Gallery Events

Join us as we explore how the arts can help us to think more deeply and empathetically about issues related to poverty and homelessness.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST
Via ZOOM
Click here to register

Public discussions of social housing often perpetuate stigmas around poverty and homelessness. Meanwhile, the voices of people who need social housing are not heard. This three-part event series aims to encourage more reflective and empathetic discussions by centering these voices through first-person narrative and the arts.

Part 3: Reframing the Narrative through the Arts

Join us as we explore how the arts can help us to think more deeply and empathetically about issues related to poverty and homelessness. This event will feature a panel discussion with artists Mariah Eli, Mihailo Subotic, and PJ Patten.

The event will be moderated by Khari Wendell McClelland, an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning.

The hosting partners for this event are the Institute of Applied Ethics at Douglas College and the Arts Council of New Westminster.

This project is generously funded through a grant provided by the Vancouver Foundation.

Event Registration Information:

Please register for the event by ordering a ticket and adding your e-mail address. A Zoom link to access the event will be provided through e-mail to ticket holders before the event.

Closed captioning will be provided for the event. If you have any other accessibility needs and would like to attend the event, please get in touch with us.

Attendees will also receive a digital volume of artwork and essays on the topic of how the arts can be used to improve public dialogue about issues related to poverty and homelessness.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

We acknowledge the unceded territory of the Qayqayt , sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Kwikwetlem, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, Stz’uminus, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish).

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Abhisek Mukherjee

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020. 3pm –  4pm

INTER/ACTION

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Alisha Sian

Artist Talk: Sunday, February 16, 2020. 3pm –  4pm

INTER/ACTION

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Surrey-based visual artist Alisha Sian has aspired to embrace her artistic passions from an early age, including enrollment at Emily Carr. Like many young girls of South Asian heritage growing up in an increasingly expensive city, her family pressured her into a more financially viable career path, and away from pursuing art in any professional context. Sian has taken matters into her own hands and is sharing her debut exhibition  drawing series, Vulnerability, in the hopes of starting her career as a professional artist.

Sian frequents life-drawing seminars in the metro Vancouver area and since 2017 has been commissioned for portrait work, mostly in graphite pencil. She has earned a nursing degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and completed a practicum in mental health, addictions and youth care. She is now a fully certified nurse, a profession that deeply inspires the emotional content of her work.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Mardell Rampton

Artist Talk: Sunday, November 17, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

Inter/action

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Mardell Rampton is a Canadian artist who works intuitively with colour and texture on cloth to create her paintings. Her process involves hand dyeing, hand painting, and marking the cloth. Working from Studio Southwynde in Burnaby, BC, Rampton is an internationally exhibited artist with recent work appearing in shows in the US, Canada, France and Italy. More recently, the artist has also been exploring watercolour on cold pressed papers.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

Jazz Meets Art: The Gallery Gig
Wednesday October 16, 2019
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Free Admission

Jazz standards featuring Robert Fee (alto sax), Jodi Proznick (bass) and Bill Coon (guitar)

Join us for a free concert at the Gallery at Queen’s Park, featuring jazz standards performed by currently exhibiting artist Robert Fee (alto sax), Bill Coon (guitar) and Jodi Proznick (bass). The show runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy listening to top musical talent in relaxed and intimate surroundings — the “Makeshift” exhibition runs until October 27th.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Robert Fee

Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

An artist and musician now living in New Westminster, Robert Fee originally hails from the Okanagan. After completing an Art Degree with a major in drawing and painting, Fee spent many years playing Jazz and Blues in clubs in BC while building his art portfolio. He made the move to Vancouver in the late 1990’s, first studying jazz at Capilano College, then completing a Bachelor of Art Education at UBC.

A high school Art teacher for nearly 20 years, teaching has become a great passion in Fee’s life; he finds witnessing the creative process fascinating, and enjoys seeing myriad individual approaches to visual problems in the course of a school year. He is inspired by his students, and continually surprised at the diverse nature of mark-making.

As for his own work, Fee approaches painting in a way similar to jazz improvisation. His main instrument is the saxophone. The idea of creating a solo, starting from basic structures and developing them in new and unexpected ways, could also describe the way Fee works with paint—in a simple and direct way, trying to express honestly.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Marney-Rose Edge

Artist Talk: Sunday, Sept 15, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Marney-Rose Edge was born into a creative family and raised in New Zealand in the beautiful art deco seaside town of Napier. Her father was an avid amateur photographer, and her mother hand-coloured photographs and dabbled in pastels. Ever since childhood and always fascinated with colour, Edge has loved creating beautiful things. She is a “late bloomer” who ventured into painting in her forties; her inexhaustible passion for it has not diminished. A natural teacher, Edge has a following with her watercolour classes and workshops; she also instructs privately.

