Surrey is known as a fantastic city for getting active and exploring the great outdoors, but did you know it’s also got a pretty hopping local art scene? Not only is there an array of stunning public art on show throughout the city, but there are plenty of studios and galleries showcasing local talent, too. Get inspired by some of our favourite art galleries and studios, and if you’re feeling brave, dive in for some hands-on fun as well!
A visit to The Loafing Shed Glass Studio will have you amazed by Robert Gary Parkes’ creations. For over 20 years, Parkes has been making beautiful vases, bowls and platters out of blown glass. At the studio, you can browse his collection of pieces, as well as witness a demonstration of the glass blowing process.
The Debra Gow Art Studio showcases a collection of Debra Gow’s diverse and creative pieces. Gow was born and raised in Alberta where she studied Chinese brush painting, watercolour, acrylics, & design. Her varied training is evident in her paintings and collages, which span a variety of mediums. She works and exhibits out of her home studio where she also hosts classes.
The renowned Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in Metro Vancouver, playing host to local artists as well as international travelling exhibitions. It’s located inside the Surrey Arts Centre which is home to two amazing theatrical stages. If you prefer art that moves, then this is the place to take in a live theatre show or a dance performance!
As the headquarters for the Arts Council of Surrey, there’s no shortage of incredible local art to be found at the Newton Cultural Centre. Month over month, the gallery displays art from both emerging and established artists. 2017 saw collections from the Port Kells Art Group, The Surrey Teachers Association, Gail Biddle, and more!
If all this art is inspiring you to pick up a paintbrush, then head to Tiggy’s Art Studio. They offer classes that cater to beginners as well as painting experts. The beautiful scenery surrounding their Crescent Beach location will be sure to awaken your creative juices. Whether you’re aiming to master the art of capturing the beautiful ocean or simply looking for a bit of artsy fun, Tiggy’s is the place to spend an hour or two!