A haven for creatives, New Westminster’s vibrant art scene is a hidden gem in the Royal City. Keep the inspiration and creativity flowing this summer with our guide to New West’s art markets, galleries and events!

 

Art in the Park 

August 10th – 14th

 

Looking for activities to keep teens busy? Art in the Park returns this week (August 10th – 14th)! Teens grade 9 – 11 can drop by from 2pm – 4pm for some fun, casual art lessons with local artist and art instructor Jason Wright! No registration required, for more information click here

 

100 Braid Street Studios

August 14th & 20th

 

Looking to improve your painting skills? Join 100 Braid Street Studios for their Virtual Paint classes! Tickets are $20 each or $45 for a ticket & a paint kit. Click here to find tickets.

 

Starting September 5th, Open Art Studios are making a comeback. Meet the local artists in their studios to learn all about their work and what goes into it. For more information on their events click here

 

Plaskett Gallery 

Now until August 15th 

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Kevin Stewart’s fabulous exhibition ‘Raven’s Eye 2020’ continues until August 15. Book 30 minute artistic experience sessions with your bubble so you can enjoy art while apart. * * On Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 and Saturdays from 5-7, enjoy intimate musical performances accompanying the art through our Plaskett Limited Music Residences. This week, classical musicians Krystal Morrison and Erin MacDonald will lift your spirits with beautiful music. * * Experience glorious music and art in a safe way at Massey Theatre in the Plaskett Gallery. #newwest #uptownnewwest #artsnw #yvrarts #yvrmusic #visualarts #eventsnewwest #newwestminster #newwestisbest #togethernewwest #classicalmusic #dailyhivevan #georgiastraightarts

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Named after renowned New Westminster born artist Joseph Plaskett, the Plaskett Gallery shines a spotlight on local artists. Their current exhibit (which runs until August 15th), explores artist Kevin Stewart’s perspectives over the past two years and embodies the beauty of transformative experiences.

 

More of a music fan? The Plaskett Unlimited Musical Residences presented by Massey Theatre, features a series of musical residences in the intimate setting of the Plaskett Gallery. Check their website for the performance schedule and book a 30-minute slot to visit the gallery and watch a show or book your appointment by phone at 604-521-5050. 

 

New West Craft at Tipperary Park

August 15th 

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New West Craft is back at Tipperary Park on Saturday August 15. Shop over 30 vendors 11am to 4pm. @dosamigosyvr will be serving up some delicious food too! Vendor line up: @kinderbooks2 @think_soap_vancouver @mariesguiltfreebakery @clarissabanosart @corgicardco @potterrox @mnmwooddesign @emeraldandginger @olivias_jam @phoenixleighdesigns @the_pirate_and_the_gypsy @a.healthy.beginning @darklaydeedesigns @simplydelishsoupandsalad @hippopotamissus @indiartscollective @pineapple_cat_studio @northernbearjewelry @lal_designs @thedollyshop @slavetosilver @relaxationisland @silfrbyanna @sheraboorganics @beeknottyhair @glasea @kandasy_clothing @florezcadesigns @islandjerkysidney @thats.a.good.cookie

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New West Craft is a handmade art market hosted by the Arts Council of New West at Tipperary Park every other Saturday from 11am-4pm. They aim to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work. They are always looking for new craftspeople to participate, so new vendors are always welcome.

 

Gallery on 12th Street 

August 16th

 

On August 16th, Gallery on 12th Street is hosting the New West Artist Matinee with the Quayside Voices. While you’re there, check out the exhibition which features 21 local artists with many pieces available for purchase. Stayed tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming details, tickets will be limited.

 

Uptown Live 

August 22nd 

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The stage is set for the live broadcast taping of @uptownlive_nw at @masseytheatre For the next two days, @hubcastmedia will be recording amazing B.C. independent musical artists for the live broadcast event on August 22, hosted by @fionaforbes and available for viewing on the Uptown Live website and Facebook page. * * @td_canada Uptown Live Virtual Edition allows us to shine the spotlight on some amazing B.C. musicians as well as the incredible spaces (like Massey) and businesses in #uptownnewwest…and all of #NewWest…because #newwestisbest. We’re thrilled to be able to keep the music coming in a way that allows us to keep our audiences and attendees safe and able to continue enjoying live music. Thank you so much to our partners @creativebcs and @new_westminster. And thank you @maramom21 for the @steelandoak and @tinhousebrewing growlers that make our set dec extra #newwestminster fabulous. We’re all in this #togethernewwest. We can’t wait to share this with you. * #bcmusic #creativebc #listenlocal #yvrmusic #onlineevent #newwestminster #uptownlive #uptownnewwestminster #indiemusic #dailyhive #dailyhivevan #georgiastraight #artsnw

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TD Uptown Live is back and they are coming to you virtually! This eight-day music event is kicking off with a live stream on Saturday, August 22 at 6:00 pm through their website and Facebook page. Check out their website to find the full lineup of these top BC-based musical performers such as Krystle Dos Santos, Mazacote, Colleen Rennison, and more! 

 

The Backyard Sessions 

August 22nd & 29th

 

VirtualFeast.ca is a new Indigenous-led online platform to highlight and support the streaming of a variety of contemporary Indigenous performances. Virtual Feast is a collaborative project with 2 Rivers Remix Society, Full Circle: First Nations’ Performance, Savage Production Society, and the Vine Arts Festival/Resilient Roots. Tune in on Saturdays in August to stream the Backyard Sessions live. Click here for more information.

 

Van Dop Gallery

Ongoing

 

Located on Richmond Street is the Van Dop Gallery, Canada’s only home-gallery space. This gallery exemplifies the Art of the Living and has won multiple awards for its unique concept and emphasis on bringing those contemporary art pieces into your own home. Call 604-521-7887 to book an appointment to view the ongoing summer exhibition of Leanne M. Christie and other gallery artists.