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Meditation Park 
(Comedy, Drama)   
1hr 34min

Writer: Mina Shum
Director: Mina Shum
Stars:  Pei-Pei Cheng, Tzi Ma, Sandra Oh 
When: Monday, September 24, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}{At the door, CASH ONLY}

 Synopsis:
Devoted wife and mother, 60-year-old Maria Wang’s life is altered when she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pants pocket, forcing her to confront how powerless she truly is. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation.

 Trailer:

 

Media Release
August 31, 2018
For Immediate Release 

International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show to benefit local charity

New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce that they have been selected by International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show as their charity of choice. Proceeds from sales at the 2nd Annual Anonymous Art Show on October 25, 2018 will be benefitting the Arts Council of New Westminster’s work of “Bringing Community Together Through the Arts”. Funds will support the Arts Council’s work in the visual arts community, including ongoing programming at The Gallery at Queen’s Park such as the Inter/Action Artist Learning Series and Gallery Session monthly concert series.

Hosted at 100 Braid Street Studios, the International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show will feature over 100 well known and emerging artists exhibiting 12″ x 12″ art on canvas or wood panels, all works are signed only on the back of the piece. The anonymous nature of the show ensures that all the art is treated equally, and that the excitement of the unknown adds a special anticipation and excitement to the event.

The Anonymous Art Show Call for Artists is available online. More information about the International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show, please visit: https://internationalartistsdayyvr.com/

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Key Dates:
The Anonymous Art Show Gala Opening 2018
Thursday, October 25, 100 Braid St Studios, 7:00-10:00pm
The Anonymous Art Show Artist Reception
Friday, October 26, 100 Braid St Studios, 7:00-10:00pm
Open Studio Viewing at 100 Braid Street Studios
Friday, October 26, 10:00-6:00pm
Saturday, October 27, 10:00-5:00pm
Sunday, October 28, 10:00-5:00pm

For more information:
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director, Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca
@ArtsCouncilNW (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook)
#ArtsNW

About International Artist Day

Launched in 2004 to honor the contribution artists make to society, International Artist Day has grown steadily in popularity around the world, and over the last few years has taken on a life of its own. Artists and their supporters in cities everywhere celebrate IAD. With the help of municipal and corporate sponsors they promote festivals and events designed to increase the visibility of art and artists in a wide variety of genres from painting, to writing, music, the digital arts, and everything in between. http://www.internationalartistday.com/

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors. Serving the community for 51 years, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster 

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Shift”
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. 

Media Release
August 23, 2018
For Immediate Release 

Arts Council of New Westminster to host two All-Candidates Meetings

New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster will be hosting two All-Candidates meetings at the Centennial Lodge in September 2018. With a focus on the arts, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with local artists from the performing, visual, and literary arts community. Attendees will learn about the candidates’ ideas to develop and sustain the arts and the key role of the arts in our schools and our city. The meeting for Mayor and Council candidates will take place on September 18th and for School Trustee candidates on September 26th. Both events start at 7:00pm and run until 9:00pm.

The upcoming All-Candidates meetings are a part of the ACNW’s Arts Vote New West campaign that began on August 12th, 2018. At the start of this campaign, artists and arts-engaged citizens shared an evening hearing from Brenda Leadlay of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture on advocacy efforts across British Columbia in advance of the upcoming municipal elections. The evening also included a frank and informative discussion about the state of advocacy and of the Arts in New Westminster.

More information about these All-Candidates meetings and to RSVP, please visit: https://artsvotenewwestallcandidatesmeeting.eventbrite.com


Key Dates:
September 18, 2018 – Mayor and Council Candidates
September 26, 2018 – School Trustee Candidates
Location: Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
Time: Doors: 6:30pm, Event: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

For more information:
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director, Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca
@ArtsCouncilNW (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook)
#ArtsNW

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors. Serving the community for 51 years, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster 

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.

A big THANK YOU to everyone that celebrated Canada Day in Queen’s Park on July 1, 2018. We were thrilled to host the Pick-a-Box Silent Auction during the festivities to raise funds for “Arts in Queen’s Park”.

Special thanks to the City of New Westminster and the Canada Day Organizing Committee for putting together such an amazing event. We are also very grateful to the dedicated volunteers who ensured our event ran smoothly.

Together we raised over $1100 with the proceeds going to ACNW programming within Queen’s Park.

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated to our silent auction. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

Another Beer Co
Anvil Centre Theatre
Belmont Cafe
Brand Squawk
Brick and Mortar Living
Burger Heaven
Custom Realty
Foreman Automotive/Integra Tire
Inn at the Quay
Key West Ford
Koyabell/Royal City Wrestling
Massey Theatre
Oxygen Yoga & Fitness
Pacific Breeze Winetasting
Pandora’s Locks
Patterson Brands
Pink Ribbon Bakery
Roger & Catherine Lee
Royal City Musical Theatre
Russian Spoon
Silverfinch Design
Steel and Oak Brewing Co.
Strong n’ Free
Taverna Greka
The Pirate and the Gypsy
Tojo Sticks and Bags
Uptown Business Association
Vagabond Players
Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Circus School

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:

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:

Realpolitik
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.

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
EXHIBITION APPLICATION PACKAGE

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on
Friday August 31, 2018

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queens Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

This Call is for monthly exhibitions between February 2019 and November 2019. Exhibitions typically open on the first Wednesday of each month and generally close on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park has two exhibition rooms:  The Eileen Montague Room (Main Gallery Space) and the Lower Studio (Lower Gallery Space) with a total linear hanging space of about 28 m (90 ft).  Please indicate in your application if you are applying for an exhibition in the Main Gallery Space, the Lower Gallery Space, or both. Those applying for only one space may be paired with another artist during the exhibition period.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s opening hours are maintained by volunteer staff, therefore the Artists selected for exhibitions will be expected to provide assistance in sitting the Gallery on all Saturday and Sundays from 1-5pm for the duration of their exhibition.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your exhibition.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council receives a 25% donation on sales of work in the Gallery.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the exhibition, a part of the Inter/action Artist Learning Series.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) meets once a year, in September, to consider applications for the following years. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website). In this document, please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which space you are applying for (Main, Lower, Both)
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on a Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission The Gallery at Queens Park in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday August 31, 2018. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in September 2018 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, an exhibition date will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: gallery@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

July 1                              Call to Artists Launched
August 31                       Deadline to submit
Mid-September            Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Early October               Artists contacted
Late October                 Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
February – Nov 2019  Exhibition Schedule

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Samantha Newton, Gallery Coordinator
Phone: 604 525 3244
gallery@acnw.ca

For complete information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

 

To download this Call for Board Members as a PDF, click here

July 5 – Raincity Blue
July 12 – wax cowboy
July 19 – The Burying Ground
July 26 – Early Spirit
August 2 – Sweetz
August 9 – Francis Henson

From 6pm to 8pm each night, at the Westminster Pier Park Festival Lawn! Enjoy New West’s own beer and wine from the Eats at the Pier Concession! Bring your friends and family! We will see you there!

 

Music By The River 2018 lineup

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes & Figure Drawing

Featuring:

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

Free

Wednesday, June 20, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brought to you by:

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

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 draft ACNW Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is ready!

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud of what we have been able to accomplish through our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. Our overarching goals were to become relevant in the city and to bring community together through the arts. We were especially proud to have our successes acknowledged by receiving the ‘Community Builder Award’ by The Record this past December.

The Board of Directors of the Arts Council of New Westminster are very excited about the draft plan from our second Strategic Planning process this Spring. You have been an important part of this process!

