Coquitlam's Place des Arts has kicked of a June exhibition featuring an artist many Tri-Cities residents will have a connection with - Lynn Kenneth Pecknold.
Pecknold taught art to many Tri-Cities residents who had him as an art teacher at Como Lake, Centennial Secondary and George Pearkes schools from 1966 to 1975.
The gallery is showing 45 of Pecknold's paintings that dabble in the subliminal and the understated.
"I use my drawing, painting and photography in conventional ways for one part of my artistic process.
"Additionally, I employ selfdesigned software to create imagery I fragment, break up, reconstruct and reflect into art pieces, using new work, or sometimes using already created pieces," Pecknold said in a press release.
"I basically work within shapes that contain invented and discovered bits of reality from nature and throw away items. I use a stream of consciousness thought process to create what I call 'reflections' as I draw and design."
Listed among his influences are M.C. Escher, Harold Towne, Gordon Smith, aboriginal artists and "plus several thousand great art students he has taught."
Memories Revisited - A Teacher's Return to Place des Arts runs until June 29.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE SCAVENGER HEART
Tri-Cities residents still have two more chances to catch a unique pay-what-you can outdoor theatre experience in Port Moody.
Local Theatre company Rebel Haunt Theatre is performing Scavenger Heart at the grounds of the Port Moody Arts Centre at 7: 30 p.m. on Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16.
Rebel Haunt describes the play as "an epic adventure of searching and discovery, full of poetry and celebration as well as unexpected troubles."
Actors use scavenged text from seven different fairy tales, folktales and myths in unconventional and unexpected ways, illuminating the wonder and whimsy of being human, according to a release from Rebel Haunt.
Suggested donations for the show are $10. Half of all the proceeds go to Arts Centre.
Tickets for the show are available at Port Moody Arts Centre at 2425 St. Johns St.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRAWING IN UNISON
An exhibition exploring the directness of drawing and the magic of photography is underway at The Port Moody Arts Centre.
The early summer exhibition includes a collaboration between artists Angela Gooliaff and Tony Chu who use drawing to explore complex social issues in innovative ways.
The Centre's 3D gallery, meanwhile, is being transformed into a giant camera obscura - an ancient precursor to photography. The event also features a display of nature photos taken in the Tri-Cities by local photographer Walter Coates. The exhibition runs until July 8.
TRIO SET SIGHTS ON DOROTHY FROM KANSAS
Three young women from the Tri-Cities are angling for a shot to walk down the yellow brick road in Judy Garland's iconic ruby slippers.
CBC is holding auditions for Over the Rainbow, a new reality show centred around the casting of Dorothy in an Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production of the Wizard of Oz.
Jennifer Gillis, Fiona McIntyre and Kiara Gibbons, all students at Coquitlam's Lindbjerg Academy, were among only nine girls from the Vancouver area invited to audition in Toronto for the show.
The show airs on CBC in September.
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