See New West By the Numbers in this new Queen's Park gallery show

Take a look at some of New Westminster's unique buildings at a new exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

The gallery is presenting New West By the Numbers, featuring the work of painter Robert Ascroft, from July 1 to 28.

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An opening reception is set for Wednesday, July 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., and an Inter/action talk with the artist is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.

A press release about the show notes Ascroft’s work examines the face of New Westminster as, during urban revitalization, some of its unique buildings are being or have been demolished.

His watercolours document some of the unique buildings of the city, chosen based on their symmetry and their windows.

“Shakespeare said that ‘eyes are the window to your soul,’” says the release. “Ascroft views a building’s windows as the ‘eyes’ to its soul, and seeks structures where windows may both show what is inside and possibly reflect the outside surrounds.”

The buildings in the paintings are identified by street number but not by name. As the release points out, Ascroft wants viewers to focus on the building itself and not on the location. (They’re also not architectural renderings; some details may have been changed and colours modified.)

Want to see the city through Ascroft’s eyes?

The gallery, at Centennial Lodge (just across the roadway from the bandshell), is open Wednesdays from 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Check out or follow @ArtsCouncilNW on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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