Find the beauty in bugs at this New West art exhibition

A new art exhibition at Amelia Douglas Gallery is giving visitors a chance to get up close and personal with B.C. bugs.

Greenlinks 2019: Nature Caught My Eye features work by New Westminster nature photographer Tamara Sale. The exhibition, which features 24 close-up photos of damselflies, red-veined dropwings, net-winged insects and more, is on at the gallery at Douglas College from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, June 15. An opening reception is set for April 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., with live music, refreshments and cash bar.

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Jointly presented by the Amelia Douglas Gallery and Douglas College’s Institute of Urban Ecology, Greenlinks is an annual exhibition that aims to reconnect urban residents with nature by highlighting the intersections between art and science.

“Tamara has captured the individual beauty of insects and reminded us of the vital and crucial ecosystems that are present in our urban gardens and parks,” said exhibition co-curator Krista Eide.

Robert McGregor, executive director of the Institute of Urban Ecology, said Sale’s images complement our understanding of urban ecosystems.

“More people now live in cities worldwide than at any previous time in history,” he said. “Reconnecting urban dwellers with nature is one of our objectives.”

The institute, through its UNIBUG (User Network for Insect Biology in the Urban Garden) citizen science research project, works to promote sustainable gardening practise. A poster series of UNIBUG’s work on increasing environmental awareness will also be on display at the exhibition.

Amelia Douglas Gallery is on the fourth floor north at Douglas College’s New West campus, 700 Royal Ave. It’s open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, see www.douglascollege.ca/artsevents.

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