KPU alumni reunite for 'Surreyalists' art exhibit

Fri, Sep 9, 2016

Surrey, B.C. – Six artists. Twenty-seven days. A once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.

Six Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) alumni are reuniting this month for a special art exhibit at the Newton Cultural Centre Sept. 3-30.

Elizabeth Anderson, Roxanne Charles, Gunilla Kay, Debbie Langtry, Shelly Leroux and Merry McMullen attended KPU’s fine arts program together. During their time at the university, they began engaging with the Surreyalist Art Collective and, upon graduation, continued to pursue art as a career, in roles ranging from teaching to cultural development.

“We’ve all gone in different and interesting directions, but we continue to share our common passion for art,” said Kay.

Anderson lives in Langley, McMullen and Langtry live in Surrey, Charles and Kay live in South Surrey, and Leroux lives in Edmonton.

The exhibit is an expression of the diversity of their work and media. They all have a passion for visual storytelling that shares their experiences with the world around them. This is exemplified by Charles’ community weaving project that explores the role of culture as a means of healing and elevation, as well as in Kay’s glass works influenced by her Swedish heritage and concern for the environment.

It’s also visible in Langtry’s three-dimensional Picasso-inspired portrait made from found wood, McMullen’s architectural photography, Leroux’s drawing and painting installations, and Anderson’s oil, wax and mixed media.

The Kwantlen Surreyalists Collective Reunion Exhibit runs from Sept. 3 to 30 at the Newton Cultural Centre, 13530-72nd Ave., Surrey.

Photos of the artists and their pieces are available for download from Flickr.

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