Audience at a Thursday Artist Talk

Surrey Art Gallery Association's Thursday Artist Talks series has been running at Surrey Art Gallery for over 30 years. These talks help emerging to professional artists share their work with audiences.

Usually presented on the first Thursday of each month, talks have included painters, sculptors, writers, illustrators, multimedia artists, and more. Since the pandemic, some of these talks are delivered live on Surrey Art Gallery Association’s Facebook Page and you can watch replays of them here. 

  • Artist Kalyani Phadke next to one of her mandala artworks.

    Kalyani Phadke

    February 3, 2022

    Kalyani Phadke discusses and demonstrates the progression of mandala art from a small circle to a detailed design, emphasizing its rhythmic and therapeutic aspects. She also talks about the art form’s history and spiritual connections.

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  • Artist Amy J.Dyck sits in front of one of her figurative paintings.

    Amy J. Dyck

    November 4, 2021

    Figurative artist Amy J. Dyck takes you on an emotional journey as she shares how she used art to help her through a painful crisis that landed her in a wheelchair, and how she found humour and healing along the way.

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  • Artist Olive Chan next to one of her 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch acrylic paintings of sunset over water

    Olive Chan

    October 7, 2021

    Learn about the “art hug” movement that landscape painter Olive Chan started to reach out to frontline workers and those living alone during the pandemic. She also talks about her journey to becoming an artist.

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  • Barbie Warwick with some of her sketches

    Barbie Warwick

    June 3, 2021

    Local artist Barbie Warwick is familiar with the intimidation of a blank page. She shares how she challenged herself to draw on a daily basis, making it part of her morning routine. Learn some helpful tips to start or maintain your own creative practice.

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  • Susan Jessop with "Reflect" paper collage, 2019

    Susan Jessop

    May 6, 2021

    With an interest in the handmade, local artist Susan Jessop uses old books and magazines to create her paper collages inspired by household objects and interior settings. She is interested in the layered stories that objects can tell. 

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  • Broderick Wong

    Broderick Wong

    April 1, 2021

    See why local artist Broderick Wong loves watercolour painting and learn some tips to improve your skills in this medium. He gives a full painting demo so you can see how he achieves texture and three-dimensionality using no extraneous materials—only water. 

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  • Thursday Artist Talk with Lalita Hamill

    Lalita Hamill

    March 4, 2021

    Do you find looking at art or visiting galleries intimidating? You’re not alone! Visual artist Lalita Hamill wants to help grow your interest and confidence in understanding paintings by walking you through various examples, including some of her own.

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  • Deb Chaney, Serenity, 2006, mixed media on canvas, 91 cm x 91 cm.

    Deb Chaney

    February 4, 2021

    Deb Chaney’s layered mixed media work is inspired by her inner spiritual journey to personal empowerment. She shares specific approaches, practices, and mindsets of her painting process that she hopes will inspire you to see both painting and life from a new perspective.

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  • Dizz McGruber and his artwork Manhattan Bridge (2019).

    Dizz McGruber

    January 14, 2021

    Find beauty in an intentionally "broken" image through one glitch photographer's journey. Dizz McGruber shares his journey with this digital art medium that challenges the way we perceive visual information and encourages creation through a sort of destruction.

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  • What Does the Nose Know? Public art by ReVision

    Ron Simmer

    December 3, 2020

    Ron Simmer heads the local non-profit society ReVision that repurposes discarded materials into unusual and humorous works of art. Simmer and teammates speak about kindling the spirit of conservation and stewardship urgently needed today. 

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  • Wendy Mould

    Wendy Mould

    November 5, 2020

    See the magic of pen work as Wendy Mould takes you on her voyage of discovering the versatility of ink. Beginning as a pencil artist, Mould now weaves pen work into her wildlife creations in numerous ways.

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  • Susan Greig Paintings

    Susan Grieg

    October 10, 2020

    Susan Grieg shares her journey as an artist and inspires us to connect with community in this time of living in a pandemic where we face restrictions, scarcity, and a new normal that is unfamiliar territory for all. 

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  • Jennifer Clark in her studio

    Jennifer Clark

    September 10, 2020

    Local artist Jennifer Clark examines some of the causes of creative block and then give solutions on how to overcome them, such as developing good work habits and creating an environment that supports creative abundance. 

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  •  Melissa Critchlow

    Melissa Critchlow

    July 9, 2020

    Melissa Critchlow demonstrates her process of finding the perfect composition, colour palette, and textured marks to make her acrylic landscape paintings come to life. She also discusses her inspirations and how nature fuels her work.

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  •  Monica Moscoso

    Monica Moscosco

    June 4, 2020

    Monica Moscosco uses a range of techniques while drawing, painting, embroidering, and creating objects. She is interested in the relationship between creativity and the imagination. 

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  • Eunkyo Kim

    Eunkyo Kim

    May 7, 2020

    With experience as a designer, freelance illustrator, and visual artist, Eunkyo Kim makes imaginative and darkly humorous artworks that respond to current events in our complex world.

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