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Fraser Valley Potters Guild returns to live shows with New Westminster exhibition

Artist's Choice is on at The Gallery at Queen's Park from May 4 to 29.
Fraser Valley Potters Guild
Work by (clockwise from left) Sharon Reay, Amy Chang and Cheryl Stapleton is part of the Fraser Valley Potters Guild's Artist's Choice show, running May 4 to 29 at The Gallery at Queen's Park in New Westminster.

The Fraser Valley Potters Guild is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a new exhibition in New Westminster.

Artist’s Choice, a group exhibition by guild members, is on at The Gallery at Queen’s Park from May 4 to 29.

The exhibition will feature a variety of ceramic works by different artists, created using a variety of different firing processes.

“In the past two years with the COVID pandemic, events have been shrunken, modified and cancelled many times,” said guild president Carolyn MacLaren in a press release. “It has been difficult to even make art for many artists that rely on group firings and other’s facilities. Classes are often online and not in person, creating more difficulties to learn and make artwork.”

With all that in mind, MacLaren said, the group decided to have an Artist’s Choice exhibition that could include a piece made at any time – rather than just in the last year, which is normally the case for its juried shows.

“It should be a piece that speaks to the artist, their favourite piece perhaps, one that they are most proud of, or that was most difficult for them to achieve,” she said.

The gallery is following current provincial health orders, which means that masks are optional but physical distancing is still encouraged. People are asked to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

There’s no admission fee, but donations to the ongoing operations of the gallery are encouraged.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's in Centennial Lodge (near the bandshell).

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