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New exhibit opens in Queen's Park

Art lovers will be able to enjoy a collection of landscape, figurative and abstract works in the next exhibition at the Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery.

Art lovers will be able to enjoy a collection of landscape, figurative and abstract works in the next exhibition at the Arts Council of New Westminster Gallery.

Looking Out My Window, an exhibition of work by Frank Bennett, is on at the gallery until Aug. 31.

An opening reception is set for Sunday, Aug. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Bennett, a New Westminster resident, was born and raised in Vancouver and studied at Vancouver School of Art - now Emily Carr University of Art and Design - after graduating from high school.

His instructors at the school included Don Jarvis, Jack Shadbolt, Takao Tanabe and Orville Fisher.

Bennett uses acrylics, watercolour and pen and ink in his work.

"Colours, shapes and lines combine to tell my story on each canvas or paper," he says in an artist's statement. "A variety of forms combine to make an art piece work."

Bennett's work has been recognized with numerous awards. He was a winner in banner design contests for Burnaby Heights in 2003 and the City of Richmond in 2004. He was a finalist in the L'Arche Foundation art contest in 2010 and 2011 and won its Judges' Award in 2012. He also earned an honourable mention in the Arts 2012 group show held by the Arts Council of Surrey.

The arts council gallery is at Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park. call 604-525-3244 or see www.artscouncilnewwest.org.

jmaclellan@royalcityrecord.com