After a career spanning almost 30 years in the Graphic Arts/Printing industry, an opportunity for Edge to become an entrepreneur/sole business owner, painting full-time, presented itself. She paints realistically, influenced by romantic beauty and an ethereal softness creating an escape from the everyday.

Edge’s paintings have won many awards locally and internationally, and appear in publications such as The Best of Watercolour, The Best of Acrylics and International Artist Magazine. Edge earned Senior Signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors, as well as on the Fraser Valley Chapter Board. She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

The Arts Council of New Westminster
and
Youth For A Change
present:

 The Art of Queer
Art show & Spoken Word
a part of New West Pride week.

Entry by donation if you can, free if you can’t.

August 12, 2019
Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
6-8pm

Join us for an art exhibition featuring LGBTQ+ artists and spoken word, event beginning at 6pm.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Annette Nieukerk

Artist Talk: Sunday, Aug 11, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Now in her fifth decade of art practice, Annette Nieukerk has had a varied career spanning disciplines, media and genres. As a young artist, she depicted the prairie landscape using silkscreen printing as her medium of choice. In mid-career, Nieukerk became passionately involved in theatre design and followed that path for many years while maintaining her role as an art educator. Today, Nieukerk works out of a studio in East Vancouver, utilizing a variety of painting and drawing media employing the aging female figure as the focus of her practice.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Robert Ascroft

Artist Talk: Sunday, July 14, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Born in Montréal, Québec, Ascroft’s interest in art emerged in childhood and early adulthood. During his first career as a graphic artist, he studied evenings for a degree in art education, and then earned a diploma for the teaching of art. He introduced and taught a high school alternative art program based on mass media for four years, serving on the province’s high school examinations committee for two years.

Obtaining a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, Ascroft’s professional path changed direction when he embarked on a succession of careers: university teaching, corporate training development, business management and consulting.

Upon retirement, Ascroft resumed his passion for art and taught watercolour painting at Century House for four years. He lives in New Westminster with his wife, Jeanie.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Garey Shergill

Artist Talk: Sunday, May 5, 2019. 3pm –  4pm

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Born in 1982 in Surrey, BC, Garey Shergill was the youngest, and only boy, of five children. At age 16, he began to explore art as a form of escape to cope with personal insecurities, using it as an emotional outlet and form of personal therapy. Art was the only thing that was truly his own, within the privacy of his sketchbook. Topics of gender and sexuality were present within his work—moving into the abstraction of shapes and figures became a way to disguise the inner conversation he was having within himself. Garey’s passion for art intensified when one of his sisters began studies at Emily Carr; he would watch her work, and soon after began to sit in on her classes.

Fast forward ten years: art was exclusively a highly personal expressive outlet for Shergill. This shifted when he joined a group in the Queensborough area of New Westminster called Artists in the Boro, where his passion and drive were encouraged. He was accepted to Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2012. During this program, Shergill investigated sculpture, woodwork, screen printing and photography. Having tried various media and subjects, he always found his way back to painting. During his schooling, Shergill participated in several group exhibitions in Vancouver and New Westminster, and in 2016 had a solo exhibition at the Gallery at Queen’s Park called “Foreign Gaze: Bollywood Eyes.” The latter ignited his passion to create paintings in series. Graduating with a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr in 2018 was a “full circle” moment for Garey, one that began when he was a 16 year-old sitting in the classroom with his sister.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Lisa-Scarlett Cruji

Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14, 2019. 3pm –  4pm.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

When asked if she considers herself more of an artist or a writer, Lisa-Scarlett Cruji replies, “I am both, in equal parts.” Realizing that her miniature watercolours increasingly featured text, Cruji gradually discovered that the addition of words could add another dimension to her art—providing a narrator to express even the most complex feelings, while the image communicated in a more subtle, but no less important way.

Cruji studied Expressive Arts at the Haliburton School of the Arts; bookbinding, book arts and printing with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and poetry writing at Simon Fraser University. She holds the accreditation of Artist Educator from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Learning through the Arts Division.

Cruji’s work has been exhibited in both solo shows and juried group exhibitions. She has taught mixed media art and book arts, and studied under talented artists such as her artistic heroes Nick Bantock and George A. Walker. As author and illustrator of the book, The ‘How Did You Die?’ Show, Crjui found an opportunity to showcase her fun-loving, somewhat macabre, mixed media/Polaroid image transfer art. An avid reader, progressive rock fan, and mandolin player, Cruji is originally from Kingston, Ontario; she now lives in Vancouver, BC.


