Lively City: Art exhibition kicks off the new year

Happy new year, all!

Hard to believe that January is upon us already - but the good news is, it's looking like another busy and productive year on the local arts scene. Here are just a few of the tidbits that have crossed my desk already this year.

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Art lovers can enjoy a colourful new exhibition at the Plaskett Gallery.

Prisms, featuring the work of artist YoungHwa Cha-Hach, is running at the gallery until Jan. 31.

The South Korean-born artist spent her early life studying and practising fine art as a student in Korea and Alberta. She’s now a resident of Burnaby and a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, among other art societies.

Though she was originally trained in watercolour, she has since evolved into mainly acrylic, oil and poster-colour works, and her work draws inspiration from her years of living and travelling in Europe, Asia and North America.

“With her love of bold and vibrant colours, she tries to capture the emotion of vivid scenes of full life,” a press release says.

The gallery is at Massey Theatre. Check it out during theatre performances or during opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

See or call 604-517-5900 for information.




Poetry lovers, don’t miss this one. World Poetry is hosting a “Come As Your Favourite Poet” reading night on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the New Westminster Public Library, 716 Sixth Ave.

The night will feature a book launch of City of Dreams: The New Westminster Poems, featuring Candice James, the city’s poet laureate emerita. Tony Antonias is also featured.

The night’s entertainment will also include a free raffle and refreshments.

To register or for more information, contact Ariadne Sawyer at or call 604-526-4729.



What a cool idea. The trio of guitarist Dave Sikula, organist/keyboardist Chris Gestrin and drummer Jesse Cahill will reimagine music from classic western files and television in this intimate performance.

It’s at Old Crow Coffee on Front Street on Thursday, Jan. 26, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, or $20 regular, available at



Calling all artists. The Arts Council of New Westminster, in partnership with Royal City Farmers Market, is inviting all visual artist to submit applications for a group exhibition coming up in March.

The exhibition will be held during the annual general meeting and conference of the B.C. Association of Farmers Markets, and it’s set to be held March 3 to 5 in New Westminster.

Artists must make submissions by Feb. 1 at latest. Applications must include eight to 10 high-quality images of proposed work, contact information, an artist statement and a CV.

Check out or email for all the details.


Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie,, or find her on Twitter @juliemaclellan.

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