Artist Mini Profiles ~ “Fill in the Blanks with …”

Arts Reporter Julie MacLellan from The Record and Burnaby Now is looking for artists to fill out a small Questionnaire to help elevate our public profiles.

Hi there!

This is really a general message for the New West Artists group, as I am looking for interesting folks from the local arts community who might like to take part in a new feature we’re starting with The Record and Burnaby NOW.

We are starting a new series of mini-profiles, “Fill in the Blanks with …” and talking to folks in the arts communities of New Westminster and Burnaby. I figured there are likely all sorts of interesting artists in your group who deserve to have some press and who might like a chance to raise their profile in the community a little bit, and tell readers about themselves.

Basically, what it involves is someone filling out a mini questionnaire (I’ll attach a PDF and append in the body of the message below) and then arranging to have a photo to go with the profile  – either they can contribute one, if they have a high-quality, high-resolution shot (full-person shot, as opposed to just headshot) that they think would be appropriate, or we could have a photographer meet them for a shot at mutual convenience.

Let me know if any of your members are interested in taking part! (The questions may be interpreted as liberally as you see fit. There’s no right or wrong, and it’s all intended to be pretty light-hearted … unless of course you prefer to get serious, which is just fine too.) It could provide an opportunity to promote the New West Artists group, and also to bring note to any upcoming shows, exhibitions, workshops, projects, etc. that might deserve some press!

I attach the PDF and the questions below. They can be emailed back or even done by old-fashioned pen-and-paper-and-snail-mail if folks prefer. 

No hard deadline, but whenever people can get back to me is great. (Even if just to let me know yay or nay.)

Cheers,  Julie

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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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