Aqualumina Workshop

Feb 17—May 18, 2024

ArtYard’s s Aqualumina Festival is a riverside lantern festival involving music, dance, and illumination along the river’s edge. Set for May 18, this year’s festival is a celebration of water itself — as a vulnerable resource, necessity, bellwether, and mirror of the sky. It features a parade of glowing sea creatures constructed and guided by artists and community members to light the night and an immersive, site-specific dance performance by Brian Sanders’ JUNK.

In the leadup to the Festival, we’re transforming a section of the Lynn & John Kearney Gallery into the Aqualumina Workshop, featuring a maker’s workspace dedicated to the creation of costumes and objects for the event.

Join a revolving cast of creatives in constructing parasol jellyfish lanterns, glow-in-the-dark fish puppets, illuminated cardboard boats, coral reef hats, paper mache lanterns, and a roving river surrey to accompany the festivities in May. These constructions will accrete in the gallery like barnacles until Aqualumina when they will slide off together with the folks who made them to the festivities. The maker’s space will also feature a photo booth where participants may capture themselves in their aquatic finery.

You are invited to sign up for workshops, join in the making, and carry your creations to the festival. You may also drop in during regular gallery hours to build an illuminated object of your own design or follow instructions to participate in a communal construction that may need, for example, a thousand shimmering scales applied by friendly hands.