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Arthur Babiarz & Olga Turok

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 17, 3:00 – 4:00pm

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biographies

Arthur Babiarz

Since childhood, Arthur Babiarz has been interested in art and photography. His drawings, paintings, and later design work were often influenced by that medium, and Arthur considers his camera, which he always carries with him, his “vision extension.”
Born and raised in Poland, where he studied fine art and design, Arthur subsequently received his MFA degree. His image creation skills are applied to both his professional and artistic activities. In Canada, as a university level visual art and graphic design instructor, Arthur also teaches computer graphics, digital photography and post-production editing.

Olga Turok

Olga discovered clay in 1975 and soon realized that it would be her artistic passion. She finds working with this material healing, meditative and fulfilling, and becomes inspired on outdoor excursions where she connects with nature.
Olga is a self-taught potter and also a watercolourist. Clay is her main medium for the creation of both functional and decorative pottery. She enjoys hand-building and throwing pots for burnishing, and sawdust firing by hot smoke. Elsa also sculpts structures that she calls “My Vancouver.”
Working on her pots makes Olga feel grounded and connected to the Earth. Every vessel undergoes a long process of creation, which involves the four elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
As a member of Artists in Our Midst, Point Grey Potters, and the Potters Guild of BC, Olga participates in many community events and shows.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park and Bully’s Studios presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday February 27, 2019
6:30-7:30pm
Tickets $10 + services charges
Featuring Adele M. Wilding Trio

Adele M Wilding (vocals)
Dan Reynolds (piano)
Conrad Good (double bass)

Click here for tickets

Inaugural Winner of the 2005 BWA Nina Simone Award, contemporary jazz vocalist/composer Adele M. Wilding and her trio will perform a sophisticated blend of jazz standards and originals at this evening’s The Gallery Sessions at Queen’s Park.

A graduate of the Jazz and Popular Music Program at the UOL Goldsmiths College, Wilding’s rich vocals have made her an audience favourite on both sides of the Atlantic. To date, she has released four commercial recordings. Recent highlights include three tours across Western Canada and a Christmas release of the Bruce Cockburn classic, ‘Shepherds’.

In addition to her many performances in Vancouver, Wilding was Creative Director of and performer in the Dixon Divas Benefit Concert, an event that included Dee Daniels and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach as special guest artists. She produced and performed in the Canada 150 show ‘A Celebration of Canadian Singer-Songwriters’, which featured a collaboration with Darlene Ketchum. Wilding also appeared as Guest Vocalist for the Miles Black Trio in the Canada 150 ‘Tribute to Oscar Peterson’. An advocate of jazz worship series, Wilding has performed at Jazz Evensong at The Sanctuary in Brentwood, Burnaby and at the North Shore Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew’s United Church, North Vancouver.

Miss Wilding is currently writing and touring her ‘Caribbean & Blue’ project, a collection of works that fuse contemporary jazz with Caribbean and Latin influences, whilst celebrating the colour blue. Plans to record the project will commence in 2019.

Exceptional singer…challenging and engaging arrangements…” Keith Ames, Musician Magazine

URLs:
Official Website: www.adelemwilding.bandzoogle.com
Facebook: Adele M. Wilding Jazz
Twitter: @AMWildingJazz

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Elsa Chesnel

Artist Talk: Sunday, February 10, 3:00 – 4:00pm

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artist Biography

Self-taught in the visual arts, Elsa Chesnel rejected integrating into a French Art School to concentrate on immigrating to Canada. This decade of apparent setback in her artistic growth came back with a vengeance of darkness and colour, sending her staggering toward abstract artwork. She regained her footing remembering Kandinsky’s reckless curves, experimenting with Sonia Delaunay’s bold colours, and discovering Joan Mitchell’s aggressive softness.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

David Pacholko

Artist Talk: Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 4:00pm

With over a decade of experience in the graphic design industry behind him, David started his design studio in 1999 – David James Design, and ventured forth to provide clients with strategic graphic design, illustration and public art projects. He is a Award Winning Designer/Illustrator, with numerous international and national design awards to his credit along with 10 public art competition projects. 10 years ago, David began to explore his fine art side and started his journey of producing large and small scale mixed media  abstract artwork. Since then he has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the lower mainland and today he splits his time between his graphic design and mixed media work.

