Artists and artisans throughout British Columbia’s Lower Mainland have the opportunity to show off their amazing works at galleries and studio in Surrey, BC. We’re proud to have them – and visitors are consistently impressed with the quality of work on display!
The Surrey Arts Centre, located in the beautiful Bear Creek Park, showcases work from local artists, performing arts and international travelling exhibits. A hot spot for the local artistic community, the Centre houses the renowned Surrey Art Gallery – the second largest public art gallery in Metro Vancouver! Another popular destination is the Newton Cultural Centre, a converted firehall that now features a gallery for local visual artists, and a black box studio for conducting rehearsals. Meanwhile, Master Glass Blowers like Robert Gary Parkes at The Loafing Shed Glass Studio help show off Surrey’s rich cultural scene to art lovers from around the world.
From abstract and eclectic artwork to photography exhibits showing off the wonders of our local neighborhoods, there’s plenty to appreciate here.
Bringing nature to life is Wendy's goal. Her inspiration comes from her life on the West Coast: the reflections of the trees in the water, birds feeding and nesting in the yard, or plants growing in the garden. She brings her art to life using the excitement of colour in her watercolours or the soft … touch of graphite in her black and white drawings. Capturing a cherished pet on paper is one of her specialties.
Wendy Mould was born in Ontario and now lives in Surrey, on the west coast of BC, where she has been following her creative journey for over thirty years. Wendy graduated from UBC as a teacher and worked with students with learning disabilities for most of her career. Creating "things has always been a big part of her life; she started with fiber and fabric but once she found drawing she knew she had found her true voice. Wendy has been showing her work for a number of years and it may be found in collections both locally and internationally.
My art is my effort to mix the unexpected with my love of bold colour. This could be a crooked little tree flanked by brilliant autumn colours, flamingos sunning in a pond surrounded by thousands of swirling images of themselves or a lone traveler on the path to a glacier.
The Beach House Theatre Society & Co. consists of a group of creative and talented theatre industry members whose productions offer the audience a cultural, artistic experience in the glorious natural setting of Blackie Spit at Crescent Beach, B.C. The purpose of setting the production in the area is to connect the arts with the … local community, to inspire artistically minded youth and to expose thatre-goers to the special charm of Crescent Beach. This is an excellent opportunity for the community to host an exciting summer event while boosting its profile as a progressive supporter of the arts.
12275 Sullivan Street, Surrey, BC V4A 3B7 South SurreySee on map.
Chris MacClure a Canadian Romantic Realist Artist is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings are an expression of this "Romantic Realist" view of life. Born into an artistic family in St. John, New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada, Chris was surrounded by the arts from a young …ung age. His father was a jazz musician and mother a playwright, His grandfather was an illustrator, so it never occurred to him that he couldn't do it. He assumed everyone was an artist. Chris attended Sir George University (Concordia) Fine Arts in Montreal Canada and the Emily Carr School of Art & Design in Vancouver Canada. His works have been exhibited across Canada, the US, Mexico and Hong Kong.
Numerous paintings of his may be found in many corporate collections worldwide. Some of his art has found their way into the collections of John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, James Whitmore, mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade, drag racing legend Don Prud'Homme , Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Pepsi Co. and the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit and Prince William & Kate the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
Chris is the founder of "International Artist Day" A special day held worldwide each Oct 25th to honor all artists.
Welcome to my world of art. I use a wide variety of subjects in my art pieces including animals, birds, antiques and portraits. I work in pastel, watercolour, pencil, charcoal and oil paint. I like to use strong earth tones, similar to the masters of years ago. I also like the painting style known as …own as Chiaroscuro. An Italian term referring to the contrast values of light and dark.
I presently live and work in Surrey, British Columbia.
Ever since I was in grade school, I had this insatiable urge to create using a pencil, crayon or brush. In grade 2 my father bought me a John Gnagy set for Christmas. I feel that this ended up being the humble beginnings of my art career. Original art is one-of-a kind. A true treasure in our society that mass produces almost everything.
I get very inspired by things that I see around me on a daily basis.
I am presently an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of the Fraser Valley FCA Chapter, a member at the Arts Council of Surrey Gallery.
While drawing or painting, I find it challenging at first then it switches to being more of a meditative process. I am inspired by the many colours in both domestic animals, wildlife and birds. I am very drawn to the rich colours found in sepia, burnt umber and yellow ochre as you will see in my examples. Each piece has a meaning to me that is why I create it. I especially want to depict life a faithfully like-life manner.
I am filled with gratitude that I was given this gift of art and am pleased to share it with you.
