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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New West News Leader “Perfect Strangers” Interview

Sixty-four Perfect Strangers in New Westminster have been matched together in the name of art.

By Staff Writer – New Westminster News Leader

The New West Artists’ Society has hooked up 32 artists with 32 community members to produce portraits, be they drawings, prints, photographs or sculptures, to be displayed as part of the society’s second annual major showcase at the River Market, Nov. 4–6 Nov. 25–27.

The subjects cover the spectrum of New West society, from Mayor Wayne Wright to a coffee barista.

“Being the subject of an art piece is really intimate,” said Perfect Strangers curator Laura Vladimirova. “It often tells us as much about the artist as it does about the muse. If there is anything I’ve learned from my time here in New West, it’s how warm the artistic community is and how welcoming the people are.”

Some of the pairings include artist Cliff Blank with Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian, Carolynne Boyer with historians Dale and Archie Miller, and Louise Houle with Wayne Wright.

Vladimirova said the search is also on for a longer-term home for the works.