Chak-Chak Point, Mt. Elphinstone, Cascadia/B.C. Canada
The Roberts Creek Community Mandala is a non-profit, public art work open to everyone with an inner artist to share. Now in its twentieth year, the Mandala has evolved from a humble creation of five friends to hosting over 600+ participants each summer, attracting painters from the local community and internationally. The design, laid in white latex paint on an asphalt surface, is filled in by the mandala's crew of organizers/artists. Next, the public is invited to paint a specific "canvas". Paint, brushes, and all other necessary implements are supplied. Creativity is encouraged in a sacred space of focused intention, as children of all ages bring the Mandala, in rainbow colors, newly back to life each summer. Public painting (weather-pending) ) takes place over three-four consecutive days, beginning July 19th-ish, noon to 7 pm, and celebrates its completion in accordance with the MannaFestival, a day of dancing, music, and gathering.
The Community Mandala began in 1997. Five friends arrived with paint cans to the Roberts Creek Beach to paint over negative graffiti in the parking zone of the beach on the eve of Roberts Creek Daze. Two of the original Creek artists involved, Robert Marion and Erica Snowlake, continue to organize and support the growth of the project every year. Rob Marion designed the overall pattern of the Mandala at its inception, and is the template designer/visionary artist-with-the-roller-brush, each year. The Mandala is currently organized by a dedicated team of experienced volunteers, including Pamela Messner & family, and is a joyful expression of the Community of the Sunshine Coast's commitment to the Arts & Peace, Love and Unity.
The Mandala is a non-profit organization which relies on donations from the Community to fund the project. The Sunshine Coast Credit Union holds an account for the Mandala under the name Creek Mandala Trust Fund, to which checks and donations may be deposited.The organizers hold fundraisers throughout the year in the form of music/film events, yard sales, etc. The Mandala wishes to thank the SCRD, who yearly donate a grant to the project, and local businesses and individuals, for their support. Sales of posters, postcards, and photographs take place at the Mannafestival and Roberts Creek Daze. Pre-mandala donation jars are placed in local businesses in Roberts Creek.
Photography and Website
We are fortunate to feature the photography of Chris Yeske on this site, capturing a unique point of view of the Mandala from an overhead height of sixty feet. The design of the whole is thus made evident, an eagle's eye view coming in to focus! The Mandala's celebratory ground photography is the work of Erica Snowlake.