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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.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

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.

Preview:




 

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!

ACNW - Pride Arts Celebration - It's a Queer Age - August 2016Click above for more information

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

*ARTISTS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON WEEKENDS*

ARTIST STATEMENTS

GILLIAN WRIGHT

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

gillianpaints.com

CARA BAIN

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the Van Dop Gallery presents:NWCC2016_poster_nomarks_720

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

*ARTISTS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON THE WEEKEND*

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

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

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

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Check out these awesome photos from Uptown Unplugged last weekend

 Uptown Unplugged - July 9, 2016

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.

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ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Larry's Brother ft. Barry Wilson - July 2016 - web

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is now inviting artists to submit applications for solo or duo exhibitions during the 2017 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 2017 to December 2017, your submission must reach the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) before August 31st 2016.

Submission by email only. 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.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@artscouncilnewwest.org with “Gallery Exhibition Submission” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

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

 

ACNW - LMATM Contest - Facebook - July 2016

We need your help to make the upcoming season of Last Monday at the Movies the best season yet! Let us know what movie genres are your favourite so we can keep them in consideration while picking the next selection of films.

Any responses received between July 1st, 2016 at 12:00 am and July 30th, 2016, at 11:59 pm will be entered into a draw to win a free season pass for the upcoming 2016/17 season!

Fill out the survey:

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ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Banx - July 2016 - web

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

*ARTISTS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE ON WEEKENDS*

ARTIST STATEMENT

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

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

www.judyvillett.com
www.terryaskeartquilts.com

 

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

ARTIST STATEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artist Statement:

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

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

– Mervyn Graham, GVWG Member

Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild
info@gvwg.ca
http://www.gvwg.ca

RiverFestLogo2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Westminster, May 24, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the Fraser River Discover Centre is now inviting all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the opening night of the 2016 edition of RiverFest. The exhibition is to take place on Friday, September 23, 2016 in the rotunda and lobby at the Fraser River Discover Centre in New Westminster, BC. The theme of the exhibition is the working river and its natural environment.

If you are an artist from Metro Vancouver and are interested in being considered for this group exhibition on Friday, September 23, 2016, your submission must reach the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) on or before June 30, 2016.

In general, you will be asked to submit:

  • 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.
  • 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” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 10MB

Contact:
Stephen O’Shea
604.525.3244
info@artscouncilnewwest.org
www.artscouncilnewwest.org

Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on a programming or governance committees with the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW).

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 arts, promote the ACNW at public events, and or seek out new arts events to recommend to the ACNW board. Committees also work to improve artists’ networks and build continuity and presence through ongoing involvement in community events.

Committees 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:

  • Programming: Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts.
  • Governance: Fundraising, Media/Marketing, Membership/Volunteer.

Roles and Responsibilities of ACNW Committee Members

Committees support the work of the Board of Directors with their professional expertise and advice. 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 representing ACNW. Responsibilities for each event vary depending on the needs of the organizer/artist.
  • Recommend changes in programming/governance to the 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.)
  • Participate as a voting member at the ACNW annual general meeting

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 is proud to announce Arash Rahmani as the recipient of the ACNW Scholarship through the Douglas College Foundation. Arash is studying as a classical guitarist in the performing arts department at Douglas College. We are excited for Arash’s future as a musician and look forward to presenting his talents to the community of New Westminster.

(pictured L-R) Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, ACNW; Arash Rahmani; Leanne Ewen, President, ACNW

The Arts Council of New Westminster is thrilled to announce a $2,059.48 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 continues to support community in New Westminster.

ACNW - Starlight Casino Donation - April 2016 -webACNW Vice President, Erin Jeffery, and ACNW Executive Director, Stephen O’Shea are presented a donation by Gateway Casinos Director of Public Relations, Tanya Gabara, and General Manager of Starlight Casino, Rowland England.

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

Artist Statement:

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

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

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

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

CURRICULUM VITAE
Kathleen Forsythe
Doctor of Knowledge Architecture 

SELECTED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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

POETRY

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

TELEVISION SCRIPTS

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

ART

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

RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS

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

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The Arts Council of New Westminster is currently accepting applications for summer employment opportunities (May 9 – August 26) through the Canada Summer Jobs program:

Summer Promotions Coordinator

New Westminster Cultural Crawl Coordinator

Renumeration: $10.45 per hour, 40 hrs per week

Please submit resume and cover letter by email to info@artscouncilnewwest.org
The application deadline for all positions in Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 5 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE that these positions are pending funding from the Canada Summer Jobs programs.