Over the past thirty years, my thrown work has evolved to an organic quality, inspired by the forms of seedpods and buds. I enjoy the energy of new growth, the unfolding, and the promise of new life. Most of my work is soda-glazed stoneware and some pieces are burnished and sawdust-fired. In recent years I …s I have completed several large-scale public art projects and community public art projects. In collaboration with Deborah Putman, the “Kwomais: A Place of Vision” Project was installed in October 2011.
My studio practice as well as all the public and community public art works can be viewed at www.connieglover.com
Self-taught artist, as a child I would recreate drawings of animals from pictures, often while listening to the radio broadcasts of the Canucks hockey game. I have been painting for 28 years. The first four years I painted in oils then I switched to acrylics. I use a style similar to water colour painters in … in that I have many layers of colour and variation to achieve the greatest level of depth to the work.
For the first 10 to 12 years I painted only wildlife but now I paint people as well.
At age 42 I went to Surrey College and graduated with a degree in 3D CG art with the hopes of becoming a character modeler for the gaming industry. That dream didn’t happen in the highly competitive gaming industry, however I was able to acquire some very valuable computer skills using photo shop, which I use to create compositions from various reference material.
I have been painting for 28 years and carving soapstone sculpture for 12 years.
Art Style: Realist_character artist
Emphasis on finding a strong character, person or animal that I feel has an interesting expression that the viewer can easily interpret (animals), or an expressive gesture or prop that can imply a specific mood.
I like to sometimes incorporate unrelated themes such as otters and the milky way galaxy in the background of “floating on a cosmic sea” to create an abstract idea that related to humanity’s place in the universe, with the otters representing earth and man and life, and the milky way as the vast and expansive universe that surrounds our existence
I use Photoshop to first create the composition, combining references and adjusting the color to get the desired temperature and mood I would like a painting I have.
David Patterson has been painting for over 30 years and is actively involved in the local arts community. As an expressionistic painter, nature is always an ever-present element in his work. “Painting for me is the blending of the outside world with the inside world and expressing those feelings onto a 2 dimensional surface. Currently … I’ve been working on landscapes mainly drawn from memory. Places that give me a sense of familiarity. I like to over exemplify the balance & symmetry that happens naturally which is not always apparent to the naked eye.”
You will find his works in private and corporate collections throughout B.C. and Alberta.
His studio & gallery is located in South Surrey/White Rock.
Deborah grew up in Quebec and Ontario and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with an honours diploma. She then completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago on a full tuition scholarship. After relocating to the west coast she began a career as … a scenic painter in the film industry. In her home studio she is developing a portfolio of children’s book illustration and constructing biomorphic papier maché sculpture, amongst the other artistic activities
On the weekend of May 28-29th, a grand-opening event attracted a couple hundred people to the Debra Gow Art Studio, a studio gallery for Artist Debra Gow's colourful acrylics, collages and watercolours. The gallery is located at 19141-68th Ave. Surrey in the Clayton Heights area. Come by or call for a viewing (604)576-1640. Debra offers …ers original works of art and limited edition prints. Also you can look forward to future shows by her students and other talented local artists.
IRMA's 'abstract artist on the ridge'. Show & sale options from public and private galleries. Please contact us for further information or an appointment and/or check website for current listings of galleries housing IRMA's unique and colourful artworks!
Joanne Dennis paints vibrant abstracts and representational art in landscape, and figurative forms. Her paintings communicate a diversity of sensual adventures and strong spiritual connection. She works in acrylics using rich colours, textures, and glazes with intentional and intuitive processes. Her desire is to communicate new ideas and concepts through her art, and to share … in the creative inspirations that connect us all.
Joanne is a member of the Surrey Arts West Society, the Arts Council of Surrey and paints regularly with a local group of artists. She is an adult educator, delivering art classes at the Newton Cultural Centre, and her work can be seen in Lower mainland cafes, Surrey/Langley Kia dealerships, and has shown at local galleries including the Fort Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, and Newton Cultural Centre.
So far on her path to self discovery, self worth, and meaningful direction, she has experienced a metamorphosis of fulfillment through painting, creative facilitation and coaching. Joanne also delivers a Creative Conversations SeriesTM with the intention of uncovering and elevating the creativity and wisdom within groups, building internal support and inspiration to take on new challenges and growth in all our creative adventures.
Margaret started work at the age of 14 years working in a candy factory, she was a very restless person, and changed jobs often, working in factories, cafes and offices until one day while out shopping, she saw the Royal Air Force recruiting office open and signed up, her dad asked her why? And she … told him it was something different to do, she was called for training and became a motor vehicle driver and served 2 years, during that time she took courses to further her education.
