PopUp Newton gallery springs to life with art shows starting May 13

Month-long exhibits to fill space on 137th Street until the fall

A still from pr0phecy sun’s film

NEWTON — Seven different artist collectives will showcase their work at the new PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub over the next several months.

It’s located on 137th Street at 72A Avenue, in the storefront space previously known as AgentC Gallery.

Month-long exhibits will showcase art by Fraser Valley Potters Guild, Dusty Babes Collective, Z-inc Artist Collective, the Peoples’ Food Security Bureau, Kwantlen Art Collective, SOFIA/c (or South of the Fraser Inter Arts Collective) and AgentC Projects.

“We have several organizations who’ll be using the space successively over the course of the summer and the autumn, and each group will have a different kind of program, a different focus,” said Rhys Edwards, with AgentC Projects.

Edwards is co-curating the group’s “Drawing Landscapes” exhibit, which opens on May 13 and continues until June 19. The show will feature drawings and video installations featuring performance-based interdisciplinary work (see Agentcprojects.com for more details).

The roots for PopUp Newton were planted in 2015 with City of Surrey funding, as part of a “cultural corridor” on King George Boulevard.

The gallery concept was developed “from a desire to showcase art work and further establish a space where the community can interact directly with artists and each other through creative exploration,” Todd Ayotte, Surrey’s cultural development co-ordinator, told the Now.

The gallery-launching “Drawing Landscapes” exhibit will include works by Genevieve Robertson, prOphecy sun, Sandee Moore and Erik Zepka.

Next up, starting on June 23, Fraser Valley Potters Guild will present a working interactive studio, as well as an exhibition of work by members.

July’s exhibit will feature Dusty Babes Collective (Dustybabes.com), which involves artists/feminists/ceramicists working in a shared studio in Surrey.

For two days this summer, on July 9 and Aug. 6, Z-inc Artist Collective will utilize its custom-built, portable “selfie boxes,” designed for social media use.

More gallery info, including details about exhibits scheduled for later this year, can be found online at Facebook.com/popupnewton.



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