Look, listen and learn from TWU at events this week

LANGLEY – Trinity Western University (TWU) is chock-full of reasons to visit with a variety of programs being presented through the School of the Arts, Media and Culture.This week, visitors to the President’s Gallery at TWU can see a range of prints and drawings on display. The work of master printmaker Li Guijin will be exhibited until Oct. 3. Guijin, visiting from Tianjin, China, is a professor at Tianjin Normal University, and is known for expertise in etching, woodcut, lithograph, and silk screen. As part of the relationship TWU shares with Tianjin University, Guijin came to TWU to share his expertise as well as to learn."I hope to show students how traditional Chinese art forms and Western critical theory, structure and colour can interface," he said."By communicating, both teachers and students can learn and grow."Guijin combines Western art influences in his work recognizing the exposure to other artists and cultures makes for a positive experience to grow."Art has no boundaries," Guijin said. "Because of this, it speaks to different cultures and backgrounds."Meanwhile, TWU music instructor Alison Nystrom is the featured soprano soloist for the inaugural Faculty + Friends Recital created and presented by TWU’s school of the arts, media, andculture. The Trio Zimrah, consisting of Vancouver’s Connie Gitlin on clarinet, Laura Chenail Hough on violin, and Suzanne Klukas on piano will deliver an evening of chamber music with Nystom lending her voice to Vivaldi’s Domine Deus and Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock.The program will also include works by Milhaud and Khatchaturian, and The Klezmer’s Wedding by Canadian composer Srul Irving Glick.Klukas is also a faculty member at TWU and teaches piano.TWU describes the recital series as a gift to the local community and an accessible way to enjoy world-class performances on a local stage.The first concert of the series is on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Langley Mennonite Fellowship at 2:30 p.m. The second concert is scheduled for January 2015.Ticket are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $30 for a family of two adults and children under 18.This year marked the eighth annual Verge conference at TWU. The event, held over the weekend (Sept. 25 and 26), was open to anyone interested in exploring arts of all kinds from novels and poetry to film and the human form.The Verge conference explored the theory and practice of the arts, works of master printmaker Li Guijin were on display, and the inaugural Faculty + Friends Recital Series began.