New Westminster Public Library provides space for art exhibits reflecting the diverse cultural interests of the community. We currently offer an accessible space for artists working in two-dimensional media, such as painting, drawing or photography on our 2nd floor, Upstairs Art Space.
Currently showing – October 2021
Coming soon – December 2021
NANCY WHITESIDE – Corvids in Covid
Nancy Whiteside’s art captures the beauty and enchantment of the natural world through highly realistic acrylic paintings. This exhibit of bird portraits is called Corvids in Covid. The deeply saturated colours evoke the richness and emotional impact of a continually surprising environment. Primarily self-taught, Nancy began to focus seriously on painting only after her retirement in 2010. She lives and works in New Westminster.
Fascinated by the ‘back stage’, James Lawson likes to explore behind the performance to places where things are stored or discarded, away from view. He is visually inspired and influenced by such artists as Edward Hopper and Walker Evans.
VICTORIA MITCHELL – Inktricate – September 2021
Inspired by body structure, kinetics, and connections to our natural surroundings, Victoria Mitchell explores emotional, visceral, and environmental sensitivities through her artwork. This exhibit, entitled Inktricate, features new art work in ink, created during 2020-2021, with both abstract and representational drawings and paintings.
DOMINIQUE NORVILLE – Observe the Stars – August 2021
In Observe the Stars, Vancouver-based artist, Dominique Norville, uses collage to explore the idea of misremembered places, myth creation, and dreams. Through juxtaposing multiple time frames and places in the same plane, new memories and reality can be created. Her work draws on family history, displacement, and reconstructed memories and realities, often exploring intriguing relationships between advertising and feminism, the built environment and the natural world, and humans and animals.
KRISTY SHANDAL – Inside Euphoria – July 2021
Burnaby-based artist Kristy Shandal recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She works mainly with oil paints on canvas, with thick layers that create a dream-like feeling in her work. Kristy’s paintings are quick illustrations of moments of time, like memories. They are imperfect reflections of routine habits, remembrances of a year spent at home – a place both of sanctuary and isolation.
MICHAL FEDELES – Nature in the City – June 2021
A photography enthusiast since childhood, Michal Fedeles takes delight in long walks with his camera, in New West and beyond. Often abstract, but sometimes literal, he seeks solitude in nature’s company, capturing moments of being in the now. His photographs show inner experiences painted with light and textures.
ANGUS AND CALLUM COWAN – March 2021
Angus & Callum Cowan are brothers and young artists from New Westminster, BC. Their exhibit is titled, “Free Flow”, and is a collection of pieces made in 2020 using a variety of techniques, including paint, collage and drawing.
NUHA AL-QATAWNEH – February 2021
Trained as an accountant, Nuha Al-Qatawneh is now a professional artist. She believes in a universalist and populist approach to art – that everyone should have a chance to express themselves with a brush and colours. Through her art, she aims to show how different shades of colours have deep meanings and can have positive effects on our lives.
LARYSA FEDARAVA – January 2021
Born in Belarus, Larysa has been a New Westminster resident for over 10 years. She is fond of three types of ART: her occupation in Assisted Reproduction Technology, martial Arts and the Art of painting.
Her artwork focuses mainly on animals, birds, and sometimes people, using acrylic and pallet knives to show movements and emotions with bold colours. Though Larysa considers herself an amateur, she has had a few shows in Vancouver and Surrey, and looks forward to more!
STEVE VANDEN-EYKEL – December 2020
For almost twenty years, lifelong New Westminster resident and itinerant photographer, Steve Vanden-Eykel has been capturing stunning panoramas of British Columbia, and beyond. He takes to the back roads whenever he gets the chance, looking for beautiful things to point a camera at. “Photography to me is the most Darwinian of arts. You discard a hundred images to get five good ones. The hard part is discarding four more to get one GREAT one.” In this, his first public exhibition, Steve contrasts some of his favorite panoramas with smaller shots that show he is equally comfortable peering in for a closer look. Hence the title, “Senses of Scale”.