Gallery Exhibit

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

The “ACNW Permanent Collection: Static Transitions”

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2021-January 30, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

*Closed for the holidays December 20, 2021-January 4, 2022

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce Sena Cleave and Aakansha Ghosh as guest curators who retrace ACNW Permanent Collection exhibition — Static Transitions. Together, Cleave and Ghosh have spent the past three months exploring the ACNW archives and permanent collection. From December 1st, 2021 to January 31st, 2021, prints, photographs, documents, and letters pulled from this process will be displayed at The Gallery at Queen’s Park to trace a journey from its beginnings in 1967 to its current home in the Centennial Lodge. The exhibition presents the multiple iterations of the ACNW and its relationships to the communities it serves—some of which occur in unexpected ways. The paths traced in Static Transitions, then, meander, conflict, and complicate the linear history of a longstanding organization. 

Sena Cleave pilfers cultural matter from everyday life and repurposes it for visual art and writing. Their work connects these materials to probe at the gap between the felt experiences of our bodies and the ways that bodies are represented or reflected back to us. Currently, they are pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University. 

Aakansha Ghosh is a visual artist who works across mediums and forms, using found everyday objects and building materials. Interested in sites and objects, her work weaves an understanding of place and home that navigate their presence through each other. She earned a BVA from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (2018) and is currently pursuing her MFA at Simon Fraser University,Canada (2021). 

Cleave and Ghosh currently live, study, and work as guests on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

A special thank you to Stephen O’Shea, Laura Grady, Danielle Bobier, Andree St. Martin, and Allison Liu. We also want to acknowledge Hilda Cliffe, whose extensive archiving work has made our research possible. We are grateful for all their help, guidance and time. 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

by Fiona Tang

Exhibition Dates: November 3-28, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

“Bare” is a solo art show that offers a unique and intimate experience by local Artist Fiona Tang. Tang invites viewers to discover hidden animals with the use of blacklight flashlights. The show reveals a glimpse into Tang’s mental struggles in the most bare form. 

“Bare” invites viewers to get close and experience the artwork. At first glance, the atmosphere of each drawing seems empty, and bare but the viewers are given the key – a blacklight flashlight, to unlock what’s hidden within each drawing. Through the use of blacklight flashlights, animals emerge from the dark. These hidden animals represent Tang’s mental health condition of feeling trapped with anxiety and depression in the past year. Tang has felt robbed, invisible, and silenced by her own mental health, and the struggles are buried beneath the surface. One that struggles with mental health may look physically healthy, but are unwell inside. Tang is often known for her large-scale drawings of powerful and fierce animals such as tigers, however, this show takes a different approach where the fighting animals are caged in the depths of the drawings.  Come take a dive into the world of invisible. 

Artist Biography

Fiona Tang is a Vancouver-based artist who completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in May 2014 with a Drawing Major. She currently has a working studio in New Westminster at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. Tang often works with charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic in the style of trompe l’oeil. She frequently uses animals as her subjects and creates big expressive and energetic drawings. Her animal drawings are typically life-size or larger to emphasize the interaction of viewers to her art. Tang has had group shows at the Concourse Gallery, Ayden Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, The Fall, Anvil Centre, Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, dual shows at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Gryphon Musée, and Deer Lake Gallery, and solo shows at Queen’s Park Gallery and City Centre Community Centre. She was also featured in a public art project called “No. 3 Road Art Columns” in Richmond, BC and “Utility Box Art Wrap” in Vancouver, BC.


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Best of the Crawl
Group Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 6-31, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Special Viewings
October 12, 6pm to 8pm
October 15, 6pm to 8pm
October 15, 6pm to 8pm

Click here to reserve your spot

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Kick off the 2021 New West Cultural Crawl at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. The Best of the Crawl Exhibition features the works of participating Crawl artists. Browse pieces from over 20 artists as you plan your 2021 New West Cultural Crawl route. COVID-19 Health and Safety measures in place.

The 18th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, taking place October 16 +17, is a chance for the community and beyond to connect through art in a fun and safe way. This year’s crawl is an opportunity for art lovers, community members and visitors to explore local art and discover the diverse cultural experience that exists within the city.

Art lovers and curious culture seekers will be given an inside look into local artists’ creative spaces and home studios for two days only.

Stretched across five unique neighbourhoods, the New West Cultural Crawl takes visitors on a self-guided tour of studio spaces, civic art venues and galleries. From pottery to jewellery artists and acrylic painters to photographers, each crawl stop offers something new.

Public places like Anvil Centre, River Market, and Van Dop Art Gallery should be on your crawl route, but it’s the exclusive access to private home studios that make the crawl a unique art experience.

Visit to learn more and view the 2021 digital Guide Book.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

by Chris Dunnett

Exhibition Dates: September 8-26, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Politics mired in the culture wars, social isolation brought about by the recent pandemic, and a changing media landscape have emerged alongside a polarization that threatens our collective ability for meaningful, productive dialogue. I wish to engage the public in considering how to move beyond our impasses by visually invoking the mystique of hope and progress that surrounded our first steps into space 50 years ago.

Taking interstellar distance as an analogy for ideological distance, I have created a series of fantastical designs for electro-mechanical communication devices. While they reference rational scientific elements, the visual execution is loose and betrays a sense of the irrational. Thus, our discussion of ideology is overtly contextualized by this push and pull of the rational and irrational and between medium and message.

Through these works, I ask the questions: how do we move forward in this media-rich age of division, isolationism, and fear? How can we construct dialogue that embraces hope, recognizes our common humanity, and brings us closer?

Artist Biography

Chris Dunnett is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Port Moody, BC. He holds a BFA from NSCAD University, MSc from the University of Toronto, and a BSc from the University of New Brunswick. Chris has spent the past decade working in non-profit arts organizations, as a professional printmaker, and as an educator. He currently runs Tuckamore Press, a printmaking studio focusing on artist collaborations and classes.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Time Passages”
by Wade Comer

Exhibition Dates: August 4 – 29, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 2pm

Medium: Photography.

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

“Time Passages” is a continuing series of long-exposure photos. Using the technique of long-exposure photography from within, or upon moving vehicles, Time Passages relinquishes control of some of the aspects of photography, allowing chance to have an effect upon the outcome. Leaving the shutter open – often for up to sixteen minutes – turns the camera into a paintbrush, capturing blocks of time within a single photograph. The images created are beyond the anticipation of the artist’s pre–visualization, and beyond explanation in their finality. Equivalent to the superimposition of a hundred parallax views within a single photograph, the images are both reductive, and additive, removing detail while adding texture.

The Finding and the Making
Putting chance in a priority role led me to thinking differently about both the technical and creative processes of photography. If the photographer Saul Leiter is correct, that photography is the finding of things, and painting is the making of things, then Time Passages resides somewhere in between; merging the finding with the making, using a traditional photographic technique in a new way, and getting me back to being more in touch with my craft, and my surroundings.

Wade Comer is a Vancouver-based visual artist. A photographer for nearly thirty years, his work investigates two main concepts: how we see, and humanity’s effect on our environment.

In: @wadecomerphoto
Tw: @wade_comer

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

The Outlaw Art Show
Pop-up Exhibition
as part of the Gordon Smithers Artist in Residency

Artists include :

Gord Smithers
Kelly Haigh
David Ostrem
Ray Condo
Ian Tiles
Keith Picot
Kevin House
Rob Thomson

Grant Shankaruk
Robert Bartovsky
Tony Bardach
Clive Jackson
Brad Lambert
Dallas Cooper
Jimmy Roy
Deb Dawson

Exhibition dates: July 26, 2021 – August 2, 2021

Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday afternoon til 6 pm

Opening Reception: July 26, 2021, 6-8 pm
Closing Party: with DJ Dallas Cooper! Monday, August 2, 2021, 6-9 pm

Free Admission.

Artist Statement

An exciting exhibit of Art from the edge – the underground, the
outsiders – The Outlaws.

What can you expect from these denizens of the edge?

Dark gloom n’ doom?

I think not.

Here, you’ll find colour, and fun, and a healthy splash of weirdness.

The (B)Oldest City
in The West!

Welcome to the

Opening Reception:
Monday, July 26, 2021
6pmLive Music outside
Sinéad X Sanders & Double D!!
6:30 pm

Closing Party: with DJ Dallas Cooper!
Monday, August 2, 2021
6 pm to 9 pm

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

Cedar Sage and Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 2 – 25, 2021.

Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Opening Reception: July 3 – 1pm
Including the Wild Moccasin Dancers at 1:30pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

As an Indigenous Artist, we found that our art was not accepted to be part of shows in some of our community’s art galleries. In speaking with other Indigenous Artists, we found that they experienced the same situation. We created Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass with the goal of giving Indigenous Artists a forum where they could show their best art, connect and encourage one another.

Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass also seeks to encourage and promote young Indigenous Artists. That has been accomplished through interaction with our Feature Artist and other accomplished Artists that are in our shows.

We have been happy to have all three Indigenous Peoples recognized in Canada – First Nations, Metis, Inuit – represented at most of our shows.

Each of our shows has its own uniqueness. The Artists are chosen for that particular show, including a Feature Artist. Somes hows include Indigenous entertainment. Others have Indigenous food, wine, coffee, tea. It’s an opportunity to show all wonderful Indigenous things.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Beyond Boundaries”
by New Westminster Secondary Student Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: June 2 – 27, 2021

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The New Westminster 2021 Graduating Students have worked hard to bring together their best work for their third Grad Show. The show includes all manner of creation: ink drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. These artists are excited to launch themselves into the big world and land in a way that honours their high school life. As you wander through the gallery of images and sculpture you will see yourself mirrored in their youth and proudly imagine the strength of our community’s future.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Of The Earth”
by Victoria Mitchell

Exhibition Dates: May 5 – 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 2pm
Medium: Paintings are acrylic, oil, & mixed media, on canvas & wood panel.

Free Admission.


I have had a life long passion for creating visuals from emotions, inspired by what comes from within. Extensive studies of body structure & kinetics over the years, as both an RMT & yoga teacher, has influenced my painting representations of natural elements. I’m intrigued by the exploration of our environments & finding different ways to communicate the feelings of what I see through painting. Living in the beauty of the BC West Coast lends inspiration to diverse creative endeavors, & there is an abundance of ever-changing elements & settings to explore through painting. I have enjoyed sharing these works in galleries and exhibitions, along with the pleasure of broadening communications with those who connect with what I create.


Victoria Mitchell was born in 1971 and raised in Vancouver BC. As a quiet child, she found a comfort and a stimulating way to relate with those around her through art. She was consequently given opportunities to attend workshops and receive private instruction from local teachers and career artists. Her early foray into the art world landed her scholarships and exhibitions including paintings displayed by the Medical Research Council of Canada, and at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 1993 she shifted her focus toward a 22 year career as a Registered Massage Therapist, and yoga instructor. In 2017 she left RMT work, for time to re-ignite her work as an artist, her life long passion.

Inspired by her continuing studies of body structure and kinetics, she ventures from these literal points of reference in abstract painting. Exploring broader emotional and visceral impacts through a variety of representations has been an important part of what she communicates, leaving room for variable interpretations. She also seeks to understand and express her natural surroundings, through a variety of landscapes and biological elements.

Victoria’s work is exhibited in various galleries throughout the year, and carries out her explorations and commission works, in her BC based studio.


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

5th Annual Student Art Exhibition by Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 1-April 11, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Gallery will be closed April 3 and April 5
  • Open 10am to 5pm April 4, April 10, April 11

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Lines and Dots is an exhibit made up of individual and group work. The artists are 3, 4 and 5 year old students from Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool. All of the art was inspired in part by the books The Dot written by Peter ReynoldsLines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman and  Along A Long Road by Frank Viva. 

Since 1965 Queen’s Park Preschool has been a part of the New Westminster community offering a high quality and nurturing preschool program to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West Craft Artisan Exhibition”

Pineapple Cat Studio
Clarissa Banos
Indiarts Collective
Chroma Nostaa Designs

Exhibition Dates: March 3 – 31, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
* Exhibition will be closed March 17-19

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

New West Craft is a collective of local artists, artisans and makers. The New West Craft Exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park will feature the work of four local artisans. Each of the participating artisans showcase the diverse range of products, mediums and artistic styles of the New West Craft collective. Visit The Gallery at Queen’s Park and discover locally made glassware, pottery, art, jewellery and textiles.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West Craft Artisan Exhibition”

Pineapple Cat Studio
Kathy Harms
Florenzca Designs
Relaxation Island

Exhibition Dates: February 1 – 28, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

New West Craft is a collective of local artists, artisans and makers. The New West Craft Exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park will feature the work of four local artisans. Each of the participating artisans showcase the diverse range of products, mediums and artistic styles of the New West Craft collective. Visit The Gallery at Queen’s Park and discover locally made pottery, photography, textiles and all-natural handcrafted products.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: Oct 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021.

Free Admission.
Viewing by appointment only
Click here to book an appointment

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. This year’s exhibition is a curated selection of natural landscapes and floral still lifes from the permanent collection. The styles of the different works range from abstraction to hyper-realism, exploring the subject matter in oil, acrylic, and watercolour paint. This selection of paintings and prints serve as an homage to The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural setting, and during our winter season, this exhibition offers a gentle reminder of the richness and vibrancy within nature.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Gallery at Queen’s Park is closed to the public. Please check this space for updates

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Background for Thoughts”
by Abhisek Mukherjee

Exhibition Dates: March 4 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


For Abhisek Mukherjee, life is a series of breaths. To perceive only when the seer and the seen are perfectly aligned signifies a connection between them, and fosters an environment of stewardship.

Mukherjee’s work is a medium intended to create a sense of awareness, inviting the viewer to interact with nature. We often identify the most significant places in our childhood with the outdoors, and experience the natural environment in a deep and direct manner—not simply as a background for events, but as a factor and a stimulator. An experience where one is involved, with one’s body, senses, and awareness, is likely to be etched in memory for a long time, and a sympathetic attitude toward nature to resonate in one’s memory.

Through inspiration derived from a love of nature and the experience of solitary walks, Mukherjee explores rela­tionships between time, distance and dimensions. His work unveils surprising coincidences and remarkable affinities in the way we look at a view—whether near or far, high or low, or from inside out.


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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

by Alisha Sian

Exhibition Dates: February 5 – 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, February 16, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


Vulnerability is an abstract realism drawing series that explores nakedness, internalized invalidation, and unrelenting conflict, from both inside and outside of the self. Invoking feminist and cultural themes of conformity, scrutiny, self-consciousness and self-empowerment, each portrait utilizes intensified contrast and experimental line work to highlight instances of lightness in heavy states of being.

The creations of a long-time dweller in the colourless world of graphite pencils and putty erasers, Sian’s black and white drawings explore mysterious territory—the strange borderline between realism and abstraction, and delicate balance of harmony and chaos—in order to convey the complex beauty of faces, bodies, and experiences. A budding career as a mental health nurse and compassion for all living beings play a dominant role in Sian’s goal with every drawing—to find solace in the darkest of places. She hopes that her art will encourage others to explore themselves completely and unapologetically.


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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“History in Relief”
by Raymond Taylor

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2019 – January 26th, 2020
Gallery closed: Dec 23, 2019 – January 7, 2020

Free Admission.


The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. For this year’s exhibition, we are fortunate to be able to feature Raymond Taylor’s series of intricate wood relief cuts made available to us by the Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation.

Previously on display at Queen’s Park Care Centre, Taylor’s detailed work depicts a number of iconic New Westminster landmarks, scenes and events; three pieces from the series will remain within the ACNW’s permanent collection following the exhibition. As per this April 2019 article in The Record, information regarding the biography and/or artistic career of Mr. Taylor continues to be sought: Click here for article

Mardell Rampton – “Water’s Edge” – November 6 – 24, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Water’s Edge”
by Mardell Rampton

Exhibition Dates: November 6 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


As you enjoy Mardell Rampton’s textile designs, let her own poetic words bring you a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind them; allow these creations evoking water to seduce and calm you while you wander through the exhibition. 

Come with me here…to the water’s edge…let the blues and greens of the natural world ease away the tension…the stress…the pace of our modern world.

Allow the gentle repetitive motion of the waves lapping against the shore to bring a steadying beat to the frenetic race of time.

Let the qualities of nature wash away the jagged edges of stress and intensity. Bask in the brilliant blue of a coastal summer day, or float gently in the peaceful grays and muted tones of a drizzly damp day.

The textures…the colours…distilled from time spent on the sea with my family as a child. The wild and stunning beaches of the west coast of Vancouver Island. The powerfully haunting totems in abandoned First Nations villages all along the BC coastline…the silvery grey of the weathered cedar the only discernible colour…the mystical beauty of the carved figures eroded by the punishing effects of the wind, the salt air and the sun.

Rampton adds:

The software engineer in me chooses only a single form (the rectangle) with which to compose my work… the lines, the precision of the construction methods reflecting these analytical and structured qualities. The artist in me softens these more rigid constructs with cloth…the organic shape of each rectangle…the slow intuitive mark of the hand.