Please come to our Community Engagement Event to share your feedback about the draft. This document plots the direction for the Arts Council to continue to grow and improve so that we can move from being ‘relevant’ in the city to becoming ‘indispensable’!

 
View the draft plan here | Can’t attend? Provide feedback here

 

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 Leisure Seeker    
(Adventure, Comedy, Drama)   
1hr 52min

Writer:  Michael Zadoorian (novel), Stephen Amidon (screenplay)
Director: Paolo Virzì
Stars:  Helen MirrenDonald SutherlandChristian McKay
When: Monday, May 28, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
The film stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Trailer:

 

 

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes & Figure Drawing

Featuring:

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

Free
Register Here

Wednesday, May 16, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brought to you by:

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce Hailey Connor as the 2018 recipient of the ACNW Scholarship through the Douglas College Foundation. Hailey is studying as an actor in the performing arts department at Douglas College. We are excited for Hailey’s future as an actor and look forward to her sharing her artistic talent with the community of New Westminster.In photo (left to right): Barb Webb, ACNW Secretary; Stephen O’Shea, ACNW Executive Director; Leanne Ewen, ACNW President; Hailey Connor, Scholarship Recipient, Simrit Kainth, ACNW Vice-President; Leslie Murray, ACNW Treasurer; Jane Evans, Manger, Philanthropic Relations, Douglas College Foundation.

Thank you for your interest in our 2018 Summer Music Program. Our Call for Musicians is now closed

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

To be eligible to win, photographers are required to:

1. Photograph the rhododendrons in Queen’s Park.

2. Post their photograph on instagram.

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

4. Tag one friend.

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Diane Roy

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

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

Artists Bio

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

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 Florida Project    
(Drama)   
1hr 51min

Writer:  Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Director:  Sean Baker
Stars: Brooklynn PrinceBria VinaiteWillem Dafoe 
When: Monday, April 30, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

 Trailer:

 

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:

“Sea-to-Sky”
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. 

Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on the Visual Arts Committee or one of its sub-committees.

These committees plan, develop, and facilitate arts activities that engage the public, spark dialogue, and encourage collaboration. Committee members create connections and community through The Gallery at Queen’s Park program. The Visual Arts Committee and its sub-committees also work to improve artists’ networks and build continuity and presence through ongoing involvement in community events.

The Visual Arts Committee are chaired by members of the ACNW board; members are volunteers with professional experience in their fields and are selected through application and interview by a Board appointed committee.  Recommended allocations are approved by ACNW’s Board of Directors. 

Committee Members must enjoy working and interacting with people and have a positive attitude. Committee members receive no remuneration for their work but may be reimbursed for authorized expenditures made on behalf of ACNW. The ACNW’s committees and juries reflect the diversity of our city and its evolving arts practices. Maximum term:  3 years.

Committees

We are seeking members on the following committees:

1) Visual Arts Committee

2) Installation Sub-Committee

3) Exhibition Selection Sub-Committee

4) Maintenance Sub-Committee

5) Volunteer Sub-Committee

6) Permanent Collection Sub-Committee

Roles and Responsibilities of ANCW Committee Members

Committees support the operations of The Gallery at Queen’s Park program. The committees also broaden and strengthen the Arts Council’s community base. Committee members review program delivery, advise the Board of Directors on the needs of the arts community and general policy matters. 

Committee members:

  • Attend monthly committee meetings at least six times per year and email the committee chair or event coordinator as needed
  • Attend and support community events at The Gallery at Queens Park. Responsibilities for each event vary depending on the needs of the organizer/artist.
  • Recommend changes in programming/governance to the ACNW Board of Directors
  • Maintain an awareness of the arts community and the changing artistic practices, trends and issues within the discipline
  • Advise on related matters, including the development of new opportunities/needs in the community
  • Promote arts events online (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Committee members are viewed as representatives of the Arts Council of New Westminster and should therefore conduct themselves in an appropriately professional manner, respecting their ACNW responsibilities and obligations and following the Ground Rules for Group Deliberations and Consensus Building as approved by the Board January 2016. Time required is approximately 4-6 hours per month.

Criteria for Committee Membership

Committee members must:

  • Be a member of the Arts Council.
  • Be knowledgeable and experienced in their respective discipline, either as a professional or volunteer.
  • Have no real or perceived bias respecting any special interest group while serving as Committee members.
  • Consider the best interests of the entire community.
  • Be willing and able to make a significant contribution of time during their tenure. 

While the number of formal meetings may not be more than six each year, committee members will need to dedicate of considerable periods of time to review programming, attend events and consult with ACNW staff and other committee members.  Time required is approximately 4-6 hours per month.

Benefits

Learn about the various communities in New Westminster; community art practices; local events and artists; and environmental art. Meet and work with lots of great people and for great organization!

How to Apply

To apply for a volunteer role, please send your information to info@acnw.ca Please include your resume and a statement as to why you are interested in the arts and which committee you are interested in.

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Iris Mes-Low

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

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

Artists Bio

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

Praxis Alternative Yoga Classes

By Donation Drop-in $1-7

Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 7pm – 8pm

@ The Centennial Lodge

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

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

Brought to you by:

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) Performing Arts Committee has identified the need for a one-day summer performing arts festival to take place in Queens Park Concert Bowl on August 11, 2018.  This dynamic, entertaining, new summer event will feature a variety of local performing arts groups and performers, engaging the community with vibrant arts programming and appealing to the different demographics within the community.

This one-day event will feature eight separate performance acts, performing for no-more than 40 minutes.  Event organization, marketing, and a stage crew will be provided by the New Westminster Arts Council and the Performing Arts Committee. 

We are looking for applications to perform at this exciting new event, by locally-based individuals, groups, or organizations.  As the focus of this event is on the performing arts, the Council and Committee are seeking applications from any interested performers in such applicable performance avenues as drama, comedy, song, dance, circus, etc

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: How potentially engaging is this performance 
  • Diversity of the performance
  • Applicability of the performance for a community event
  • Viability of proposal
  • Technical expertise and experience of applicant

Applicants should provide the following information as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning, rehearsing, and performing in the community.
  • List of how many performers are involved
  • Detailed description of the performance proposed
  • Estimated length of performance
  • Equipment needed for performance (Please see list of venue provided equipment. We will provide additional equipment where possible, but please note we cannot accommodate all additional equipment requirements)

The proposal should be no longer than two pages. Keep information as brief as possible.

The New Westminster Arts Council and Performing Arts Council have established a modest budget for this event.  Each performance group will be given a modest honorarium.

Questions about RFP process and eligibility may be directed to Stefanie Swinnard, ACNW Performing Arts Committee Chair at info@acnw.ca

All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster

Deadline: Please submit your proposal by March 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Following that time, proposals may be accepted and reviewed but no guarantees are provided.

Send ONE electronic copy with supporting documentation to info@acnw.ca

All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators between April 1st and 30th 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by April 30th , 2018

To download the entire RFP document as a PDF, click here

For more info, email info@acnw.ca
www.acnw.ca

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.