Inter/action

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes & Figure Drawing

Free

Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge 

“The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. ‘Praxis’ may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.” – Feminist Family Theory Flashcards 

Essentially, Praxis means practice. The artistic practice and yoga practice share the common methodology of examining, processing, and transforming the lived experience into creative self-expression. The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s is celebrating this commonality by creating a shared space for art forms and yoga through Praxis

Praxis invites artists to practice figure drawing of consenting yoga class participants. This supports barrier-free access for members to practice drawing the human figure in dynamic poses, in a positive and engaging environment. This unique offering explores an understanding of the human body as a form as well as a tool. Each class will also include a post-class social where participants can connect over food or drinks from local businesses. In an effort to increase space for self-care that supports physical and mental health, provide access to figure drawing, and build community, The Gallery at Queen’s Park is partnering with The Green Channel to offer this barrier-free monthly event in which instructors Jenni Higgins or Hillary Keegan will be leading a sensory experience that unites yoga, dance and movement, sound, and visual art.

Jenni Higgins teaches yoga across the New Westminster and Burnaby area and is the owner of MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance Studio in New Westminster and a Lululemon Ambassador for the Burnaby/New Westminster community.

Hillary Keegan teaches yoga across the Burnaby and New Westminster area as well and is an Alumni Lululemon Ambassador, Mala Collective Ambassador, Spiritual Gangster Ambassador, SUP Yoga, Van-Mermaid Ambassador, VEGA; Kings Island & Sage Advocate.

The Green Channel is an exclusive and curated streaming service dedicated to giving a voice to all living things. Our informative and entertaining films shine a light on today’s most pressing environmental challenges — and the creative, hopeful solutions that can drive change. We know that we can accomplish more together than alone. That’s why we’re building a community of passionate and informed environmental advocates, and supporting community events, like Praxis!

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Lululemon Metrotown Our vision for our store is to create more than a place where people could get gear to sweat in, we want to create a community hub where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living, mindfulness and living a life of possibility. It is also important for us to create real relationships with our guests and understand what they were passionate about, how they like to sweat and help them celebrate their goals. Today, we do this in our stores around the globe.

Brought to you by:

  • MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance
  • Santosha: Yoga, Meditation and Fitness
  • Arts Council of New Westminster
  • British Columbia Art Council
  • Lululemon Metrotown
  • City of New Westminster
  • The Green Channel

CANCELLED

*WE REGRET DUE TO POOR TICKETS SALES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*

Please join us for our next concert on February 27, 2019


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions featuring La Modestine

Wednesday January 30, 2019
6:30-8:00pm
Tickets: $30+services charges
Available through Eventbrite: gallerysessions.eventbrite.ca

From the Düben Collection: Music that deserves to be heard

The extraordinary Düben Collection contains over 2,000 manuscripts of 17th and early-18th century music by more than 300 European composers, collected by members of the Düben family and donated to Uppsala University in 1732. The collection is thought to include the music library of the Royal Swedish Court, where four of the Dübens served as kapellmeisters from 1640 to 1726.

La Modestine (Marc Destrubé and Linda Melsted, violins, Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba, and Michael Jarvis, harpsichord and organ) will perform a selection of rarely-heard gems from the collection, including sonatas by Buxtehude, Becker and Reincken.

More information at: http://www.lamodestine.ca/

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Seth Macbeth

Creative Collage Workshop: Sunday, October 14, 1:00 – 5:00pm

One of the most important lessons Seth Macbeth has learned as an artist is that you have to be brave. When it comes to creativity, many people feel that is it doesn’t come naturally, that they will never possess the skills or talent to create art. To prove this wrong, Seth Macbeth’s Inter/action session will host a Creative Collage Workshop. The workshop runs from 1pm-5pm, for the duration of the gallery hours, and allows gallery visitors of all ages to approach and explore creativity, and makes collages they can be proud of. Anyone can be an artist, and the first step is to be brave!

The Workshop will begin with a short introduction to the elements of design – line, shape, space, and balance – with examples of work. Then will follow three 5-minute exercises that push people to trust their instincts and be brave with their choices. Three 4” x 6” collage cards are created in this time. Using the methods from these exercises, the class will then do three more 5-minute exercises based on different themes. Each person leaves the workshop with six completed works of art, and the courage to take risks and explore creativity!