My wish for you is to connect with these essences, captured carefully in my dye pots and watercolour paints, and in the marks I make on cloth and on paper, giving your spirit a place to rest in ease…grace…serenity.


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.

Robert Fee – “Makeshift” – October 2 – 27, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

by Robert Fee

Exhibition Dates: October 2 – 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


Robert Fee’s recent work starts by punching deliberately uncoordinated keyboard entries into a search engine. Fee is interested in how the Internet interprets and represents the new random “word” created from this process. Usually an indecipherable arrangement of unrelated numbers, letters and characters provide images that initially appear to be random, but at times seem connected. Fee picks from the disparate images and begins to develop a singular image, forming new connections and patterns. The further act of painting hybridizes, edits and distills the scrambled drawing into a specific composition. The resulting piece becomes a represent-ation of Fee’s initial search and eventually finds its own place in the digital landscape, co-existing with its incidental origins.


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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

by Marney-Rose Edge

Exhibition Dates: September 4 – 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


Natura means Nature. Inspiration for this body of work began with Marney-Rose Edge’s own backyard pond and spread to local ponds, waterways and nature reserves within our urban areas. Edge strives to highlight not only the beauty found in these places, but also to contrast it against the decay of vegetation that supports and sustains a rich tapestry of life, including animals, birds and their nests. The artist wants the viewer to feel surrounded by nature from a different point of view, a whole new experience. This exhibition includes acrylic paintings, drawings and watercolour studies on paper that support the theme.

Light and colour are key, energetic components that stimulate the senses and create mood and drama in Edge’s work, no matter the medium. A sense of movement has recently been gaining momentum as another thread of commonality.

Contrasts are used between colour, values, edges and texture, so that the viewer does not see everything at once, and discoveries can be made over time. Choosing the right medium for the subject—from watercolour and oils for florals, or acrylics for the textural mediums used in a nest series—to utilizing the versatility of acrylics in a reductive technique for the decaying texture of the Natura series, all contribute to Edge’s journey as an artist.


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
Youth For A Change

 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

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

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Allegory and Grace”
by Annette Nieukerk

Exhibition Dates: August 7 – 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 7, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, August 11, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

In her figurative work, Annette Nieukerk is primarily interested in the narratives at the heart of human existence. What are our stories? What is factual and what has been eroded by memory? What is hidden, and what is secret?

Nieukerk’s work speaks to the intricacies and layering of those narratives and how what is exposed to view and what is hidden are both reflected in the physicality of our bodies. Utilizing contrasting media—walnut drawing ink and oil paint on translucent Mylar—Nieukerk exposes the inner narrative of each human figure.

Nieukerk’s work also questions the notions of beauty and identity within our culture, focussing primarily on older women—those sixty years of age and older—a segment of our “youth is beauty”-driven society often considered uninteresting or undesirable—and certainly not “beautiful.” Nieukerk’s work challenges the stereotypes that equate beauty with youth and searches for both the outer beauty in the aging body that society shuns, and the inner beauty that lies underneath the skin.

“Allegory and Grace,” a continuation of Nieukerk’s larger series, “In Praise of Older Women,” questions whether our society has reached a time to truly embrace the aging of a woman’s body and the experiences—births, deaths, loves, losses, joys and sorrows—that are etched so gracefully into the folds of her skin. In each image, a flower enhances and echoes the female form—symbolic of grace, beauty, and life’s seasons.

As an aging female artist, an expansion of this area of interest for Nieukerk is her own sense of identity in working with other females her age, and what effect this in-depth exploration has on her artistic practice.

Artist Bio

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.

Robert Ascroft – “New West By The Numbers” – July 1 – 28, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West by the Numbers”
by Robert Ascroft

Exhibition Dates: July 1 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


Fascinated with urban environs, Robert Ascroft feels that city structures, like organic life, undergo creation, aging, decay and destruction, and sees beauty in their varying “life stages.”

During New Westminster’s current urban revitalization, a few of its unique buildings have been demolished. Some are slated for destruction; others are being revitalized or repurposed, and some are just enduring. Ascroft’s watercolours document some of this city’s unique buildings. His subject choices are based on two aspects: a building’s symmetry, and its windows. He seeks rectangles, square shapes and repetitious lines that hold particular appeal.  

Shakespeare said that “eyes are the window to your soul.” Ascroft views a building’s windows as the ‘eyes’ to its soul, and seeks structures where windows may both show what is inside and possibly reflect the outside surrounds.

New West By the Numbers identifies paintings by street number but not by street name. Ascroft wants the viewer to concentrate on the building itself and not its location. These are not architectural renderings—some details have been omitted and colours modified to create a cohesive image. Each title includes a statement referring to the building’s status in the fall of 2018. Ascroft’s style has been influenced by American Andrew Wyeth, Newfoundland artist Christopher Pratt and Fort Langley artist Alan Wylie.


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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Our Journey to Here”
by New Westminster Secondary Student Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: June 5 – 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 5, 6-8pm

Graduation Reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The New Westminster 2019 Graduating Students have worked hard to bring together their best work for their second Grad Show. The show includes all manner of creation: ink drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. These artists are excited to launch themselves into the big world and land in a way that honours their high school life. As you wander through the gallery of images and sculpture you will see yourself mirrored in their youth and proudly imagine the strength of our community’s future. Feel free to take selfies with your favourite image and artist on Grad Night, June 27, 2019.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:


4th Annual Student Art Exhibition by Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool Exhibition

Dates: May 29 – June 2, 2019

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition featuring artwork by the current students of the Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool. Taking a lyrical flight of creative fancy after having been delighted by many of the exhibitions at the Gallery at Queen’s Park this past year, the children explore a variety of artistic media to create sculpture, paintings, drawings, ceramics and collage. Come and see their dynamic body of work!

Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool was established in 1965, and has since offered a quality and nurturing preschool program for three and four year-old children, to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Places We Can’t Remember”

by Garey Shergill

Exhibition Dates: May 1 – 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 1 , 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 5, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

In his abstract series, “The Places We Can’t Remember,” Shergill explores both the pull and play of form and the role of muted colour in conjuring memories of travel—and most significantly—fleeting impressions of place. His evocative oils distill these experiences to their very essence of perception. 

When I think back to all the places we have travelled, what I remember most is you and the colours that surrounded us. I close my eyes; you are walking beside me, my hand in yours, and time stands still for a moment.  

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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Recollection Experiment”
by Lisa-Scarlett Cruji

Exhibition Dates: April 3 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.


Through the marriage of original brief narratives and poetry in the form of haiku and tanka, and vintage photographs, Cruji’s collage collection invites viewers to consider both the possible identity of narrator and influence of the ghosts of personal memories—those that are factual, and the ones that speak to us through filters of love, fear, ecstasy and regret.

“The Recollection Experiment” plays with the overall notion of memory and the way it often poses the questions, Whose voice do we hear when we read the words? What’s real and what isn’t?


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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Elements & Arraygraphy”
by Arthur Babiarz & Olga Turok

Exhibition Dates: March 6 – 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Arthur Babiarz  Arraygraphy is Arthur’s bona fide creation. These poly-form compositions resemble concertos of shape, colour, texture and direction. A comparison to music is intentional. As with the arrangement of musical tones, Arraygraphy creatively disperses abstract elements to stimulate the viewer. Multi-layered composition adds both complexity and depth to this two-dimensional artwork, heightening the overall expressive qualities of each piece.
Arraygraphy’s style is intended to positively stimulate the viewer’s imagination, guiding emotions through the meanderings of an intriguing visual plot. The experience can evoke the sense of participation in an improvisational play, or venturing into the shifting patterns of jazz or classical music.
The artist’s aim is to create, within a universal visual language, thought-provoking work that speaks to creative and active people who live and work in a modern multicultural society. “Art is an inspiration that matters,” he says.

Olga Turok finds tremendous enjoyment in the process of transforming raw organic material into a fine art object. Every vessel gains its own story, meaning and purpose. It is the magic of this transformation that Olga wishes to share with others, as well as her passion for art.

Artist Bio

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 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 presents:

“Lines of Thoughts”
by Elsa Chesnel

Exhibition Dates: Feb 6 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 6, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, Feb 10, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Elsa Chesnel has always been seduced by charcoal, by the black mess engulfing her as the drawings emerge. With charcoal as her preferred medium, Elsa set out to express feelings through contrast.  The limitations of Chesnel’s medium of choice, however, pushed her to use acrylics to express herself in larger format, which in turn allowed for experimentation with colour.

When creating, Chesnel loses herself in shapes and volumes, then refines and discovers meaning through lines as she explores her own thoughts. The artist is as much a part of the process as a part of the final product. In many ways, Lines of Thoughts is Chesnel’s own version of Rorschach’s inkblots.

Artist Bio

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 Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: Dec 5, 2018 – January 27th, 2019.

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. This year’s exhibition is a curated selection of natural landscapes and floral still lifes from the permanent collection. The styles of the different works range from abstraction to hyper-realism, exploring the subject matter in oil, acrylic, and watercolour paint. This selection of paintings and prints serve as an homage to The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural setting, and during our winter season, this exhibition offers a gentle reminder of the richness and vibrancy within nature.


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Moments Remixed / A Mixed Media Exhibition”
by David Pacholko

Exhibition Dates: Nov 7 – 25th, 2018.

Opening Reception: Wednesday Nov 7, 6 – 8pm

Inter/action: Sunday, November 18, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Each work represents a specific moment, simplified and combined with David Pacholko’s love of colour, it re-captures a fleeting moment, vista or experience gone by. These paintings are a reflection of Pacholko’s emotional connection with colour, light and energy in recounting my surroundings and experiences. Pacholko approached this series of work inspired in part by a recent trip to Mexico and driving across Canada. Each canvas takes on an energy and direction of its own with no script, as it comes from a moment remixed.

Artist Bio

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.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Page to Page – Building New Worlds, Exploring New Depths”
by Seth MacBeth

Exhibition Dates: Oct 3 – 28th, 2018.

Opening Reception: Wednesday Oct 3, 6 – 8pm

Inter/action: Sunday, October 14, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Seth Macbeth is interested in how creativity speaks a language all its own. In her work, Macbeth tells stories, in many forms and mediums. Our lives, our history, our worlds are made of stories. The intension behind her work is for the viewer to hear the story she is telling, but also begin a tale of their own, with their own experiences leading their interpretation. Lead by an emotional response to the imagery, Macbeth extracts her material from books, cutting them by hand and weaving them together until a balanced image is formed.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

by Suzanne Laird

UPDATE: The exhibition will be closed on Sunday, September 30th due to an exhibition change-over.

Exhibition Dates: September 5 – 29, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, September 16, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Suzanne Laird’s intention in this body of work is to shift perspective and consciousness from a place of pain and hurt to one of healing. That transformation is documented in a visual language created by the artist as she navigates the world in a state of acknowledgment, grievance, acceptance and in pursuit of happiness and beauty. Her work denotes tones of tension between fragility, vulnerability and strength, both in forms of subject matter and in the physicality of the materials. Explored through the lens of a feminist perspective, she uses art as a platform for sharing fragmented narratives of trauma and its transformative aftermath. We are capable of shifting narratives, of transforming pain into wisdom. She is a mixed media artist who is guided by curiosity, intuition and introspection. She primarily uses textiles and plaster and consistently experiments with these materials. Her artwork ranges from two-dimensional pieces referencing paintings to three dimensional sculptures.

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. 

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Repeat After Me: An Exploration of Pattern”
by Lex Ireton

Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 26, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 1, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, August 12, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Lex Ireton’s glass work is heavily process oriented, where she explores her love of connecting with the material hands on. This invites constant learning of new techniques and embracing, even enhancing the phenomenon that occur when dealing with glass. Many of Ireton’s ideas evolve through working in the hot shop; always starting with a plan but reacting to the material step by step, knowing each moment has the potential to be a finished object. 

Ireton draws inspiration from patterns occurring in the natural world. Ornamentation is laid out or carved into the glass in a very controlled manner. She can then encourage outside forces to affect the materials intrinsic qualities to create spontaneous effects on the pattern, manipulating a recognizable pattern to be as representational or abstract as she wants. Markings become fluid, stretching and moving in different ways depending on the softness of each colour, the addition of air and amount of heat. 

Ireton explores the relationship between individual forms and how they interact with one another to create a united end product. By using repetition in pattern, texture, or components that make up a final piece, Ireton focuses on the connections created and how they inform the work as a whole. Working in multiples allows the finished version to be easily manipulated by the artist and the viewer, incorporating an element of play and the ability for the work to continue to change. Ireton also enjoys using the qualities of two different materials to interact with one another so they create either an opposing or reinforcing visual relationship. Relationships that form from the communication of different elements anthropomorphize the objects and bring in a social element. 

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 Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

by Tony Durke

Exhibition Dates: July  1 – 29, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 4, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, July 15, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Art, in its many forms, challenges us to think about our world in new ways, sometimes engaging, sometimes enraging. These days it feels as if making art is survival, poring over slabs of wood while listening to what is and what should never be on the TV and radio. It worries but inspires, so it is all a double edged sword. As much positive energy that can be mustered is put into each piece, regardless of subject matter. Tony Durke’s goal is to spread some beauty around the world and at the same time be provocative, using only shapes, colour, and texture to describe a certain feeling or event. 

The wood used in Tony Durke’s art is mostly recycled or up-cycled, sourced from telephone poles, scraps from cut blocks, discarded sets from the film industry, and the lumber yard. His preference is to repurpose wood and paint that has already completed a phase of its life. Durke assembles his compositions using an Olfa blade and sandpaper, and applies pastels, spray paint, pens, oil, and acrylics. Durke works to maintain the integrity of the raw wood, celebrating its past and present forms.

Realpolitik– “ The study of the forces that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.”

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.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Our Journey to Here”
by NWSS Student Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: June 6 – 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 6, 6-8pm

Graduation Reception: Thursday, June 28, 6-8pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The New Westminster 2018 Graduating Students have worked hard to bring together their best work for our FIRST Grad Show. The show includes all manner of creation: ink drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. These artists are excited to launch themselves into the big world and land in a way that honours their high school life. As you wander through the gallery of images and sculpture you will see yourself mirrored in their youth and you will proudly imagine the strength of our community’s future. Feel free to take selfies with your favourite image and artist on Grad Night, June 28, 2018.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“The Kindness CONNECTION”
by Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool 3rd Annual Art Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: May 23 – 27, 2018

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition by the Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool. This group exhibition will display artwork by the current students of QPPS, highlighting our city’s future artists and makers. Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool was established in 1965, and has since offered a quality and nurturing preschool program for three and four year old children, to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities. This exhibition is an example of a place where children and their parents are encouraged to learn together through play, in a caring environment that fosters a sense of community.


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Allegory of our Seas II”
by Diane Roy

Exhibition Dates: May 2 – 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 2, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, May 6, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The striking beauty of landscapes and oceans has always fascinated fibre artist Diane Roy. Roy uses a variety of knots, bends, weaving and crochet to produce her marine formations. The mystical characters seen in the deep and shallow waters steer Roy’s practice and has deepened her concern for the fate of our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them. Her material exploration utilizes recycled materials to promote the idea of re-using in the process of art making, while raising awareness for our natural world. 

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.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

by Dennis Greer

Exhibition Dates: March 28 – April 29, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 4, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, April 15, 3-4pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present Dennis Greer’s solo exhibition Sea-to-Sky. The expansiveness and quiet energy of coastal B.C. are strongly evident in the imagery and muted palette of Dennis Greer’s recent paintings. Greer has been experimenting with working on various surfaces including aluminum and wood as well as using cold wax and linseed oil with oil paint in an attempt to simulate the translucency of the rainy west coast atmosphere. The personalized style that Greer has developed attempts to translate and interpret nature through saturated layers of transparent glazes. Greer’s art is a transformative interpretation rather than a literal rendering with the intention of evoking the emotion, memory, and essence of the west coast landscape.

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:

“Eulogy on the Family Home”
by Iris Mes-Low

Exhibition Dates: March 7–25, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 7, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 18, 3-4pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present Iris Mes-Low’s solo exhibition Eulogy on the Family Home. Iris Mes-Low’s series of paintings and computer manipulated giclées are based on houses in New Westminster. Addressing the affordability crisis in Metro Vancouver, Mes-Low explores the idea of what is a possibility for some is a pipe dream for many and a reality for few. Mes-Low’s subjects are represented in a whimsical manner that express the uniqueness of the houses in the area, and are placed in reverse and in a fantasy setting.

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.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

by Manuel Axel Strain

Exhibition Dates: February 7–25, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 7, 6-8pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present Manuel Axel Strain’s solo exhibition Mutations. Mutations is an on-going self reflective practise in which artist Manuel Axel Strain attempts to understand the way colonization has led to a contorted sense of identity. Through this investigation of self, Strain hopes to renegotiate the relationship to his First Nations identity. Strain intends to use his lived experience to inspire social and political change in the colonial state of Canada.