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The New West Cultural Crawl Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote the New West Cultural Crawl, which takes place on August 10/11/12, 2018, with the aid of volunteers and potential staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

• Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of New West Cultural Crawl, a free two-day summer arts and culture series throughout New Westminster
• Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
• Monitoring and revising organizational structure model, positions, and tasks
• Facilitating volunteer involvement
• Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
• Volunteer coordination and mediation: Pre-Festival and weekly coordination and scheduling of volunteers as well as assigning and oversight of regular duties
• Collection of data (including attendance records, sales figures, donations, etc)
• Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
• Onsite day of support

Qualifications:

• An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
• Completion of one year of post-secondary education
• Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
• Attention to detail and ability to work independently
• Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
• Information gathering and information monitoring
• High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
• Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
• Available to work weekends and evenings

Timeline: May 7, 2018 to August 24, 2018, Monday to Friday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $14.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 9, 2018.
Include “NW Cultural Crawl Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Manuel Axel Strain

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

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

Artists Bio

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

“Mutations”
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.

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ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration - Nov 26 2017 - Centennial Lodge

ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration - Photobooth Photos

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.

 

(L to R) ACNW Executive Director Stephen O’Shea; ACNW President Leanne Ewen;
Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, MLA for New Westminster

 

Artwork featured in the above image by:


(L to R) ACNW Executive Director Stephen O’Shea; ACNW Board Member Stefanie Swinnard; Peter Julian, Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Burnaby
New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote, ACNW President Leanne Ewen and Executive Director Stephen O’Shea
Photo Credit: Brad Cavanagh

 

Arts Council of New Westminster President Leanne Ewen and Executive Director Stephen O’Shea gave a presentation to Mayor Cote and Council on November 6th, 2017 at New Westminster City Hall. The presentation highlighted the successes of the Arts Council of New Westminster in 2017. At the end of the presentation, Mayor Cote read a Proclamation in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

Join us as we spend November celebrating our 50th anniversary:
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 26, 2017 from 2:30pm – 5:00pm at the Centennial Lodge.
  • A month long exhibition by celebrated New Westminster artist, Joseph Plaskett, on loan from the New Westminster Public Library
  • A secret concert at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

Let’s celebrate the future of the Arts Council as we raise a glass to toast the last 50 years of helping elevate the arts in New Westminster!

 

Come help us celebrate the Arts Council’s 50th anniversary!
Yes, that’s right, the Arts Council has been a part of New Westminster for 50 years. To celebrate this milestone, we want to gather as many people as we can who have been involved with the Arts Council over the years to chat, share stories and celebrate. There will be food, wine and entertainment. Please mark your calendar for our celebrations which will take place Sunday, November 26 right after the AGM.
AGM starts at 1:30. Celebration starts at 2:30.
Hope to see you there!
 
Let’s celebrate the future of the Arts Council as we raise a glass to toast the last 50 years of helping elevate the Arts in New Westminster.
 
Sunday, November 26, 2017
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM PST
At the Centennial Lodge 

Please RSVP here: http://acnw50.eventbrite.ca/

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:
http://www.joeplaskett.com/
Wikipedia

 
November 2017 - ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition
Click image to see Flickr photo album

Winter Harp is giving an exclusive one-hour concert in The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.  This is the most intimate Winter Harp concert you will ever attend. You’ll be treated to heart-warming carols performed by singers with harps, cello, violin, flute, piccolo, percussion and medieval instruments. Come see the instruments and players up close during this magical afternoon at the Gallery. Admission couldn’t be better — it’s by donation.

For more information about Winter Harp: http://www.winterharp.com/

The Arts Council of New Westminster
2017 Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 26th 2017.

Venue: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30 pm

After our formal AGM, please plan to stay for our 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2:30pm – 5:00pm. Click here to RSVP

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Dear Member,
 
Your membership in The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is very important to us. Your membership with the ACNW needs to be renewed before December 31st in order to remain active. Please take this letter as a friendly reminder to renew if you have not already done so. Your renewed Membership will be valid for the 2018 calendar year.
 
The Arts Council of New Westminster has been active in the community for fifty years. Since its incorporation as a not-for-profit society, the ACNW has met its mandate to encourage, support and nurture emerging talents and increase awareness of the arts in the community. We have been able to accomplish this with a strong membership base.
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued support through renewing your membership with the ACNW. Please share this reminder with anyone you might know who may also be interested in membership with the ACNW.
 
Sincerely,
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

Simply renew your membership by sending an email money transfer to info@acnw.ca
Other options: Pay online via Paypal, Print form and mail,
or in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

“From Life to Death” Group Exhibition
Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster
and New West Hospice Society
at
Anvil Centre Community Art Space

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society have partnered to present an exhibition that aims to normalize conversations and messages about dying, death and grief. For the most part, our community is death-denying and we seek to create a dialogue that encourages individuals to share their stories and journeys on these issues. Our intention is to galvanize the arts community to produce pieces that investigate the personal journey we all make through life, until our deaths.

The theme is open to the artist’s interpretation, but in considering a piece for the show, exhibited works will consider the journey we are making to live until death, the way the artist would like to see their lives at death, how living is taking place until the last breath, and what they have learned from those who died before them. We are seeking personal interpretations of the theme and welcome short write-ups that enhance the artwork through story.

This Call for Submissions is open to emerging and established artists who reside or have a studio practice in New Westminster. A jury of professional artists and representatives of the ACNW and NW Hospice Society will adjudicate the exhibition submissions. The ACNW will coordinate the delivery of all artwork to the Anvil Centre in advance of the exhibition start date.

Theme: “From Life to Death”
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018
Jury response: February 9, 2018

Delivery of work(s) at the Arts Council Office: February 16, 2018
Exhibition opening: April 5, 2018 – 5 to 7pm
Exhibition period: March 31 to June 1, 2018

Please note:

  • Work must be completed at time of exhibition submission.
  • All exhibited works must be two-dimensional media, as per the guidelines of the Community Art Space (link).
  • Work must be suitably framed, ready for hanging
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of the exhibition. The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. Click here to become a member of the ACNW.

To be considered for this group exhibition, please submit the following via email:

  • Artist name, contact information, website and social media links
  • 100-word Artist biography
  • Application of the theme; how does your work relate to the theme, 250 words
  • 1-3 images of proposed artworks you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • List of artwork information identifying artist name, title, medium, size, and date
  • Current CV
  • Short statement identifying where you heard about the Group Exhibition

 Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – From Life To Death” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 3MB.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.
More info: http://www.acnw.ca

About the New West Hospice Society
New West Hospice Society was incorporated in August 2016 with the goal of working to make New Westminster a Compassionate City where neighbour helps neighbour at end of life and where talking about dying, death and grief are not taboo subjects.
More info: https://newwesthospice.ca/

About the Anvil Centre Community Art Space
The space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our city.  It is an accessible space, where New Westminster based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions.  It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.
More info: https://anvilcentre.com/discover/community-art-space/

Contact
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

Click here to download this Call for Submission

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.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and Emerald Culinary & Catering Club present The Taste of Sri Lanka! This exciting long table dinner includes an innovative sampling of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. This exclusive dinner wil take place in the recently refurbished ‘The Gallery at Queen’s Park’ amidst works from talented local artist Tajah Olsen. Tickets for this event are priced at $50 (taxes & service fees extra) and include a wine and food pairing.

Feast on the Fraser is an innovative culinary campaign creating signature events in unique spaces that pair food, fun, arts and entertainment within New Westminster, BC. From longtable dinners to cultural tastings there’s an event to suit anyone’s palette. The campaign’s launch event is on September 14, 2017 with events taking place September 22, 2017 – October 1, 2017.

Purchase tickets here

#FeastOnTheFraser | #madeinnewwest | Facebook.com/FeastOnTheFraser

 

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

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

OPENING RECEPTION:
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

www.newwestartists.com

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 (ACNW) is now inviting artists to submit applications for solo or duo exhibitions during the 2018 calendar year.

