Don you maddest hat and head to the Mad Hatter's Strawberry Tea and Tour at the Surrey Art Gallery June 27.

Art, hats, tea and shortcake

Surrey Art Gallery Association hosts Mad Hatter's Strawberry Tea and Tour on June 27.

Strawberry shortcake anyone? Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) welcomes the summer with intriguing, colourful art and luscious local strawberries.

Be SAGA’s guest at the Mad Hatter’s Strawberry Tea and Tour on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at the Surrey Art Gallery. The Gallery’s Assistant Curator, Brian Foreman will give a preview tour of the exhibition Divining Natures, featuring recent works by three Surrey and White Rock artists. Following the 30 minute tour is a strawberry shortcake and tea reception to 8:30 p.m., with the opportunity to meet SAGA board members and gallery staff. In keeping with the Mad Hatter’s theme, guests are encouraged to wear a ‘mad hat’. This event is free for SAGA members, and $5 per person for non-members.

The Divining Natures exhibition features three mid-career Surrey and White Rock artists who share an interest in creating images that are rich in symbolism about the natural world.

Mary Frances Batut creates boldly patterned designs inspired by animal imagery. Elizabeth Carefoot’s mixed media works are informed by the shamanist traditions of her grandmother. Deborah Putman explores spiritual meanings in her compositions based on her observations of animals in Canada’s North.

The SAGA Strawberry Tea and Tour is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery. SAGA is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art, and be part of a community that actively supports the Surrey Art Gallery.

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. For more, call 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/artgallery

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