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 Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018.

Winter Holiday Hours:
The Gallery will be closed December 16, 2017 – January 9th, 2018

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years.


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition”
A selection of Joseph Plaskett’s work, on loan from the Collection of the New Westminster Public Library

Exhibition Dates: November 1-26, 2017
Gallery Hours: Wed 1-8pm, Thurs-Sun 1-5pm
Celebration Reception: Sunday, November 26, 2:30-5pm
RSVP here

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents a selection of works from the Plaskett Collection on loan from the New Westminster Public Library. This exhibition is in connection with the Arts Council of New Westminster’s 50th Anniversary Celebration during the month of November, 2017. 

Also included in the celebration will be other events, including Analog 3.0 held at the River Market, and a secret concert at The Gallery at Queen’s Park on November 29th. Join us for The ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception at the Centennial Lodge held on November 26th, from 2:30 – 5:00pm.

Artist Bio

Joseph “Joe” Plaskett (12 July 1918 – 21 September 2014) was a Canadian painter. He studied with many prominent Canadian painters like A.Y. Jackson, Jack Shadbolt, Lawren Harris and Jock Macdonald. Plaskett was a pupil of Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown in 1947 and 1948.

Plaskett was born in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1918. In 1950, he arrived in Paris where he studied with Fernand Léger, and Jean Lombard, etching and engraving with Stanley William Hayter. He taught intermittently in Canada until 1957. He then settled in Paris where his studio became an informal salon for Canadian painters, writers, poets and filmmakers, interfacing with artists from other countries.

Plaskett studied art in Banff, San Francisco, New York, London and Paris. He lived in Paris from 1951 until shortly before his death when he moved to Suffolk, England. His chosen subjects were always intimate expressions of everyday life – interiors, still life, and portraits of friends and models.

Plaskett continued to paint daily until his death on 21 September 2014 at the age of 96.

More information about Joseph Plaskett:

November 2017 - ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition
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The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Contribution – ACNW Volunteer Exhibition”

Exhibition Dates: October 4-29, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 4, 6-8pm

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the visual, literary and performing arts. Its aim is to bring the community together through the Arts. The Volunteers at ACNW are essential to the work we do to promote the arts, dedicating their time and energy to create more profound connections to the community of New Westminster. “Contribution: ACNW Volunteer Exhibition” explores the artistic practices of Robin Chui, Julie Epp, Steve Holmes, Keith Oberding, Randy Quickfall, Barb Webb, Betteanne Wilson, and Kat Vedah, who devote their time to The Gallery at Queen’s Park in various volunteer capacities. Their contributions not only make the daily operations of the Gallery possible, but their passion for the Arts enriches the environment of the Arts Council, providing greater opportunities for collaboration within a hub for the Arts in New West.


Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

New West Artists
Arts Council New Westminster
Art Squared Exhibition and Sale

Located at The Gallery at Queen’s Park,
Queen’s Park, New Westminster

THURS August 31, 2017
Free to attend.
Light Refreshments. Meet and Greet with Artists.

Exhibition Hours:
August 30th – 1pm-8pm
August 31st – 1pm-9pm
September 1st – 1pm-5pm
September 2nd – 4th – 11am-5pm.

Art sizes and pricing:
8″ x 8″ $80
10″ x 10″ $100
12″ x 12″ $120

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“My Face My Canvas”
by Tajah Olson

Exhibition Dates: September 6–30, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 6-8pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Tajah Olson’s solo-exhibition, My Face My Canvas. Olson’s artistic practice is based in the embodiment of various constructed personas or animas, expressed visually through dressing and painting her own body. Olson physically re-enacts movements and feelings from memories and social observations, formulating her characters and painting process. The result of this mark-making through gesture creates the imagery and patterning seen on her body in her photographs. Through the use of escapism within her performances, Olson isolates herself and her subjects from place. She states, “I am a queen, a goddess, a warrior, I am a king, I am white, green, black, I am a spirit, a man, a child, a woman, I am a movement, I am feeling, I am a celebration and anything that I choose to be, even if it does not exist in this world.” Through this process, Olson transcends the physical and social constructs of identity, race, ethnicity and gender. With the aim of aesthetic appreciation of her constructed image, and detachment from the history and language carried within the colour of her skin, Olson addresses her experience as a racial and ethnic Other within western culture, and reflects on her identity and memories growing up in Malawi.

Artists Bio

Fatima Tajah Olson was born and raised in Malawi (Southern Eastern Africa) and moved to Namibia when she was fourteen years old where she attended Windhoek International School. She left the country when she was seventeen and moved to Victoria, BC and finishing high school at Victoria High School. After Victoria High School, Olson attended Pacific Design Academy where she studied Fashion Design, receiving a Fashion Design Diploma. She moved to Vancouver in 2005 and studied at Emily Carr University, receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts. After graduating, Olson returned to South Africa and back to Malawi where she spent time volunteering with AIDS orphans at a clinic, various orphanages, and a school in a village. Back in Vancouver, Olson teaches African Street Dance to children and adults. In 2011 she was featured on Canada’s Got Talent, and in 2014 she choreographed an African dance for the Kindness Rocks Concert that involved 60 high school students. Olson continues to extend her volunteer efforts at events that help the homeless, assisting in music therapy sessions at a senior home, and African event programs.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Ashes & Paint: Abstraction in Contemporary Ceramics and Painting”
by Dorothy Doherty & Frank Turco

Exhibition Dates: August 2–27, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 2, 6-8pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

Both Dorothy Doherty and Frank Turco use intuition as a guiding force in their artistic practices. The physical formation of ephemeral inclinations places a degree of trust not just within the artists’ own abilities, but within their materials. This sense of openness towards their processes allows the inherent qualities of the materials to dictate certain developments in their work. These decisions stem from an honouring of materials that focuses on the integrity of form and surface. Doherty’s paintings explore the act of revealing the imperceptible layers in the creative process, whereas Turco’s ceramics are determined by the unique influence of the ash within the firing process of a wood-fired kiln. In allowing varying degrees of entropy and control to create their works, Doherty and Turco invite a possibility of results not otherwise attainable or predictable. The abstraction attained through these methods acts as a connecting force, bonding the apparent dichotomy between ceramics and painting.

Artists Bio

Dorothy Doherty received her art education from Vancouver School of Art (currently Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and Capilano University. She holds an MA in History in Art (University of Victoria) and a PDP (Simon Fraser University). She is a life-long resident of British Columbia, Canada, spending the majority of her life in and around Vancouver, BC.

Frank Turco has continued his practice in ceramics for over twenty years. He served on the board of the Potters’ Guild of BC and the North West Ceramic Foundation, was of the Burnaby Potters’ Guild for several years, and currently is a member of the Fraser Valley Potters’ Guild. Influenced by movements in Japanese and English ceramics, and specializing in wood firing, Turco produces his work out of his own wood-fired kiln on Vancouver Island.

August 2017-Ashes & Paint

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“This City, Our Way: New West through the Lens”
by New West Photography Club  

Exhibition Dates: July 1–July 30, 2017.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 5,  6-8pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The “Royal City” has it all: new and old, modern innovation and rich historical heritage—endless inspiration for those who strive to capture their surroundings with camera in hand. But no two photographers see the aspects of a place in exactly the same way; subjects of interest and vantage points vary and are always strongly influenced by the individual perception and personality of each image maker.

The New Westminster Photography Club artists are pleased to share their various views of this city in its myriad guises—glimpses of both the iconic and lesser known places we call home—and are pleased to present This City, Our Way: New West through the Lens.

Artist Bio

The New Westminster Photography Club was formed in 1948, when four or five camera-buffs got together to exchange information and discuss their work. Within a year, this small group had grown to become the New Westminster Colour Photography Club, with more than a dozen members. Though its numbers have waxed and waned, the core purpose of the club has remained steadfast: to foster the art form and appreciation of photography.

The NWPC is proud of its continuous, active role in the city of New Westminster, and its unwavering support of all aspects of photographic artistry for over 65 years. The NWPC is a member of CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art), and participates annually in a number of print and digital competitions held throughout the Lower Mainland.

Either as a collective and/or as individual artists, the New Westminster Photography Club has exhibited work at a number of venues, including:

  • Anvil Centre 
  • New Westminster Public Library (Solo & Group Exhibits)
  • ‘Art in the Atrium’ Gallery at the QCC Hub
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver
  • CityScape Community Art Space in North Vancouver

NWPC members have also had original photographic work published in the Georgia Straight, 24 Hrs, the Vancouver Sun and Canadian Camera, as well as other magazines, trade journals and periodicals.

More information can be found at: 

July 2017-New West Photo Club

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Nature Of Layers”
by New Westminster artist Barbara Webb

Exhibition Dates: May 31–June 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 6-8pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present New Westminster artist Barbara Webb. Barbara Webb’s paintings are aesthetic translations of her environment. Exploring her emotional connections of daily life through abstract impressions of her surroundings, Webb focuses on the colours, shapes, textures, and concepts of the natural and man-made forms of Coastal British Columbia. Her empirical perspective is employed through her use of photography to document the mountains, skies, and waters of the west coast to provide references to produce her abstract renderings. Through her work, Webb aims to engage the viewers own evolving relationship to the local landscape.

Artist Bio

Barbara Webb is a New Westminster artist working mainly in acrylic and mixed media. Her passion in art began with photography; she continues to find this provides inspiration for her artwork. Many of her works are abstract in design, merging texture, shape and colour to represent landscapes, nature or man-made structure. She has a Certificate in Fine Art Techniques from the Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC.

May 2017- Barbara Webb, The Nature of Layers

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Mother Earth. Father Sky”
by The Queen’s Park Preschool

Exhibition Dates: May 27–28, 2017

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition by the Queen’s Park Preschool. This group exhibition will display artwork by the current students of QPPS, highlighting our city’s future artists and makers. Queen’s Park Preschool was established in 1965, and has since offered a quality and nurturing preschool program for three and four year old children, to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities. This exhibition is an example of a place where children and their parents are encouraged to learn together through play, in a caring environment that fosters a sense of community.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Playing With Nature”
by New Westminster artist Debra McKenzie

Exhibition Dates: May 3–21, 2017.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 3, 6-8pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, May 13, 3-4pm

Free Admission.
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Artist Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present Debra McKenzie. The objects of Debra McKenzie’s solo exhibition, “Playing with Nature”, come from the natural environment in their purest form. McKenzie’s hand is demonstrated in her work through sandblasting, carving, burnishing, waxing, and painting her assemblages. In altering found objects, McKenzie sees herself simply enhancing Mother Nature’s work. Primarily drawing inspiration from empirical sources, McKenzie’s practice is also influenced by her interest in Aboriginal arts and culture through her close work at The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, as well as environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy.

Artist Bio

Debra McKenize was born in Vancouver and grew up in North Central B.C. She studied art at the College of New Caledonia and Malaspina University-College. While living in Prince George, McKenzie was an owner of Blue Door Studios, and the studio gallery Artistic Differences. Throughout her career, McKenzie continued her interest in the arts through teaching art to children, teens, and seniors. Her practice primarily consists of mixed media sculptures and two-dimensional drawings and paintings of her explorations of nature, texture, and emotions.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Charcoal Gone Wild”
by Richmond artist Fiona Tang

Exhibition Dates: April 5-30, 2017. Free Admission.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 5, 6-8pm
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

Artist Bio

Fiona Tang is a Vancouver-based artist who completed her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in May 2014 with a Drawing Major. Tang often works with charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic in the style of trompe l’oeil. She frequently uses animals as her subjects and creates large expressive drawings. Her animal drawings are typically life-size or larger to emphasize the interaction of viewers to her art. Tang has had solo and group shows at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Concourse Gallery, Ayden Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, The Fall, Anvil Centre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Wood Innovation and Design Centre, and City Centre Community Centre. She was also featured in a public art project called “No. 3 Road Art Columns” in Richmond, BC.

Artist Statement   

Through my large scale drawings, my hope is to minimize the distance between humans and animals. I want the viewers to engage with my work emotionally and/or physically and be overwhelmed with a sense of vulnerability and wonder by the sheer size. Through interacting with these animals, the audience is made aware of their existence and I hope to reverse the passive relationship between the viewer and artwork. The subjects are chosen with a strong urge to translate them onto paper and usually reflect what I am experiencing in my personal life at the time of execution. The animals help to represent abstracted forms of battles, struggles, or successes in my life. I retain the raw beauty in their forms, the energy, and the story behind the animal to my fullest capability through research. My subject and I truly become one through the act of drawing and my feelings are translated through the intense gestural mark makings and the use of trompe l’oeil.

April 2017-Fiona Tang

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents

a pop-up group exhibition in partnership with
Royal City Farmers Market and the
BC Farmers Market Association

“Farmers Market”
Featuring: Dorothy Doherty, Tannis Hopkins, Seth Macbeth, Valerie Wheater

Saturday March 4, 2017 11-3pm
at the Royal City Farmer’s Market – Belmont Street, New Westminster

PLEASE NOTE: This public exhibition will be weather dependent
Free admission


About the Artists:

Dorothy Doherty

Dorothy Doherty received her art education from Vancouver School of Art (currently Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and Capilano University. She holds an MA in History in Art (University of Victoria) and a PDP (Simon Fraser University). She is a life-long resident of British Columbia, Canada, spending the majority of her life in and around Vancouver, BC. She sublets a painting studio in Vancouver, and works with ceramics at the Shadbolt Art Centre in Burnaby, BC.

Dorothy is particularly concerned with the effect that humans have on the natural environment, to the extent that many life forms no longer exist. Her work straddles the line between abstraction and realism. It examines a variety of issues, including urban decay, global issues and, ironically, the beauty of the world around us – whether in the form of man-made structures or the mysteries of nature, or the gentle touch of humanity in the urban and rural garden.

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Tannis Hopkins

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Moved to Vancouver, BC in the 1980s to connect with family origins (Hopkins Landing, Sunshine Coast). Currently living in Burnaby with husband, two cats and a kitchen jammed with cookbooks, ingredients and utensils of all kinds. Paint­ing in an East Vancouver studio at 1000 Parker Street.

I first discovered my love of creating artwork under the encouragement of my Father who was also a fine artist. While studying Fine Art at college and university in Montreal and Toronto, I confirmed my affinity for painting. Paint­ing is an act of joy for me – but it takes effort, discipline and the right frame of mind. I have admired the Impressionists, Fauvists and Group of Seven for years and think of them as my mentors. In my work, I try to capture subjects with broad, gestural and fluid strokes and vivid, natural colours. I especially appreciate the fluid, sensuous, buttery qualities of oils. For me, painting is about feeling, sensing and letting things flow. It’s about creating imagery that engages, stirs the senses and resonates. I love strong graphic compositions and work from observations, memories and imagery gathered over the years.

After graduating, I pursued a career in advertising and design working with structured expectations and communication objectives. Over the years, more and more I found myself using my passion for cook­ing and different world cuisines as a creative outlet. It was easier to find time to pick up a wooden spoon than a paintbrush. Whenever I travelled, food and local markets were a big draw; there is such diversity and beauty in the gastronomic world. My family has always been very ‘food-centric’ and my Mother was an adventurous cook for her generation – she loved to throw dinner parties. I followed in her footsteps and found myself cooking and exploring different world cuisines as a creative outlet. A few years ago I had an epiphany – that I could combine my two passions. I wanted to reawaken the fine artist in me and the thought of painting the incredible world of food culture was a thrilling prospect. I have been working on a body of work around this for the past six years. I hope to help people recognize and appreciate how much food is part of our love of life, and how it defines our cultures and brings us together.

As I continue to seek growth and evolution in my work I have been exploring other subjects drawn from compelling life observations and experiences, focusing on the importance of confident mark making, and emotionally engaged work. I have been doing some work in acrylic in addition to my oils, sometimes combining the best of both by under-painting in acrylic and finishing in oil.

Nothings gives me more pleasure than when a kindred spirit finds my work makes touches them, makes them smile or feel something warm and familiar.
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Seth Macbeth

It’s important to love what you do, especially when it’s something creative. Putting a part of yourself into your creations is what makes them valuable. I dedicate time, knowledge and heart to every piece, and the things I create reflect my passions as well as my skills. It’s taken over twenty years of education and exploration to fine-tune my artistry, and I want everything I create to proudly reflect that.

My aim is to tell stories, in many forms and mediums. Stories are what make up our history, our lives. When someone views my work, I want them to hear the story I’m telling, but to also begin a tale of their own, with their own experiences leading their interpretation.

I begin with a concept, or a feeling. An emotion that is driving me to speak and from there I flick through all my books tearing out images that speak to me. From there I begin to hand-cut all of them out, and weave them together on the page until a balanced image is formed. I never know what the final piece will look like until the end, but I will always remember the way I was feeling when I made it.