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queen’s Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly. If you are an artist and are interested in being considered for the period from January 2018 to December 2018, your submission must reach the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) before August 31st 2017.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on either a Saturday or Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – The Gallery at Queen’s Park” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is August 31, 2017. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

For more information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
Any other inquires can be made by phone 604-525-3244 or by email: gallery [at] acnw [dot] ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster
and
Youth for a Change
presents:

It’s a Queer Life: Pride Arts Celebration
a part of New West Pride week

August 14, 2017
Centennial Lodge
6-9pm

Join us for an art exhibition featuring LGBTQ+ artists and readings beginning at 8pm.

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

A big THANK YOU to everyone that celebrated Canada Day in Queen’s Park on July 1, 2017. We were thrilled to host the Pick-a-Box Silent Auction during the festivities to raise funds for “Arts in Queen’s Park” Grant program.

Special thanks to the City of New Westminster and the Canada Day Organizing Committee for putting together such an amazing event. We are also very grateful to the dedicated volunteers who ensured our event ran smoothly.

Together we raised over $700 with the proceeds going to ACNW programming in Queen’s Park.

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated to our silent auction. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

Royal City Musical Theatre
Steel & Oak
Mila & Paige
Royal City Cheer and Parkour
30 Minute Hit
Laughter Zone 101
The Stage New West
Royal City Centre
Patterson Brands
Massey Theatre
LumberJax
Tojo Sticks and Bags
Strong n’ Free
New West Hipster
Vagabond Players
New West Craft
100 Braid Street Studios
Dee Beatie
Allison Baird
Roger and Catherine Lee

For more information, click here

MEDIA RELEASE:
June 15, 2017

New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster is thrilled to be partnering with Alex Jopson (of City to Suburb Real Estate Group) and the City of New Westminster to bring back the Music By The River concert series and arts festival to the award-winning Westminster Pier Park on Thursday nights on July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2017 from 5-8pm.

This all-ages free experience will be the first of it’s kind with a new additional announcement for this year’s festivities. The Arts Council of New Westminster and City to Suburb Real Estate Group are thrilled to fill Westminster Pier Park with a wide variety of the arts, including live musical performance, two DJ stages, busking performances, artisan vendors, live painting, ribbon dancing, and more. Spend sunny summer evenings at Pier Park enjoying the arts in a scenic setting next to the Fraser River. 

NEW this year: The Arts Council of New Westminster is partnering with the City of New Westminster and will be serving Steel and Oak Brewing Co along with Pacific Breeze wine at the Eats at the Pier concession. The entire park will be one massive site-licensed area allowing you to take your drink anywhere within the park. Bring your picnic dinner down to Pier Park and enjoy a drink as you listen to the tunes from Royal City Sound DJ program. Enjoy every aspect of this beautiful park, whether it be the beach volleyball courts, hammocks, grass fields, basketball courts, or breathe taking views of the Fraser River. Be sure to take your drink all the way down to take a selfie with Wow Westminster public art, New Westminster’s Giant W. Make sure to plan your trip to the event, as the park is within a short walk from Columbia and New Westminster Skytrain Stations.

SPECIAL FEATURE: On July 13, the Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present a live performance by Vancouver electronic band I M U R.  I M U R (I am you are), is a live electronic act with a hybrid sound influenced by 90’s hip-hop/r&b, electronic, experimental, and soul. The band consists of producer Mikey J Blige on live beat composition and electric guitar, singer-songwriter Jenny Lea on keys, vocals, and looping, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Amine Bouzaher on electric violin and bass. Their debut EP “Slow Dive” (released Aug. 2015), garnered much acclaim from the Vancouver underground scene, and recently landed them #5 in Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50 charts.

Background

With the Arts Council of New Westminster’s commitment to promoting the arts within the community, Music By The River captures the art of live performance for community pleasure while offering local musicians the opportunity to display their talent. Music By The River is made possible by support from the City of New Westminster, Government of Canada, City to Suburb Real Estate Group, Creative BC and the BC Arts Council.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors. Celebrating our 50th anniversary, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster  

About City to Suburb Real Estate Group

Alex Jopson, Deri Jopson & Jerrit Bates make up the City to Suburb Real Estate Group with Sutton Group West Coast Realty. Alex Jopson is a proud resident of New Westminster, and believes as a licensed REALTOR® part of his job is to showcase the cities his team work in. With over 40 years combined award winning years of experience, the City to Suburb Real Estate Group team members are thrilled to partner with The Arts Council of New Westminster showcase the local arts, along with this one of a kind community of New West and the beautiful Pier Park.

CONTACT:
Will Clements, Music Program Coordinator
Arts Council of New Westminster
music@acnw.ca
604-525-3244

OTHER HELPFUL TOOLS:

URLs to link to:
Event web page: http://acnw.ca/music-by-the-river/
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309046702839857
Volunteer application form: http://acnw.ca/volunteer/

Hashtags to use:  #MBTR2017 #ArtsNW #citytosuburb #givrontheriver

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – we are @ArtsCouncilNW @musicbytheriver @citytosuburb

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: www.nwphoto.org 

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.

http://www.artistbarbwebb.com

May 2017- Barbara Webb, The Nature of Layers

The Arts Council of New Westminster is thrilled to announce a $1,289.83 donation from the GatewayGIVES program from the Starlight Casino of Gateway Casinos and Entertainment. We are overwhelmed by the donation and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity. Through this donation, the Starlight Casino will be supporting the New West Cultural Crawl later this summer.

ACNW Executive Director, Stephen O’Shea (centre) is presented a donation by Starlight Casino General Manager, Lisa Mak (left), and Gateway Casinos Director of Public Relations, Tanya Gabara (right).

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.

http://qpps.ca

The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, and with funding provided by the Canada 150 Fund and a Shaw Canada 150 Initiative grant, has a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal and Newcomer youth, aged 13 to 21, to participate in a free 2-day workshop!

Share stories, explore issues that matter to you and find your voice at Speak-In Speak-Out! This free 2-day workshop offers Aboriginal and Newcomer youth a platform to discover transformational writing-based practices. Literary forms such as poetry and spoken word are brought into the contemporary realm, as tools of empowerment to fearlessly explore personal and creative expression. Develop skills in both spoken and written language, learn tools beneficial for public speaking, test your freedoms of expression and boost self-confidence! The workshop culminates in an installation and exhibition at Anvil Centre in New Westminster.

Applicants will participate in a free 2-day workshop with special guests Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali and Kia Kadiri, Saturday June 17 (10:00-1:00) and Sunday June 18 (2:00-5:00). Workshops will take place at Anvil Centre and the New Westminster Public Library, and will culminate in an installation and exhibition at Anvil Centre in 2017 (optional, dates TBA).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must identify as First Nations, Newcomer or immigrant youth, aged 13 to 21.
Spaces are limited: Maximum 24 participants. Please encourage your students, participants, and youth to apply today!
Find more Opportunities for Artists on the Arts Services webpage

About the Workshop Leaders:

Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali
Award winning poet Ahmed Ali also knows as ‘Knowmadic’, is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker living in British Columbia. Ahmed was born in Mogadisho in 1984 and immigrated to Italy in 1989, evading the civil war. In 2001 Ahmed became the first Somali to enroll into Comedy Writing and performance at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Ahmed attended the Edmonton Poetry Festival (2009), is a founding member of The Breath in Poetry Collective (2009). In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. He is the recipient of the RISE award (2012), held tenure as Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle, Washington (2013), named a “Difference Maker” by the Edmonton Journal (2013) and recognized as Alberta’s Top 30 under 30 for his work with IFSSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mennonite Center for New Comers, and Ghandi Peace Conference and Edmonton Public Schools to name a few. His passion and commitment to poetry earned him an opportunity to represent Canada at the International Literature showcase in Norwich, UK, which is recognized by UNESCO as a city of literature. http://www.ahmedknowmadic.com/about/

Kia Kadiri
Kia is a passionate Hip- Hop artist. This passion for music, rap, and poetry makes her extremely productive as a workshop leader, and engages even those participants who are shy to perform. Kia loves sharing the gift of words! The goals of her workshops are always to help youth build self-confidence, and connect to their cultural identities, using music, rap and poetry. She enjoys helping them express their ideas, communicating struggles that they face, addressing issues in their communities, and most of all having fun while they learn new skills. Kia is warm, welcoming and energetic, which makes her a magnet for adults and children. She demonstrates a good sense of the energy of the participants, and has the ability to shift gears quickly in response to their engagement.

