The Roberts Creek Community Mandala is a non-profit, public art work open to everyone with an inner artist to share. Now in its seventeenth year, the Mandala has evolved from a humble creation of five friends to hosting over 600 participants in 2013, with painters coming 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. Over the next few days, the public is invited to choose a specific "canvas" in which to share their artistic vision. 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 four consecutive days in late July, 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 it's 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, sparked by 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 and film events, yard sales, etc. The Mandala wishes to thank the local businesses and individuals who continually support the project. Sales of posters, postcards and photographs take place at the Mannafestival and Roberts Creek Daze. Donation jars may be found 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 every year 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.