About the Work
The pieces I have submitted for the Farmer’s Market exhibition were created with the vendors in mind. I wanted to represent the artisans, farmers, and people behind the items we purchase.

Each piece hones in on a specific area of food production, and represents the dedication and passion each has for their trade. The words were chosen with their specialty in mind, and to give a sense of conversation with the viewer and the piece, as if with a vendor over their market stall.

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Valerie Wheater

I enjoy painting those things in life that I am passionate about…animals, beautiful gardens and images from my travels. I primarily paint in water colour on paper but I am keen to learn more about acrylics and working on canvases.

I started water colour painting 10 years after meeting my instructor at a local art show and sale. I continue to attend classes weekly and now that I am retired I can dedicate more time to painting at home as well.

She convinced me that I should give it a try, even though I told her I couldn’t draw to save my soul. I have learned so much since then, and continue to learn with each piece. This is a never ending journey!

Last June I participated in my first exhibition with my instructor and many of her other students. We were delighted at the success of the day and a half show and the wonderful feedback from those that attended and purchased.

I am excited to be participating in the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Studio Art Tour in May 2017 where I will have a chance to showcase my artwork with the many other talented artists in this community.

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The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Symphony of Multi-visual Elements”
by Richmond artist YUE BAOYU

Exhibition Dates: March 1 – 26, 2017. Free Admission.
Opening Reception: Sunday, March 5, 2-4pm
The artist will be in attendance on the weekends.

In my paintings, I hold fast to the traditional values and craftsmanship with strict discipline from both the Eastern and the Western traditions because there is an eternal lustrous glamour whenever I see great masterpieces of the Renaissance and French Academy as well as some ancient Chinese paintings, especially those scroll ink paintings in Tang and Song dynasties. In addition, I am fascinated by the great masters of the past and I strive to paint skill-based artistic excellence as an integral part in my works. At the same time, I am also captivated by different art themes and styles in the ongoing  art movements of our time. For this reason, I would like to integrate different visual elements such as abstraction, surrealism, symbolism, collage effect, as well as graphic effect and many other never-ending inspirations on my paintings to give a totally different content and form. In my portrait paintings,  all these above mentioned elements exist in both harmony and discord in visual languages in the same piece to exude beautiful visual effects and thus create a symphony of different visual elements. My major interest in figurative paintings lies in the belief that the figurative paintings could ground me to reality in my artistic pursuit. There are endless possibilities for the exploration of the themes in both Eastern and Western contexts and many ways for the visual integration.

Yue Baoyu is a representational painter with an engineering background. Born in the rural countryside in Northeastern China, he showed artistic talent since his childhood and concentrated on his ever-refined craftsmanship since the early 1980s. His mathematics and engineering experience are of considerable benefit to his artistic style with strict discipline. His fond passion in art led to his academic pursuit in painting at NSCAD University. He attributes his current stage of artistic achievement, enhanced skill, and concept development to the excellent all-rounded fine arts faculty at NSCAD. His first solo show of portraiture at Anna Leonowens Gallery is exceptionally covered by Chronicle Herald on March 7, 2014. After graduating from NSCAD University, he participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver and was invited to participate in It’s Liquid Group International Art Expo in Venice in November 2015 with a featured interview covered in the official website of It’s Liquid Group. With relentless determination, he aims to establish himself seriously as an international exhibiting artist in the coming years.  His current concentration and exploration is to create paintings of different themes in a way that combines ideas inspired by modernism and postmodernism.

Mar. 5, 2017 - Yue Baoyu

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“On Purpose”
by New Westminster artists from
Purpose Secondary Independent School
February 1 – 26,2017

Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Free Admission. Artists in attendance on the weekends.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 1, 6 – 8pm
All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.


The exhibition is a showcase of Purpose Secondary student artwork involving various subject matter and media.

Purpose Secondary School is an independent school, which exists to serve those students who, for a variety of reasons, choose to continue their education in a school that offers smaller classes and curriculum tailored to the learning styles of the students. Students benefit from the fact that positive relationships between teachers and students and students and their peers are highly valued and are considered integral to establishing a productive learning environment.  Students are encouraged and supported to pursue their learning interests while completing the curriculum required for graduation. The focus is always achieving success in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

Feb. 1, 2017 - Purpose Secondary Independent School

acnw-permanent-collection-web-poster-december-2016The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
ACNW Permanent Collection – Various Artists
December 1, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Please check the ACNW website for winter Gallery hours.

Please note: The Gallery at Queens’ Park will be closed for winter holidays between December 17,2016 until January 3, 2017. The Gallery will reopen January 4, 2017

acnw-popowich-poster-nov-2016-webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“Collision 1”
by Frederick Popowich
November 2 – 27,2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 2, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 13, 2pm



Collision is an ongoing project of mine that explores the idea of wreckage and the relationship of man and machine through the depiction of spaces, materials, and equipment associated with automotive collision repair.

The black and white print, with its emphasis on the language of tonal value, is a medium central to my own creative and commercial work. The images here explore light as a medium that simultaneously reveals and obscures the subject—at once disclosing its structural properties and complicating its appearance.

By using various types of light during long exposures, subjects are revealed by enacting the process of their material form as their surfaces are brought into collision with multi-directional forms of light. The lighting techniques used in these images attempt to complicate the reading of the photograph, since the standard signals for reading light directionality and the falling of shadows have been intentionally obscured. The long exposure is a way of exploring the photographic medium’s capacity to not only encode time in a single moment but in a series of sequential passes as light collides with its subject in unusual, conflicting, and unpredictable ways.

The objective is to create an arresting of attention, to defamiliarize the subject by using light as both an agent of revelation and estrangement.


Join Frederick Popowich as he discusses his Collision project, a black and white photographic series that explores the idea of wreckage and the relationship of man and machine through the depiction of spaces, materials, and equipment associated with automotive collision repair. Incorporating a range of influences, from German Romanticism to Sergei Eisenstein, from the English Romantic writers to Karsh, Avedon and other masters of the black and white print, he will discuss several of the key influences and aesthetic ideas behind the project.

Nov 2016 - Fred Popowich, Collision 1

acnw-garey-shergill-posterThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“Foreign Gaze: Bollywood Eyes”
by Gurpreet Shergill
October 5 – 30, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 5, 6 – 8pm



Within my practice I find it important for the viewer to be aware of themselves and the space they are situated within. Viewing the work at hand and to walk away with some sort of experience, if it’s how they relate to the topic and or materials that are currently being presented to them. In this series I was influenced with images that have stuck with me since childhood from television and film. Each work was created using a limited pallet of only four colours and all within one day. I tried to get a sense of haste of a passing thought of the things that I only think of when I think of these images. The eyes can say so much with just the expression or in this case just a part of that expression. Even with a fragment we can still stir some kind of emotional response. There are a lot of things that I can explain and talk about, but I strongly feel it is important for the viewer to discover their own connection to the work and to what internal conversation each individual work may have with each other.


A little bit about myself, I was born and grew up in Surrey BC and been living in Queensborough, New Westminster BC for the past eight years. All throughout my life I have been surrounded by art and making, from my mother sewing to my sister’s drawing. During my teen years, I used art as a way of coping and escaping what was bugging me and have always felt a sense of not belonging. For twenty years my art practice has been something that I held to myself and I rarely shared it with anyone, due to my own insecurity. In 2011 I heard about a local group of artists, Artist in the Boro, and decided to give it a shot to meet other artists in the area. It was definitely refreshing to see what others were doing within their own practice and we has a chance to share our works and give each other feedback, I felt a bit reluctant to show my work, due to the fact that I had no “professional training.” The feedback I got was great and it really gave me the confidence to further push myself in my practice. I decided to give Emily Carr a chance since my sister went and I knew a few people that were going there and I got in. I am currently still at Emily Carr. I’ve learned so much and still excited to learn more and push myself in my own personal practice.

Gurpreet Shergill - Foreign Gaze: Bollywood Eyes - Opening Reception Oct. 5, 2016

ACNW - Krista HilgeThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“This is How I Dream”
by Krista Hilge
September 7 – 25, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 6 – 8pm



I get my inspiration from simple things which draw on both memories of my childhood and dreams. Whether it’s visions of grandeur, or discovering the wonder of nature, I use both facets in my work. I love painting and drawing the simple things in life, because beyond our digital lives we always want something simple. Whether it’s the smell of an approaching thunderstorm, the first time riding a bicycle without training wheels, or listening to a great song for the hundredth time, it’s these moments that inspire me.


Having grown up in an artistic family, Krista Hilge is a Vancouver based artist who focuses on a variety of painting styles and mediums. A self taught artist, she discovered her ability to paint and draw while working with children in Iceland. Krista’s work is inspired by the little things in life. She’s currently in school for 3D animation and modeling, and continually strives to develop and expand her work.


September 7 - This Is How I Dream Opening Reception

ACNW - As You Are - Poster - August 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“As You Are”
by Cara Bain & Gillian Wright
August 3 – 28, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm




All of my figurative and portraiture works have come from weekly sessions of Life Drawing. Doing this every week has an effect similar to that of a musician practicing in an orchestra; it fine tunes your skills and nurtures your imagination. I have found being part of a group of fellow artists creates camaraderie and strengthens the artist. Although I am not limited to figurative work the subtle difference in each person’s face and body improves observational skills that can then assist in still life, landscape, other forms of realism and even abstract. I work in all mediums: pastel chalk, pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic and watercolour. I find each medium requires different skills to master, at the same time contributing to the other forms and an overall creative strengthening.


Ever since discovering my affinity for art, I found a specific passion for capturing the faces of those around me. The things that make each person unique inspire and drive my creativity. I am intrigued at how tweaking the tiniest aspect of a portrait can change an expression completely. Each stroke can portray so much about a person’s character.
This body of work explores the idea that every person is a creation that overflows with endless depth and beauty. Rather than projecting onto my subjects a heady and complex concept of my own creation, my aim is to capture something about the identity or expression of each individual in a given moment. This can take the form of both lightness or darkness – ranging from joyous freedom of the gospel singers in Blessed Assurance, to calm defiance of a young woman facing death in #29. Together they are meant to capture and reflect a small piece of humanity.
One of my priorities is to create pieces that have the capacity to impact any viewer, whatever their age, demographic, or education level, while still pushing the limits of my creativity. I hope to achieve this by relying on the shared experience of all people – human connection.

ACNW - Royal City Manor - Poster - July 2016 - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“Royal City Manor Breaks Barriers through Art”
by residents of Royal City Manor
July 27 – 31, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 27, 6 – 8pm



Royal City Manor’s ‘Creative Corner’ initiative has assembled a number of resident artists who have been creating various forms of art as a means of connecting us with the past, present and future. Although these artists have a variety of cognitive and physical impairments, they do not actively dwell on their deficits, loss and sadness that normally dominate discussions around memory loss and dementia. Rather, these artists take the opportunity to focus on the positive through their communication, creativity, and social interaction in a structured program. They live in the moment and interact meaningfully with those around them.

The visual art that is being presented may trigger dormant memories and emotions, hopefully inspiring conversations amongst residents, families and visitors that normally struggle with the loss of a loved one’s life-long identity. Understanding that each individual’s journey is special, the artwork represents a diverse palette of lived emotions, perceptions and experiences. It offers hope and inspiration to those who reflect and critique on the piece at hand. Through various mediums, the residents are truly able to express themselves and validate their quality of life. This exhibit promotes the principles of continued learning, wellness, and creativity whilst impacting a person’s sense of self, relationships and enjoyment of life. It celebrates the motto ‘live life to the fullest’.


Heart of the Forest - PosterforWebThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“The Heart of the Forest”
by Judy Villett & Terry Aske
July 1 – 24, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday July 6, 6 – 8pm
Artists’ Demos:
Sunday, July 17th
Judy Villett: 1pm
Terry Aske: 2pm



What is at the heart of the forest?  Quiet, peace, shelter, secret animal life….a fantasy or a reality?  Earth’s forests are dwindling at an alarming rate.  Do they need our protection or will nature eventually prevail?  Love is the heart, the heart is love.

Trees, leaves, branches, trunks, light, shadow – all are part of the heart.  Each artist uses different techniques, styles and sizes to portray our passionate connection to the forest.  Our medium is soft…..soft art at the heart…..of a forest on top of a hill in New Westminster, BC.


Lost Wax and Art in Bronze - PosterforWebThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“Lost Wax and Art in Bronze”
by Robert Matza
July 1 – 24, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday July 6, 6 – 8pm 


In 1929 my parents celebrated the birth of their 3rd son and christened him Robert Rupert. The location was a small village ca. 60 miles northwest of Vienna.

One day, when I was about 7 years old, my mother brought me to the barber, who was a well known woodcarver as well. After my haircut I stayed and watched that gentleman carve and from that moment on we became real good friends, despite the difference in age. He was a giant of a man, that is, from the waist on upward. As a victim of polio he could only walk a few meters. But he was never in a bad mood and in the years we could see each other, he showed me many ways to make a good carving.

In grad- and in high school, art was always my favoured subject and I excelled in drawing and painting. My teacher and my principal urged me to pursue a career in art. The war and the years after the war destroyed all my dreams in that respect. The time came for me in 1963 when I could learn something about art again. An artist worked on a big mural in the company where I worked as an accountant. After work, this gentleman gave courses in painting and woodcut making. The unstable situation in Europe in 1965 forced us to leave Germany and after reading about different countries we came to the decision to go to Canada. We never regretted coming here. The only regret we had is that we did not come here 10 years earlier.

At the Canadian embassy I was told that I would never find a job here as an accountant. I said to him whether he ever heard the saying that the North wind made the Vikings. It says you can never throw anything at me that I cannot handle.

Coming back to art, I worked in different foundries as moulder and that enabled me to take part in a symposium in 1982 at the Capilano College and once more in 1983. At that time I had my artwork in different art galleries in downtown Vancouver. A gallery here in Vancouver had a Gallery in the Rockies and they bought all of my work outright.

In conclusion, I can say that I sculpt, cast chase, and patina my own work without any outside help. A high degree of workmanship and consistent quality can thus be guaranteed for every casting.

GVWG poster -webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“It’s our Turn: The Art of the Turned Wooden Form”
by the Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild –
June 1 – 26, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday June 1, 6 – 8pm
Artists’ Demos:
Saturday, June 4, 1 – 5pm and
Saturday, June 18, 1 – 5pm
(at the Queen’s Park Bandshell)

Artist Statement:

Woodturners love the solitude of wood, lathe and self.  We are typically mesmerized while transforming the natural wonders from local and exotic woods into art forms.  From novice to expert, from preteen to old curmudgeon, and from all occupations, professions, and walks of life, woodturners are fascinated by the creation of an objet d’art from a simple material such as wood.  Though the end products (pieces as woodturners like to call them) come in many forms from simple candle sticks to massive urns made from thousands of small bits stuck together with glue, each piece needs some time spinning on a lathe to be formed and finished. So who is a woodturner? Woodturners are designers, fabricators, technicians, craftsmen, artists and creators.  But most of all they are common folk with a passion to just make stuff.

Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild members have a wide range of abilities and interests and we are very happy to share our woodturning experiences and to assist others in their own endeavours. At meetings, demonstrators teach basic skills on a wide variety of turning topics; a round table discussion offers critique and discussion on finished pieces; and a Tech Talk group provides a chance to discuss technical issues. Monthly speakers present information on turning and related subjects.  Periodic seminars, workshops and symposia feature noted national and international woodturners, which is an economical way to learn from some of the best in the world. Finally, we take woodturning to the community in an effort to educate and raise the profile of the art and craft of woodturning.

– Mervyn Graham, GVWG Member

Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild

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The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
“HighPower: Unfolding Beauty from Destruction”
by artists Kathleen Forsythe
May 4 – 29, 2016
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday May 4, 6 – 8pm

Artist Statement:

My work has sought to ask the question “Where does Newness come from?” and to follow the flowing movement of my own imagination between the world I encounter and the infinite interiority of my mind.   My art work is all about unfolding the infinite interior and exploring the boundaries I  encounter between my embodiment and the world I engage within and without the boundaries of my ‘self’.

HighPower: Unfolding Beauty from Destruction is a series of images from digital paintings printed on metal and acrylic.  Inspired by the debris from explosions at the High Power Lab at BC Hydro’s R&D division in Surrey, I have deconstructed images and composed abstract paintings using an iPad.  They are then printed on aluminum or acrylic. I felt that this series needed such a novel approach in terms of medium.  Much of the debris that inspired the paintings is metal and plastic blown apart or melted. I have looked for its beauty and unfolded it using my metal and plastic iPad device.

In addition I am exploring the experience of what it means to generate art in a digital medium using my finger. The images that arise exhibit many of the same approaches as my mixed media paintings that employ acrylic paint, canvas, paper and other materials. However the actual physical materiality and experience of painting is very different.  I am interested in the viewers’ experience of this emergent art medium

I am a published writer and poet as well as an artist.  I began painting 10 years ago and would describe myself as an abstract expressionist.  Although I have had a few private showings I do not have an extensive vitae of artistic work in the visual medium yet.  My CV (below) shows a creative career encompassing many forms of exploration and expression.

