It’s buzzing at Koffler Gallery. Yeah, that’s right. Bee jokes.
When we heard that Koffler Gallery was putting together an urban beekeeping bicycle tour we just had to go. It featured Penelope Stewart’s artist talk about her beeswax installation Vanitas followed by a group bike ride to the Portlands Energy Centre beehives to see those bugs in action. In case you’re not up on bee politics, there’s a few pesticide-y reasons why bee populations have dropped almost 35 per cent in recent years. It’s really important to understand why we need these little stingers in our lives and the event did a great job of spreading the bee love.
Koffler Gallery’s event took us off the normal gallery exhibition route and landed us in the middle of Toronto’s wild waterfront fields. Bees flew around our heads and a self-proclaimed Ottawa Valley hippie talked about getting the bees stoned with sage. We dipped our fingers in honeycomb, lit some fresh beeswax candles and saw people doing it in a car parked nearby. A great time.
(Second photo via Now Toronto)