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In Port Moody art show, watercolour painter explores shapes and shades in old urban settings

New Westminster resident Robert Ascroft has a new show up at PoMoArts called “Sides.”
R. Ascroft - Sides - Quebec Street, New West 8.06.49 PM
Quebec Street, New Westminster can be seen at PoMoArts in a show that opens Feb. 24, 2022.

Robert Ascroft has had many careers: graphic artist, university teacher, corporate trainer, business manager and consultant.

But when the New Westminster resident retired, he returned to his passion for the fine arts, teaching watercolour painting at Century House — one of Canada’s first seniors centres — for four years.

Now, the artist has a new show up at PoMoArts called "Sides," which explores a non-traditional version of beauty and focuses on shapes, shadows, textures and colours in old urban settings.

Ascroft, who has a master’s degree in educational technology, will talk about his creative series in an online presentation on March 10 at 7:15 p.m. via a livestream on PoMoArts’ Facebook page. 

His display is one of three that will launch Thursday (Feb. 24) at the St. Johns Street venue in Port Moody, and will be up until March 31.

Also up on the gallery walls are "Healing Gardens" — a group show by nine artists — and "For the Land and its Memories" by Edward Fu-Chen.

You can visit PoMoArts' website for more details about the virtual talks by the artists.