Libraries host Burnaby Art Gallery exhibitions

Art lovers can find their rainbow connection in a new show at the Burnaby Public Library’s McGill branch.

From the Collection: The Rainbow Show is an off-site exhibition of the Burnaby Art Gallery, underway at the McGill library from March 8 to May 2.

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The show focuses on artwork by B.C. artists who have referenced rainbows in their work – some addressing the traditional arc in the sky following a rain shower, others in the refraction of light through water, and still others in non-objective imagery.

All the pieces on display are part of the City of Burnaby’s permanent art collection. Artists include Gillian Armitage, Briar Craig, Ken Pattern, Noboru Sawai, Arnold Shives, Sylvia Tait and Jack Wise.

The Rainbow Show is one of two new off-site exhibitions at Burnaby libraries.

At the Bob Prittie (Metrotown) library branch, visitors can check out Take Care: New Work by Hannah Bennett, running from March 7 to May 1.

Bennett is a Langley-based artist who graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2011 and is an associate member of Malaspina Printmakers and Dundarave Print Workshop. The Take Care exhibition features a series of 13 reduction woodcuts created between November 2015 and this past January.

“Bennett’s work often reflects fluctuating societal conditions,” a press release notes. “Particular locations, art historical references and other allusions to pop culture, such as children’s books, YouTube videos, instructional manuals, news images and Internet memes, inform her work.”

Both exhibitions are open during library hours. The McGill branch is at 4595 Albert St., and the Metrotown branch is at 6100 Willingdon Ave. See www.bpl.bc.ca for hours and closure information.

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