The Arts Council of New Westminster thank all who apply for a summer employment opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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ACNW
Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on a committee with the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW).

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 arts, promote the ACNW at public events, and or seek out new arts events to recommend to the ACNW board. Committees also work to improve artists’ networks and build continuity and presence through ongoing involvement in community events.

We are seeking members on the following committees:

Special project: Canada 150/ACNW 50 (2 year term) – The focus of this committee is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 50th anniversary of the ACNW.

For more information about this Call, click here

How to Apply
To apply for a volunteer role, please send your information to info@artscouncilnewwest.org Please include your resume and a statement as to why you are interested in the arts and which committee you are interested in.
Submission deadline: May 1 2016

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

Artist Statement

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

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

Artist Bio

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

C/V

 

EDUCATION

2013-15
Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC
2001-04
Bachelor of Media Arts – Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

 2016
Tidal Pool (August-September), Platforms: Coastal City, outdoor video screen   commission, Vancouver (public installation).
A Dark Shape on the Horizon (April), Gallery at Queen’s Park, Arts Council of New Westminster (solo).
Philip B. Lind Prize Exhibition (April), Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver (group).

2015
As far upriver as you can go before having to switch to a pole, Audain Gallery, Vancouver (solo).
Floodplain, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver (solo).

2014
Compassion Fatigue, New Wight Biennial, UCLA, Los Angeles CA (group).

2013
Ny verk, SÍM, Reykjavik, IS (group).
Rolling Thunder, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver (solo).

2011
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto (public installation).
re-LIVE, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver (group).

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

 2016
Artist in Residence, The Sointula Art Shed, Sointula, BC (May).
Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Award (shortlist), Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver.

2015
Simon Fraser University Service Award.
Travel/Minor Research Award, Simon Fraser University.

2014
Simon Fraser University Service Award.
Scholarship for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Graduate Travel Award, SFU.
Graduate (International) Research Travel Award, SFU.
Travel/Minor Research Award, SFU.

2013
Steven Shane Annual Graduate Entrance Scholarship, SFU.
Artist in Residence, SIM Residency Reykjavik, IS.

2012
Project Grant, Neighbourhood Small Grant Program, Vancouver.

2011
Artist in Residence, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City.
Project Assistance Grant for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.
Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts.
Curatorial Residency, Unit/Pitt Gallery, Vancouver.

2008
Professional Development Grant for Visual Arts, British Columbia Arts Council.

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

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

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

Artist Bio

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

C/V

EDUCATION

2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) – Expected
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

2013
Fine Arts Diploma
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
The Show
Annual Juried Group Exhibition of graduating works
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

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

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

2015
Print: Crossing Pathways
Group Exhibition curated by Jonathon Hodges and Jeffrey Wynne
The Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

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

2014
…increases the divide
Two-Person Show with Karin Vengshoel
Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, CA

2013
Wayfinding: Art for Patients with Dementia
Group Exhibition
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

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

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

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

2012
41st Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition
Group Exhibition
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

Resiliency
Group Exhibition
One Thousand Rivers, Vancouver, BC, CA

2011
Drawing
Group Exhibition
Buffalo Lounge, Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016
Live Painting Demonstration
ROYAL FLUSH: Let’s go all in for the Arts! A Fundraiser for the Arts Council of New Westminster
Match Eatery, New Westminster, BC, CA

2015
Security and Sales
Student Art Sale
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

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

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

Artisan Kiosk
River Market, New Westminster, BC, CA

2014
Individual Drawing Lessons Instructor
New Westminster, BC, CA

2013
Gothic Literature Field Studies, Langara College Study Abroad Program
London, Whitby, Manchester, Edinburgh, UK

2012
Representative for Creative Arts at Langara College
Circle Craft Fair, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, CA

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

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

ART RELATED EMPLOYMENT

2015-16
Grumbacher Certified Fine Arts Instructor

Michaels Arts & Crafts, Vancouver, BC, CA

2015-16
Print Studio Monitor
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC, CA

2011-16
Certified Custom Framing Expert
Michaels Arts & Crafts, Vancouver, BC, CA

