White Rock Arts

Attention White Rock Art Lovers: Options Abound

White Rock, B.C. has been a veritable artist magnet, attracting painters, sculptors, glass blowers and potters from all over the planet for many years. The town embraces, supports and encourages anyone with an interest to get involved, through a variety of channels.

The White Rock Art Society has been active for half a century, and currently has approximately 100 members. They hold general monthly meetings at St. John’s Church, 1480 George Street, White Rock, on the second Monday of each month (excluding July and August), during which demonstrations are given by professional artists, and expert critiques of members’ work are offered.

Murals-by-Elizabeth-HollickThe White Rock Art Society also produces a monthly newsletter, and organizes regular meetings and social events. People of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged, and there are reduced membership rates for students, and for couples. Every member has the chance to show their work at public art exhibitions, two or three times each year. For more information, please visit www.artssociety.ca.

The White Rock Studio Tour takes place every October, and generally displays the works of approximately a dozen artists each year, at their own studios. This two-day event is free to the public, and participants can meet the artists, view their displays, and discuss the processes each artist uses to create their works. All work shown is for sale, from paintings and drawings in all mediums, to blown glass and thrown pottery. There’s no set route plan. Anyone wishing to attend can set their own agenda. If you want to find out more about this annual extravaganza of art, or to discover which artists are participating in each year’s tour, visit www.whiterockstudiotour.com.

More than 50 artists have their works on display in the beautiful White Rock Gallery on Johnston Road. Established in 1990, the gallery boasts an exceptional collection of original works, limited edition prints and even some historical pieces. They also display and sell sculpture and ceramic pieces and will actively source art pieces for clients who can’t find what they’re looking for at the gallery itself. For more information, see www.whiterockgallery.com.

Marie-Heath-PainterGetting kids into art appreciation at an early age is what 4Cats Arts is all about. Their philosophy is to get messy and have fun, while at the same time using professional artist materials and studying the masters. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment, and they learn age appropriate facts about the artists they study; for example, did you know Andy Warhol had 25 different cats, all named Sam? To find out more, see www.4cats.com.

Of course, art isn’t exclusively about painting and sculptures. Located in the heart of White Rock is Blue Frog Studios, a 5,000 square foot building with purportedly the most amazing acoustics to be found anywhere. The 34-foot wide stage can accommodate everything from a single artist to a 60-piece orchestra, as well as theatre productions. For a list of events taking place, see www.bluefrogstudios.ca.

With all this choice—and more—is White Rock a true art lover’s paradise?

You could say that!

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