Inter/action

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park and Bully’s Studios presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday October 24, 2018
6:30-7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring Ray Boulay

Ray Boulay, has been a New Westminster resident for over 6 years. He’s a musician and an actor. Formerly of the hard rock band The Deadwax Collective, Ray has been going back to his Folk/Rock style of songwriting. His major influences are Chris Cornell, Blue Rodeo, Jeff Buckley, Jakob Dylan and Hawksley Workman. He’s excited and recharged to settle into his original style of acoustic songwriting. In addition to music Ray is also an actor and heavily involved in the Vagabond Players at the Bernie Legge theatre in Queen’s Park, New Westminster. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Page Theatre, a non for profit theatre society also situated in New Westminster. Acting TV credits include: Once Upon A Time, DC Legends, Some Assembly Required and the Flash. Album and Solo recordings credits include: Rockstar:48 (solo), Intake (Boulay Band), Lighting in a Bottle (The Deadwax Collective) and Elephant In The Room (The Deadwax Collective)

Ray is currently working on a new solo album.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Suzanne Laird

Artist Talk:  Sunday, September 16, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

In 2002, Suzanne Laird earned her BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, focusing on painting, sculpture, drawing, and media arts. In 2009, Laird graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has exhibited her work in Saskatoon and around Metro Vancouver, and continues to maintain her studio practice locally. Suzanne Laird’s Artist Talk will share her processes and journey with the audience, and focus on the healing powers of art making.  

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Lex Ireton

Artist Talk:  Sunday, August 12, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Lex Ireton was born in the Kootenays and raised in New Westminster. Attending Capilano University from 2008-2011 she dabbled in printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing and sculpture. After moving to Calgary in 2011 to study at ACAD she discovered glass and that has been the primary material ever since. Graduating with a BFA in 2014 Lex continues to travel back and forth across Canada working as a studio assistant while continuing to build her own body of work.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday July 25, 2018
6:30-7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring Rob Leishman
RSVP here
 
No loops
No sequences
All synths
Everything played real-time and improvised.
 
More info: acnw.ca/gallerysessions

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Tony Durke

Artist Talk:  Sunday, July 15, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Tony Durke was born in Victoria BC in 1973, and grew up in Campbell River. In high school, Durke began commercial fishing, and then entered the forest industry. He later attended Canadian College in Victoria to study film arts. Duke has been working in film for 18 years, now specializing in art direction, which is a profession that involves colour, texture, and the entire design of the film. In his studio practice, Durke’s medium of choice is oil and mixed media on carved wood, and has explored this style of working for about 10 years. Durke now lives and works in New Westminster.

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes & Figure Drawing

Featuring:

An After-Class Social with Steel & Oak Brewing Co. and Vancouver Fashion Truck

Free

Wednesday, June 20, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge 

“The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. ‘Praxis’ may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.” – Feminist Family Theory Flashcards | Quizlet.com

Essentially, Praxis means practice. The artistic practice and yoga practice share the common methodology of examining, processing, and transforming the lived experience into creative self-expression. The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s is celebrating this commonality by creating a shared space for art forms and yoga through Praxis

Praxis invites artists to practice figure drawing of consenting yoga class participants. This supports barrier-free access for members to practice drawing the human figure in dynamic poses, in a positive and engaging environment. This unique offering explores an understanding of the human body as a form as well as a tool. Each class will also include a post-class social where participants can connect over food or drinks from local businesses. In an effort to increase space for self-care that supports physical and mental health, provide access to figure drawing, and build community, The Gallery at Queen’s Park is partnering with Lululemon to offer this barrier-free monthly event in which instructors Jenni Higgins or Hillary Keegan will be leading a sensory experience that unites yoga, dance and movement, sound, and visual art.

Jenni Higgins teaches yoga across the New Westminster and Burnaby area and is the owner of MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance Studio in New Westminster and a Lululemon Ambassador for the Burnaby/New Westminster community.

Hillary Keegan teaches yoga across the Burnaby and New Westminster area as well and is an Alumni Lululemon Ambassador, Mala Collective Ambassador, Spiritual Gangster Ambassador, SUP Yoga, Van-Mermaid Ambassador, VEGA; Kings Island & Sage Advocate.

Lululemon Metrotown Our vision for our store is to create more than a place where people could get gear to sweat in, we want to create a community hub where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living, mindfulness and living a life of possibility. It is also important for us to create real relationships with our guests and understand what they were passionate about, how they like to sweat and help them celebrate their goals. Today, we do this in our stores around the globe.