Kathleen Forsythe
Doctor of Knowledge Architecture 


  •  Founding Executive Director, B.C. Knowledge Network 1980-86
  • Co-Chair Intersectoral Dialogue, Earth Summit, Rio De Janeiro, 1992
  • Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2006
  • Province of BC Recognition for Teaching Excellence, 2006
  • Currently Executive Director of SelfDesign Learning Foundation


  1. Inside Me Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1969
  2. The Hair Cage Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1972
  3. November-Dead-Time Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1974
  4. Time and Untime Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1977
  5. Phoenix Rising Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1979
  • The Vision of Fred: Conversations with Fred Cogswell on the Nature and Function of Poetry, with Fred Cogswell, Borealis Press Ltd. Ottawa, 2004.


TREASURE HUNTERS, with Dale Read, original script for television, 1984, produced by Knowledge Network, 1985
THE BLUE RAVEN, with Ted Harrison, adapted from the original story by Ted Harrison, 1985 produced by Knowledge Network, 1986


Private Art Exhibit: Autogeography: Maps of the Infinite Interior, May-August, 2006, Full Bloom Flowers Gallery, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Three paintings – Delta Art Society, Juried Show, 2013
One painting, Surrey Art Gallery, Juried Show, 2015


  • Journeys to the Lands of New : Beyond  Information  – paper given to the American Society for Cybernetics, Virginia Beach, February, 1986 published as Working Paper  no. 87-2 of the Center for Systems Research, University of  Alberta, 1987
  • Cathedrals in the Mind:  The Architecture of Metaphor in Understanding Learning  Paper given to the European Congress on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, April 1986.
  • Best paper award for Symposium on Architecture, Humanity and Conceptualization, published in Cybernetics and General Systems, Robert Trappl, ed. Reidel Publishing  Co. Amsterdam , 1986 re-published as Working Paper  no. 87-2 of the Center for Systems Research, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1987
  • The Secret Garden:  Learning as the Perception of Newness    – Paper given to the Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, January 1986. Published as Working Paper no. 87-2 of the Center for Systems Research, University of Alberta, l987.
  • Towards an Epistemology of the Imagination Paper and workshop given to the American Society for Cybernetics, Santa Cruz, September, 1986
  • Isophor: Poiesis of Experience Published as Working Paper no. 87-2 of the Center for Systems Research, University of Alberta, l987.
  • Towards  an  Epistemology  of  Newness –  paper given to the Problems of (Im)possible Worlds Conference, University of Amsterdam, April, 1987
  • A Disposition for Wonder : The Art of Conceptualization in the Architecture of Being Human  – Kathleen Forsythe, Candace Wedder, 9th European Conference on Cybernetics and General Systems, Vienna, 1988, published in Systems and Cybernetics 88, Robert Trappl, (ed.), Reidel Publishing, Dordrecht, 1988
  • Metaphor and Metadomain: The Art and Science of Understanding- Preceeding Paper for  the Conference Support, Society and Culture: Mutual Uses of Cybernetics and Science, University of Amsterdam, April, 1989
  • The Pattern Connects: The Art of Madeline Von Foerster, The Poetry of Kathleen Forsythe – Presentation at the American Society for Cybernetics Conference, Asilomar, July 2012

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Dark Shape on HorizonThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
A Dark Shape on the Horizon”
by Vancouver artist Curtis Grahauer
April 6 – 30th, 2016
The Studio (basement) of The Gallery at Queen’s Park
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 6, 6 – 8pm

Artist Statement

The Anthropocene is the proposed current geological epoch in which the earth’s climate is affected by human influence. Nature was the standard in which species evolved, and now nature must adapt to conditions created by one of its byproducts. Within the anthropogenic landscape, nature—defined as that which exists independent from human involvement—is difficult if not impossible to distinguish from that which is naturalized: what appears to be natural but is actually a product of human influence and adaptive processes. My practice focuses on the perception of the anthropogenic landscape, using photography, 16mm film and gallery installation, to build a discourse between concepts of what is natural and what is naturalized.

A Dark Shape on the Horizon continues my research into the anthropogenic landscape and focuses on the larger industrial and economic forces of mining and how they act as physical manifestations of humans as a geological force. Initial research for this project has drawn me to sites situated around the Guichon Creek batholith that runs north from Washington State through south central BC, which contains a significant amount of copper mineralization that has been exploited for several decades. These sites include the currently inactive Craigmont mine north west of the town of Merritt and the active Highland Valley mine near to Ashcroft. In the last glaciation period, large sheets of ice carved steps into the sides of the mountains that flank the Nicola River, and these forms are mirrored in the steps of the open pit surface mines. I am interested in drawing connections between mining practices, natural geologic processes, and the contingent formations created by both ancient ice flows and resource extraction.

Artist Bio

Curtis Grahauer lives and works in Vancouver, and recently completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on the way landscape is shaped by intertwining forces of human activity, such as economics, recreation and agriculture.




Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC
Bachelor of Media Arts – Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC.


Tidal Pool (August-September), Platforms: Coastal City, outdoor video screen   commission, Vancouver (public installation).
A Dark Shape on the Horizon (April), Gallery at Queen’s Park, Arts Council of New Westminster (solo).
Philip B. Lind Prize Exhibition (April), Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver (group).

As far upriver as you can go before having to switch to a pole, Audain Gallery, Vancouver (solo).
Floodplain, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver (solo).

Compassion Fatigue, New Wight Biennial, UCLA, Los Angeles CA (group).

Ny verk, SÍM, Reykjavik, IS (group).
Rolling Thunder, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver (solo).

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto (public installation).
re-LIVE, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver (group).


Artist in Residence, The Sointula Art Shed, Sointula, BC (May).
Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Award (shortlist), Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.

Simon Fraser University Service Award.
Travel/Minor Research Award, Simon Fraser University.

Simon Fraser University Service Award.
Scholarship for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Graduate Travel Award, SFU.
Graduate (International) Research Travel Award, SFU.
Travel/Minor Research Award, SFU.

Steven Shane Annual Graduate Entrance Scholarship, SFU.
Artist in Residence, SIM Residency Reykjavik, IS.

Project Grant, Neighbourhood Small Grant Program, Vancouver.

Artist in Residence, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City.
Project Assistance Grant for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.
Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts.
Curatorial Residency, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver.

Professional Development Grant for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.

Grahauer, Curtis. “The Young Romantics.” The Peak (Burnaby, BC), June 8, 2015.
—, “Interview with Emiliano Sepulveda.” The Peak (Burnaby, BC), April 11, 2015.
—, “Super, Unnatural BC.” Bartleby Review (Vancouver, BC), April 2015.
—, “Art collection in AQ North Concourse illustrates BC colonialism.” The Peak, March 9, 2015.
—, “The surprising story of SFU’s blue pyramid.” The Peak, March 2, 2015.
—, “Interview with Adrienne Evans.” The Peak, February 16, 2015.
—, “Participation—Production—Presentation.” SFU Galleries blog, February 3, 2015.
—, “Interview with Jaime Williams.” The Peak, January 12, 2015.
—, “Staring at Nothing.” The Peak, November 17, 2014.
—. “Empirical Observations in 16mm.” The Peak, November 3, 2014.
—. “Participatory Art and Conversation as Performance.” The Peak, October 20, 2014
—. “Interview with Lucien Durey.” The Peak, October 20, 2014.
Ramsey, Justin. “Exhibition review of Curtis Grahauer, Slump.” Simon Fraser University  School for the Contemporary Arts, March 2014.
“Nuit Blanche 2011” NOW, Toronto. Sept 29-Oct 5, 2011.
Artist catalogue. Public Access: 1999 & Beyond. Unit/Pitt Projects and Publication Studio (Vancouver, 2011).
Turner, Leah. “Weekend Leisure Network” COLOR Magazine, Fall 2010.
Sawatzky, Rachelle. “Cultural Programming in Vancouver During the 2010 Winter Olympics” C Magazine, Summer 2010.
Birch, Jesse. “A Sea of Contingencies: Vancouver’s Domestic Interventions” C Magazine, Autumn 2009.

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ACNW Satellite Fabulations - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
Satellite Fabulations: Speculative Topographies in the Anthropocene”
by New Westminster artists Danielle Bobier
April 6 – 30th, 2016
Main floor of The Gallery at Queen’s Park
Wednesday 1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday April 6, 6 – 8pm

Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in the field of print media and painting. With a deep interest in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, I am attracted to scientific maps and satellite images as a means of exploration. By looking at these images, I can envision myself on the ground and locate myself as an observer and an explorer. Through the lens of the Anthropocene (the critical geologic epoch in which human action has resulted in significant alterations the planet), I seek to understand the bigger picture through a place’s topography. The topography of a place is at once rooted in the natural and concrete world, but also exists as an aesthetic abstraction that can be read subjectively by the viewer. To me, this sort of multistability inflicts an inherently human, emotional component upon the work.

My process involves the intake of visual and theoretical information from the natural sciences, as well as the surface processes of geomorphology and the effects of human intervention upon the landscape. Additionally, I have a keen interest in states of matter and how they interact on different temporospatial scales.

Since 2013, I have been developing a series of works based on digitally collaged and altered public domain satellite imagery to create fabulated landscapes – places that do not physically exist, but can be read as if they do. Recently, I have expanded the topographic aesthetic into the fields of painting and sculpture, where material manipulation allows for a more immediate response than with traditional printmaking methods. Together, the different mediums encompass technological, human, and material experience.

The title of this exhibition, Satellite Fabulations, is partially appropriated from Donna Haraway’s “SF, Speculative Fabulation and String Figures” where she mathematically and theoretically delineates a notyetexisting world titled Terrapolis. I chose to adopt the use of the word “fabulation” as the works in this show investigate speculative and chimeric topographies.

Artist Bio

Danielle Bobier was born in New Westminster, BC, in 1985. She lives cooperatively in New Westminster and splits her studio workspace between the Royal City and Vancouver. Previously, she received the Fine Arts Diploma from Langara College where she was awarded the 2012 Painting Studio Award. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at Emily Carr University and is set to graduate in May 2016. Her work can be found in the Langara College Permanent Collection, the Wayfinding: Art for Patients with Dementia Research Collection in conjunction with UBC school of Nursing, and in private collections internationally.



Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) – Expected
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Fine Arts Diploma
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA


The Show
Annual Juried Group Exhibition of graduating works
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Satellite Fabulations: Speculative Topographies in the Anthropocene
Solo Exhibition, juried by the Arts Council of New Westminster
The Gallery at Queen’s Park, New Westminster, BC, CA

Collaborative Group Exhibition, no curator
The Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Print: Crossing Pathways
Group Exhibition curated by Jonathon Hodges and Jeffrey Wynne
The Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Pistachio Tree
Group Exhibition curated by Cass Elliot
Tag Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

…increases the divide
Two-Person Show with Karin Vengshoel
Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, CA

Wayfinding: Art for Patients with Dementia
Group Exhibition
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Raw Expressions: Nothing and No One is Perfect
Group Exhibition and Performance
One Thousand Rivers, Vancouver, BC, CA

42nd Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

Art from the Heart: A Benefit for PACE Society
Group Exhibition
One Thousand Rivers, Vancouver, BC, CA

41st Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

Group Exhibition
One Thousand Rivers, Vancouver, BC, CA

Group Exhibition
Buffalo Lounge, Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA


Live Painting Demonstration
ROYAL FLUSH: Let’s go all in for the Arts! A Fundraiser for the Arts Council of New Westminster
Match Eatery, New Westminster, BC, CA

Security and Sales
Student Art Sale
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Iowa State University International Postcard Print Exchange
Ames, IA, US

Guest Speaker and Student Representative
Officiation and Signing Ceremony of Transfer Agreement between Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Langara College
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

Artisan Kiosk
River Market, New Westminster, BC, CA

Individual Drawing Lessons Instructor
New Westminster, BC, CA

Gothic Literature Field Studies, Langara College Study Abroad Program
London, Whitby, Manchester, Edinburgh, UK

Representative for Creative Arts at Langara College
Circle Craft Fair, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, CA

Art History Field Studies, Langara College Study Abroad Program
Florence, Rome, Italy

Construction Assistant
Nothing Blank Forever by Samuel Roy-Bois
Vancouver, BC, CA


Grumbacher Certified Fine Arts Instructor

Michaels Arts & Crafts, Vancouver, BC, CA

Print Studio Monitor
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

Certified Custom Framing Expert
Michaels Arts & Crafts, Vancouver, BC, CA

Print Studio Assistant
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA


“Melancholia: A View” and “The View from Melancholia”, two artworks
Woo Publication, Winter 2014, p. 42
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

2012 Fine Arts Catalogue, one artwork
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA


Langara College Permanent Collection
Vancouver, BC, CA

Wayfinding: Art for Patients with Dementia
Temporary Research Collection, Emily Carr University in collaboration with University of British Columbia School of Nursing
Surrey, BC, CA

Private collections internationally


Arts Council of New Westminster, New Westminster, BC, CA
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, CA


British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award

Painting Studio Award, Presented by Langara College and Tenline
Studios, Vancouver, BC, CA

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Garden GalsThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
The Glory of the Garden”
Pop-up Exhibition
by New Westminster arts group: Garden Gals
March 30th – April 3, 2016
Wednesday  1 – 8pm, Thursday – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Opening Reception: Wednesday March 30th, 6-8pm

Artist Statement

The objective of the Garden Gals is to promote an appreciation of nature and urban green space by sharing our visions through paintings. This exhibition is to celebrate our ten year anniversary as a group.  This exhibition features floral paintings inspired by New Westminster gardens.

Artist Bio

The Garden Gals are an active art group of sketchers and painters, unique in that we all have a passion for art in nature, as we are keen New Westminster Gardeners. We are a subgroup of the long standing New Westminster Horticultural Society (NWHS) established in 1934. Membership of NWHS is a requirement to belong to our sketch group; the NWHS sketch group, which later developed the show name of ‘Garden Gals.’ Ten years ago NWHS members held a drawing session in a member’s garden, there was sufficient interest to start a subgroup.


The poem that inspired the name of the exhibit and commemorates the Garden Gals 10 Year Anniversary:


OUR England is a garden that is full of stately views,
Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,
With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by;
But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.
For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall,
You’ll find the tool- and potting-sheds which are the heart of all
The cold-frames and the hot-houses, the dung-pits and the tanks,
The rollers, carts, and drain-pipes, with the barrows and the planks.
And there you’ll see the gardeners, the men and ‘prentice boys
Told off to do as they are bid and do it without noise ;
For, except when seeds are planted and we shout to scare the birds,
The Glory of the Garden it abideth not in words.
And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,
And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows ;
But they can roll and trim the lawns and sift the sand and loam,
For the Glory of the Garden occupieth all who come.
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing:-” Oh, how beautiful,” and sitting in the shade
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.
There’s not a pair of legs so thin, there’s not a head so thick,
There’s not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick
But it can find some needful job that’s crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.
Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it’s only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner In the Glory of the Garden.
Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees,
So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray
For the Glory of the Garden that it may not pass away!
And the Glory of the Garden it shall never pass away !

-Rudyard Kipling (1923)


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NWA ARTSQUARED - webThe Arts Council presents
“Art Squared”
by New West Artists
March 2 to 27, 2016
1 to 8pm Wednesday, 1 to 5pm Thursday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Wednesday March 2, 6 – 8pm

Artist Statement

New West Artists is an inclusive, non-profit society endeavouring to inspire, encourage, and celebrate visual artists through connection, education, and promotion. New West Artists welcomes visual artists of all levels, from hobby artists to full-time professional veterans, from anywhere.

New West Artists exhibit at various venues & festivals throughout the year.  We’ve held exhibits at the Anvil Centre, Century House, 100 Braid Street, the Shadbolt Center, River Market (the Quay), Five Stones Church, and various other venues around the Lower Mainland. Many artists have their own studios.
Meetings are held nearly every month, where our aim is to share information about producing our own NWA shows; calls to artists; promotion of our own work; and otherwise filling the needs and solving problems artists consistently face.

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Robert Fee poster Feb 2016 - webThe Arts Council presents
by New Westminster artist Robert Fee
February 3 to 28
1 to 8pm Wednesday, 1 to 5pm Thursday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Wednesday February 3, 6 – 8pm


In the gallery, Rob will be performing three Sunday Concerts on saxophone with the following jazz artists:
February 7: Jodi Proznick: 2-3pm
February 14: Bill Coon: 2-3pm
February 21: Mike Allen: 2-3pm

Artist Statement

I usually start the work by photographing natural forms. By manipulating the images through collage and sketches, I translate the structures, reflecting a process that alternates between careful deliberation and improvisation.