The Arts Council of New Westminster coordinates busking style performances throughout New Westminster through various programs and events. 2017 will see the return of this program! We are seeking submissions of small musical acts including solos, duos, and full band performances. All genres of music will be considered. Performances will take place Thursdays through Sundays, and will be coordinated by Arts Council staff. A PA system will NOT be provided but electricity is available (Please indicate if you plan to bring your own).

There is no fee to apply for the music program. However, Artists chosen to participate in the music program are required to be members of The Arts Council of New Westminster. Membership fees can be paid in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, via the mail, or via Paypal on our website. Individual memberships are $20. Student/Senior memberships are $15.

Participants of the music program will be paid an honorarium for their performance.

To register, please fill out this following form at: http://artscouncilnewwest.org/buskers/
All inquires, email music@acnw.ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster invites you to take our community engagement survey. Please let us know of your experiences with the ACNW and how we can improve in the future. Survey can be taken online here.

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.

http://www.debramckenzie.com

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present a live drawing with Fiona Tang. The drawing sessions will take place during the weekends, starting April 22nd and 23rd, and continue on April 29th and 30th.

 
The creatures of Fiona Tang’s solo exhibition, “Charcoal Gone Wild”, aim to minimize the distance between humans and animals, highlighting the viewer’s relationship to Charismatic megafauna. Tang engages the viewer physically through use of scale, intense gestural mark makings, and the use of trompe l’oeil. Supported by research, Tang’s representational drawings aim to retain the raw beauty and energy of her subjects, serving as allegorical representations of the artist’s emotional state throughout the process of execution.
 
For more information, email Gallery Coordinator Sam Newton at gallery@acnw.ca
 

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop returns to New West on Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm, indie and electronic record labels from across Metro Vancouver will descend upon New Westminster for a day of live music, beer, food and of course crate digging.

First launched by Steel & Oak Brewing Co. in the fall of 2016, the spring edition of Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop will be popping up at 52 6th Street on the corner of Sixth St. and Carnarvon from 2-5 pm in the heart of downtown New West.

“As soon as the first edition ended we received so many emails and phone calls asking when volume two was going to be held,” says Steel & Oak co-owner Jorden Foss. “So, Stephen from the Arts Council of New West and I started to think about what a second edition might look like and with record store day coming up we thought we’d create our own pop-up shop for the day.”

Joining Steel & Oak and the Arts Council will be Indie Labels Northern Electric, Scrape and File Under: Music. New for this edition will be some of the region’s electronic music labels including; Pacific Rhythm, Normals Welcome, Heart to Heart and Hybridity Records. Music Madhouse Records will also be on hand for those in the mood for some classic releases or a rare press or two.

An afternoon of vinyl shopping and sipping craft beer wouldn’t be complete without local music. The Arts Council Stage will feature live performances by Amanda Silvera, Mr. Rust and a DJ spinning some classic hip-hop to close out the afternoon.

“We’re super excited for the live performances! Vinyl remains the best way to listen to music and we’re excited to be celebrating that with our pals at Steel & Oak,” says Stephen O’Shea of the Arts Council.

New this year will be an after party at Old Crow Coffee put on by Social Medium a quarterly electronic music social. Running from 6-10 pm, the night will feature local electronic music artists HARGOW and DJs Mutes Ito and Rob Hay. “We’re excited to have these amazing labels down for the fair and to provide the chance for people to come together through a shared love of music – and of course vinyl.”

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop hits 52 Sixth St. on Record Store Day, April 22nd from 2-5pm.

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Contact:
Jorden Foss (Jorden@steelandoak.ca)
Stephen O’Shea (info@acnw.ca)

For more information on:
Steel & Oak (http://steelandoak.ca)
The Arts Council (http://acnw.ca)

 
About Amanda Silvera

Amanda silvera fits firmly in her own unique category. Her new album, Syncing, is a captivating and moving debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out on its own territory.

Born January 12th 1989 in Richmond British Columbia, to hard working jamaican parents (Catherine Silvera) & ( Richard Silvera ) Amanda Silvera adopted prestige traits, characteristics and morals that would soon evolve her into a leader with primal instincts and beliefs of some day influencing the world through her music. Amanda was most comfortable alone often times, she found herself most at peace in the company of music. At home, Amanda’s parents relationship was on the rocks and Amanda’s head phones were her portal and escape from raised voices and scary thoughts.

Amanda grew up feeling alienated from the rest of the world in so many ways; her looks were quite distinguishable from her peers, her accent was unique and her cultural roots were looked at as different by most kids her age. Amanda’s true passion springs from writing, in her own words she can “visit other worlds through stories”. Through these tough times amanda turned to her inspiration which at the time derived from her grandmother Tess. No matter the distance between the two, amanda and her grandmother kept communication through letters in forms of stories and poems. Tess was everything that amanda wanted to be when she grew up, an accredited artist writer, teacher, designer, a talk show radio host but most importantly an inspiration to many.

Amanda’s grandmother was unfortunately murdered when Amanda was in grade four, the last letter she received from her grandmother said to never give up on her dreams and to give to this world more than one can take from it. These words were held onto dearly and now live through amanda’s actions and persuasion to the achieving her goals and dreams. Shortly after amanda found peace when she joined the choir and met Mrs. Manceneli. The choir brought her closer to understand her true lifes mission; it was the first place where she understood that the voice inside of her needed to be share.

During her grade nine year, Amanda’s’ parents divorced, Amanda soon after dropped out of school which kept her available to care for her younger sibling, who was also trying to cope with this change of worlds. rebelling against life as they knew it, so began whirlwind of challenges that would muse most of her songs to come. Amanda created a small recording space at home and soon upgraded to her friends ‘home studio’; this studio consisted of a microphone, a pop block made of her friends mothers stocking, in a closet still filled with clothing that had a doubling purpose of insulating the booth.; “that closet was my happy place”. This truly became her sanctuary, her home was broken but her dream was whole. Amanda pushed desperately, determined to prove the world wrong, to prove that dreams really do come true.

Amanda returned to school the following year, graduating 6 months early and with honors. With school out of the way, and a renewed outlook on life, the pieces began to fall into place for amanda. Entering a wide variety of showcases around her city with acts like Brian Mcknight, Bobby Valentino, Ginuwine, SWV, Tony Toni Tone, Jeremih, and Too Short earned her some much needed exposure and the notoriety to begin playing bigger shows for a highly increasing audience. Still recording continuously, Amanda began to receive requests from abroad to write, record and collaborate. from the UK, to Tokyo Japan.

committed to her first solo album which she is proud to called “syncing”. Amanda along with her motivated team of experts put nearly everything they had into creating an album that would be worth sharing but most importantly an album that will move people and connect them through our own reflections of darkness, healing and conquering.

