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Artists in the Park part of the annual cultural crawl
Amid the Mist

Thousands of the province’s creative movers and shakers will showcase their work in more than 70 B.C. communities when the annual Cultural Crawl begins next week.

The decade old event will feature a collection of arts and cultural events includes outdoor theatre, neighbourhood art walks and festivals.

The must-see Maple Ridge event is Artists in the Park, which coincides with B.C. Provincial Parks’ 100th birthday at Golden Ears Park on Aug. 6.

Local realist painter Elaine Booth Kallwiet will be showing her work at the one-day celebration of musicians, artists, and hands-on art for children.

“Elaine’s excited to be part of the Artists in the Park celebration,” said coordinator Lyn Thomas. “Her work incorporates her love of wood carving, which gives the images extraordinary detail, texture, and realism.”

Kallwiet has been a member of the Garibaldi Art Club and the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour since moving to Maple Ridge in 2003. Three of her paintings are in the first Fraser Valley Biennale that runs until Oct. 9.

• The B.C. Cultural Crawl ends Aug. 31. To learn more visit


• Music on the Wharf, a bi-weekly concert, celebrates Port Haney every second and fourth Monday in July and August. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. but will start at 7 p.m. on the last Monday.

• The Haney Farmers Market encourages a healthy community and promotes local foods. It takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. Pitt Meadows Farmers Market is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Spirit Square.

• Glass artist E Jane Mackay demonstrates the process behind hand created glass at Art Glass Design Inc. - Art You Can Eat On. Her durable dinnerware and serving ware are both practical and unique pieces of art.Her studio is at 22416 129th Avenue in Maple Ridge. For more, call 604-466-5924 or visit

• New Creations Art Gallery features Jack’s Lumiere Noir showroom filled with nature and landscape art glowing under a black light. The gallery also provides studio space for its exhibiting artists as well as a studio for demonstrations and art lessons.The gallery at 22409 McIntosh Avenue (off 224th Street, near Memorial Peace Park ) is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 p.m. to 4 and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

• Artist Danny Vargas created Arte Vargas Glass Blowing Studio as the first of its kind in B.C. Besides the Maple Ridge location, Vargas has studios in cities around Canada such as Victoria, Prince George, and Vancouver.Arte Vargas glass is for sale at the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Visitor Centre, located on 12492 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. For more, visit

• Tourism Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows launched the Yellow Banner tour, their newest regional project, this year. The tour travels along the Lougheed Highway where arts and culture attractions display the banners to invite visitors and locals to stop by.  Mission, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope combined their resources with Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows to target a new audience for the North of the Fraser travel corridor. Visitors are invited to pick up a brochure from by clicking here or from the visitors' centre in Pitt Meadows on Harris Road.