New Westminster and Burnaby artists will be among those sharing their work with art lovers in a new hybrid event by the ParkerArtSalon.
ParkerArtSalon, a non-profit society with a mission to promote artists and strengthen the cultural community at East Vancouver’s Parker Street Studios, is turning to the internet this year to help expand its reach in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sixth annual fundraising event will include an auction that will be hosted at Pendulum Gallery, 885 West Georgia St., from May 3 to 28, and available for virtual viewing (and bidding) with Waddington’s online from May 6 to 16.
The Essential Travel exhibition and auction will look at what motivated, what inspired and what eventually developed out of the studios during COVID-19.
Half the proceeds will go towards the Beedie Luminaries Scholarship program, for students with potential who are facing financial adversity.
“With the Parker Street Studios in lockdown for over a year, residents met this latest challenge with the same flair, invention and community-building impulse that drove the salon’s creation back in 2015,” a press release says. “If physical life remains constrained, inspiration certainly doesn’t, and ParkerArtSalon 2021 expands its reach to a national audience while maintaining its annual presence in the lives of Vancouver’s supportive art-lovers.”
The release notes that going online with Waddington’s highly regarded auction service increases the exposure and support for Parker Street artists – and the potential amount of money they can raise for Beedie Luminaries.
At the same time, visitors can check out Best of Parker Street, a curated selection of works by more than 60 Parker Street Studios artists, at the next-door Gallery George, with two consecutive exhibitions running May 6 to 16 and May 20 to 30.
NEW WESTMINSTER, BURNABY ARTISTS TAKE PART
Among the artists taking part in this year’s efforts are a number from New Westminster and Burnaby, including:
Marney-Rose Edge (New Westminster):
Edge is well known for her watercolours, but oils have become an important part of her creative process. Her subject matter over the years has included florals, nests, seascapes, animals and landscapes.
David Tycho (Burnaby):
For the past 35 years, Tycho’s expressionist approach to painting has been inspired and informed by a variety of themes, while straddling the genres of abstraction and representation – at times more experimental, and at other times more reflective of his surroundings.
Deanna Fogstrom (Burnaby):
Painting and photography have been the focus of Fogstrom’s creative practice since studying at Emily Carr University of Art +Design. Fogstrom seeks to capture urban life’s energy, patterns, colour and identity through paintings and photographs that explore a city’s distinctive features.
Jean Lee (Burnaby):
Lee’s paintings are rooted in an interest in shape and form, with work in acrylic and mixed-media collage that is multi-layered and richly textured. “My aim is to create evocative colour relationships of shape and form that are familiar yet open-ended, to allow the viewer to complete the narrative,” Lee said.
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