Amanda Silvera is beyond ready to introduce a new style r&b & Soul music that far surpasses the expectations of its genre. Her new age approach and incredible looks make her the ideal candidate for just about any show. When you see amanda playing her songs, you will see passion, pain, and true inspiration. She performs her songs precisely the way she’s always wanted, created a fully realized album that is the culmination of where she’s been and where she’s going, and one that is sure to win her notoriety that is demanded by the depth and quality of her music.

Contact:

http://www.amandasilvera.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AmandaSilveraMusic

River as Home
City of New Westminster
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017 at 4pm PST
Budget: $4000.00

Background
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. This offers a chance to reflect on Canada’s history, look to the future, and embark on an exciting new chapter for the country. Many activities are being planned for the New Westminster community to commemorate and participate in this milestone.

As part of the Canada 150 anniversary, the City of New Westminster will be bringing together a collection of cultural projects centered on the concept of “Home”.

The intent behind this program is to engage artists, residents and visitors in conversations surrounding the theme of “Home”. Home exudes more than a place where we sleep, eat and keep our belongings. Home can be a place of belonging, where safety, security and identity are upheld. At a time of increased immigration and displacement, home might be a new and challenging place. Home may also be on unceded territories. Houses, community spaces, neighborhoods, rivers, mountains, cities and countries are all a part of home.

Opportunity
The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the Fraser River Discovery Centre, is soliciting proposals for video-based works in response to the theme “River as Home”. The call for proposals invites proposals for new work that reflects on, and creates a dialogue about, the Fraser River as manifest in this notion of home.

The successful artist or artist team will be responsible for the research, creation, and production of the video work. The selected artist or artist team is encouraged to work with the local community to inform their process. The selected artist or artist team will have access to the Fraser River Discover Centre’s research collection, access to the City of New Westminster Archives, as well as the opportunity to work out of the nearby Anvil Centre for facilitation and creation of the work. Artists must have their own video and editing equipment. The final work will be presented as part of Riverfest, September 19-23, 2017 at the Fraser River Discover Centre’s Theatre and as part of the Canada 150 exhibition at the New Westminster Museum in November, 2017.

Budget
The total budget available to artist(s) team is $4000.00 Artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs, including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, equipment, production, travel, transportation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Eligibility Criteria
This call is open to all professional Artists or Artist Teams, who have demonstrated creative expertise and technical skills to manage all phases of the process, from research through to production, in coordination with the community partners and municipal staff.
City of New Westminster staff, members of the City of New Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee, and jury panel members are not eligible to apply.

Please email your submission by May 15, 4:00pm PST to bvelkova@newwestcity.ca

Please keep your submission under 8MB in file size. The City of New Westminster will not consider late submissions.

Submission Requirements:

Proposal
Please provide a project proposal with a proposed timeframe. The “River as Home” project must be completed by September 1, 2017.
Artist CV
Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and details of all experience related to past artwork and other relevant information.
Previous Work Examples
Up to 10 digital images or video links (Vimeo, YouTube or other) showing previous examples of artwork created by the artist(s). Provide the following information to support the previous work examples: title, date completed, medium.
For further requests for information:
Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
Email: bvelkova@newwestcity.ca Phone: 604 515 3822

Denial   
(Biography, Drama) 
1hr 49 mins

Writer: David Hare (screenplay), Deborah Lipstadt
(based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”
Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
When: Monday April 24, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

 Synopsis:
Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER).

 Preview:

 

 

A big THANK YOU to all the folks who came out and attended our Royal Flush: Let’s go all in for the Arts! Fundraiser on Thursday February 23rd, 2017. We are grateful to Match Eatery and Public House at the Starlight Casino for partnering with us on the event and serving their food and drinks. Special thanks also to the Social Medium DJs for music and visuals, and to Iris Mes-Low and Jim Walsh for putting their artistic talents on display. We are also very grateful to the dedicated volunteers who ensured our event ran smoothly.

Together we raised over $4,000 with the proceeds from the event going to increase our capacity for programming and advocacy for the Arts in New West.

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated to our silent auction. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

Ahoy Soap
Bead For Life
Bloom Bloom Room
Beth Snow
Cap’s Original Bicycle Shop
Danielle Bobier
Foreman Integrat Tire Auto Centre
Game Deals Video Games
Hennisea Hoy and Rick Lee
Inn at the Quay
Judy Darcy
Judy Villett
Karen Justice
Katarzyna Vedah
Kathleen Forsythe
Key West Ford
Laughter Zone 101
Linda Chow / Linda Designs
LumberJax Custom Wood Jewellery
Mila and Paige
MusicBox New West
Pacific Breeze Winery
Pandora’s Locks
Patrick Street Productions
River Market
Royal City Farmers Market
Royal City Musical Theatre
Steel and Oak Brewing Co
The Stage New Westminster
Tojo Sticks and Bags
Vancouver Fashion Truck
Vagabond Players
Wild Rice
Working Silver

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. 
 
http://fiona-tang.tumblr.com
www.facebook.com/fionatangart

April 2017-Fiona Tang

Celebrated authors, the Pop This! Podcast, LitCafés, storytelling and kids’ programming set for 7th Annual LitFest New West. 

New Westminster, BC– Showcasing BC’s vibrant talent, the 7th annual LitFest New West returns with an exciting mix of featured author events, literary cafés, children’s programming, writing workshops, a community exhibition, and a special literary marketplace running March 31 – April 2, 2017 throughout New Westminster. LitFest New West brings together “Readers, Writers, Community” for three days of celebrating New Westminster’s literary arts community. 

Events will take place at venues throughout the city with a special kick off at New Westminster Public Library at 7:00 – 9:30 pm on Friday March 31, 2017. Broadcaster Lisa Christiansen and author Andrea Warner launch the three-day event with a special live recording of their popular Pop This! Podcast (two women talking about everything pop culture). They’ll be joined by New Westminster resident, fashion columnist, and memoirist JJ Lee, along with a cash bar to help words go down as smooth as ice.  

“We are bringing this year’s events directly into popular venues in the community to showcase some of the talented creative writers in the city,” said Janice Bannister, chair of the organizing committee. “Events take place where local residents already socialize by bringing authors, readers, and writers into some of New Westminster’s favourite spots: The Heritage Grill, Judge Begbie’s Tavern, and Waffle House to name a few.” 

Saturday’s featured evening event, Read Aloud: An Evening of Stories, takes place at Anvil Theatres (5:00 – 7:00 pm) featuring a presentation of New Westminster’s newest Poet Laureate, Alan Hill, the unveiling of the winners of the 2017 LitFest New West short story contest, and readings by acclaimed local authors including:  

Aislinn Hunter – Winner of the 2015 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, New York Times Editor’s Choice winner for her book, The World Before Us. 

Nasreen Pejvack – Author of Amity, Finalist for the 2016 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and activist who moved to Canada from Iran in the mid-1980s. 

Catherine Owen – New West resident, author of 13 collections of poetry and prose and Dear Ghost, her 2017 collection of poetry. 

Carleigh Baker – Cree-Metis/Icelandic writer whose first memoir, Bad Endings, (Anvil Press, 2017), is available now. She writes book reviews for the Globe Mail and has been published in a variety of local literary journals. 

LitFest New West is proud to be expanding in 2017 with the addition of children’s programming. Workshops will be lead by children’s author/illustrator Lee Edward Fondi and New Westminster police officer and children’s author Grayson Smith. Both authors will be at River Market on Saturday, April 1 alongside the annual LitFest New West Literary Marketplace presented by New West Craft. 

