Border Free Bees is truly border free and that is evident in our collaborations in the USA and Mexico.
In 2018 BFB collaborated with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho to bring the exhibition For All Is For Yourself to the art center as part of the gallery show, Bees! The exhibition began with community workshops in Ketchum to create handmade, recycled paper embedded with Lewis Flax seed. The Ketchum bees were combined with bees from the Kelowna exhibition (Blanket Flower seed) and the first exhibition in Richmond (Basket of Gold Alyssum seed) to bring the bee colony back to 10,000. All three seeds are native to the North American west.
The second part of our collaboration with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts has been the development of a temporary pollinator pasture with three apiary sculptures designed by Evan Hutchinson on the site of their future home in a new building. The pasture will have a 3-year lifespan and then the apiary sculptures will move to their permanent location at the local elementary school which is also developing a pollinator garden.
The pasture is designed by Megan Smetzer and Cameron Cartiere to be an “earth quilt” of pollinator friendly flowers forming a living sampler anchored with the three apiary sculptures created specifically for the site.