NWA Update: February 25, 2012

Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. downstairs at the New Westminster Public Library

The opening reception for the “Look What We Do” group show at thenetworkhub.ca was a fun time.

Over 60 people showed up to see the works by Shelley Rothenberger, www.mbradica.com/shelley/

Zhana Nedelcheva, www.artzhana.com, myself and Donald McKillican, www.donaldseye.ca who in participating in his first ever show, sold one of his photographs.

The show looks great and I recommend that you all take the time to go see it as it ends about March 22 and a new one starts.

So who wants to be in the next show at The Network Hub? Email [email protected] with your interest.

At this meeting we are going to be matching artists with poems for the Pictorial Poetry segment of the May 4, 5, 6 show, which will once again take place upstairs at The River Market in New Westminster.

When you arrive at the meeting there will be a sign up sheet for those interested in taking a poem home and creating a picture from it.

  • We will draw poems and match them with the people on the sheet.
  • We have 18 poems now and are looking at around 30 in total being available.
  • If any artist wants to include a poem or has a friend who wants to submit one, please do so to our website.

A reminder that the Pictorial Poetry segment of the show will take place in thenetworkhub and will stay up for at least three weeks. We will try and get some poets in to do some readings over the course of that exhibition. Unlike the main show, there are no size constraints on Words Made Visible exhibit.

If you have any titles for our show, please send your ideas to our website. Marney Rose Edge and myself will have samples of what can be done with wooden cradles.

As our next meeting is March 7, we will make any adjustments to the above if required. It is actually a good thing that the two meetings will be close together.

April 4 will be the next meeting and probably the last before the May show itself.

Remember to bring 4 x 6 photographs of your work if you want to be included in the Display Portfolio Binder that I will be taking around to different venues that may act as satellite galleries.

In other news

Marney Rose Edge is participating in the Home and Garden Show at BC Place that runs this Thursday to Sunday. www.bchomeandgardenshow.com

Gabrielle Grieg’s www.mrspicasso.com opening reception in Tsawwassen at The Long House Gallery was a fun and interesting time. There were lots of people who bought quite a few pictures, lots of food and wine and generally everyone was in a good mood. Congratulations to Gabrielle and her three fellow exhibitioners. NWA Members are making their presence known. The show ends Feb. 26.

A reminder that the Reason to Care BCACL Art Auction is Saturday March 3. Please contact Melissa Bennett Knights at 604-777-9100 ext 522 or [email protected] if you are interested in donating a picture. I did so and plan to attend the event which is a worthy cause.

Another reminder that www.artscouncilnewwest.org is seeking submissions for their Inspired By Words Exhibition April 3-28. The deadline to apply is March 9.

The Heritage Life Drawing Society, www.newwestlifedrawing.com held a special drawing session last night of Burlesque Dancers who are getting ready for a PACE Society Benefit performance on March 4 at Lafflines on Columbia Street. Their members, of whom I am one, will be donating drawings and paintings to be sold during the benefit. Please visit www.lanafriesen.com for more details.

Mary Bennett, who has been a collage instructor at MAC in the past, has joined with sculptor/painter Louise Bunn to present a show called “Transmutations: journeys through time and space”. The show opens on Thursday February 23 (reception 4:30 to 7:30) and runs until April 6.

The Gallery at Douglas College is on the Fourth Floor North.

Looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

Richard Armstrong
President NWA

NWA Update: February 7, 2012

#38 by Shelley Rothenburger

New West Artists and The Network Hub are pleased to announce the First NWA Group Show called Look What We Do. This four artist exhibit opens Friday February 10, 2012 on the Second Floor of The River Market, 810 Quayside Drive. The reception runs from 6–8 p.m. Friday and the exhibition continues on for six weeks, until March 22, 2012.
  • Shelley Rothenburger will have urban portraits of undesirables from herRedneck Series. Bright paint on canvas.
  • Zhana Nedelcheva will have ceramic sculptures and watercolours on display.
  • Don McKillican is exhibiting for the first time some of his People Photography; not your everyday person on the street.
  • Richard Armstrong will display some of his End of the World abstract paintings.

For more information visit www.newwestartists.com and www.thenetworkhub.ca.

This exhibition came together quickly but we hope to see you Friday evening. Please bring ideas for future shows and ways to make the shows more accessible to the public. Remember that this will be the venue for another six week group show and then our May Pictorial Poetry Exhibition.

As for our May Show at the River Market, the 12 x 12 inch canvas and 10 x 10 inch wooden cradle remains a go. Both of them 1.5 inch deep. Opus has lots of Buzz 2 pack canvasses for sale at $16. The one change we will allow is if you cannot find a 10 x 10 inch wooden cradle at $7.40, even though they have 1200 on order, we will accept 8 x 10, at $5.90 or 9 x 12 at $8.50.

Please check out this video from the Demo section athttp://opusartsupplies.com/how/videos/opus-how-fun-cradled-panels. It is on page 2 of the Demo Section.

Marney Rose Edge and myself will have a selection of cradled artworks at theFebruary 29 meeting so all you photographers can have a good look at what you can do with a wooden cradle.

So, if you have been hesitant up to this point, come to the meeting and see for yourself the possibilities of the cradle.

