The Moveable Feast

May – October, 2012

Burnaby Art Gallery presents a season-long garden project by Vancouver artist, Holly Schmidt, entitled The Movable Feast. Constructing a series of planters complete with seating areas and worktables Schmidt will develop a small garden space near Ceperley House that will host workshops, edible events, and youth programs. Moveable Feast is responding to the current global mobility of food in the context of rapidly dwindling food varieties. Issues surrounding urban farming, food production and consumption will be explored through a series of public events and workshops that will take place within the garden space.



The Moveable Feast has many contributors from a wide range of disciplines.

Brian Campbell

Brian guest lectures at Van Dusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver and is the organic gardening educator and Bee Master to West Coast Seeds.  A Certified Bee Master, president of the Richmond Beekeepers Association, member of the board for the BC Association for Regenerative Agriculture, apiculture instructor with the Richmond Farm School, mentor with the Environmental Youth Alliance Urban Beekeeping Program and a producer of fine honey.  When Brian is not busy chasing after bees he is raising four sons and enjoys spending time with nature. News about the Blessed Bee Farm and School can be found here.

Roberta LaQuaglia

Roberta LaQuaglia is the Operations Manager for Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM), a non-profit society that brings locally produced food to urban consumers through the creation of pop-up plazas of commerce across the city. Roberta works collaboratively with vendors, staff, volunteers, community members and site hosts to meet the needs of all market stakeholders.  She also totes tents, hoists tables & patrols parking as one of the market crew whenever needed. When she isn’t organizing farmers markets, Roberta can be found baking goodies for her family and preserving her market bounty for trading at monthly “Food Swap Burnaby” events, that she also organizes. Roberta is a graduate of Langara’s Display and Design program and comes by her love of food and the domestic arts honestly, from her mom.

Learn more about Roberta’s Food Swaps and the Vancouver Farmers Markets.

Alexander McNaughton

Alexander is a wild forager, underground chef and local food systems consultant, and is engaged with nearly every aspect of the sustainable food movement. Working with non-profits and community groups, Alexander teaches youth about growing and cooking healthy local food and is the project coordinator for a modular farming installation at three Growing Chefs! (the non-profit partner) schools, and manages a community garden for the city of Vancouver. He is a food curator and facilitator for Late Nite Art; a collaborative, exploratory art process held bi-monthly in spaces throughout the city.

Alexander can often be found at your local farmers market, installing a boulevard farming operation or catering and hosting underground dinning experiences in unusual spaces throughout the city. A number of public art projects have also been undertaken, from wish trees to guerrilla garden installations. He is in the process of completing his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, majoring in international development and urban geography with a double minor in sustainable community development and dialogue. He is also concurrently conducting a self-directed community research project, under the supervision of Mark Roseland, that is focused on establishing a series of best practices and ethical guidelines for implementing nutrition, gardening and cooking programs at schools, with a specific emphasis on ethnographic methods and widespread community engagement.


Andrea Potter

Andrea is a Red Seal Chef and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She integrates these passions by teaching whole-foods cooking classes and workshops, as well as by offering nutrition counseling. She is passionate about food culture and the benefits of whole, local and slow foods. To learn more about Andrea’s courses and workshops check out the Rooted Nutrition website here.


David Asher Rotsztain

David Asher is an organic farmer and farmstead cheesemaker on Mayne Island on the west coast of BC.  He picked up his cheesemaking skills from various teachers, including a Brown Swiss cow named Sundae on Cortes Island. David offers cheesemaking workshops with many food security-minded organizations around the Salish Sea including Lifecycles Society in Victoria, the UBC Farm in Vancouver, and the Foxglove Centre on Saltspring Island. Learn more about cheesemaking with David Asher on his website.


Holly Schmidt

Holly is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaborative research and informal pedagogy.  Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities.  Schmidt is a recent graduate of the Master’s program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a Governor General’s Gold Medal recipient.  Her recent exhibitions and projects include Grow, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Vancouver, Laboratory for Living, Moveable City, Cineworks, Vancouver, Bio Circuit, TEI: Tangible, Embedded Computing Conference, MIT, Boston and Inside Outside at the Visningrommet, Bergen, Norway. She teaches sessionally at Emily Carr University and maintains a studio in Vancouver.


Lori Weidenhammer

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Saskatchewan. For the past six years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker. Her collaborative media works with Peter Courtemanche have been shown in Canada and abroad. As a food security volunteer and activist Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on eating locally, gardening for pollinators, and guerilla gardening. She is passionate about art that that transforms the relationship between the artist and the viewer and creates community bonds. You can learn more about her at her website Bee Saijiki.