Date: February 15 • 2019
End date: March 16 • 2019
February 15 • 7pm to 9pm • 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Every day we are presented with opportunities to care for and preserve the things that make us who we are. Coquitlam Heritage asked members of our community to meditate on a skill, object or story they have inherited or that they wish to pass on. Inspired by family traditions, knowledge, photographs or personal items handed down through generations, large panels will be used to showcase these skills, objects and stories in the atrium gallery space. Join us in this celebration of our community’s diverse heritage!
From a young age, Ronald George Straight succeeded in art class, even winning art contests and attending the art program at Balfour Technical School in Regina. After moving to Vancouver and working in a few different creative positions, Straight worked as a freelance graphic artist for many years and dabbled in oil paints. Although years passed without painting, Straight continued to take photographs and record creative ideas with the hope of picking up a paintbrush again. For the last few years, Straight has been capturing these ideas and images with a paintbrush and experimenting with new techniques. Reflecting on his recent work, Straight believes his work represents his life. There are no people in his paintings as he connects more with wildlife.
We each have a choice of how to present ourselves to the world. There is a myriad of ways to externally express our identity, and fashion is one way we can respond to this opportunity. This exhibition expresses the artists’ fascination with style and fashion, with each artist bringing their own perspective to the conversation.
My Artist’s Corner (MAC) is a group of artists living with mental health issues. We seek to maximize our artistic potential while on our mental health recovery journeys. We find the process of creating can be deeply healing and is often a powerful force for recovery. Recently established as non-profit society, MAC is based in Burnaby and has a partnership with the ECHO Burnaby Clubhouse.