Brought to you by:

  • MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance
  • Santosha: Yoga, Meditation and Fitness
  • Arts Council of New Westminster
  • British Columbia Art Council
  • Lululemon Metrotown
  • City of New Westminster

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes & Figure Drawing

Featuring:

An After-Class Social with Steel & Oak Brewing Co. and Vancouver Fashion Truck

Free
Register Here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge 

“The process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, embodied, or realized. ‘Praxis’ may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.” – Feminist Family Theory Flashcards | Quizlet.com

Essentially, Praxis means practice. The artistic practice and yoga practice share the common methodology of examining, processing, and transforming the lived experience into creative self-expression. The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s is celebrating this commonality by creating a shared space for art forms and yoga through Praxis

Praxis invites artists to practice figure drawing of consenting yoga class participants. This supports barrier-free access for members to practice drawing the human figure in dynamic poses, in a positive and engaging environment. This unique offering explores an understanding of the human body as a form as well as a tool. Each class will also include a post-class social where participants can connect over food or drinks from local businesses. In an effort to increase space for self-care that supports physical and mental health, provide access to figure drawing, and build community, The Gallery at Queen’s Park is partnering with Lululemon to offer this barrier-free monthly event in which instructors Jenni Higgins or Hillary Keegan will be leading a sensory experience that unites yoga, dance and movement, sound, and visual art.

Jenni Higgins teaches yoga across the New Westminster and Burnaby area and is the owner of MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance Studio in New Westminster and a Lululemon Ambassador for the Burnaby/New Westminster community.

Hillary Keegan teaches yoga across the Burnaby and New Westminster area as well and is an Alumni Lululemon Ambassador, Mala Collective Ambassador, Spiritual Gangster Ambassador, SUP Yoga, Van-Mermaid Ambassador, VEGA; Kings Island & Sage Advocate.

Lululemon Metrotown Our vision for our store is to create more than a place where people could get gear to sweat in, we want to create a community hub where people could learn and discuss the physical aspects of healthy living, mindfulness and living a life of possibility. It is also important for us to create real relationships with our guests and understand what they were passionate about, how they like to sweat and help them celebrate their goals. Today, we do this in our stores around the globe.

Brought to you by:

  • MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance
  • Santosha: Yoga, Meditation and Fitness
  • Arts Council of New Westminster
  • British Columbia Art Council
  • Lululemon Metrotown
  • City of New Westminster

The Gallery at Queen’s Park and Bully’s Studios presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday May 30, 2018
6:30 – 7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring Matt Gibson

Matt is a Canadian indie/folk artist from Ottawa, ON, currently living in New Westminster, BC. He started teaching himself how play guitar and sing in 2010. With interest in artists like Elliott Smith, Ben Howard and Bryan John Appleby, among other folk/indie musicians, he began to learn some of their music, while continuously working on his own. He began performing for close friends which motivated him to pursue music more seriously. From there, he continued honing his skills while studying at Metalworks Institute in Toronto, ON, and graduated from the Audio Engineering and Production program in 2013. With a better understanding of the technical recording side of sound, he began to utilize that knowledge on his own music. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2015, he met many fellow musicians that eventually pushed him towards finishing his first album. A Trip to Remember, A Place to Forget, his debut album, was recorded in the summer of 2017 at Howl Studio in Oakville, ON. The album draws from his initial folk and indie influences but also from recent interest in ambient/post-rock artists like Hammock and Sigur Ros.
 
 
More information: http://www.acnw.ca/gallerysessions

To celebrate The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural environment, we have decided to ring in spring with a photography contest! The subject is the beautiful and bountiful rhododendron bushes outside of the Centennial Lodge and inside the park! All styles of photographs and editing are welcome (black & white, macro, portraits, landscapes, manipulated, selfies etc.) The purpose of the contest is creative expression and appreciation of nature!

To be eligible to win, photographers are required to:

1. Photograph the rhododendrons in Queen’s Park.

2. Post their photograph on instagram.

3. Include the tags: @thegalleryqp #thegalleryatqueenspark #rhodophoto_acnw 

4. Tag one friend.

The Rhodo Photo Contest winner will be selected on May 31st, 2018.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Diane Roy

Artist Talk:  Sunday, May 6, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Born in Ontario, Diane Roy grew up in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec. In 1977, she received a D.E.C in Art and Literature from college in Rouyn, Québec.  In 1980, she graduated in Fine Art and Education from the University of Québec in Chicoutimi. She took part in an exhibition on tour across Canada in 1980. From 1982 to 1986, she lived in Edmonton, Alberta, where she began a production of fibre sculptures. She received a production grant from Alberta Culture in 1984. She has lived in Vancouver, British Columbia since 1986. From 1986 to 1990, she studied the medium of holography while pursuing her work in fibre art and education. She has represented Canada in an international show in Morocco, in 1989. She participated in International Textile exhibition in Japan (1994), France (1996) and Spain in (1998). In 2014, she has shown a first retrospective of her work dating from 1980-2014 in 2015, she achieved her first public art project in North Delta, B.C.

