An ensemble of fabric artist Keiko Kiyota’s festive birds foretells the news that the `Ensemble’ exhibition is just around the corner. Created from recycled silk kimonos

Ensemble opens in time for Christmas

Eclectic annual show at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery

The Maple Ridge Art Gallery opens its 2013 Ensemble Exhibition next week.

As many local art aficionados will already know, this exhibition has a distinctly loose and eclectic flavour. Although there are strict size restrictions, the submission process is open to artists working in all media, in either two or three dimensions.

The one ‘constant’ feature underpinning the display is that each artist is able to show their work in an ‘ensemble’ format, so that the visual statement carried by the artwork is significantly enhanced.

Although it is not a requirement, most of the work is available for sale, making this event a great opportunity to purchase a totally unique gift or acquire art for a personal collection.

Sales of the artwork benefit both the artist and the Maple Ridge Art Gallery.

As the Christmas season approaches, the gallery shop is also stocking new items so that shoppers can find attractive items from both local and regional artists right here in Maple Ridge. Gallery curator Barbara Duncan says the shop prides itself in making available only handmade items, and the fact that nothing is mass produced demonstrates a commitment both to superior craftsmanship and sustainability.

• Ensemble 2013 opens Nov. 16 with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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