All posts by MaryBennett

I'm a visual artist and community catalyst living in Vancouver BC.

Come Visit This Weekend

I’m showing some of my new work inspired by ideas of Alchemy.

Also – I’ll have some ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) for you to browse at–and create your own!

The 2 books I created with Keith Wilkinson’s poetry will be available for $10 each – and of course the art is for sale!

Here are some photos from the ATC workshop at the Roundhouse. I’ll have some of the same things available for you to play, create and trade.


ATCs at AIOM – May 24 afternoon @ Roundhouse, Vancouver
A one-hour workshop creating Artist Trading Cards (ATC) using collage and mixed-media. Mary Bennett has long been interested in engaging everyone in making art and sharing it. Lots of materials will be provided. If you already have an ATC collection, please do bring it for show-and-tell-and-share.

More info will be posted as final decisions about time etc are made.

SkyTrain Art

I took this photo from the back seat of a SkyTrain heading for an art session with my New Westminster friend.

I posted it along with several others to facebook and so many people liked this one in particular, I started two new canvases (18″ x 36″) each with a photocopy transfer.


sold. 5 Stars + 5 Squares 18″ x 36″ on canvas. One of the pieces inspired by a photo taken from the back of the Skytrain
3 Stars + X What could that mean? The starting point of this piece was a photo transfer from a photo taken on a rainy day from the back of the skytrain.

Studio 14

Charlett deciding which painting is her favorite.
Legend showing all 32 of the First Signs. Who knew that ice-age people used the #hashtag? I suppose the handprints were their selfies!
Welcome to Studio #14 – 3625 West 11th. If you missed the West of Main Art Walk this year, we hope to see you in 2018! – Mary, Jackie & Camille
It was a beautiful weekend. So many visitors arrived wearing sun hats or bike helmets. A wonderful time to be on an art walk. We had over 200 visitors–a new record.
3625 West 11th – Open Studio once a year. Stay tuned for dates for the 2018 West of Main Art Walk.
Ancient Intersections 10″ x 10″ One of several pieces got named during the weekend. I often find ascribing a title to my pieces can’t be rushed.

West of Main Art Walk Studio #14 is…

  • Jackie Conradi Robertson
  • Camille Mehta
  • Mary Bennett

Flower Labyrinth

Gail Stephan has taken photos of the flower labyrinth (“living labyrinth”) at the Unitarian Centre, 49th & Oak (actually on Fremlin, the east side of the church).

The idea is to take a photo every month to see the change in the seasons. Which of these views do you think is the best one?

Labyrinth – Strawberries – April 23, 2017

I planted some red nasturtiums on one of the “mounds” we recently cleared of buttercups.

And lots of strawberries. At first they were just a curiosity. People would go: Oh, and you’ve got a strawberry plant. But then I realized there’s a lot to recommend strawberries for that plot. They have nice foliage almost all year round; they’re hardy; they spread–which means there are a lot of random strawberry plants all around the Unitarian Centre grounds to move.

And–did I mention–you can eat them? and they fruit before the drought comes in July-August.

Getting the plot ready for World Labyrinth Day. I’m rationalizing that it’s not terrible to show where it can still be improved. Perhaps I’ll attract some volunteer labyrinth tenders. Tender labyrinth tenders.

Brian Minter says plant in March, but everything is late this year, right?

Here are some added benefits of strawberries:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in their research on strawberries, discovered that a Strawberry flavonoid, called fisetin, can stimulate signaling pathways in the brain, thus enhancing long term memory. Strawberries also lower systolic blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease. This berry is also high in folate that can help lower the risk factors in heart disease.  Strawberries are also loaded with vitamins C and K, contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and are an excellent source of antioxidants.

Sounds like the sunny location is great, but the clay soil and therefore poor drainage isn’t so great.

I’ll try to get Dianne to share some of her worm pee-tea to give them a start.

The article above says to pinch off blossoms for the first year.

I see that the mound planting is a good idea:

If your yard is clay-heavy or does not have good drainage, you’ll want to consider either creating a mound of your strawberry plants to grow on or building a raised bed for your strawberries.



Labyrinth – April 2017

My labyrinth at 49th & Fremlin is (to me at least) looking totally awesome. Almost all of the plants have been free gifts and most of the soil has been enhanced from composting the sod I dug up.

Right now the little grape hyacinths are so darned perky. And recently half a dozen or so yellow tulips have come up.

I’m watching for signs of the calendula self seeding. Last year the calendula overwintered, but not this year.

A friend gifted us with some summer bulbs:

Sparaxis – Harlequin Flower (20)

St. Brigid Mixture –  Anemone (20)

Both have been planted near the eastern area.

Yesterday I moved about 30 strawberry plants that had outgrown their space in the veggie garden and, yes, a few more baby grape hyacinths. I’m liking the idea of the kids at the church looking for strawberries on the labyrinth.

It’s wonderful to watch the seasonal transitions. We had a lot of snowdrops and crocuses. Now grape hyacinths. The few daffodils have been and gone… Now what?

Hardy plants include geraniums and lambs ears and they are spreading as they do.

Someone’s offered some irises – the smallish straight leaved kind.

I’ve said “no” to campanula, other irises.