2013
Print Studio Assistant
Langara College, Vancouver, BC, CA

PUBLICATIONS + CATALOGUES

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

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

COLLECTIONS

Langara College Permanent Collection
Vancouver, BC, CA

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

Private collections internationally

MEMBERSHIPS

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

AWARDS

2015
British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship Award

2012
Painting Studio Award, Presented by Langara College and Tenline
Studios, Vancouver, BC, CA

Exhibition Preview

Danielle Bobier - Impact Craters

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

Artist Statement

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

Artist Bio

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


 

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

THE GLORY OF THE GARDEN

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

-Rudyard Kipling (1923)

 

Exhibition Preview

 

Garden Gals - Exhibition Image -web

 

Mar. 2, 2016-Art Squared

REMEMBER Poster-page-001 - webRemember
(Drama, Thriller; 95 min)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Benjamin August
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Dean Norris, Martin Landau
When: Monday March 30 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.

Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss who is living out his final years in a serene retirement home. A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families-a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.

Preview:

Royal Flush - Event Photo - Feb 23 2016 - webA 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 Tuesday February 23rd. We are grateful to Match Eatery and Public House at the Starlight Casino for partnering with us on the event and serving their fantastic burgers and beers. Special thanks also to Tetsuomi Anzai, Wes Koopmans, Danielle Bobier and Pierre Kaufman 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 $3,250 with the proceeds from the event going to bolster the delivery of our outreach and education programs, including ArtsToGo and LitFest NewWest.

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:

100 Braid Street Studios
Burger Heaven
The Chop Shop
Devi Arts Collective
Richard Lee and Hennisea Hoy
Mid Century Modern Home
Gathered Roots Acupuncture
Head to Toes Spa
Pink Door Design Lab
Trevor Hargreaves
Art A La Carte
Vagabond Players
Steel and Oak
River’s Reach Pub
David Worrall
Marianne Janzen
Rick Carswell
Judy Darcy,MLA
Lafflines Comedy Club
Neil Douglas Guitar Shop
Red Tiger Martial Arts
Laughter Zone 101
Pacific Breeze Winery
Spud Shack
Massey Theatre Society
Katarzyna Vedah
Dynamic Fitness
Royal City Farmers Market
River Market
Antigone Dixon-Warren
Schnoo and the Pachooch
The Wine Factory
Heritage Wellness Centre
Rain City Juicery

We look forward to holding this event next year!

 

Poster_Feb_2016_vP_Screen - webThe Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to be a part of presenting:

Pecka Kucha New West: Volume 10
February 27 2016
6:30pm – 9:30pm
River Market
Tickets: $7.50
Click here for tickets

For more information about this event: Click here

For more information about Pecha Kucha: Click here

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

Artist Statement

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

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

Exhibition Preview

After Birth_Janet_Kvammen 300px - web

Rogers Hometown HockeyThe City of New Westminster is hosting the Rogers Hometown Hockey event February 13 and 14 in Queen’s Park. As part of this event there will be substantial traffic flow changes within Queen’s Park starting Thursday February 11 until February 14.

Please be aware:

  • When entering off 1st Street vehicles will be directed to the right into a newly created lane. This lane will force them to go down beside the stadium and around the tennis courts. They will then be able to access the road beside the arena and continue on to the Lodge.
  • When leaving the Centennial Lodge, vehicles should continue through the park and exit onto 6th Avenue.
  • Vehicles will not be able to drive back beside the arena (this will be a one way road for the 4 days)
  • Any vehicles entering the park on Saturday or Sunday should expect extremely heavy traffic and limited parking.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding

Grandma - Movie PosterGrandma
(Comedy, Drama, Family; 79 min)

Director: Paul Weitz
Writer: Paul Weitz
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
When: Monday February 29 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when [her] granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Preview:

MALLA-LettersInWriting-LoveLetters-Feb11-2016The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Letters In Writing: Love Letters

Where:            The Gallery at Queen’s Park
When:             Thursday, February 11 2016, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Fee:                 $5, by donation
Presented by: Valerie Malla

Workshop Synopsis: Writing is a privileged form of communication reaching back to antiquity!  Preserve this fading art by joining Letters In Writing for this Special Event: Love Letters, where you will learn to write a love letter to your romantic interest and spark joy into your life and another’s.  Writing has many therapeutic benefits, including: improved cognition, social enjoyment, and relief from stress.  This workshop is designed to inform, engage, and educate.  Come join in the fun of writing Love Letters in celebration of Valentines Day!

