New Westminster has always had a strong cultural vein running through it, but over the past few years the city has distinguished itself as a destination for art.
With a yearly Cultural Crawl in August, several galleries, dozens of artists, and the continual growth of public art installations (like the above container art by Jose Resende), New West draws people from across the Lower Mainland to view its artistic community.
Find your muse or someone else’s below:
Anvil Centre (777 Columbia Street) is an arts and cultural hub right downtown. Primarily used as a conference and meeting facility, the centre is also home to New Media Gallery and New Westminster Museum and Archives. The community art space here is so popular with local creatives that the exhibition space is booked into 2017 with a schedule that only showcases New West artists for two month increments.
Within this building, New Media Gallery is a contemporary space that encourages engagement with art. Exhibitions have featured the imaginative use of balloons, the scientific beauty of white light, and stories of love in cinema.
Founded in 1996, the Van Dop Gallery (421 Richmond Street) is a union of art and living, showing over 100 artists in a contemporary home and garden setting. And a fantastic way to spend a crisp fall weekend.
Local artists are invited to connect with others at New West Artists, a group that inspires, encourages, and celebrates visual artists. All levels are welcome to join.
If you’d like to strengthen your artistic talent or gain inspiration from others, visit 100 Braid Street Studios and Gallery, an inclusive 5,600 square foot working art studio. Sign up for fine art classes, painting and craft workshops, and cultural workshops at this popular studio space.
Image source: Vancouver Biennale