I have been playing jazz and improvising with the saxophone for over 25 years. Painting has been an ongoing exploration through figurative, narrative and text-based work during that time. I’ve had a breakthrough in the last few years where there has been an overlap between art and music. That is not to say that the paintings are a representation of music, but that my conceptual involvement and compositional processes have followed a similar path between them. The basic idea is to use a structural framework within which to creatively express myself, applying a personal language or series of phrases that are both informed and intuitive.

I’m trying to discover new ways of working that allow the paintings to unfold in a natural way.  Starting loose and quick, establishing the rhythm, incorporating incongruous elements, I then slow the pace to edit. It is my aim to leave an authentic record of my painting experience in each piece; how I accepted or rejected my marks, how I captured or created structure, how I interpreted and translated beauty.

I want the paintings to be painterly, to be resplendent. But my process also involves some purposeful sabotaging of effects. I’m looking for the expression to be intricate but also kind of lean; simple concepts, essentialized mark making, with effective figure/ground relationships.

Artist Bio

I’m an artist and musician living in New Westminster, originally hailing from the Okanagan. After completing an Art Degree where I majored in drawing and painting, I spent 5 years playing jazz and blues in clubs all over B.C. while working on my art portfolio. I made the move to Vancouver in the late 90’s, first studying jazz at Capilano College and then completing a Bachelor of Art Education.

Teaching has become a great passion in my life. The creative process is fascinating, and I enjoy seeing literally thousands of individual approaches to visual problems in the course of a school year! My students inspire me and I am continually surprised at the diverse nature of mark-making.

As for my own work, I approach painting in a similar way to jazz improvisation. My 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 how I work with paint. I work in a simple and direct way, trying to express honestly.

Artist C/V

Bachelor of Education – University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Fine Arts – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Group Exhibitions:
Elemental:  New West Artists Group- Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
Visual Verse:  New West Artists Group- Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
Art Squared:  New West Artists Group, New Westminster Quay
Inspired by Words– Arts Council New West Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
What to do Next: New West Artists Group-Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster
Crossing the Line:  B.F.A. Grad Exhibit – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.
Kinections: Second Year Painting Exhibition – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.
Art Lynch: Second Year Final Exhibition – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.

Secondary School Art Educator: Richmond School District #38
Private music instructor, Saxophone

UBCO Student collection
Private collections

The Creative Voice: Life and Art in the Okanagan –Gary Pearson, 1998, Caitlin Press

Selected Musical Performances:
2015 – Vancouver Public Library- Impressions of Ol’ Blue Eyes- Impressions Big Band
2015 – St. Mark’s Anglican Church,Vancouver-Afro-Cuban Suite and Beyond, Ian Shaw
2014 – VPL- Kansas City Suite featuring Miles BlackImpressions Big Band
2014 – The Columbia, New Westminster- Big Band Big Bang, Impressions Big Band
2012 – Pender Harbour Jazz Festival- Tribute to Gerry Mulligan, Swinghouse 4
2010 – The Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver- Tribute to Gerry Mulligan, Swinghouse 4
2010 – Langley Jazz Festival- The Other Big Band
2010 – Vancouver International Jazz Fest- Tribute to Gerry Mulligan, Swinghouse 4
2002 – Richards on Richards – opening for The Be Good Tanyas, Sarah Wheeler Band
1999 – Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler B.C. – Hounds of Buskerville
1999 – The Palace, Calgary – opening for Men at Work, Hounds of Buskerville
1999 – Sidetrack Café, Edmonton – opening for Men at Work, Hounds of Buskerville
1997 – VPL-New Year’s Eve15th Field Regiment Big Band with Michael Buble
1997 – Alternator Gallery- The Notorious Heffel Bros. with Jurgen Brockmann
1997 – Envision Jazz Festival- Capilano University ‘A’ Band with Campbell Ryga,
Hugh Fraser, Ingrid Jensen and Ingrid Stitt
1994 – Flashback’s- opening for Jeff Healey, This Old House Blues Band
1994 – Big White Resort-opening for Collective Soul/The Offspring, This Old House
1992 – B.C. Summer Games- Opening Ceremony, Rann Berry Band
1992 – Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – This Old House Blues Band

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The Arts Council of New Westminster has changed the operating hours of The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2016. The new gallery hours will be as follows:

Wednesday: 1pm – 8pm
Thursday: 1pm – 5pm
Friday: 1pm – 5pm
Saturday: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm
Monday/Tuesday: Closed

The Gallery is no longer open on Tuesdays. Instead The Gallery at Queen’s Park will be open later on Wednesday evenings to allow an opportunity for members of the community of New Westminster to visit the gallery after the work day.

Should you have any feedback, please email us here

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents
“ACNW Permanent Collection”
by Various Artists
December 14 to January 31
Viewing is available by appointment only

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ACNW Pepe Hidalgo Poster - webThe Arts Council presents
“Brushstrokes in History / Pinceladas en la Historia”
by New Westminster artist Pepe Hidalgo
November 10 to December 13
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Sunday November 15, 2-4pm

Artist Statement

Standing in front of each painting I encounter a moment in time created within the world depicted on the canvas. It is certainly no coincidence that each of the paintings is representational. Each depicts, and thus constructs, a world with a unique space-time that is definitely separate from the one which the viewer primarily inhabits. Some of these spatial moments are more penetrable than others. What each of the depicted moments share is that they present moments of leisure or rest, moments when time slows or even stops, sometimes briefly, at others permanently.

The pieces often have an intimate personal ring to them but they are also closely connected to mythological and mysterious distant natures, personal elements that show both the process side and the object side of the art-making experience. The scenarios in each work have their own story, their own relation to theory and history within art, within the art world and outside of it as well. This conjuring of a range of ‘pasts’ become the unifying element in the otherwise stylistically diverse exhibition. Objects with historical associations make up metaphors for the great differences and dissimilar points of departure that human beings are allotted.

My art invokes the ever ineffable nature of time and the equally mysterious way that the past, in art and in the rest of life, can push its way forward into the present moment. They often reference a historical moment, but not exclusively.

Artist Bio

Pepe Hidalgo is recently living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He was born in Madrid, Spain. Hidalgo predominantly paints with acrylic and sketches.

His artistic process started as a child during frequent visits to the Museo del Prado in Madrid.  Goya’s paintings are what confirmed his desire to be an artist. Later he was influenced by Velazques, Zurbaran, El Bosco, and the impressionists. Miro, Picasso, Francis Bacon, Pollock, and Esteban Vicente have also contributed to his work.

Pepe Hidalgo completed his studies in Madrid, Spain and Utrecht, Netherlands. During his studies he began Abstract Expressionism.  He studied form, colour and perspective individually in detail. Now his works juxtaposes all three aspects.

His work has been exhibited and is in private collections in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and Holland.

Hidalgo has a distinct element present in his paintings. There is a string or cord that can be seen in the majority of his work. It acts as the umbilical cord that unites him to the universe, and allows him to time travel back and forth as it supports his weight and pulls him back into reality. It also takes on the role of identity maker and it can almost be considered to replace his signature.

Artist C/V


  • 2015Across the River, Artists in the Boro Group Exhibition, The Gallery, New Westminster.
  • 2009 – Foundation of the Caixa, Santa Cristina D’Aro, Girona, Spain.
  • 2000 – Exposicion Sala, Huis 13, Tiel, Netherlands.
  • 1998 – Huesca City Hall, Sala Carderera, Huesca, Spain.
    – Estampa, Pabellon no. 11, Casa de Campo de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  • 1997 – Estampa, Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid, Spain.
  • 1996 – Muziekcentrum, Vredenburn, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    – Kunstgalerie Crs. H.J. Van Rooy, Lochem, Netherlands.
    – Expo Art, Madrid, Spain.
  • 1995 – Gallery City Art, Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • 1994 – Casa Golferichs, Barcelona City Hall, Barcelona, Spain.
    – Gallery Tudela, Rottherdam, Netherlands.
    – Musseum Boymans, Van Beuningem, Rottherdam, Netherlands.
  • 1986 – Gallery Fkkze, Euskirchen, Germany.
    – Casa de Espana, Hannover, Germany.
    – Pintura al aire libre, Gharleroi, Brussels, Belguim.


  • 2008Appearance on Monte Perdido, Selection in First Contest de Pintura Libre Fundacion Caja Rural Jaen.
  • 2001De J.R. Sender a Miro Pasando por Picasso, Selection and Mention of Honor, de ZARTE.
  • 1992Equilibrium in Europe, Francisco de Goya Prize, Selection and Exhibition, Conde Duque Sala.
  • 1985Shipwreck in the City, Second Place, Painting Abroad Contest, Ministry of Work (Utrecht-Madrid).

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The Arts Council presents
Land of Light
by artist Adam Gibbs
October 13 to November 6
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Sunday October 18, 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday October 27, 7-8pm

Artist Statement

Photography has taken me to some wonderful locations throughout British Columbia and beyond. During these travels I’ve had some exceptional experiences and have been fortunate enough to be able to photograph some of these adventures. Composition and the quality of light have always played important roles in my work and within these prints I have tried to showcase the best of these qualities. I thoroughly enjoy showcasing large prints of my work so that the viewer can get as close as possible to the original experience. Nature and the enjoyment of wilderness are important to me. Whether it’s hiking through an alpine meadow, climbing a mountain or running down a dusty trail, photography motivates me to explore our natural environment. Photography is not only an excuse for me to get outside but also serves as a tangible creative outlet for me to pass on those fleeting, brilliant experiences with others.

About the Artist

I have been a professional photographer since 1991. My work is used extensively worldwide both as fine art and within commercial applications. Most notably (up until 2014) my photographs could be found in four Canadian gardening magazines published nine times a year by Cornwall Publishing.
For over twenty years I had thousands of images published in Gardens West, Gardens West (prairie edition) Gardens East and Gardens Central. I also had hundreds of covers under the same titles. My work can also be found in numerous calendars throughout North America including five titles that I submit exclusively to as sole photographer. Other notable publication credits include the the highly celebrated book “Planet Earth” published by the BBC, Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer. British Columbia and Canadian Geographic magazines to name a few. I have received several notable awards for my work including several from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in the United Kingdom.

Curriculum Vitae

February 28-March 1st Nordic Art & Photo Exhibit (Group Show)
April 17 – May 16 You Are Here (group Show) The North Vancouver Community Arts Council
May 1 – May 31 Photographic Convergences (Group Show 3) Burnaby Arts Council
June 26 – Aug 22 Arts 2015 – Surrey Art Gallery (Group Show)
July 3 – August 23 Performance Arts Gallery (solo) Granville Island
August 1 – Aug 30 Kent Harrison Gallery (solo) Harrison Hot Springs
August 7 – Aug 09 Green Arts Festival – Sun Peaks (group Show)

2013 – Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
Natural History Museum, London, UK – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
2013 – Kew Royal Botanic Garden – Garden Photographer of the Year
2012 – Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
Natural History Museum, London, UK – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
2005 – Natural History Museum, London, UK – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
1998 – Natural History Museum, London, UK – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards
1997 – Natural History Museum, London, UK – Wildlife Photographer of the Years awards

About the Prints

What is Dye Sublimation or Digital Sublimation Printing? Sublimation printing
involves transferring an image on to a polyester based transfer paper using a gel ink.
The digital image is first printed on to the transfer paper using an inkjet printer. The
sheet is then heat pressed on to a polymer coated substrate, in this case an aluminum
sheet. Because the ink is transferred to the aluminum at a molecular level, the colours
are infused into the aluminum. The end result is a modern, permanent, high
resolution, full colour print that has a three dimensional look to it like no other
printing process.

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ACNW Artists in the Boro pop up Poster - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents

Pop up exhibition in partnership with Artists in the Boro:

“Across the River”
Watercolours, Acrylics, Photographs, Textiles, Ceramics

October 10th and 11th
11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Opening Reception: Saturday October 11th, 1-4pm

Artist Statement

The Artists in the Boro group had its first meeting in January 2011 and has gathered regularly ever since. We welcome those working in any visual medium (painting, drawing, jewelry, photography, sculpture, textiles, glass, ceramics, etc.) at any level of skill, experience or development. We are here to share with, encourage and learn from each other in a supportive environment.

The group’s mandate/purpose statement:  “Artists in the Boro is a group inclusive of all visual art media, which endeavours—through meetings, public events and other forums—to discover, promote and celebrate the talents of artists residing, working in, or otherwise affiliated with the unique community of Queensborough in New Westminster, BC.”
Our focus is not solely to show and sell our own work—it is also to play a strong role in promoting and fostering the visual arts within our local community, and to support their vital role in the City of New Westminster.

Artists in the Boro participates in displays and exhibits at various events and venues, such as the Queensborough Children’s Festival, the BC Cultural Crawl (including the Art in Bloom & English Tea Party at the Port Royal Community Garden), and RiverFest at the Westminster Quay.

We have had group exhibits at the main branch of the New Westminster Public Library and the Anvil Centre, and hold annual Spring Fling for Art and Christmas Art and Craft Sale events in April and November.

To date, we have held hands-on workshops on creating Artist Trading Cards, as well as life drawing with instructor Shelley Rothenburger and string painting sessions led by AB member Ginny Bryson.

The work of Artists in the Boro members is exhibited in the Queensborough Community Centre’s Art in the Atrium gallery space on an ongoing basis. Currently we are featuring an exhibit of paintings, drawings mixed media work and photography called Abstractions, which runs until November 27, 2015.

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7:00 pm in the Poplar Room at the Queensborough Community Centre (920 Ewen Avenue) and are always eager to welcome new artists.

Participating Artists


  • Reny AUGER
  • Arthur BABIARZ
  • Ginny BRYSON
  • Terry ERICKSON
  • Joann HERINGER
  • Pepe HIDALGO
  • Jessica HUYNH
  • Karen JUSTICE
  • Jean KONKLE
  • Kelly A. LAMBERT
  • Peter LOJEWSKI
  • Noreen MARTE
  • Floyd SINCLAIR
  • Gillian WRIGHT

ACNW Bill Edmonds culture days - WEBThe Arts Council presents
Catfish: Images of Deceit and Misrepresentation
by artist Bill Edmonds
September 15 to October 7
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Sunday September 20, 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Sunday September 27, 2-4pm
(a part of Culture Days)

Artist Statement

My current body of work questions anonymity and the release of personal information. Initial contacts were made on internet chat sites with random individuals who had indicated a common interest in art. The Stranger was then asked to send me their photo with a view to having their image painted. Often I suspected the image was not their own and if an image was sent to me there were frequent unseen conditions and agendas.  Initially trusting with my internet contacts, time saw me become increasingly suspicious that the photo had been sent by a Catfish*.  I employ a combination of media and techniques making quick sketch style renderings by applying common house paint to Plexiglas panels often adding scraps of the texts that were sent to me along with the photos.  These  paintings are then photographed and printed onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper. This labor-intensive process is designed to create another layer to my visual exploration and reveal the charged undercurrents of these on-line interactions.

* Catfish Urban Dictionary 2014.  A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities


About the Artist

I have lived and painted in Hope for the last 5 years, prior to this I was based in the Thompson Okanagan for 25 years and then North Vancouver for 6 years. My work has been strongly influenced by the artists of the St Ives and Newlyn Schools of Southwest Cornwall where I grew up. My first series of shows were mainly in Central BC and on Vancouver Island. These were quick style renderings in House Paint based on candid moments captured through the lens of my camera. I then had some intermittent shows [mostly group] in New York and Los Angeles but have now returned to my roots in BC.    For the last 2 years I have been exploring the internet  and have produced a body of work designed to promote a dialogue on anonymity and the release of personal information.  The submitted works are inspired by the relationships formed with strangers over the internet. The images produced were based on photos and texts sent to me by these strangers.


