Inter/Action

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Abhisek Mukherjee

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

INTER/ACTION

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

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Alisha Sian

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

INTER/ACTION

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

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Mardell Rampton

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

Inter/action

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

Artist Biography

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Robert Fee

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

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

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Marney-Rose Edge

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

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

Artist Biography

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

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Annette Nieukerk

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

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

Artist Biography

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Robert Ascroft

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

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

Artist Biography

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

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Garey Shergill

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

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

Artist Biography

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

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Lisa-Scarlett Cruji

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

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

Artist Biography

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

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

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


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Arthur Babiarz & Olga Turok

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

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

Artist Biographies

Arthur Babiarz

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

Olga Turok

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Elsa Chesnel

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

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

Artist Biography

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

David Pacholko

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

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

Inter/action

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Seth Macbeth

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

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

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

Inter/action

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Suzanne Laird

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Lex Ireton

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Tony Durke

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Diane Roy

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Dennis Greer

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Iris Mes-Low

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Manuel Axel Strain

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

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

Artists Bio

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