Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Arts and culture aplenty in downtown Chilliwack

At least five different exhibitions have opened in recent weeks in Chilliwack

There’s plenty to see around downtown Chilliwack right now when it comes to arts and culture.

At least five different exhibitions have opened in recent weeks featuring works by self-taught artists, an up-and-coming painter, a light sculpture artist and an exhibit on loan from the Royal BC Museum.

Lucas Simpson • Chilliwack painter Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. He describes his work as “fragmented impressionism: fragmented in regards to form, but impressionist in regards to richness in colour, essence and atmosphere.” Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

READ MORE: ‘I’m here to bring a little more colour to this crazy COVID world right now,’ says Lucas Simpson

Cabin by Lucas Simpson. (Lucas Simpson)

Cabin by Lucas Simpson. (Lucas Simpson)

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Sylvie Roussel-Jannsens • Local light sculpture artist, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, has two installations on display from now until March 15. Gratitude will be in the lobby of the Royal Hotel while Towers is in the front windows of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Both installations are visible day and night.

READ MORE: Chilliwack venues aglow with light sculptures by Roussel-Janssens

‘Gratitude’ by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens is on display in the lobby of the Royal Hotel now until March 15. (Sylvie Roussel-Janssens)

‘Gratitude’ by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens is on display in the lobby of the Royal Hotel now until March 15. (Sylvie Roussel-Janssens)

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Trina Schols (Art on Main) • Trina Schols’ artwork is on display as part of Art on Main, an exhibition people can view as they walk past the windows of Royal Hotel on Main Street. She is a self-taught painter and, as an avid gardener, her work often reflects this hobby with roses, sunflowers and peonies often the subject of her paintings.

READ MORE: ‘Overwhelming’ response for Art on Main, first artist’s work now on display at Chilliwack hotel

Self-taught Chilliwack painter, Trina Schols, will have her artwork on display in Royal Hotel windows throughout the month of February. (Submitted)

Self-taught Chilliwack painter, Trina Schols, will have her artwork on display in Royal Hotel windows throughout the month of February. (Submitted)

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Anita Symonds • Cultus Lake painter, Anita Symonds, is the featured artist at Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing on Mill Street until March 31. She has been painting for 50 years and the landscapes displayed in the exhibition are inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us and they showcase her love of brilliant colour.

READ MORE: Anita Symonds’ work adds colour to walls in downtown Chilliwack gallery

Anita Symonds’s artwork is on display at Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing at 9369-A Mill St. from Feb. 1 to March 31. (Anita Symonds)

Anita Symonds’s artwork is on display at Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing at 9369-A Mill St. from Feb. 1 to March 31. (Anita Symonds)

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Our Living Languages • Interactive exhibition, Our Living Languages, highlights the state of Indigenous languages in British Columbia. Through interactive stations, video and audio, it provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of 34 disrupted First Nations languages in B.C., the complexity of these languages, and what people and communities are doing to help their languages survive and flourish. Our Living Languages has been produced and is on loan from the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. It’s on display at the Chilliwack Museum now until May 24.

READ MORE: History of 34 disrupted First Nations languages highlighted in exhibition at Chilliwack Museum

Sydney Laiss (left), curatorial assistant, and curator Anna Irwin stand in the ‘Our Living Languages’ exhibition on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. It is currently on display at the Chilliwack Museum and on loan from the Royal BC Museum. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Sydney Laiss (left), curatorial assistant, and curator Anna Irwin stand in the ‘Our Living Languages’ exhibition on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. It is currently on display at the Chilliwack Museum and on loan from the Royal BC Museum. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)


 

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