Orangeville artist’s free workshop a prized way to ‘Make 150 Count’

May 12, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

A young local artist is making the most of a bank’s national initiative launched in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, coming up on July 1.

Under the mantra Make 150 Count, RBC is providing youth across the country with the opportunity to earn $150 to go towards funding a fun event, program or initiative in their local community. After first learning of the initiative at the turn of the new year, Orangeville artist Ricky Schaede decided to apply in the hopes of doing something for Mother’s Day weekend.

After being selected as one of the program’s beneficiaries, Mr. Schaede, who has had his artwork featured in exhibits in Montreal and New York City and currently teaches art classes at Maggiolly Art Supplies in town, immediately went to work on planning a free workshop for people in the community.

“I am going to make 150 count by sharing my love of art and hopefully inspire others in my community,” Mr. Schaede indicated in his submission to RBC. “I’m going to use the $150 to purchase enough art supplies to offer a free Mandala Art Workshop. The idea will be to create a beautiful, unique mandala on watercolour paper.”

A mandala is an ancient Hindu symbol that represents the universe and the beauty and order of the natural world, says Mr. Schaede, who added that the motif serves as his “creative inspiration”, one that he’s excited to share with local residents at the workshop, coming up this Sunday, May 14.

“When we create mandalas, we are honouring the beauty of life and, by meditating on the symbol, we can begin to rearrange our inner world into a more beautiful, harmonious shape,” said Mr. Schaede. “I chose to offer this as my free workshop to bring the natural beauty of the world into my students’ awareness, in the hope that they leave my workshop with a new respect for the Earth and for the Universe as a whole.”

To register for the free workshop, visit A maximum of 18 individuals can register. The workshop will be held at Maggiolly Art Supplies in Orangeville from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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