A reminder that the Reason to Care BCACL Art Auction is Saturday March 3. Please contact Melissa Bennett Knights at 604-777-9100 ext 522 or mbennet[email protected].

Another reminder that www.artscouncilnewwest.org is seeking submissions for their Inspired By Words Exhibition April 3–28The deadline to apply is March 9.

The Heritage Life Drawing Society, www.newwestlifedrawing.com held a special drawing session last night of Burlesque Dancers who are getting ready for a PACE Society Benefit performance on March 4 at Lafflines on Columbia Street. Their members, of whom I am one, will be donating drawings and paintings to be sold during the benefit. Please visit www.lanafriesen.com for more details.

Also, one of our members, Gabrielle Grieg, will be taking part in the Four Women Four Stories exhibit at the Tsawwassen Longhouse Gallery February 16–26 with the opening party on Sunday Feb 19, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please visit www.mrspicasso.com for lots of fun pictures.

As you can see, our members are active in the arts community. Please send me any information about any events that you are involved with and I will do my best to include them in the newsletter.

Remember that it is in your own best interest to be active on our website. I have lined up four other venues to showcase our work but it is proving a bit difficult to find artwork to display and the Executive has to find a way to make the selection process fair and transparent.

The Executive decided that we will buy a photo album that will hold 4 x 6 photos so that when I display our art it will be in one format.

So, upload your photos to the website and bring your photographs to the meeting on February 29 so that your presence is felt both online and in the physical world as well.

Those who do so will get first crack at hanging their work.

Hoping to see you this Friday at The Network Hub at 6 p.m.

Richard Armstrong
President, NWA

Oil Painting Workshop with Martinho Correia

2012 Workshop Poster

Hello Fellow Artists!

Since we aren’t painting in Italy, I thought to bring a bit of Italy to you! Martinho Correia teaches at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence; he will be teaching in Calgary, and then flying to teach at my studio in Langley just for this workshop!We will be using live (clothed) models and each artist will complete a portrait during the workshop. All levels are welcome! Drawing experience is an asset but not required.


When: May 5-9, 2012, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Where: WindSong Cohousing, 20543 96th Ave. Langley, BC
Instructor: Martinho Correia www.martinhoart.com/workshop
Medium: Oil

*Early Bird Registration fee: $600
Registration fee on or after February 15, 2012: $650
Registration deadline: April 5, 2012

*Please note that the early-bird registration fee of $600 breaks down to $120 per day for demos, instruction and help from an excellent instructor plus painting from a live model. To do this on your own would cost at least $120 per day just for the model!

If you would like more information, or to receive the registration form, please contact me at 604-882-1214, or email [email protected]. I encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity! Only $200 reserves your seat.

If you would like to give this as a gift, please let me know and I will create a gift certificate for the recipient!


Lalita Hamill
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New Westminster Giftshop Looking for Crafters

A gift shop in New Westminster is looking for local artisans who craft candles, soaps, lotions and jewellery. They’re interested in products with prices of up to $40.

If you are interested, please contact Marney-Rose Edge at 778-875-0258 or 604-525-0706 or email [email protected].

If you know someone who would be interested, please pass this information along.

Perfect Strangers + New Works 2011 Press Release

Perfect Strangers Art Show Pairs New West Artists with New West Residents for a New West Portrait Gallery

New Westminster, B.C. (October 28, 2011) — With less than a month to go, the New West Artists gear up for their second annual art show at the River Market, New West Artists, New Works. Only this year, there is something else too: Twenty-five artists were paired with twenty-five New Westminster residents and asked to create portraits of the people that make up the Royal City. The show-within-a-show is called Perfect Strangers all the portraits will be unveiled for the very first time on November 25th. The subjects of the works, which range from the fire marshal to local business owners, have not even seen the portraits yet.

“I loved meeting my artist. It was really great to be immortalized in a work of art! No one has ever painted me before. It doesn’t matter if he painted me abstract or realistically, I’m honored either way. I was nervous at first, but now I can’t wait to see it,” says a participant who wants to keep her participation a surprise for her friends and family until the day of the show.

Though the artists and subjects are all excited for the big reveal, the creation of the show has not been without its share of hurdles, such as the untimely departure of the curator of the Perfect Strangers show, Laura Vladimirova. Vladimirova, a U.S. citizen and resident of New York City, was unable to extend her Canadian visa in order to oversee the completion of the show.

“Initially, I conceived the show because when I arrived in New West, I was enamoured with the kindness of the community. I never felt like a stranger but like I had lived there all of my life. The charm of the people, the beautiful gardens, and history of the city inspired me. I wanted to give the artists and residents the same feelings of excitement, openness, and newness. Perfect Strangers is my love letter to the city,” says Laura who is now back in New York.

The New West Artists executive board stepped up and took over the completion of the show. The poetry of that is not lost on Vladimirova, who sees this as a perfect circle of the stranger meets artist collaboration.

The collection of portraits, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures will be on display and available for purchase at the River Market starting on Friday, November 25th at 6:30 p.m. and will hang for a month thereafter.


Laura Vladimirova, Curator
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Richard Armstrong, New West Artist
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Marney-Rose Edge, New West Artist
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