Curriculum Vitae

Future Exhibitions
2015 Solo Show VISAC Gallery, Trail BC
2015 Solo Show,Arts Council of New Westminster,New Westminster, BC
2016 Solo Show, Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Port Coquitlam, BC2016
2016 Solo Show, Chilliwack Art Gallery, Chilliwack BC
2016 3 Person Show, Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, BC
2016 2 Person Show, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, BC
Solo Shows
2015 “Random Strangers”,April 21st-May 10th Silk Purse Art Gallery West Vancouver BC
2015 “Bill Edmonds questions Anonymity”, March 6th- 28th, Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, BC
2015” Talking to Strangers” Feb 5th-March 14th,Summerland Art Gallery, Summerland, BC
2015 ” Talking to Strangers”, Jan 27th -Feb 14th, Mission Art Gallery, Mission BC
2013 ”You and the Stranger both like Art”, Nicola Valley Arts Council, The Courthouse, Merritt, BC
2004 “Remix”, Nanaimo Arts Council Nanaimo
2004 “Remix”, The Station House Art Gallery, Williams Lake

2-3 Person Shows
2014 ”People and Places”, The Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, BC
2014 “How Soon Is Now?” Sunshine Coast’s Art Centre, Sechelt, BC
2014”Talking to Strangers”, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC.
2009 “Unison”, A-forest Gallery, New York
2004 “Candid Moments”, SAGA Public Art Gallery, Salmon Arm.
2004 “Candid Moments”, Old School house, Qualicum Beach
2003 “Candid Moments” KAG, Kamloops, with Renee Van Halm and Susan Schuppi
2003 “Figurative Abstracts”, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge

Group Shows
2015   Fraser Valley Regional Biennale – Kariton Art Gallery,Abbotsford, BC
2014 “About Face”, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, North Vancouver, BC
2013 Fraser Valley Biennale 2013 Exhibition, The Maple Ridge Art Gallery, BC
2010 “Essence” Group show at Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC
2009 “World of Imagination”, APW Gallery New York
2008 “Life in America” State Museum of Arts, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
2008 “Theater for the Arts”, New City Gallery, New York

Texts and Television
2015 Segment on go! Okanagan Shaw TV[”Talking to Strangers”] airing week Feb. 11th
2010 “Visual Artists of the Nicola Valley” Celebrating art and culture in our community
2008 Byron Coleman Review Article in Gallery and Studio Magazine
2003 “Candid Moments” Susan Edelstein, Exhibition Catalogue KAG Kamloops

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NWA poster_POTPOURRI_2015_PRINT-page-001The Arts Council of New Westminster presents

Our very first pop up exhibition in partnership with New West Artists:

Watercolours, Acrylics, Photographs, Collages, Cards

September 12th and 13th
1pm to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Opening Reception: Saturday September 12th, 2-4pm

Artist Statement

Through connection, education, and promotion, this local non-profit society inspires, encourages, and celebrates visual artists.

New West Artists welcomes visual artists of all levels, from hobby artists to full-time professional veterans, from anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live or what visual medium you prefer. We all have much to give and can benefit from pooling our talents, ideas, and creative energy. Your online presence on this website, as well as your participation in our many exhibitions, events, and workshops, will help develop your art as much — or as little — as you like.

Meetings are held nearly every month, where our aim is to share information about producing our own NWA shows; calls to artists; promotion of our own work; and otherwise filling the needs and solving problems artists consistently face. You needn’t be a member to attend any of our meetings; however, you must be a member to exhibit in any of the NWA shows.  More about membership here.

We’ve held exhibits at the Anvil Centre, Century House, 100 Braid Street, the Shadbolt Center, River Market (the Quay), Four Stones Church, and various other venues around the Lower Mainland. Many artists have their own studios.

We look forward to meeting you!

Participating Artists

Eileen Pick
Lisa Lawrence
Virginia Railton
Janet Kvammen
Kay and Richard Klyne
Julia Schoennagel
Carol Rose
Tony Bryan
Donna Ross
Teresa Morton
Robert Jost
Elena Zhukova
Barbara Wendzich
and others
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ACNWCentury House Artists Poster - WEBThe Arts Council of New Westminster presents

“Century House Artists Group Exhibition”
Various Media

August 18th to September 11th
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Sunday August 23rd, 2-4pm

Artist Statement

Century House Organization is a seniors’ activity center which includes; arts, cards, games, dance, exercise, health, music, crafts, quilting, pottery, and more!  Those displaying their art here at Queen’s Park Gallery participate in the art program.

We hope you enjoy our art display which represents a variety of skills, emerging artists as well as more accomplished artists.  Individual artists’ biographies are available.

Century House Artists enjoy learning a variety of media, such as watercolor, acrylic, pencil crayon and drawing taught by our enthusiastic, art instructors.  Another option is the Thursday “Drop-In” 12:30 – 2:30pm where any members of Century House can bring their current art project and network with those of similar interests.

Century House members are 50+.  Come and join us at: Century House,  620 Eighth Street, New Westminster 604 519 1066 or


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Cultural CrawlAugust 8 & 9, 2015 marks the launch of New Westminster’s 12th Annual Cultural Crawl, with a two day city-wide Arts & Cultural experience.

Meet local artists and artisans, discover our heritage, and prepare to be delighted by our unique cultural footprint.

Join us in our Gallery from 1pm to 5pm for the New Westminster Pride Group Exhibition featuring works by Belle Ancell, Shelley Stefan, Adam Menzies, Linnea Strom, Cliff Blank and Judy Villett

For more information about the events, venues and artists, visit their website here.

The New Westminster Cultural Crawl is part of the BC Cultural Crawl which is  a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks and more. For information about cultural crawl events in other parts of the Province, visit their website here.

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New West Pride presents:

NW Pride Group Exhibition
Various Media

with artists Belle Ancell, Shelley Stefan, Adam Menzies,
Linnea Strom, Cliff Blank and Judy Villett

July 21 to August 16
1 – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday, Closed Mondays
Opening Reception: Sunday July 26, 2-4pm
Pride Arts Celebration  – Friday August 14, 6-8pm (a part of NW Pride Week)



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Shelley Stefan –
Adam Menzies –
Linnea Strom –
Cliff Blank –
Judy Villett –

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Quest New West Pop-up Exhibition

Sunday June 21th 2015 – 1pm to 5pm

Montague and Studio Gallery at Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park

On June 7 2015, we had over 110 participants come through our Gallery and each and every one of them painted their own rendition of the Pattullo Bridge.  You are invited to come see the collected works at our Gallery on Sunday June 21th.

Quest New West participants aka the Artists will be welcome to pick up their works at 5pm or donate them to the Arts Council to be included in a silent auction.

This event is open to the general public, admission is free.

The Montague and Studio Gallery is located at Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park, New Westminster, BC.


mermaid_poster_WEBThe Arts Council presents
Mermaids are Real
by artist Lori Pappajohn
June 23st to July 19th
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Sunday June 28th, 2-4pm
Canada Day Celebration – Wednesday July 1st, 1pm – 5pm

Artist Statement

There is a world between worlds — a place you glimpse from the corner of your eye. A world you sense — but not see. And one of the creatures of this mystical world is the mermaid.

Mermaids Are Real: A Photo Exhibit takes you on a journey to that unknown place — a hidden cove, an underwater reef, or a rocky outcropping where maybe, just maybe, you might catch a glimpse of that illusive and most magical creature.

In 2012 I Googled the word ‘mermaid’ and was amazed at what I found — people swimming like mermaids. I realized I could, too.

I designed mermaid tails for myself and Annette Johnston and we went to Maui to ‘mermaid’.  We began photographing and videoing our adventures, as the depiction of a mermaid under the sea and on the shore is pure poetry. The rich colors of our tails (green, red, pink) are beautifully framed by the deep blues and delicate turquoises of the Hawaiian sea. Add a dolphin or turtle and you have pure magic.

We eventually teamed up with some of Hawaii’s top photographers and now have a collection of stunningly-beautiful photos. Come see for yourself — mermaids are real.
The exhibit includes videos and the children’s book The Pink Mermaid and Other Tails.

Artist Biography

A harpist, singer and writer, Lori Pappajohn recently added mermaiding to her artistic life. Fascinated by these mythical creatures, Lori and Annette Johnston (a flamenco, belly and tango dancer) have been on both ends of the camera — photographing mermaids and being photographed as mermaids.

They use the human body as an art form to express the mystery and beauty of mermaids both underwater and on shore — as captured by the camera. And their artistic endeavor includes designing and making their own mermaid tails — a challenge in itself.

Over the past 4 years, the founders of Mermaids International have worked with some of Hawaii’s top photographers including Bo Pardau, Doug Perrin, Benja Iglesis and Steven Broschat — capturing images underwater and on the shores of Maui and the Big Island.

A professional musician, Lori Pappajohn has recorded 11 albums, toured internationally and is director of the highly-acclaimed Winter Harp Ensemble. A registered massage therapist, Annette Johnston was the maussues for REM on several of the band’s North American and European tours.

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The Arts Council presents
Up Close
by artist Jeff Wilson
May 26th  – June 21st
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Saturday May 30, 2-4pm
Artist Talk: Saturday June 6 

Artist Statement

I am a Scottish-Canadian realist acrylic painter, based in Vancouver, BC.

I work within the Scottish tradition of Realist painting that was established by the Glasgow Boys in the late 19th Century, and remained at the heart of Scottish painting through the 20th, characterised by artists such as Scottish Colourists and the Edinburgh School.

I have been painting one type of animal or another for a while now. Some are working animals, some wild and some are pets. All have a fairly consistent character, with well-defined facial features, such as the eyes, mouth & nose combined with looser brushwork of fur, feathers, etc.

A big part of the attraction of painting animal portraits is creating an image which is obviously man-made, but has something of the life of the original animal remaining. When I look at my work, part of me believes the animal to be real, and I see that reaction in other viewers. I feel that such a reaction this is to a great extant hardwired, and the ability to produce such a visceral reaction with paint on canvas to be a rare and wonderful thing.

About the Artist

2007 Acrylic painting and drawing, evening classes Emily Carr University
2014 The Booth, Shetland Islands, Scotland, WASPs Studios & Shetlands Arts Trust

2015 Vancouver Foundation Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grant
2014 2nd Place, 12th Annual Open Show, Peninsula Art League, Gig Harbor, WA
2014 FCA Associate Signature Membership
2013 Best in Show, Oil & Water, South Delta Artist Guild & FCA, Tsawwassen, BC
2013 Winner, Battle of the Brush XIV: Season III Episode IV, Vancouver, BC
2013 Winner of Art Battle 49, Raw Canvas, Vancouver, BC
2013 Winner of the Art & Beyond Magazine Cover Competition, International

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Up Close, Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2015 Terminal City, Espana Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015 By Land Air and Sea, Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
2015 Signs of a Time, Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC
2015 60°N: Shetland, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, BC
2014-15 By Land Air & Sea, Vancity Credit Union, Port Moody, BC
2014 Selected Works, Courthouse Gallery, Merritt BC
2014 By Land Air & Sea, Place des Arts Atrium Gallery, Coquitlam, BC
2014 Vancouver Mid-Century, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC
2014 Planes, Trains and…, Foyer Gallery, Squamish Public Library, Squamish, BC
2014 Mid-Century Neon, West Vancouver Municipal City Hall, West Vancouver
2014 By Land, Air & Sea, Brotman Galleria, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2014 Vancouver Mid-Century Signs, Lost & Found Gallery Café, Vancouver, BC
2013 Portside, Performance Works Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
2011 Art Show & Sale, Independent Solo Show, Vancouver, BC

Selected Two-Person Exhibitions
2014 Water, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013 Leaves & Tides, Silk Purse Art Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2013 Planes, Trains &…, North Vancouver District City Hall, North Vancouver, BC

Public & Corporate Collections
2015 Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC
2015 VGH Foundation, Vancouver, BC
2015 Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation, North Vancouver, BC
2014 Forum Capital partners, Toronto ON
2014 Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC
2014 De Dressay Law, Vancouver BC
2013 MOI Solicitors, Vancouver, BC
2013 Nevada Sunrise Mining Corp., Vancouver, BC
2013 Western Potash Corporation, Vancouver, BC
2013 Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver, BC
2013 BC Gold Corp, Vancouver, BC
2012 Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver, BC
2012 Tetra Tech Australia Pty., Perth, Australia

Recent Publications
2015 “Exhibition features vivid, industrial Art”, Salmon Arm Observer, Apr 1
2015 “Jeff Wilson: 60º North: Shetland” Preview Gallery Guide Vignette, Feb-Mar
2015 “Ocean of colour at Maple Ridge Art Gallery”, Maple Ridge Times, Jan 28
2014 “Art show charms with familiarity”, Merritt Herald, Sep 30
2014 “Neon lights lure painter”, Tri-City News, Jun 18
2014 “Trains, planes and terrifically whimsical art”, Squamish Chief, May 28
2014 “Wilson brings colour to the Booth”, Shetland Times, Mar 21
2014 Artists of British Columbia, Volume 4, Leighton Gallery
2013 Artist Portfolio Magazine, Nov 27

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Schoona, Acrylic, 30×40 inches, Jeff Wilson, April 2015


The Arts Council presents
Pencil, Paint and Passion
by artist Don Smith
April 28th – May 23rd
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday

Artist Philosophy

Perhaps my first and most important objective is to capture, artistically, the “unique”, visual experience that drew me to a particular subject, whatever it happens to be. It is my hope that my artistic interpretation may stimulate some vicarious, inner “stirrings” among observers of my work. To me, visual art is a sensual form of communication, attempting to share a recognizable, frame of reference while capturing selected portions of the magnificent world in which we live. It always fascinates me how a variety of subjects; whatever their seeming simplicity or complexity, can evoke such a range of emotional responses. Not unlike other “artists”, I try to utilize the many ideas and suggestions that I have gleaned from a range of teachers and advisers. However, in review, the result must stimulate within me a feeling of success in accurately portraying my ultimate vision.

At this point in my Art “career”, while my interests have included traditional subjects and media in a “realistic portrayal”, I am not unwilling to “go outside the box” I try to keep abreast of current literature related to the subject. Searching for new ways of expression has also included writing. In that area, I have been fortunate to have had some of my essays printed in commercial magazines. I continue to write essays and attempt to capture the unique, New Westminster environment which has now been my home for almost ten years.


About the Artist

Realizing that art has always been one of my interests since childhood, my parents enrolled me in a regular Saturday program at the Winnipeg Art School while I attended public school. Later, moving to Vancouver to begin High School, I enjoyed the instruction from a highly regarded Art teacher, Leon Manuel. After graduating, I attended Vancouver Normal School in 1953, working enthusiastically with Art instructor, Mr. Ozard in developing my methodology in the teaching of Art at the elementary School level. I also assumed some leadership opportunities under Mr.Ozard which included silk screening and poster work. Although I was recommended for a middle school art teaching position in Oliver, I applied in Vancouver for a teaching position which included art at the elementary level. Other personal professional development included:

Evening classes at the Vancouver Art School( later Emily Carr) – painting and drawing 1955- “A”

Completed Bachelor of Education degree– Secondary 1965 – majors: History and Geography (UBC)

Completed Master of Education degree 1969 – Educational Administration

Completed several community night school courses involving techniques in oils, water colour, pastels, pencils

Taught in the Vancouver school system from 1954 to 1989 – grades 5 to 12 My career included 12 years as an Elementary Vice Principal and 12 years as a Principal

Taught Art at the Elementary level – grade 5 to 7 for over10 years and at the secondary level grades – 8,9 for 3 years As one of two Art teachers, I spent much time on stage productions, backdrops and scenery

Completed two community art courses in water colour when I moved from Vancouver to Maple Ridge in 1992.

2001 – 2009  Neighbourhood Art Studios(Langley) – Robert T. Barrett A.S.O.P.A. – completed and framed  over 60 paintings (oil, water colour pastel, pencil} under Mr. Barrett’s instruction and guidance. 2009 – 2015 – I have had the pleasure of trying to capture examples of my river front community near my New Westminster abode on the Quay.. In retrospect, looking back over my few years as a visual artist, I realize the wisdom of careful examination of potential subjects in one’s immediate environment as opposed to the notion that one is obliged to seek what lies in other areas. However, beauty does lie in unexpected places, “under one’s nose”, often to the surprise and delight of the explorer.

As a modest writer, I submitted a personal poem related to the “Wait for me, daddy” celebration and was accepted for a special reading in the new Anvil Centre.

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The Arts Council presents “Tree” by artist Ximeng Guo.
March 31st to April 26th
1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday

Artist Philosophy

My interest has been focused on a nature-based environment, sometimes spotted with traces of humans’ co-existence or ever-presence. I am fascinated with the primitive vigor in nature, its inner-disciplines behind the appearance of a multi-layered chaos, the sense of extraordinary tranquility it creates, and its reflection on a puzzled dialogue with man made efforts.

In a loose, spontaneous, calligraphic manner, my brushwork intends to examine relationship and nuances of juxtaposed elements, capture the impression of an ephemeral moment, play with the aesthetic notion of “true/real” and “false/illusive” in
visual interpretation, create an intriguing space, atmosphere, or place where you feel and breath, and potentially relate to my fragmented thoughts on how an environment or place annotates the memory, and how often our memory of the past remains solely as an atmosphere, or a place.

George Nakashima writes, “A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” Image in forms of trees has threaded majority of works at the show. All together I hope they would transform the gallery into a one-of-a-kind forest, a distinctive surrounding that invite people to enter, contemplate, relate, and reflect.

About the Artist

Born to an artist and art educator’s family in China, Ximeng was introduced to the freehand style of Chinese brush painting at an early age. Ximeng further trained at China’s foremost art institution, Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the University of Victoria in Canada. Having played a dual role as an artist and an art researcher, she admits that her academic background in art history have fueled her art practice in all aspects.

Ximeng is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a Permanent Member of Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, and sits on the Richmond Public Art Advisory Committee since 2010. She now lives and paints in the
lower mainland, BC.