After leaving the forces she was at loose ends, as her family was immigrating to Canada she applied to be a nanny as a way to get to Canada, when the children no longer needed a nanny. Margaret saw an ad for Women Police Officers, she applied never thinking she would be accepted, she took a job as a file clerk in an insurance office “boring” but needed to make a living as she was basically on her own in Toronto.
Then low and behold the police department called and she became a cop.
Margaret met her future husband Ted and as a police woman at the time could not be married, Margaret left the police force and became a wife and mother.
Life was not easy so Margaret went to work as a cake decorator.
Margaret’s brother offered her husband a job in England, so they sold everything and went, it turned out things were on the down turn, so they returned to Canada after only a few months..
Many years later when Margaret and her husband with 2 young children were both laid-off of their jobs within a week of one another.
They decided to get into Arts and Crafts because at that time it was becoming the only way for many people to make a living, rather than end up on welfare, Margaret and Ted started making Sandcast Candles travelling all over Ontario in an old station wagon in which they stored their work and slept at night.
Once Margaret’s artistic juices started to flow she found it easy to design new things creating one of a kind dolls and puppets, batik clothing and art (one of which was used as the TV advertising for the Toronto Exhibition).
One drawback was that once Margaret mastered something the challenge was gone and she had to try something new.
While living in Florida she decided to try her hand at watercolors, her husband took her to buy the supplies as he said to be an artist you had to start with the best materials, this paid off as two weeks later Ted entered Margaret into a juried show, and much to her surprise she won second place and when she told the juror she had only been painting for two weeks the comment was “well young lady you are very talented”, she continued with watercolors as it was always a challenge
After her husband passed away of lung cancer Margaret bought herself a motorhome and fulfilled another dream to travel, from 1985-1996 she travelled all over North America from Key West Florida to Alaska painting and selling her work.
In 1992 after losing just about everything to Hurricane Andrew, along with her daughter and young grandson they returned to Canada where they settled on Vancouver Island.
As much as Margaret loved doing watercolors she wanted something new that she could incorporate with her watercolors, at age 75 she went back to college to study printmaking spending 4 years in the Fine Arts program studying Intaglio, Etching, Silkscreen, Woodcut and Collagraph, staying on a futher2 years as an independent student. She found great pleasure working with the younger students. She now combines her printmaking with her watercolors and loves to experiment all the time.
Margaret has now moved to the lower mainland to pursue more of her artistic experimental endeavors.
Marilyn Hurst Artist In the early 90’s my life underwent a major transformation after discovering a hidden reservoir of creative energy. Having never considered painting before this time, from within there was a urge to begin. The first tentative steps were with portraiture, but since that time the work has expanded beyond anything dreamed or … or imagined.
Life thrives on change and the transition to becoming an artist has been a tremendous learning curve, developing a new found respect for the resolve which is necessary to make the art profession work for oneself.
Throwing caution to the wind in 1997 and moving to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with new husband/mentor, noted artist Chris MacClure and opening a 2nd storey studio/gallery is testimony to the creative spirit. Over the next 13 years our simple beginnings grew and morphed becoming the most respected art gallery in Los Cabos and the Golden Cactus Gallery’s eclectic collection of artists and art became a benchmark of excellence for the Southern Baja.
Running a gallery in a foreign country was challenging but through painting full time and curating the art in the gallery, art skills were honed and refined. As always it was the excitement of the Mexican culture that provided ongoing inspiration but it is the joy that comes from reaching within and letting the expression flow from the silence that gives life to the work.
Recently we were invited to be resident artists at the legendary hotel California in Todos Santos, Baja and spent some months painting and renewing our excitement for Mexico.
My paintings are a menage of life experience and creative energy. The landscapes, florals, and expressionist abstracts are reflective of life as a contemplative artist inspired by the colors of Mexico and the beauty of my home here in the pacific northwest. I am represented by dealers in BC and Alberta.
With over 20 years experience, master glass blower Robert Gary Parkes creates vases, bowls and platters in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary and experimental. Parkes' large studio 'hot shop' opens to a view of the pasture on his five acre farm in Port Kells. You are invited to come and watch the glass-blowing process … and browse the hundreds of finished pieces. Please phone ahead for studio hours.
Surrey, BC offers an intriguing blend of urban and country lifestyles, which makes for an abundance of things to do. From scenic beaches and natural settings, to world-class golf, Surrey has got you covered!