Arts in Brief: Student show offers chance to meet the artists

A Langley woman’s art is part of a UFV student show.

Alex Skerdzhev

Langley’s Chantelle Fawcett is one of the University of the Fraser Valley students exhibiting their graduation art projects starting March 18 at the Abbotsford campus.

Titled Reverence and the Underbelly, the project is a diverse collection of visual art, ranging from concepts of nature or pollution to the impacts of corporate capitalism.

A 21-year-old visual arts student, Fawcett will be displaying her pieces on corporate capitalism.

“My progression in art has led me to realize that behind all art is history and research. It is more than producing a pretty picture, art has the opportunity to have a voice.”

Fawcett said this event is a great way for the local community to take in an exhibition showcasing local up and coming talent.

“If attending the opening reception on March 18, there will be the opportunity for residents to interact with the artists personally and have a first-hand experience of how the art was produced,” she said via email.

Though the event’s opening reception is on March 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the floor itself will be open for viewing from March 15 to April 5 at the university S’eliyemetaxwtex Gallery in B136.

Seeking Bard’s Kate

The Bard in the Valley theatre company is holding open auditions for its 2016 production of Taming of the Shrew on Sunday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, Headshots and resumes should be printed out and brought with.

Actors will be asked to do a cold reading of the script and some may be required to perform an unaccompanied pop song of their choice.

The play will be directed by Darcy J. Knopp, who has been with the company both as a director and actor since its beginning in 2010.

Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s comedies I have been waiting to bring to life,” he said. “The collection of characters in this show are as rich and as hilarious as the Bard has put together in any of his plays.”

The auditions will be held at the Douglas Park Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Cres.

Artists Incognito

Those looking to support local community artists while sprucing up their home décor along the way should head to the Township Civic Facility March 12.

The Langley Arts Council is hosting its first annual art event, Incognito, offering affordable and anonymous two-dimensional art work from local talent.

Each work is a household-sized square measuring 10 inches in width and length, and costs $100. All proceeds will be split between the artists and the arts council.

The exhibits are guaranteed to be family friendly.

The Grand Sale is scheduled to take place at the Township Civic Facility, 20338 65th Ave., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Write that down

Amateur and unpublished writers looking for a way in to the industry should book it to a seminar sponsored by the Langley Writers Guild on March 10.

Hosted by Craig Shemilt from the Blue Island Print Company, the seminar will focus on self-publishing in both the print and online realms.

It will be held at St. Joseph’s Church parish hall, 20646 Fraser Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $20 cost which also includes lunch. Register by emailing to


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