Supplies will be provided to those who do not bring their own

For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact the Arts Council of New Westminster at 604-525-3244 or info@artscouncilnewwest.org.

 

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Royal Flush: Let’s go all in for the Arts! Fundraiser
MATCH Eatery & Public House
350 Gifford Street New Westminster, BC
February 23rd 2016
6pm – 10pm

Tickets go on sale February 8 2016, get your tickets below:

Robert Fee poster Feb 2016 - webThe Arts Council presents
“Happenstance”
by New Westminster artist Robert Fee
February 3 to 28
1 to 8pm Wednesday, 1 to 5pm Thursday – Sunday
Opening Reception: Wednesday February 3, 6 – 8pm
www.robertfee.com/

Concerts

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

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

Artist Bio

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

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

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

Artist C/V

Education:
1998-1999
Bachelor of Education – University of British Columbia
1988-1994
Bachelor of Fine Arts – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Group Exhibitions:
2012
Elemental:  New West Artists Group- Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
Visual Verse:  New West Artists Group- Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
Art Squared:  New West Artists Group, New Westminster Quay
Inspired by Words– Arts Council New West Gallery, New Westminster B.C.
What to do Next: New West Artists Group-Network Hub Gallery, New Westminster
1994
Crossing the Line:  B.F.A. Grad Exhibit – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.
1992
Kinections: Second Year Painting Exhibition – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.
Art Lynch: Second Year Final Exhibition – UBCO, Kelowna B.C.

Teaching:
1999-Present
Secondary School Art Educator: Richmond School District #38
1995-1997
Private music instructor, Saxophone

Collections:
UBCO Student collection
Private collections

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

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

Exhibition Preview

Robert Fee lowres

ACNW - Cultural Roundtable -webThe Arts Council of New Westminster
is proud to present:

New Westminster Cultural Roundtable

When: February 10 2016
Where: The Gallery at Queen’s Park, Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE, pre-registration required

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to debut the new Westminster Cultural Roundtable in 2016 in partnership with the Alliance for Arts + Culture. The series will be a recurring event in 2016 designed to bring together people with a interest in and a passion for the arts.  Our purpose is to support the City of New Westminster’s 2008 Arts Strategy of integrating the arts even deeper into our city’s culture.  Together we can accomplish so much more.  This event is open to everyone who would like to work together to bring community together through the arts.

To attend, please sign up here

Your membership in The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is very important to us. January is the month when memberships in the ACNW are due for renewal. Please take this letter as a friendly reminder to renew if you have not already done so. Membership is valid for the 2016 calendar year. 

Click here to print off a member application
Click here to renew online

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

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

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

Should you have any feedback, please email us here

Learning to Drive
(Comedy, Drama, Romance; 90 min)

Director: Isabel Coixet
Writer: Sarah Kernochan
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer
When: Monday January 26 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.


 

Director Isabel Coixet’s considerable body of cinematic work doesn’t fit easily into categories, but it is clearly unified by the theme of communication, our infinitely nuanced decisions about what we do and don’t say to each other. In her latest film, Learning to Drive, Coixet reunites with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley (with whom she worked on her 2008 film Elegy) to tell a story of two people who must reconfigure their emotional language in order to move forward into new lives.

Wendy (Clarkson), a successful and self-obsessed book editor, comes home to her New York City brownstone one day to find her husband Ted (Jake Weber, also appearing at the Festival in Hungry Hearts) leaving her — again. But this time it’s for good, and Wendy’s initial denial turns into grief, anger, and a hard determination to become self-sufficient. That means learning to drive so she can visit her daughter Tasha (Grace Gummer) at college in Vermont. Wendy’s determination wavers when she’s faced with the confusing reality of an automobile dashboard, but fortunately she has Darwan (Kingsley), the world’s most conscientious driving instructor. As Darwan guides Wendy through her automotive education, his patience invites her to open up about her problems. In turn, Wendy’s volatile feelings about her changing marital status serve to highlight Darwan’s deeply private concerns about his own impending marriage, and their relationship evolves in unexpected and touching ways.

