some items may include oyster shells, styrofoam, beach glass, small pieces of driftwood or anything else you can find.


The sculpture was composed of recycled & eco-friendly materials, salvaged from local construction sites that will be upcycled/recycled at the end of the project.

In Your Hands debuted Thursday, August 5 during the First Thursdays Art Walk.

Community Collaboration Events were held weekends throughout August into September, allowing creative & curious members of the community to engage with & participate in the completion of the sculpture. Once the project was complete all materials were properly disposed of or recycled.

Jenny Smith is a self-taught artist, sculptor & writer. Inspired by her grandfather who was an environmental activist that built an enterprise supporting his forthcoming generations through salvaging scraps (with an emphasis on stained glass scraps), her work has shifted focus from figurative oil on canvases to using found materials that are oftentimes considered refuse. Her work has been represented by Yeats Gallery, commissioned by Canadian politicians & celebrities, as well as appeared in Canadian and American Journals.

The West Vancouver Community Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the following for their partnership & support of the 2021 Community Art Project



West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Winter Hours: Wednesday  Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday  Sunday 12 – 4 pm


The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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