Yoko Ono Adds Color at THEMUSEUM

As I’m sure you already know, THEMUSEUM in Kitchener is an amazing institution that we are very fortunate to have access to.  As a community landmark, and just one example of our commitment to arts and culture in Waterloo Region, they continue to push the envelope and bring us extraordinary and unique exhibitions from around the globe.  THEMUSEUM recently hosted the Yoko Ono exhibition “ADD COLOUR“, an interactive installation exhibition.

” The works chosen for THEMUSEUM bring a message of peace to the world. The interactive pieces encourage visitors to participate- from hanging a personal wish on Wish Trees for Kitchener to proclaiming your love via a special code to mending broken pottery. Each piece allows the visitor to reflect on the message and make a contribution together to a larger work.”

“Think peace. Act Peace. Spread Peace.
I love you! –   y.o. spring  2012

Two of my favorite works at the “ADD COLOUR” exhibit were the “Wish Tree“, and “Helmets”, which featured World War Two helmets suspended mid air containing puzzle pieces depicting blue skies.  Visitors were encouraged to take a piece of the puzzles with them.  I loved the idea of taking a piece of the exhibit home with me.


Another amazing thing that I love about THEMUSUEM is the way they embrace local artists and provide opportunities for exposure and collaboration.  In 2011 I was asked to create a window installation as part of the Tom Thompson exhibition “Searching for Tom“, and in 2012 I was again asked to participate by creating the window installation for Yoko Ono’s “ADD COLOUR”.

Keeping with Yoko’s lifetime quest and concept of spreading peace and love, I created an installation that embodied that core message.  I filled the window with soft white pillows, each painted with it’s own little bit of inspiration in bright colors.  My aim was to inspire people to dream, love, and create the life they desire in this world.  To Imagine a world filled with peace.  John Lennon said it best

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one

John Lennon- Imagine.


I’m also happy to let you know that at the end of the exhibition we donated all 28 pillows to Anselma House Women’s Crisis Services. We hope that they will inspire and give strength to the women fighting their own battles with violence and encourage them in their search for happy peaceful lives.

Quote  “Fear can keep us up all night, but faith makes one fine pillow“.