Learning to Drive is a tender reminder that two people can achieve intimacy even in the unlikeliest of situations. In this highly observant and often sweetly funny film, Coixet allows her brilliant cast a great emotional expanse within which to move, and they take advantage of every mile.

Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet was born in Barcelona. Since her debut feature, Too Old to Die Young (89), she has directed Things I Never Told You (96), My Life Without Me (03), which played at the Festival, The Secret Life of Words(05), Elegy (08), Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (09), Another Me (13), and a segment of Paris, je t’aime (06). Learning to Drive (14) is her latest feature.

 

Preview:

Lit Fest Logo 2016 - resizedCall for Workshop Proposals
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2016

We are seeking proposals for exciting interactive workshops for LitFest NewWest 2016, an annual literary arts festival presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, Royal City Literary Arts Society, New Westminster Public Library and Douglas College. Workshops will be selected by a jury comprised of members from the Royal City Literary Arts Society and The Arts Council of New Westminster. Workshops will be scheduled in one hour and fifteen minute slots at Douglas College between 10am and 5pm on May 14 2016.

Proposals should be centred on writing and/or reading as they relate to the following subjects:

  • Panel discussions
  • Current events
  • Editing
  • Food & beverage
  • Genre (e.g. mystery, humour, fantasy)
  • Memoir & history
  • Poetry
  • Reading (the art of)
  • Song writing
  • Spirituality
  • Storytelling
  • Travel
  • The business of writing (e.g. publishing, social media, fundraising)
  • Minority perspectives & approaches to the craft
  • Children’s literature (e.g. writing, presenting)

Please include the following when submitting a proposal:

  1. Title
  2. Presenter’s name, brief bio, and relevant CV (may include references, testimonials, or video clips)
  3. Workshop description (max 500 words). Please emphasize audience participation and interaction
  4. Workshop objectives and relevance
  5. Equipment needed
  6. Marketing suggestions and insights
  7. How you heard about the call for workshop proposals

Presenters will receive an honorarium for their work. To submit, or to seek more information, please email info@artscouncilnewwest.org with the subject line “LitFest NewWest 2016 Proposal”.

Deadline: February 15, 2016

For more information go to litfestnewwest.com
Download Call for Workshops Proposals here

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

To book an appointment, please email us here or  all 604 525 3244

ACNW - Satellite Gallery - Vancity - Gillian Wright - Dec 1 2015 - web
Photo credit: Angela Blattmann

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce we have officially begun administering the Vancity Community Branch Community Arts Space in Uptown New Westminster. Exhibitions feature New Westminster artists  and/or Vancity members. Exhibitions will change every 2 month. The current featured artist is Gillian Wright. Her work will be on display from December 1st until Jan 31st.

This program goes a long way in the ACNW’s efforts to infuse the arts into the daily of the community of New Westminster and in achieving our mission of bringing the community together through the arts.

More information about The Arts Council of New Westminster Satellite Gallery program can be found here: http://artscouncilnewwest.org/gallery/satellite-galleries/

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is immensely excited to announce a call for artists to help deliver our ArtsToGo programs to kids and youth. As a long standing community organization, the ACNW is dedicated to fostering, supporting and promoting cultural education, encouraging artistic exploration, and infusing creative spirit.

We are currently seeking fresh, enthusiastic artists who have a shared interest in community engagement and can deliver one hour workshops to elementary school aged children. This is an open call that accepts applications from those who are creatively inclined and emerging artists, to the more established. If you are interested in community dialogue and assisting in the development of a child finding their voice and artistic practice we warmly encourage you to apply.

Please let us know your details and if you specialize in music, dance, performance, visual arts, arts and hobby crafts, spoken word or another art discipline by filling out our Artist Form. The program will begin January 2016.

ArtsToGo Artists Application Forms can be returned to Stephen O’Shea at info@artscouncilnewwest.org

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016.
Artist’s wages and supplies are covered and will be discussed during the interview process.
Participation in the ArtsToGo program will require you to take out an annual membership with
The Arts Council of New Westminster.

Download an application form here

Rick Andree - Lifetime Membership - November 2015The Arts Council of New Westminster
is proud to announce:

Andrée St Martin and Rick Carswell

have been awarded Lifetime Membership at our AGM on November 22nd 2015.

Since 1967 only six have been awarded. The recipients are well known in the arts community of New Westminster and are iconic figures in the arts.

