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New West Cultural Crawl celebrates live arts in the face of COVID-19

Even the weekend downpours couldn't stop the fun on Oct. 16 and 17

That whole COVID-19 pandemic thing and a little downpour or three couldn't stop New Westminster's arts community from celebrating.

The New West Cultural Crawl returned for its 18th annual edition on Saturday and Sunday, as visitors of all ages took self-guided tours around the studios, galleries and art venues of the city. Along the way, they had a chance to enjoy – and buy – work from emerging and professional artists in neighbourhoods around the city, with offerings ranging from pottery and painting to jewelry and photography.

"Despite the weather, the crawl was a success," reported coordinator Laura Grady. "Folks came out and art was purchased."

Grady said response to the tour was "very positive."

"Visitors raved about the quality and diversity of the art showcased across the 20+ venues. Artists were pleased with the turnout and the support and encouragement from the community," she said in an email to the Record.

If you missed the fun on Oct. 16 and 17 – or if you just want to enjoy more art – a Best of the Crawl exhibition is continuing at The Gallery at Queen's Park until Oct. 31. It's open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Centennial Lodge.

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