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The must-do list: 5 arty things to check out in Burnaby this week

tântê ê-wî-itohtêyahk? at Deer Lake Gallery features the work of four local Indigenous and BIPOC artists
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Lyse Lemieux, Visage Voilé, a 2011 work in ink, acrylic and gesso paper. It's part of the new exhibition of Lemieux' work, Tresapssers/Intrus, running at the Burnaby Art Gallery from June 25 to Sept. 19.

Ongoing to July 11: tântê ê-wî-itohtêyahk? 

The newest exhibition at the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery features the work of four local Indigenous and BIPOC artists: Afuwa, jaz whitford, Melody Markle and Zoe Cire, guest curated by Emily Dundas Oke.

“Collected here are a number of visual signifiers, forever connected to specific places, histories, memories and constellations, that act as signposts,” says a press release from the gallery. “They chart the inextricable relationality of place with a firm yet shifting understanding of the past.”

The gallery is at 6584 Deer Lake Ave. It’s open noon to 4 p.m. from Tuesdays through Sundays, with extended hours on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free (donations welcome).


Starting June 25: Lyse Lemieux at Burnaby Art Gallery

Trespassers/Intrus is on at the Burnaby Art Gallery from June 25 to Sept. 19. The award-winning, Vancouver-based contemporary artist has a practice that includes drawing, sculpture, painting and installation. The Burnaby Art Gallery show brings together sculpture and works on paper produced over more than 30 years of her career, focused on Lemieux’s evolving engagement with the body.

Exhibition viewing is available by advance appointment by calling 604-297-4422. Bookings can be made for regular operating hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The gallery is at 6344 Deer Lake Ave. 


June 26: BAG Workshop Series: Big Day Birding

Join knowledge holder John Preissl on a walk around Deer Lake Park to experience birds including herons, barn owls, eagles, mallards and more. Materials for sketching “en plein air” will be provided; after the walk, participants will gather on the Burnaby Art Gallery verandah for an art activity based on their sketches of local birds and plant life.

Bring your own lunch. The workshop is on Saturday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and you need to register ahead online.


June 26: Organic Paperclay Sculptures

This Burnaby Arts Council workshop, led by Hong TanTan, is offered via Zoom and gives people a chance to create their own works of art using recycled paper and other materials foraged from their own homes.

The workshop will lead people through the process of making organic clay with simple household items and ingredients. It’s suitable for young adults and families.

The cost is $3 to $10, on a sliding scale, and the workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. You need to register on Eventbrite for the Zoom link.


Ongoing to July 26: Watercolours by Lucille Loose

Deer Lake Gallery is partnering with Single V coffee for a pop-up exhibition at the coffeeshop (5232 Irmin St.) This exhibition features watercolours by Lucille Loose, featuring the joy and beauty of the world around her as she paints subjects such as flowers, sunsets, buildings and more.

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