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes

By Donation Drop-in $0-7
Register here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge

We’re bringing something different to our community. Yoga in alternative spaces.

Join us at The Gallery at Queen’s Park for some Yoga in a non-traditional space on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Each month there will be something new as we play on the idea of yoga in alternative spaces. One this is for sure, you probably have not done yoga like this before.

Jenni or Hillary will be leading you through a sensory experience connecting community, art, sound and movement.

Jenni Higgins teaches yoga across the Burnaby and New Westminster region and is the owner of MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance Studio in New Westminster and a Lululemon Ambassador for the Burnaby/New Westminster community.

Hillary Keegan teaches yoga across the Burnaby and New Westminster area as well and is an Alumni Lululemon Ambassador, Mala Collective Ambassador, Spiritual Gangster Ambassador, SUP Yoga, Van-Mermaid Ambassador, VEGA; Kings Island & Sage Advocate.

Brought to you by:

  • MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance
  • Santosha: Yoga, Meditation and Fitness
  • Arts Council of New Westminster
  • British Columbia Art Council
  • Lululemon Metrotown

The Gallery at Queen’s Park and Bully’s Studios presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday April 25, 2018
6:30 – 7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring Bryan Anderson with Yuki Shimono

Bryan Field Anderson was born in Willowdale, Ontario and now lives in New Westminster, British Columbia. He is a teacher of English as a Second Language at International House Vancouver and a singer/songwriter having produced four albums to date – the first two with Bryan Anderson & The Keys, a third with Beat Seeking Missiles, and a solo album. Bryan likes a good musical project; he says it keeps him focused. From ‘Game On’, a song created to inspire Canadian athletes in Sochi, to ‘On The Edge Of Heaven’, a contest submission for the Rocky Mountaineer, which won him and his wife two first-class tickets on the fabled train, Bryan is always on the lookout for his next project to pour himself into. Bryan’s most recent project saw him switch from piano, his first instrument, to guitar ( an instrument he’s always wanted to play). With his new guitar in hand, Bryan set out to complete his most ambitious project: a song for Canada containing 150 references. His song, aptly titled We’re Canadian, is matched to a video slideshow taking the listener (and/or viewer) on a virtual journey far and wide.

Bryan has receded from the public eye in recent years preferring to work ‘behind the scenes’. He continues to hone his song-writing craft, though, with the hope of finding the right song and selling it to the right artist. April 25 at Queen’s Park will be a rare sighting for anyone wishing to see Bryan live in concert. He is, however, looking forward to the opportunity to share his music with the people of his adopted home.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Dennis Greer

Artist Talk & Painting Demonstration:  Sunday, April 15, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Dennis Greer received a BFA, majoring in painting, from the University of Alberta and a Graduate Diploma in illustration from Sheridon College of Art and Design in Oakville, Ontario. Upon graduating from the UofA he was immediately employed as an illustrator/graphic designer for the Edmonton Separate School Board where he illustrated various books and posters curriculum materials. He then went on to be an illustrator and museum display artist with the Government of Alberta, in the Historic Sites Dept. and after moving to British Columbia, was, for over fifteen years, the “Artistic Coordinator” for WorkSafe BC where he designed and illustrated various safety related manuals and posters. His teaching experience includes stints with the UofA and Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton as well as Vancouver Community College and Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is currently teaching drawing and illustration at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. Greer’s home and studio is in the Commercial Drive community of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is currently working on paintings for a show in Hung Jo China in the fall of 2018. 

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Iris Mes-Low

Artist Talk:  Sunday, March 18, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Iris Mes-Low is a New Westminster Artist born in The Netherlands with work in public and private collections in both Europe and North America. She works full-time in her studio at Braid St Studios in New Westminster. She has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 30 years.

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes

By Donation Drop-in $1-7

Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge

We’re bringing something new to our community. An all ages all level movement journey with a twist! Join us at The Gallery at Queen’s Park for some Yoga in a non-traditional space. Jenni will be leading you through a sensory experience. Connecting community, art, sound, and movement.

Jenni is the owner of MOVE Studio in New Westminster and a Lululemon Ambassador for the Burnaby/New Westminster community.