Honourary Life Member: Any person recommended by the Board of Directors who has been approved at an Annual General Meeting of the Society by unanimous vote. An Honourary Life Member shall be exempt from payment of any dues or assessments, but shall be eligible to vote and to hold office.

AGM 2015The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present a collection of yearly reports from our group members. These documents were submitted for our AGM and included as an information package for the state of the arts in the community of New Westminster. Please click on the below links to read about all the amazing things accomplished in 2015.

Amabilis Singers
Artists in the Boro
Heritage Life Drawing Society
Maple Leaf Singers
Massey Theatre
New West Artists
New Westminster Film Festival Society
New Westminster Photography Club
Royal City Literary Arts Society

To find out more about the activities of our group members, visit our Member Directory

Santa Parade Call for Entries - webCall for Artists!
City of New Westminster Santa Claus Parade
December 5 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster is putting a call for artists of all disciplines in New Westminster to come march with us in the City of New Westminster’s Santa Clause Parade on Saturday December 5th at 11am.  We want to gather all the artists in our community and parade right down Columbia Street!  Bring your warm coats, gloves, mitts, (umbrellas if it’s raining) and be ready to spread holiday cheer as we sing a collection of Christmas carols!  Join us at River Market afterwards for “New West Craft presents Treasure Room”.

Here’s the essential info:
New Westminster Santa Claus Parade!
December 5th 2015
Load in: 10am – 10:15am at the East end of Columbia Street (near Traverna Greka).
Look for our banner on the Parade day.
Parade begins at 11am.
Parade Route: Columbia Street, Traverna Greka to 8th st (Anvil Centre).
Open to all artists of all disciplines of New Westminster!

Please RSVP your involvement by emailing info@artscouncilnewwest.org. Please share this with all the artists in your life! Let’s bring the community together through the arts!

ACNW - Cultural RoundtableThe Arts Council of New Westminster
in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts
presents:

New Westminster Cultural Roundtable

Location: Centennial Lodge
Date: November 22nd, 2015
Time: 2pm – 3pm

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to début the New Westminster Cultural Roundtable at our 2015 Annual General Meeting.  This series will be a recurring event in 2016 that will break down barriers in the arts community and work towards supporting the 2008 Arts Strategy of integrating the arts even deeper into our city’s culture.  This will be open to everyone to participate.

To learn more about the Alliance for the Arts’ Community Cultural Roundtables, click here

 

What We Did On Our Holiday PosterWhat We Did on Our Holiday
(Comedy, Drama; 95 min)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Stars: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter
When: Monday November 30 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door, CASH ONLY}

Review:
Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.

 

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

Artist Bio

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

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

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

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

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

Artist C/V

Exhibitions

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

Awards

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

Exhibition Preview

 

La Cueva - web

 

Job Information: Literary Festival Manager (Part-time; Contract)

About LitFest NewWest
LitFest NewWest is an annual literary festival presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW). Our vision is to bring the community together through the literary arts, with author, poet and songwriter readings, writing workshops, master classes, panel discussions and more. Launched in 2011, the event is steadily growing in size and attendance every year. LitFest brings new and established writers to the historic and beautiful City of New Westminster. Dates for the event are May 13-19, 2016. Information about previous LitFests can be viewed on our website: http://artscouncilnewwest.org/litfest/

The Position
Summary
This is a part-time contract position. The Festival Manager reports to the ACNW Executive Director. Key relationships are with the Festival Organizing Chair and Committee, the ACNW Board of Directors, sponsors, donors, and volunteers.
The Festival Manager will be responsible for key aspects in the delivery of the 2016 festival. Responsibilities will include event production and management, volunteer recruitment and scheduling, and marketing and communications.
The Festival Manager will work with flexibility, energy and commitment. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in the work of the festival, and in the arts and culture of New Westminster more broadly.

