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New Westminster portrait exhibition returns to Plaskett Gallery

Celebration Portrait Series – featuring such famous faces as Bruno Gerussi, Raymond Burr and Judith Forst – will grace the walls of the gallery at Massey Theatre starting March 16.
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Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst (left) and children's entertainer Charlotte Diamond are among the New Westminster-connected artists whose portraits, by artist Rosie Augustine, grace the walls of Plaskett Gallery. The Celebration Portrait Series returns to the gallery at Massey Theatre starting March 16.

A collection of famous and familiar New Westminster faces is returning to the walls of the Plaskett Gallery.

The gallery at Massey Theatre is hosting a return exhibition of its Celebration Portrait Series.

The series of works by artist Rosie Augustine honours and highlights the talents of a diverse array of artists and entertainers connected to New Westminster.

“This portrait exhibition usually comes around every six years or so, and we invite you to visit and get to know the faces and the contribution these individuals have made to the arts community,” says a write-up from the gallery.

Among the portraits are faces that will be familiar to folks in New Westminster and beyond – including actors Bruno Gerussi and Raymond Burr, harpist Lori Pappajohn, dancer-choreographer-teacher Dolores Kirkwood, mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, children's entertainer Charlotte Diamond and more.

The exhibition will run at the Plaskett Gallery from March 16 to April 30. It’s open Tuesdays to Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The gallery is at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. Call 604-517-5900 for information.

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