Exhibit openings, shows on arts agenda

It's safe to say Kelly Selden's artwork catches the eye, and the light.

The Port Moody native will play host to an artist's reception on Sunday, April 13 at the Cottage Bistro to signal the beginning of her new exhibition, Abandoned Sublime.

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Working predominantly in photography, Selden's work is typically printed on specially coated aluminum plates that give the photograph a type of luminescence that readily catches and reflects rays of light.

Sunday's opening reception runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and Selden's exhibit will be on display until May 4. The Cottage Bistro is located at 2411 Clarke St. in Port Moody.

Evergreen hosts Van Django

Van Django will look to turn back the clock by almost a full century tonight (Friday) at Coquitlam's Evergreen Cultural Centre.

The acclaimed four-piece gypsy jazz band performs songs made famous in the 1930s by the likes of Quintette du Hot Club de France and Django Reinhardt.

Consisting of members Cameron Wilson (violin), Budge Schachte (guitar), Finn Manniche (guitar/cello) and Brent Gubbels (bass), the group has performed across Canada, the U.S., Europe and China over its 16-year career.

Van Django hits the stage at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.

Call 604-927-6555 or log on to www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca for more information.

Springtime mixer

Members of Coquitlam Chorale are ushering in the change of season with a pair of festive springtime shows this weekend in Coquitlam.

Referred to as "A Spring Mix," the show runs at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

"A Spring Mix is a potpourri of song showcasing a variety of styles and genres from different eras," group member Dawne Deboer wrote in an email to the Tri-Cities NOW. "This diverse repertoire offers something for everyone: outstanding pieces mixed together to show our diversity and capabilities as a choir."

Tickets for A Spring Mix are available from chorale members or by calling Evergreen's box office at 604-927-6555. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. See www.coquitlamchorale.com for more information.

Free workshop

Mixed media artist Sylvie Roussel-Janssens will mark the kickoff of her exhibit in Coquitlam this weekend with a free artist workshop on Saturday, April 12.

Slated to run from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, the workshop will feature Roussel -Janssens leading participants through the particulars of her own type of sculpting, called "fabric burning." Participants will create their own mixed-media flags from different fabrics while also learning unique collage techniques during the by-donation workshop.

Her current exhibit, entitled Hot Spot, is on display at Evergreen from mid-April until June 30, and explores the impact of climate change in Canada's northernmost locations.

"The work is a beautiful melding of burnt fabric, acetate maps, text and other visual elements, touching on Canadian geographic politics and the politics of language," notes a press release from Evergreen.

For more information, see www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Family Day at PdA

Landscapes from Iceland and Korean pottery techniques will be a few of the focal points highlighted during this weekend's Family Day celebrations at Coquitlam's Place des Arts.

Some of the activities offered this Sunday, April 13 will include Icelandic rock painting, clay bug building, wheelthrowing and handbuilding.

Running from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Family Day also serves as a springboard to highlight the three exhibits currently on display at the Maillardville-based arts centre: The Classic Silhouette of Korean Pottery, by the Clay For You ceramics group; Ronald George Straight's exhibit, Interpreting Nature; and Lay of the Land, an exhibit of paintings by Kelowna artist Alexandra Edmonds.

Admission to Family Day is by donation. For more information, see www.placedesarts.ca.

Port Moody Youth ArtsFest seeks participants

Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have until Thursday, April 17 to apply to be a part of the third-annual Port Moody Youth ArtsFest. Open to teens from the Tri-Cities and beyond, the event gives youth a chance to showcase their talents across a variety of platforms: music, dance, visual art, films, spoken word and more.

The festival takes place on July 4 and 5 at Port Moody's Inlet Theatre, and in the Galleria at City Hall. To apply, download an application at www.pomoyaf.ca or e-mail pgole@pomoarts.ca.

Art blooms in Port Moody

Aizaada Chunueva's penchant for florals and silks is the focus of this month's exhibit at the Port Moody Public Library.

The Port Moody-based artist specializes in creating embroidered silk ribbons that reflect her love of flowers and other sources of natural beauty.

Chunueva dyes many of her own natural silk ribbons, and combines different techniques and materials with ribbon and thread to turn flat images into three-dimensional works.

Located at 100 Newport Dr., the library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. See http://library.portmoody.ca for more information.

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