The festival will be rounded out with a variety of workshops and events happening throughout the community featuring readings by local authors and poets. New West Writers Critique hosting a Critique Session at The Gallery at Queen’s Park on Sunday April 2nd. Royal City Literary Arts Society bring their Wordplay and In Their Words series that might just ignite your own muse. Lastly, enjoy pairings of visual and literary arts at the Anvil Centre’s Community Arts Space featuring 18 artists from April 1st to June 2nd. Exhibition opening on April 1st from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at the Anvil Centre includes readings by authors and cash bar. 

For more information, tickets to the opening event at New Westminster Public Library, and workshop registration visit the website: litfestnewwest.com

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About LitFest New West
LitFest New West is New Westminster’s annual literary arts festival. Originally started in 2009 as The Royal City Book Festival, Litfest celebrates the written word. Presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, Royal City Literary Arts Society, New Westminster Public Library and New West Writers, Litfest New West features readings, interviews, workshops, performances, talks, and poetry for the enjoyment of readers and writers alike.

For more information about Litfest New West, visit http://litfestnewwest.com

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca

Contact:
Gulshan Josan, Media Coordinator
Arts Council of New Westminster
media@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

Join internationally-acclaimed Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien for an exclusive, intimate evening conversation about her latest book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:30 – 9:00
Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park, New Westminster

Madeleine Thien, the featured author, is one of the most celebrated authors of 2016. CBC has declared her “Canada’s newest literary star.” The New York Times says, “Thien writes with the mastery of a conductor who is as in command of the symphony’s tempo as she is attuned to the nuances of each individual instrument.”

Her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Giller Prize, and it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Ms. Thien will read selections from the work and answer your questions about the novel, the art of writing, and life after gaining literary celebrity.

The event is sponsored by the Art Council of New Westminster and Fresh St. Market as a fundraiser for the One To One Literacy Society, which tutors elementary school children who are working towards reading proficiency. Hosted by New Westminster writer, JJ Lee, and friends, it will be an evening of book talk, refreshments, food, and good company by a roaring fire.

Tickets are $50 each; a charitable receipt for a portion of admission will be issued by the society to ticket holders. Advance tickets onlyNo ticket sales at the door.

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

Biography
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.

Statement
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.

604 420 8929 | ddidit@shaw.ca | www.dorothydoherty.net

Tannis Hopkins

Biography
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.

Statement
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.
604 671 0753 | tannishopkins@gmail.com | Tannishopkins.com

Seth Macbeth

Statement
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.

604 446 2687 | hello@sethmacbeth.com | sethmacbeth.com

Valerie Wheater

Statement
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.

Biography
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.

604 465 7609 | 778 927 7609 | vwheater@shaw.ca

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.

STATEMENT
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.

BIOGRAPHY
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.

 www.yuebaoyu.com

Mar. 5, 2017 - Yue Baoyu

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Music Program Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote the Music by the River/Uptown Unplugged Music program. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2017, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of Music By the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day of support

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 8, 2017 to August 25, 2017, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $13.00 per hour, 35 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 7, 2017.
Include “Music Program Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

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Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The New West Cultural Crawl Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote the New West Cultural Crawl, which takes place on August 11/12/13, 2017, with the aid of volunteers and potential staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of New West Cultural Crawl, a free two-day summer arts and culture series throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Monitoring and revising organizational structure model, positions, and tasks
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Volunteer coordination and mediation: Pre-Festival and weekly coordination and scheduling of volunteers as well as assigning and oversight of regular duties
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, sales figures, donations, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day of support

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings

Timeline: May 8, 2017 to August 25, 2017, Monday to Friday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $13.00 per hour, 35 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca  before 5:00pm on April 7, 2017.
Include “NW Cultural Crawl Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

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Feb25-Event

Date: Saturday February 25, 2017
3:30pm – 5pm, Admission is free.

Location: The Gallery at Queen’s Park, New Westminster, BC

Feature Author: Alan Woo, author of Maggie’s Chopsticks.

Description: For children 8-12 years of age
Story time, writing and discussion.

More info https://rclas.com/recurring/childrens-chronicles/

The Meddler  meddler-poster
(Comedy)

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer: Lorene Scafaria
Stars:  Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
When: Monday February 27, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life.

Preview:

 

 

 

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.

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

www.purposesecondary.org

Feb. 1, 2017 - Purpose Secondary Independent School

rcfmlogo-webFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Westminster, January 05, 2017

The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with Royal City Farmers Market is now inviting all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the Annual General Meeting and Conference of the 2017 British Columbia Association of Farmers Markets. The exhibition is to take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 until Sunday March 5, 2017 in a pop-up exhibition in New Westminster, BC. The theme of the exhibition is “Farmer’s Markets”.

If you are an artist from Metro Vancouver and are interested in being considered for this group exhibition on Friday, March 3/4/5, 2017, your submission must reach the ACNW Exhibition Selection Committee on or before February 1, 2017.

Include in your application:

  • A selection of 8-10 good quality digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format; each image should be at least 800 x 600 pixels. Images should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size and Medium. (artist_title_size_medium.jpg)
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website)
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.

Submissions will be accepted by email only. Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@artscouncilnewwest.org with “Gallery Exhibition Submission – Farmers Market” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 10MB.

Contact:
Stephen O’Shea

Executive Director
604.525.3244
info@acnw.ca
www.acnw.ca

sound-of-music-fundraiser-oct-16Our sincerest thanks goes out to everyone who made this year’s Sing a-Long Sound of Music fundraiser such a great success. We are proud to partner with Royal City Musical Theatre for this event and we want to thank the Massey Theatre for hosting us.

We are grateful to all those who came out, dressed up in costume, and sang along to every single note! You are the ones who truly made it a successful afternoon.  After we counted everything up, we’re proud to announce we’ve raised $6,500 for our two organizations. These funds will go a long way in supporting our future programming and services! Thank you again for your support.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all those individuals and businesses who generously donated items for our silent auction.

100 Braid Street
Align Entertainment
Bead For Life
BurgerHeaven
Custom Realty Services
Goddess Within You
Fighting Chance Productions
Foreman’s Integra Tire Auto Centre
Inn at the Quay
James Productions
Key West Ford
Laughter Zone 101
Luli Designs
LumberJax
Massey Theatre
McKellar Martin Publishing
Music Box New West
New West Craft
New Westminster Public Library
River Market
Royal City Centre
Steel and Oak
Sticks and Bag
The Rhythm Room
The Stage New West
Van Dop Gallery
Vancouver Circus School
Wallis Harrison
Wendy Schmidt
Wild Rice
Working Silver

The Dressmaker lmatm-dressmaker
(Drama)

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writer: Rosalie Ham (novel), P.J. Hogan
Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth
When: Monday January 30, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
In early 1950s Australia, after working for many years as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past.

Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis), and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, Tilly sets out to right the wrongs of the past and transform the women of the town.

Based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel.

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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

Say Hello to the NEW Arts Council of New Westminster logo!

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Designed by Shannon Pawliw of Mighty Sparrow Design

winterharp-2016_3-webWinter Harp is giving an exclusive one-hour concert in The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.  This is the most intimate Winter Harp concert you will ever attend. You’ll be treated to heart-warming carols performed by singers with harps, cello, violin, flute, piccolo, percussion and medieval instruments. Come see the instruments and players up close during this magical afternoon at the Gallery. Admission couldn’t be better — it’s by donation.

