Check out the work of the New West 7

Van Dop Gallery is showing the work of acclaimed New Westminster artists for the New West Cultural Crawl Aug. 10 and 11

Get to know the work of the New West 7 on this year’s New West Cultural Crawl.

The Van Dop Gallery is featuring work by the group of artists, curated by gallery owner Trudy Van Dop, for the annual self-guided arts tour on Aug. 10 and 11.

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The artists in question are Doug Dorsett, Victoria Mitchell, Leslie Poole, Lanta Meng, Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave and Jim Walsh.

Dorsett has reached international acclaim through his Instagram following, with photography described as “painterly” and “ethereal.”

“Whether capturing the essence of natural beauty, the personality of a subject in a portrait or a snapshot of an urban scene, Dorsett’s work transcends believability and enters the realm of fine art,” says a press release.

Mitchell is a lifelong yoga instructor and registered massage therapist who works out of 100 Braid Street Studios. Her work is “imbued with an intimate knowledge of the deeper workings of the human form,” as the release says, and has captured the attention of collectors and critics alike.

Poole, with a career spanning more than four decades, has become one of Canada’s most celebrated and exhibited artists, with more than 100 solo exhibitions in Canada and the U.S.

Meng is a local painter who shares her home studio with her photographer husband – and fellow New West 7 artist – Sarrat-Cave. Meng, who grew up in Taiwan, creates flowing Emily Carr-esque landscapes “imbued with a sense of memory informed by her rich cultural identity.”

Sarrat-Cave, meanwhile, is a photographer who started in the darkroom of the Photographic Society at the University of British Columbia. The shift from analog to digital image-making inspired him to begin exploring the idea of fragmenting the real world with the camera and reconstructing it with digital tools.

Walsh, who paints under the name J. Charles, is a local photographer, painter and teacher who began his career in New York. His work – featuring striking palettes of crimson, magenta and cerulean that transform trees, flowers and landscapes – has been exhibited across Canada and the U.S.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Van Dop Gallery is at 421 Richmond St. To view work at other times, make an appointment at 604-521-7887 or email

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