Brought to you by:

  • MOVE Yoga.Pilates.Dance
  • Arts Council of New Westminster
  • British Columbia Art Council
  • Lululemon Metrotown

The Gallery at Queen’s Park and Bully’s Studios presents

Gallery Sessions
Wednesday March 28, 2018
6:30 – 7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring Ian Fildes
 
Ian Fildes is a New Westminster based musician attending Douglas College for music. Ian has played in various bands since the age of 16 including GSTS!, Varsity Girls, and most recently Queen Bee & the Buzzkills. He has been trying to expand his sonic understanding and wants to explore this with tunes ranging from personal compositions to reimagining medieval chant and 80’s new wave.
 
@ian.fildes on Instagram

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Manuel Axel Strain

Artist Talk:  Sunday, February 18, 2018. 3pm –  4pm. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Artists Bio

Manuel Axel Strain is an interdisciplinary artist of Coast Salish, Secwepemc, and Okanagan descent. Strain was raised in the suburban neighbourhood of Maple Ridge with little knowledge of what it meant to be a person of First Nations descent. This upbringing lead Strain to examine the construction of First Nations identities – in particular the internal conflicts that arise from imposed identity constructs.  He works with painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video installations. His practice confronts the legacies of colonization that have been left upon the identities of the First Nations people of Canada. Strain is mainly concerned with post-colonial notions of hybridity, assimilation, cultural appropriation, self determination and resistance. Through the appropriation of euro-centric art he simultaneously accepts these legacies and rejects them while subverting colonial perception of indigenous art. His purpose is to redefine his indigeneity and break the cycle of inaccurate generalizations. His goal is to move beyond the binary opposition of the colonizer and the colonized to establish new ontologies for the First Nations identity.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday February 28, 2018
6:30 – 7:30pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring HOUNDSTOOTHE
 

HOUNDSTOOTHE is an emerging “electro – grunge” duo from Vancouver, Canada. This progressive band is comprised of Julian Winstanley commanding the guitar and multi-instrumentalist, Phoenix Bond leading vocals. This tireless combo is passionate about creating songs influenced by tradition with current appeal. They blend elements of alternative rock, blues, folk and electronica while exploring lyrical reflections of the mind, heart and self.

 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents
Gallery Sessions
Wednesday January 31, 2018
7-8pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN $0-7 (at the door)
Featuring George T Montebruno

Coming from a family of music lovers and musicians, and being the youngest of 7 siblings, George grew up in Montreal surrounded by music at all times. From Classical to The Beatles.  His father sang opera and would quiz George daily on what was playing on the radio. Music started popping into his head at a very early age, but didn’t know that it was from his own subconscious or imagination until he was 6. He thought he could sing but due to being a shy child, he did not sing in public until his senior year of high school where he was pushed to participate in a talent show and won 1st place.

At that time, his family moved to Chile, and he started a cover band, but after one show he discarded covers and started playing the dozens of songs he had already written. After writing a couple of hundred songs, he started a band called Beerfly with university mates, which lasted 5 years, made 2 indie albums, and had a large and devoted following. Realizing there was something in those songs, that made people he didn’t even know and that didn’t even know English, sing along to his lyrics at shows, he decided to return to Canada and start again and try from scratch. Which leads to 2Days&Counting, who have been playing together for 7 years. 

George is seen around New West every week hitting any open mic, or having his own solo shows.

ACNW - Gallery Sessions - Veronique Boulanger - May 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
Veronique Noelle
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
May 25 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)

ACNW - Gallery Sessions - Danger Bay - April 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
Danger Bay
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
April 27 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)

About Danger Bay

Danger Bay is a five-piece musical hybridization lab that brings together numerous influences in an effort to create catchy, sophisticated songs and keep all of its members amused. Their current jazz and R&B-infused product is undergoing field testing. Thank you for your participation.

Gallery Sessions - Mar 23

ACNW - Gallery Sessions - Eden Fine Day - March 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
Eden Fine Day
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
March 23 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)

ACNW - Gallery Sessions - Drive By Poets Poster - Feb 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
Drive By Poets
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
February 24 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)

DashaSekatcheva Poster - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
Dasha Sekatcheva / Judith Bartlett
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
January 27 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)

To view photos/video of January Gallery Sessions:

Photos: Click here
Videos: Click here

Photos by Igor Morozov

ACNW - Gallery Sessions - Nov 25 - Lovebots - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Gallery Sessions
The LoveBots / Judith Bartlett
at The Gallery at Queen’s Park
November 25 2016
7:00pm – 8:30pm
$0-7 (pay what you can)