New exhibition on display at MR art gallery

The Maple Ridge Art Gallery will have a new exhibition on display beginning in early September.

The display, titled West Coast Colours, will feature work by the Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild.

In addition to weaving, the show will also feature knitting, crocheting, hand-spun yarns, felting and basketry.

There will also be handmade shawls, scarves and other items created by guild members on sale during the show.

West Coast Colours will be a juried show, which should set high standards for members to create pieces that have a flair for fashion and a certain comfort level.

The exhibition’s free opening reception will take place on Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and will run until Saturday Oct. 1.

The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners Guild dates back to 1974, when it was established by a group of local people interested in keeping alive the age-old crafts of weaving and spinning. Their activities include demonstrations, visual presentations, slideshows, and workshops.

The group’s showcase will be co-curated by long-time Whonnock Weavers member Ellen Hamilton and Maple Ridge Art Gallery curator Barbara Duncan.

“The Whonnock Weavers and Spinners are known for the calibre and creativity of their work, and I am extremely proud to have this display in our gallery this fall,” Duncan said. “We hope that the public will join us for some of the artisan demonstrations that will take place during the run of the show. Many of the artisans will be on hand for the opening reception and everyone is welcome to the event.”

In addition to the exhibit, two new fibre art courses will be held at the ACT that will feature Dale Friend, who will be teaching pine needle basketry on Sunday Sept. 18 and Ellen Hamilton will be teaching a laminate felt shawl class on Saturday Sept. 24.

• Contact Maple Ridge Art Gallery: 604-476-2187.