Pop-up art exhibit hits Surrey and White Rock


Drawings made from twigs to light, themed ”Draw Tomorrow”, are appearing in parking lots around Surrey and White Rock in October. The Day of Drawing artists’ collective (DoD) is mounting a ‘pop-up exhibition’ housed in a 26’ truck. During the opening weekend Oct 5-6, you will find the Day of Drawing artists at the Moon Festival on the West Beach parking lot near the White Rock Museum on Marine Drive. Imaginative drawing activities will be available under the adjacent 10’ tent. All ages and levels of experience can participate with this universal language of expression.

The mobile art gallery will be in various private and public locations around Surrey, including Morgan Crossing (Oct. 11-12) and Surrey Arts Centre (Oct.15-16), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Oct 17-18) after the opening weekend on the West Beach parking lot in White Rock. Information, times and places will be posted on the web site http://www.dayofdrawing.com


OCT.    5-6     White Rock Moon Festival, West Beach parking lot: Opening Weekend, Sat. 10am-9pm – Sun. 11am-5pm

OCT. 11-12   Morgan Crossing, Courtyard between Mink Chocolate and Notti Biscotti, Croydon Drive, Surrey, Sat.-Sun 11am-4pm

OCT. 15-16   Surrey Arts Centre, 13750- 88th Av e., Surrey, Tues.-Wed., 10am-2pm

OCT. 17-18   Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 12666 72nd Ave., Surrey, Thurs. 11am-4pm – Fri. 1pm-4pm

The drawing event is part of “The Big Draw”, an international drawing campaign that was launched in the UK in 2000. Big Draw events highlight the power of drawing to help people see, think, invent and enrich their lives. “These events are for those who love to draw, and those who think they can’t…drawing can be a positive collaborative activity as well as a private passion.”

Participating artists include Elizabeth Carefoot, Jennifer Clark, Willa Downing, James Friesen, Lesley Garratt, Reuben Kambeitz, Cora Li-Leger, Don Li-Leger, Claire Moore, and Deborah Putman.

Artist’s Talk at the Surrey Art Gallery this Saturday

Sarindar Dhaliwal speaks about her experience living between three countries, the legacies of partition, and her artistic practice
Saturday, September 21, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Free (donations gratefully accepted)

followed by an opening reception 7:30 – 9:30pm (formal remarks 7:45pm)

Join Toronto-based artist Sarindar Dhaliwal for an illustrated talk on her experience living between three countries, the legacies of partition, and her artistic practice. She addresses the autobiographical underpinnings of much of her work, focusing on the examination of childhood dissonance located in an immigrant experience and in a distant past. The artist will also discuss her interest in the notion of life after death as represented in the ethereal collection of life knowledge known as the akashic library, and how this informs her most recent body of work about the cartographer who was charged with geographically dividing India to create the nation of Pakistan in 1947.

Please note: Another event is taking place here on the same evening. We encourage you to arrive a little early, to have enough time to park.

About Sarindar Dhaliwal’s work in Narratives from the Beyond

The experience of migration affects not only how we remember our culture, but also how we recreate it in our new country. The process of relocating to a new homeland can influence our interpretation of symbols, and have a powerful impact on how we form and adapt our identities. The Surrey Art Gallery exhibition Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from Beyond explores questions about culture and memory in both personal and provocative ways. Featuring selections from ten years of photography, sculpture, textile, and video, this survey showcases one of Canada’s most accomplished South Asian artists.

Drawing from childhood memory, global history, and the real and imagined, the world revealed in Sarindar Dhaliwal’s mixed-media art presents riveting meditations on beauty, identity, exile, and home. This exhibition traces the artist’s experiences in India (where she was born), Britain (where she was raised and educated), and Canada (where she has lived and worked for close to three decades). The complex and often hidden traumas of the partition between India and Pakistan are symbolized in Dhaliwal’s map of these two countries formed from marigold flowers that appear as though on fire. The joys and traumas of childhood are infused in the artist’s giant handmade fairy tale books and large-scale, meticulously arranged coloured pencil collections. The world of sport returns again and again, as in the delicately embroidered cricket leg pad framed within an ornate marble window. Together, these artworks and others by this Toronto-based artist present a sumptuous cartography of place and experience that spans the globe while uniting the personal with the universal.

This event and the opening reception are presented in conjunction with the exhibitions: Sarindar Dhaliwal: Narratives from the Beyond
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Take the 96 NEWTON EXCH B-LINE to Poets in Conversation


Looks like Surrey’s new 96 B-Line will go right past the Newton Cultural Centre from Surrey Central Skytrain Station. Why not plan to take this new route to SOFIA/c’s Poets in Conversation event? It will be an evening of firsts for all.

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A soundscape of Whalley: Process photos

A soundscape of Whalley: Process photos
We’re putting together a soundscape of Whalley. What does this area sound like over the course of 24 hours in 24 different locations? We’re capturing the Pattullo Bridge in the morning, the Surrey Central SkyTrain station at noon and many more areas around Whalley.

Check out process photos taken by Taryn Hubbard. More photos and updates to come soon.

SOFIA/c’s inaugural event, Poets in Conversation

SOFIA/c presents the Edge City Cultural Event Series

Please join us in SOFIA/c’s inaugural event, Verse on the Edge: Poets in Conversation.

Poets Cecily Nicholson, Wanda John-Kehewin, and Taryn Hubbard, all writers with a unique connection and personal history with Surrey, will read work from their on-going projects that consider space, culture, language, trauma, and gentrification.

MC’d by poet Phinder Dulai, the readings will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor and writer Summer Pervez.

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