If we didn't already know there is an abundance of artistic talent in New Westminster, the New West Artists group is continuing to prove it.
Members of the artists' group have been getting their work out there in all sorts of venues.
The group's latest newsletter highlights some of the members' recent achievements.
Among them:. Richard Armstrong and Marney-Rose Edge have pictures hanging at Wild Rice Restaurant's downtown Vancouver location (at 117 West Pender St.) until mid-October.. Greg Freedman had two paintings chosen for the International Society of Acrylic Painters juried show in California and also had two works chosen for the 20th annual Maritime Art Exhibit in Coos Bay, Oregon. Check him out at www.jgfreed man.com.
. Miles Thorogood, a member of the LocoMoto Art Collective created one
of 13 digital eco-art installations that was highlighted in a special evening at Queen Elizabeth Park on July 28.
New West Artists, in their own words, is an "inclusive, non-profit society aiming to celebrate, encourage and stimulate visual artists through connection, education and promotion."
For more, check out www.newwestartists.com.
SUMMER BUSKING SERIES HEATS UP
Have you been checking out the Uptown Unplugged busking series? The outdoor performance series is going on every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer, with various performers taking to the new outdoor stage outside Westminster Centre.
Performances run from noon to 5 p.m. The series so far has featured an eclectic range of performers. Among recent favourites have been Clara Shandler - "The Sidewalk Cellist" - who wowed them two weekends ago, along with the harp-and-vocal duo Lady Bird (singer Britt MacLeod and harpist Elisa Thorn).
This past weekend saw the Sons of Granville and Michael Fraser in the lineup, while the coming weekend's performers include the Salve Dayao Jazz Band.
For an up-to-date list of performers, keep an eye on hyack.bc.ca - the latest weekend list isn't always available by The Record's press time, so keep an eye on the site for updates.
Be sure to swing by the Westminster Centre Plaza, and don't forget to drop donations in the buskers' cases ... after all, that's what busking is all about!
SHARE STORIES AT NEW OPEN MIKE
The Royal City Literary Arts Society is giving local writers a place to share their work - in particular, their short fiction.
A monthly short story open mike takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at the Heritage Grill, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Upcoming sessions are set for Aug. 7, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2. It's hosted by Margo Prentice. Call 778-714-1772 for more information.
Check out www.rclas.
com for all the society's happenings.
Do you have an item for Lively City? Send arts and entertainment ideas to Julie, jmaclellan@royalcityrecord. com.