Duties
The Festival Manager will work in consultation with the ACNW Executive Director and the Festival Organizing Chair to ensure that all elements of the festival are in place, on time and within budget. Duties include:

  • Assisting with volunteer management, including recruiting, communicating with, scheduling shifts for and managing a team of around 20 volunteers
  • Assisting with the festival’s social media
  • Handling all elements of the festival website (Word Press)
  • Assisting the organizing committee with aspects of PR and marketing
  • Providing information to sponsors, donors and attendees about LitFest
  • Providing administrative and clerical support
  • Participating in planning meetings as required
  • Attend LitFest as the lead at the Registration table, oversee the Volunteer table, and as support for the Vendor Tables (Market Place)
  • Attend and assist with the event debrief meeting and final reports

Experience

  • Successfully planned similar events
  • Worked with a small team, often in an office environment
  • Balanced immediate priorities with longer-term planning
  • Worked in the arts sector

Qualifications

  • Initiating, planning and managing projects
  • Organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Time management skills and working to deadlines
  • Communication: written, oral, electronic
  • Working with a budget
  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Website management including sound knowledge of Word Press

Desirable

  • An interest in arts management
  • A working knowledge of literature and the broader arts sector
  • A working knowledge of the City of New Westminster
  • Ability to attend occasional evening planning meetings

Terms
$875.00 per month, for 4 months, for a total of $3500.00

Contract
This is a 4-month contract from February 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016. Hours of work will vary according to priorities, but generally will be 60 hours per month, to be carried out in a manner compatible to both the successful applicant and the Executive Director. No overtime rate will apply. Statutory holidays and vacation days are unpaid.

To Apply
Please submit a resumé of no more than two pages and a cover letter of no more than 500 words. Applications should be sent to Stephen O’Shea, ACNW Executive Director at info@artscouncilnewwest.org with both documents in one file named with your full name.

Closing Date for Applications
Applications must be received by 5 pm, Friday, November 20, 2015.

Interviews
Interviews will be held in New Westminster on Monday, December 7, 2015.

view-1The Arts Council of New Westminster invites you to:

Community Engagement Night
Date: October 22nd
Time: 7pm to 8pm
Location: The Gallery at Queen’s Park
“Tell us what you think! Comment on the draft of our Strategic Plan!”

Join us at The Gallery at Queen’s Park on October 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:30pm for our Community Engagement Night. The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors will be presenting the Strategic Plan 2015-2018 – Draft Plan. There will be an opportunity for comments and feedback. There will also be an opportunity to fill out our Community Engagement Survey. If you can not attend, please fill our the survey online: here. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is FREE and open to all members of The Arts Council of New Westminster as well as the entire community of New Westminster. Please RSVP here so we can get an accurate count and prepare appropriately.

For more information, contact Stephen O’Shea by phone 604 525 3244 or by email: info@artscouncilnewwest.org

Momentum Youth Festival Poster - 2015Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster and produced by Massey Theatre, Momentum Youth Arts Festival is programmed, organized and driven by youth. The Momentum Youth Panel consists of seven youth from New Westminster steering the arts programming for the festival. Momentum Youth Arts Movement aims to celebrate and promote youth artists by giving them a place to display and perform their art for their peers and community.

With a revamped planning and organizing structure, one now entirely envisioned and driven by youth, the annual festival aims to spark a new creative energy for all to enjoy. The key community partners supporting the youth’s efforts are; Arts Council of New Westminster, Massey Theatre, NWSS Fine Arts Department, City of New Westminster Youth Services, and SD 40 Community Schools.

Over the three day weekend youth will gain important public exposure and experience, learn through visual and performing arts, and celebrate individuality and the creative voices of youth.  This year’s events include a Columbia St Music and Art Crawl on October 23rd and a Pecha Kucha presentation at the Anvil Centre on October 24th.

For more information check the website: http://www.momentumyouthfest.com/
For full schedule of events, click here

 

 

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Momentum Youth Festival Poster - 2015

ACNW Adam Gibbs Poster - web

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

Artist Statement

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

About the Artist

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

Curriculum Vitae

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

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

About the Prints

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

Exhibition Preview

 

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I'll See You in my DreamsI’ll See You in My Dreams
(Comedy, Drama; 92 min)

Director: Brett Haley
Writer: Marc Basch, Brett Haley
Stars:Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott
When: Monday October 26 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door; CASH ONLY}

Review:
A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and reconnecting with her daughter.

 

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

Pop up exhibition in partnership with Artists in the Boro:

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

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Participating Artists

 

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster
in partnership with
100 Braid St Studios &
Pacific Breeze Winery
present:

FEAST ON THE FRASER:
Palates and Paint

September 30th
at 100 Braid St Studios

Tickets here


Proceeds from this event go to support The Arts Council of New Westminster

 

 

AGM 2015The Arts Council of New Westminster
Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 22nd 2015.

