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Artist Call for Newton Recreation Centre

We are pleased to announce that artist Sean Alward has been commissioned to design the frit pattern artwork for the glazing of the expanded Newton Recreation Centre.

Sean Alward’s interpretation of “Weaving Communities Together” was inspired by a visit to the grove of mature trees beside the rec centre. His design uses a fern frond with a leaflet captured in each pane of glass. The film strip reference of the design, with its cropped images arranged in successive frames, acknowledges the paradox of representing both continuity and flux within the community. The ferns are resilient plants in Newton, a place which has been urbanized yet is still home for these ancient living species.

Sean Alward has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Since 2002, he has exhibited in solo and group shows at numerous galleries across the Lower Mainland.

Artist Call for Hazelgrove Park

At its meeting on March 31, 2015, the Public Art Advisory Committee considered and unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the Artist Selection Panel in relation to the artist team, Coast Salish Arts (Susan Point), and the proposed art work, “Water Guardians (Frog Umbrella)”. We are pleased to announce that Council  authorized staff to work with Susan toward the creation and installation of the public art component for the new Hazelgrove Park.

Susan Point’s water theme design, “Water Guardians”, is an original design created specifically for Hazelgrove Park. All design elements are created from Coast Salish iconography in a form that represents the past, present, and future. The overall imagery in the design incorporates smiling frog and tadpole motifs representing the continuance of life, small transformative beginnings, and the rhythm of the land.

SUSAN A. POINT O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam people. She is a distinguished Coast Salish artist with numerous public art works including ones installed at the Vancouver International Airport and Stanley Park. Susan is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada.

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Flicker Art Media (Aleksandra Dulic & Kenneth Newby), Transience (2010), installation image. Courtesy of the artists, photographed by Sharon Doucette.


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