Langley arts events touch the emotions

The women behind Morning Joy Studio and White Magpie Studio are holding an art show on Nov. 9.

Teresa Tetar and Helen Wells are the respective studio owners.

The show will be at Morning Joy, located at 24498 54th Ave. (access from 248th Street). The show hours are 2-5 p.m.

The show will feature Tetar’s oil paintings and Wells acrylic works. This is the first art show for both.

Tetar will be showing her expressionistic abstract and realist paintings of various sizes. She takes inspiration from her garden as well as doing scenics and still lifes. Wells relies on the world around her for her subjects.

“I’ve got a real love of nature,” she said.

Her works includes scenics, and often animals. “I love the old broken down barns,” she said.

And recently she’s been inspired to create western-themed art.

Church and gender

Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute hosts an expert on faith and sexuality next Thursday.

The author of Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church, Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, will share her perspective at the upcoming Gender Café, sponsored by Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute, on Nov. 13.

The exectutive director of New Direction Ministries, Gritter is an internationally recognized contributor to the conversations at the intersection of faith and sexuality.

“This is an opportunity to be part of a conversation,” said Professor of History and Gender Studies Institute co-director Robynne Healey, Ph.D. “The work of missional scholars, such as Gritter, is part of an ongoing dialogue in the church universal about gender and sexual orientation. Rather than dictating a position that all Christians must adopt, Gritter’s work and ministry invites us to participate in a conversation where there is space for dialogue and uncertainty.”

Through research and teaching, the scholars of the Gender Studies Institute have been participating in these kinds of conversations. Events such as these provide an opportunity for the larger community, including local churches, to be part of this dialogue on a critical issue facing the church today.

The Gender Café runs 7-8:30 p.m. in the Northwest Building auditorium. Admission is free.

Justice gala

For 25 years the Langley-based Community Justice Initiatives has provided restorative justice programs, including 14 years in the Langley School District.

To help it continue its work, the CJI association has its annual Gala Fundraising Friday at Newlands Golf and Country Club.

The guest speaker is Katy Hutchison whose husband was murdered. She forgave his killer and it changed both their lives. CJI facilitated their meeting.

The doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cjibc.org for $30 each or a table of eight for $225. For more information, or tickets, contact mail@cjibc.org or 604-534-5515.

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