Venue: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park
Time: 2 – 5 pm

Agenda
2014 AGM Minutes

Special speaker: Kevin Dale McKeown, Director of Community Engagement for BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.

Kevin will be speaking on his experience of facilitating Community Cultural Roundtables for the BC Creative Convergence. From early March to late May 2015, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and ArtsBC held a province-wide series of Community Cultural Roundtables. These Roundtables were part of the BC Creative Convergence project launched by the Alliance for Arts + Culture in 2013. The Community Cultural Roundtable series provided an opportunity for community members to bring personal, local, and regional perspectives to this important provincial initiative. www.bccreativeconvergence.ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to début the New Westminster Cultural Roundtable at our 2015 Annual General Meeting.  This series will be a recurring event in 2016 that will break down barriers in the arts community of New Westminster and work towards supporting the 2008 Arts Strategy of integrating the arts even deeper into our city’s culture.  This event will be open for everyone to participate.

After our formal AGM (3pm – 4pm), please plan to stay for a wine and cheese social (4pm to 5pm).

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director.

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Moonlight Poster acnw 1-page-001The Arts Council of New Westminster invites you to join David E. Burnell as he launches his next book

In Moonlight’s Shadow

Saturday, October 3rd, 2:0 – 4pm at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

In Moonlight’s Shadow, is David’s latest book. In the same vein as A Nightingale Sang, it is the story of a young Canadian pilot in the RAF in 1941 England. It tells of war in the air as well as behind enemy lines. Again it is written against the wartime background of actual events. It deals with things so secret that to disclose any part, even to a near relative, could mean a long prison sentence, or worse.

Please RSVP info@artscouncilnewwest.org

http://www.davideburnell.com/

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

Artist Statement

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

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

 

About the Artist

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

 

Curriculum Vitae

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Preview

 

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Boychoir Poster-page-001Boy Choir
(Drama; 103 min)

Director: François Girard
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas
When: Monday September 28 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
{at the door, CASH ONLY}

Review:
Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

Stet is struggling to get by in a tough neighborhood with an overwhelmed single mom. His school principal is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face his dark realities. A sudden accident lands Stet at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country. It may be his only hope, but he doesn’t fit in. He has never studied music and is filled with a rage he cannot express. Yet, Stet’s inner grit brings forth an astonishing sound. And the more he sings, the more his passion grows and he begins to catch everyone’s attention. At the same time, no boy singer’s voice can last – or survive adolescence. Change is coming, but with it, a lesson that endures: to make the absolute most of what you’ve got in the moment.

 

Boychoir Poster-page-001Summer is almost gone, sad to say. The good news is that our new Monday at the Movies season is here. And we have some interesting movies lined up.

Mark your calendar for the following:

September 28th – Boy Choir
October 26th – I’ll See You in My Dreams
November 30th – What We Did On Our Holiday

Note – these titles have been confirmed but are still subject to change…

Early Bird Movie Passes

Season passes for 2015/16 are still available for early bird price of $60 until September the 28th.Reservation for the passes can be made by phone (6o4-525-3244) or email and then you can pick up the pass at the September Movie.

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

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

“Potpourri”
Watercolours, Acrylics, Photographs, Collages, Cards

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

Artist Statement

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

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

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

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

We look forward to meeting you!

Participating Artists

Eileen Pick
Lisa Lawrence
Virginia Railton
Janet Kvammen
Kay and Richard Klyne
Julia Schoennagel
Carol Rose
Tony Bryan
Donna Ross
Teresa Morton
Robert Jost
Elena Zhukova
Barbara Wendzich
and others
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www.newwestartists.ca
www.facebook.com/newwestartists
www.twitter.com/newwestartists

Artisan Fair Poster SHOW US YOUR LOVE_WEBThe Arts Council seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to serve as Artisan Fair Coordinator for our Artisans at River Market program.

Artisans at River Market is an Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) program at New Westminster’s River Market which celebrates the promotion of local artists. There are two weekend Artisans Fairs every month with spaces for artisans to share their crafts.

Send your resume to artisanfair@artscouncilnewwest.org
Application deadline is Monday August 17th at 5pm.
For more details, click here.