Local artist, Jeff Wildgen, inspired by his time in Japan, spearheaded this unique community arts initiative bringing a little light into all of our lives. Enjoy the sight of whimsical ice art and candle-lit snow lanterns lining paths in the darker areas of town.
Jeff, with the support of the City of Belleville, the Quinte Arts Council and Downtown District BIA, is building something for all of our community to enjoy along the Riverfront Trail.
Located on the Riverside Trail that runs parallel to Front Street in Belleville, Ontario, the project depends on volunteers to build the lanterns and light the candles. The design, the tools, and the candles are all supplied by Moira Magic. Please contact the Project Manager , Jennifer Shea, if you would like to volunteer to build the snow lanterns, or if you would like to arrange a media interview.
Local artists, creators, makers, students, parents & children are all invited to create and place ice art between the snow lanterns at any time. No permission needed. We ask that your ice art be made with natural materials (water, wood, stone, plants, etc.) as the theme of Moira Magic this year is “LIFE”. Examples of natural ice art are on the Moira Magic Facebook page
With adequate snowfall, and enough volunteers, the lanterns will ‘spark up’ near the end of January. Moira Magic is presented in cooperation with The City of Belleville, Belleville Downtown District BIA and The Quinte Arts Council (QAC). Moira Magic will be on display during Savour the Chill activities, on February 25, depending on snowfall.
Photo credit: Ethan Cairns