For more information about Winter Harp: http://www.winterharp.com/

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

*ARTIST WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON WEEKENDS*

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

ARTIST TALK:  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2PM

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

ACNWThe Arts Council of New Westminster
Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 20th 2016.

Venue: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park
Time: 2 – 3 pm

After our formal AGM, please plan to stay for a wine and cheese social (3pm to 4pm).

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

 

new-west-film-fest-2016NewWest FilmFest 2016
Thursday, Oct 20th – Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2016
Most films at Landmark Cinema 10, New West unless noted.
@newwestfilmfest #NWFF
http://newwestfilmfest.ca/

Individual tickets price:
$8 individual tickets
$5 senior and youth
$1 memberships are required

Festival Pass is a great value at $35 and includes membership

Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016 co-presented by New West Pride Society @newwestpride
Venue: Landmark Theatre, New West
7:00 pm: Closet Monster (Canadian, Drama, English, Fiction, Feature)
Canadian-made ‘Closet Monster ‘spins the dark tale of a driven teenager’s coming out story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCUvzx1x3a4

9:00 pm: Waiting For B. (International, Portuguese with English subtitles, Documentary, Feature)
Two months on line for two hours of music. Beyoncé super fans come together in São Paulo, Brazil.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjs8b7w0Rd4

Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
3:30 pm: VIVA (International, Spanish, Drama, Fiction, Feature )
Venue: Douglas College, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
VIVA is a love story. As the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family, their world is quickly turned upside down.
Co-presented by: Douglas College Associate of Arts in International and Intercultural Studies and Vancouver Latin American Film Festival
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S097UTL057I

Venue: Landmark Theatre, New West
7:00 pm: The Lobster (International, Fantasy/Comedy/Drama, English, Fiction, Feature)
What animal would you be if you ended up alone? The incredibly clever and Cannes Jury Prize winner ‘The Lobster’, stars Colin Farrell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmaCMswlaKo&feature=youtu.be

9:15 pm: Short Film Showcase
A first for NewWest FilmFest, the Short Film Showcase is an eclectic mix of International and Canadian short films. Immediately following the films will be ‘Short Films and Tall Drinks: A Meet and Greet for Film Lovers’ (The Hub, New West)

Saturday. Oct 22nd, 2016
2:00 pm: The Pristine Coast (Canadian, Local Filmmaker, English, Documentary)
New West filmmaker Scott Renyard links the crash of fish species on the Canadian coast to diseases from fish farms.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bMilmWNdcI&feature=youtu.be

4:30 pm: Fractured Land (Canadian Documentary / Drama,English, Biography)
A young indigenous leader confronts big oil and the fractures in his community as he fights to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect the land.
http://www.fracturedland.com/trailer.html

7:00 pm: Captain Fantastic (International, Comedy / Drama, English, Fiction, Feature)
A father devoted to raising his six kids in the wild and with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and re-enter the urban world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1kH4OMIOMc

9:00 pm – NewWest FilmFest After Party at CG Masters School of Animation
Free for all attendees. Beer and Wine for sale
Refreshments, art and music

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Steel & Oak Brewing Co. has partnered with the Arts Council of New Westminster to bring Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop to the Royal City!

On Sunday, October 23rd from 12-4pm, indie record labels from across Metro Vancouver will descend upon Steel & Oak Brewing Co. for a day of live music, beer, food and of course vinyl!

“At Steel & Oak we like to think that we have the best vinyl collection in the beer industry so partnering with the Arts Council to bring local indie acts and labels to our brewery for a day of vinyl shopping seemed like the perfect fit,” says Steel & Oak co-owner Jorden Foss.

Indie labels La Ti Da Records, Northern Electric, Scrape Records, and New West’s own Bully’s Studios will be set up in the brewery with crates of records showcasing BC’s local talent for visitors to peruse.

Music Madhouse Records and Highlife Records will also be on hand for those in the mood for some classic releases or a rare press or two.

An afternoon of vinyl shopping wouldn’t be complete without local music! On the Arts Council Stage there will be live performances by Sarah Wheeler, 2-Bit Horse with special guest Jimmy Roy, and a DJ set by Dale Davies.

“We’re super excited for the live performances; it’s not every day you play in the back of a brewery! Vinyl remains the best way to listen to music and we’re excited to be celebrating that with our pals at Steel & Oak,” says Stephen O’Shea of the Arts Council.

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop hits Steel & Oak on October 23rd from 12-4pm!

Contact:
Jorden Foss (Jorden@steelandoak.ca)
Stephen O’Shea (stephen.oshea@acnw.ca)

For more information on:
Steel & Oak (http://steelandoak.ca)
The Arts Council (http://acnw.ca)

Into the Forest   into-the-forest
(Sci-Fi, Drama; 1 hr 41 min)

Director: Patricia Rozema
Writer: Patricia Rozema and Jean Hegland
Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
When: Monday October 31, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who live in the Pacific Northwest with their kindly father, Robert. Nell is focused on her studies and Eva is training to be a dancer, but their peaceful lives are disrupted one day by what turns out to be a continent-wide blackout. Whereas at first the family bond together and try to make the most of their difficult circumstances, as time goes on, the challenges become more serious. In the wake of a shocking and violent confrontation that Robert has with a menacing passerby, the sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world.

Preview:

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Poster - web - October 2016

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

*ARTIST WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON WEEKENDS*

ARTIST STATEMENT:

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.

BIOGRAPHY:

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.

gareyshergill@gmail.com

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

click-posterThe Arts Council of New Westminster and The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents:

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A Living, Working River Art Exhibition
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Friday, September 23
6:00 – 8:00pm
as part of RiverFest New West
More info here

On Friday, September 23, we invite you to experience the spirit of the Fraser with the unveiling of this year’s *click* photos of the fraser exhibit and the LivingWorking River Art Exhibition. 

This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register

Exhibiting Artists:

Carol Lopez
Claire Sarfeld
Don Smith
J Lyonns
Jada Harry
Louise Towell
Rob Bowen
Suzanne Laird

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Poster - web - September 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

*ARTISTS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON SATURDAYS*

ARTIST STATEMENT:

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.

BIOGRAPHY:

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.

http://setmenuart.tumblr.com/

OPENING RECEPTION PHOTO ALBUM:

September 7 - This Is How I Dream Opening Reception

2016-CS-Square-300x300Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present three stages of entertainment at the Downtown New Westminster‘s Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival on August 22nd.  Performers will be performing for the duration of the festival so come down, get some food and hear some great music too! Throw some change in the guitar case and support local musicians! Confirm your attendance on the Facebook event here!

STAGE #1 – Location: 8th Ave at Columbia

*4 – 4:50 – Jayne Trimble
*5 – 5:50 – Jelayna Murdoch
*6 – 6:50 – Barry Wilson
*7 – 7:50 – Scared To Be Seen
*8 – 8:50 – Banx
*9 – 9:50 – Norine Braun and Alice Fraser

STAGE #2 – Location: Begbie at Columbia

*4:30 – 5:20 –  Sam Cave
*5:30 – 6:20 –  Bruce Andrews
*6:30 – 7:20 –  Larry’s Brother
*7:30 – 8:20 – Ranj Singh
*8:30 – 10:00 – Chris and Justin O’Connor

STAGE#3 – Location: McKenzie at Columbia
*4:00 – 10:00pm
United Creative Artists Studio Society (aka UCASS) presents SOUL FOOD, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster. SOUL FOOD is an eclectic mix of some of the most diverse and talented indy djs and live performers in the city that is sure to have everybody moving and grooving in the streets well into the night. Don’t forget your appetite!