2004 M.A. (Art History) University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2000 M.A. (Art History) Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
1997 B.A. (Visual Arts & Art History) Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Solo Exhibitions
2015 TREE, New Westminster Arts Council Gallery, New Westminster, BC
2014 Beyond Tranquility, City Hall Galleria, Richmond, BC
2014 Pond of Seasons, Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC
2014 Pond of Seasons, ArtSpace, Thompson Community Centre, Richmond, BC
2014 Shape and Shade, Leonore Peyton Salon, Place des Arts, Coquitlam, BC
2013 Skylight and Cloud Shadows, Silk Purse Art Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
2013 A place in your heart, Main Gallery, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC

Group Exhibitions
2015 Art Rental Show, Cityscape Community Art Space, North Vancouver, BC
2015 First Canada Chinese Arts Bridge Art Exhibition, International Arts Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014 The Land, National Taiwan Arts Education Centre, Taipei City, Taiwan
2013 Art Party! , Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2013 Canvas Unbound, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013 Group Show of Chinese Canadian Artists Federation in Vancouver, CMC Centre, Burnaby, BC
2013 The Art of Being Together, Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre, Burnaby, BC
2012 Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Roots, Remakes, Reflections: Global/Canadian Kaleidoscopes, McPherson Library Gallery, University of Victoria, BC
2005 Guest Artist Show, Master Art Centre, Victoria, BC
2002 Involved (Multimedia Exhibition), Beijing, China
1999 18th International Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Japan
1998 17th International Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Japan
1997 16th International Ink and Wash Painting Exhibition, Japan

Awards or Recognition
2014 Honorable Mention, Art Rental Program, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, BC
2014 Qualifier Award, First Canada Chinese Arts Bridge Arts Competition, Canada
2013 Finalist Award, The Art of Being Together, L’arche Greater Vancouver

Major Chinese Publications in Art History
Mei Guo Yi Shu (American Art), Hebei Education Publishing House, China,
ISBN 7-5434-5257-X, 2003.
Yi Si Lan Yi Shu (Islamic Art), Hebei Education Publishing House, China, ISBN
7-5434-5254-5, 2003.
Xing Yue Zhi Hui (Radiance of the Star & Moon: Art of the Ancient Fertile Crescent),
co-authored, Hunan Fine Arts Press, China, ISBN 7-5356-1291-1, 1997.

Exhibition Preview


29th Annual Christmas Craft FairAre you looking for that special gift or one-of-a-kind treasure? Be sure to visit the Arts Council Gallery’s “Treasure Room”, beautiful and original with a touch of class; the best lower mainland artisan’s will be represented here.

Choose from a variety of one-of-a-kind hand crafted artisan gifts for that someone special.

Join us 1 to 5 pm or book an evening of treasure hunting with friends, your club, simply call the Arts Council office at 604-525-3244.

The Arts Council Gallery is located in Queens Park, at the Centennial Lodge. The “Treasure Room” has comfortable holiday shopping in a beautiful setting. Open 1 to 5 pm, closed Mondays.

Artisans and Crafters

To get the necessary paperwork for your crafts,  call Andrée at 604-525-3244 or you can download and print them from the links below:



The Arts Council presents “Struggling Towards Utopia” by artist Patrick Thomas Wood.
November 4th to 22nd
1 to 5pm daily – Closed Monday and the Remembrance Day

Artist Philosophy

Art has never involved itself with answering questions, it simply just asks more questions. The practice of making art, teaches you when the opportunity of an idea is working. I still don’t know what transitional or magical thing happens that makes “it” work, but realize through constant practice, that some ideas happen to fall into great pieces of art. I have also found that constantly working, raises the chances of this happening again.

Creativity is not like a light switch, that can be turned on and off at will. Working daily smooths over the rough edges of creativity.

Enjoy the work!

About the Artist

Patrick Thomas Wood hails from Chilliwack.

2003  University of British Columbia. Bachelor of Education. Vancouver, BC
2002  Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Bachelor of Fine arts Vancouver,
2000  Kwantlen University College. Diploma of Fine Arts. Surrey,

BC Awards/Grants/ Scholarships
2000  Kwantlen University College Ideas, Theories and Techniques Recognition
of Achievement Award
1999  Kwantlen University College Kybor Dancer Memorial Award Ceramics
1998  Mission Arts Council Annual Summer Fine Arts Award, First and Second  prize
1995  Kwantlen College Fine Arts Award Printmaking
1994  Kwantlen College Fine Arts Award Painting                                                                   1993  Kwantlen College Sculpture Award

Exhibition Preview



October 7th to 25th in the Arts Council Gallery

Masks and Kimonos by Yayoi Hirano
Artistic Director and Performer
Expressions of her fight with cancer as a performer are captured in photos. Her Masks, the video on how she sculpted them is available to gallery visitors.

Paintings by Elsa Bressler
Artist and Costumer
Elsa painted after she finished all her treatments. Because while recuperating she finally had the time….my “moods”, as she put it, were light because I could finally immerse myself in painting.
As a Costumer she creates beautiful costumes for a plays, shows, or festivity garments. One of her creations is on display.

Photography by Eddy Jalbert
When my father returned triumphantly from the beaches of Normandy in 1944 to our family in Montreal, we could not have known that he had yet to fight his cruelest battle thirty-four years later. He succumbed to lung cancer. As my father’s caregiver, I was a helpless witness to the imperfect and often impersonal process of cancer treatment of the time. In 1979 I vowed, “I want to use my camera to create change.” I would continue to fight the war that my father lost.

My sister, Lyana, was diagnosed with breast cancer and the prospect of losing yet another family member galvanized me to focus my lens to inspire women to fight the fight and celebrate their victories.

Eddy Jalbert is a man on a mission. “If cancer is to be beaten, then we must catch it early.”
Photographer, businessman and creator of “Backs for Breast Cancer”,  Eddy is a graduate of Montreal’s Dawson Institute in Photography. He has worked in commercial photography capturing subjects such as young Celine Dion, Canadian fashion model, Yasmeen Ghauri.

He moved from Montreal to Vancouver in 1993 and practices “Philanthropy Photography” to benefit non-profit organizations such as Friends for Life, Canadian Cancer Foundation, Children’s Hospital etc. He creates his images using both film and digital processes.

For this exhibition Eddy used a Bronica SQ film camera, a Canon Mark II and has produced all of his own black and white prints in his studio darkroom.

Meet the Artists at a reception October 17th, 7 to 9pm


Pop Star by Lam WongThe Arts Council presents the exhibition “21 Elements” by artist Lam Wong
September 2 – 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday Sept 7, 2 – 4pm

“What do we really see when we see art?”
“In what ways, do we influenced by our memory, subconsciousness, personal bias, and  social cultural conditioning?”

These are some of the questions being explored behind the 21 Elements painting  exhibition. Lam Wong invites you to join him in his private investigation into the mysteries of memory and perception as they relate to art objects and their viewers.

21 Elements  is an exhibition of oil paintings completed in the last eight years which serve as a self-referential  exploration of what constitutes a person’s reality with an aim to delve deeper  into the meaning and process of creating art.

Artist Biography

“There is so much in this world that I don’t understand and have little or no control over:  time, space, memory, perception, reality, phenomenon, relationships, meaning, lust, art,  human consciousness… there is so much. The subject of my art is the process I take to understand these exigencies of life. I am trying to understand how we all perceive and  construct our realities.”

Born in 1968 to an artistic family in Xiamen, China, Lam Wong came of age in Hong Kong in the 1980s. His father was an expert calligrapher and his mother a pianist. At the age of 19 Lam moved to Canada.

In Alberta and British Columbia he studied design, art history, and painting. Lam has lived and worked in Vancouver since 1998.

As a visual artist,  painting is now Lam’s métier. Lam experiences the creation of his art as a spiritual practice,  where he explores the perception of reality and the meaning and function of art.

Artist Website:



The Arts Council presents the exhibition “Remembering Jack
August 5th to 30th

For the month of August we are remembering our dear friend Jack Campbell.

Born and raised in New Westminster, Jack was a painter and graphic designer. He graduated as an honor student from Emily Carr where he also taught for fourteen years and at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson for eight years.

Jack had his Studio at the Westminster Quay Market for many years and specialized in watercolour, acrylic painting as well as paper sculpture and murals. His favorite subject was scenes from the Fraser River and the West Coast.

When the Arts Council established its Artist in Residence program at the NWSS, Jack was the Artist for two years. Students loved interacting with him and watching him paint.

Jack designed the Arts Council’s first logo, served on the Board of Directors, and was always ready to help. We will miss his generous and creative spirit.

We thank those in the community who collect Jack’s works and have selflessly offered these works to this show:  Andree St Martin, Patrick Johnstone, Antigone Dixon- Warren, Chuck Puchmayr, and Amber Anderson.

In the Studio Gallery

Left Behind
On exhibit in the Studio are paintings that have been left behind from various exhibitions. If you are an artist and are missing a painting…visit the exhibit!


The Arts Council presents the exhibition by Artist Ronald George Straight
July 1 to July 26, 1 to 5 (closed Mondays)
Artist Reception Sunday, July 6, 2 – 4pm

Ron is a First Nations artist. His works as a commercial artist reflects his view of the natural world in a unique way. Influenced by his heritage and upbringing, his paintings merge the real and the imagined by using digital and illustrative elements. Ron was raised on the prairies and now lives in Surrey, BC affording him a wide range of inspiration for his paintings.

Artist Statement: I have been painting since 2006 and have a variety of interests that I think show in my paintings. I’m still experimenting with techniques.
Current interests, other than my art, is photography, curling, golf, fastball… sports in general.

For more information visit his website.

The Arts Council presents the exhibition: “Clay 2014” by the Fraser Valley Potters’ Guild Association
June 8 – June 28, 1 to 5 (closed Mondays)
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation June 1-4pm

The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to present “Clay 2014”, a juried exhibition of new work by the Fraser Valley Potters’ Guild Association.  Herman Venema of Abbotsford will adjudicate the work and make the selections for the Show.

You are sure to see a wide variety of firing and finishing styles.  These likely will include: burnished, pit-fired earthenware; raku; electric fired crystalline porcelains and wood and gas fired stoneware with soda and salt finishing from Shadbolt Art Centre’s  Ombu kiln.

The Fraser Valley Potters’ Guild was formed in 1975 by a group of alumni form the ceramics department of Douglas College, Surrey campus.  Douglas College moved to the new location on 128th and 72nd Ave. in the late 80’s becoming Kwantlen College, and then Kwantlen University, and now it is called Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

The guild continued to grow and encompass members from all over the Fraser Valley.  Some are professional ceramicists and instructors whose work includes public art commissions, solo shows and community projects.  Some have gained national and international recognition, but most are hobbyist potters that just enjoy making things out of clay. Membership has always been open to all those interested in clay.

The Guild’s objectives are to promote excellence in the art and craft of ceramics and to encourage and promote communication between members, other guilds and the public.  To support these objectives, we have an annual juried show in rotating communities throughout the Valley.  An invited juror selects the work and provides a Critique that evening as a learning experience for us all.

The Critique by Herman Venema will take place June 2nd from 7-10pm in Centennial  Lodge, Queen’s Park, New Westminster.



Robert MarshallThe Arts Council presents the exhibition: “Nature’s Enchantment” by Artist Robert Jess Marshall
April 29 – May 31, 1 to 5 (closed Mondays)
Informal Artist’s Reception: Sunday, May 4, 2 – 4pm, all are welcome

Robert Jess Marshall is a professional fine artist, with over 20 years experience.  He was born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, and is part Modoc First Nations. His painting style is impressionistic with shimmering vibrant colours, rich textures and detailed brushstrokes with heavy impasto.  Robert’s paintings are representational and comprise a variety of subject matters including landscapes, still life, and figurative work.  He also enjoys studying spiritual and worldly philosophies. All of these influences have created his bold imagery that represents the beauty of spirit in all things.  Robert has attracted a significant following of private and public collectors all over North America, Asia, and Europe.

Artist’s Statement
This exhibition called ‘Nature’s Enchantment’ is of my current works.  In my paintings I want to capture the light and mood of my subject matter.  I want to portray the magic that is in all life, whether it’s a gentle breeze on a warm summer’s day, the radiant colours of a sunset, or the simple elegance of a flower.  Trees have special significance to me.  They have their own personality giving them the uniqueness that inspires me.”

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Artist Doug DavidThe Arts Council presents the exhibition: “Divergence” by Artist Doug David
April 1-26, 1 to 5 (closed Mondays)
Informal Artist’s Reception: Sunday, April 6, 2 – 4pm, all are welcome

Doug began painting as a young adult when he took a night school course in oil painting. That led to further group instruction from a professional artist. At the time he also finished an education degree at the University of BC and was able to work in a number of studio courses through the faculty.

While at UBC he was fortunate to include Gordon Smith as one of his instructors among the excellent teachers in the program. He exhibited his work at the McEwan Art Gallery. Doug has continued to take painting workshops over the years at the Gibson’s Summer School of the Arts, and through the Federation of Canadian Artists, and has recently exhibited in the Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam.

A recent move to abstraction in his paintings expresses his desire to depart from earlier representational work. The paintings show his feelings about colour and shape, and much of the work reflects experimentation.

Most of my current work is depicted in the two ways. In one I use rectangles and expressive colour and for the most part, I try not to repeat an effect or relationship between shapes used in previous work. I often use black gesso because the effect on colour when it is applied to the dark surface is quite different from the effect when lighter canvas is used, especially if the paint has a transparent quality.”

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Grazyna WolskiThe Arts Council presents the exhibition: “FLORIOGRAPHY, the silent language of flowers” by Artist Grazyna Wolski
March 4 – 29,  1 to 5 (closed Mondays)
Opening Reception: March 9th 2 – 4pm, all are welcome

Artist Statement
Art, I believe is spiritual in nature. It gives voice to my soul, it is healing and therapeutic.

Creative process, enthused by the endless beauty of nature – her flawlessness, yet imperfection – reminds me of my own journey, forever developing and unpredictable, yet also miraculous.

I feel a deep emotional connection with flowers; they are my infinite source of inspiration standing as a metaphor for how I feel about life and people.

I paint them to tell stories, evoke memories, bring joy and to please the senses of the viewer.”

Read her full biography…




Paintings by Don Portelance  and Words by Candice James, Poet Laureate
February 1st to 28th

It’s a marriage of words and visual art, and it’s being brought to life in New Westminster.

A book launch is being held Saturday, Feb. 1 for Ekphrasticism: Painted Words from 1 – 3 pm at the Gallery.

Be sure to visit Don Portelance’s website

Artist Statement
“I delight in exploring a wide range of subjects, color schemes, and variations in the handling of those subjects. To me art is a celebration. It should please the eye, engage the soul, inspire wonder, and if possible, make the viewer think about the meaning and richness of our inner lives and the visual world around us.”

The Arts Council presents the exhibition: Thru the Years by Artist Larry Tillyer
Oct 29 – Nov 23,  1 to 5 (closed Mondays)

LarryTillyerAbout the Artist

Larry Tillyer was born in Victoria, BC but grew up in Vancouver. Larry started his journey as a self taught artist in 1987. A landscape, figure, plein air and genre painter in the impressionist style, his paintings are powerful studies that feature brilliant, pure colour, strong linear strokes, and expert use of light.

Larry started painting after a successful career in music, playing with the likes of Bill Haley & the Comets, Ivory Joe Hunter, Earl Bostic, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong, and Gene Vincent. After music, painting took over and has been his prime interest. He is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an active member of the Richmond Artist’s Guild.

Larry’s paintings have won many awards and can be found in collections throughout Canada and the U.S.A.

16x20 Hanna 16×20 Hanna





Exhibition by Nasser Ghaderi
October 1 – 26

About the Artist

Ghaderi says, “Art is the gap between life and death. And painting is as simple and as complex as taking a breath.”

Nasser Ghaderi arrived to painting with the background of poetry and film. The medium of painting matched his sense of energy and expression. In an effort to produce original and spontaneous work, he made the conscious decision to refrain from formal art training and from studying other artists’ work. Similarly, he abstained from using conventional tools and techniques. Instead he throws, splashes, drizzles, drips, swirls … paint on the canvas, yet each painting dictates its own technique.



At Ambleside by Jane ApplebyPassionate Outdoor Painters present: “Through Their Eyes – Landscapes in Various Media

With artists Jane Appleby, Sue Cowan, Sahar McCullough, Sally Turton, Alison White and Randy Green

September 3 – 29
Gallery is open daily 1 to 5pm, closed Mondays.

Artists’ Statement

The Passionate Outdoor painters venture out to capture the essence of the places they visit and wish to share these experiences through their paintings. They have been painting on locations all over the world in oil, watercolour, acrylic either together or individually.

As artist friends they encourage each other to pursue their personal styles and sometimes critique each others work.

The show is a collection of local scenes with many new works on display. Hope you will stop by and take in the beautiful scenes the group has captured.

The artists will be in attendance on Sunday Sept. 29 for the closing day.

Here is a selection of the wonderful paintings you will see at this exhibition: