Despite the cold snap, Metro Vancouver is gearing up for warmer weather and longer days as Daylight Savings approaches. Here are just a few of the things you can expect as the frost melts and arts across the city “spring” into a new season. 

*Cover photo: In-progress painting by Matt Bowen for Habitual, opening at Pendulum Gallery on March 6

Vancouver’s North Shore

Chapter 21

What happens when an artist faces the big “C” diagnosis with a new baby boy? Dance/theatre piece Chapter 21, choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan, explores 21 days between treatments, and 21 days to re-pattern courage, faith and resilience.

March 17, 2023 (One night only)
Presentation House Theatre

Intro to Acrylics

Try acrylic painting and awaken your creative skills in an inspiring log cabin art studio, discovering still life, abstract, landscape and figurative painting in a six-week class led by instructor Jinfei Wang.  

March 28 – May 2, 2023
Maplewood House, North Van Arts


Where Songs Surface

Photographers Masako Miyazaki and Yoshimi Lee individually connect time, place, and memory through photography, poetry and video in Where Songs Surface. An exhibit contrasting the different origins and inspirations of each artist, and highlighting where their paths intersect through storytelling.

Running March 18 – September 16, 2023
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Unforgotten – My Journey Home

Presented with the support of the BC Métis Federation, this solo photographic exhibition by Dawna Mueller explores the power of images in relation to memory, history and ancestry. Each of the large format analog black and white photos has been created using multiple exposures, drawing a crossroad between reality and recollection.

Opening reception is on March 4, running until March 29, 2023
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts


Through the Lattice: Tour and Poetry Reading

One of the most striking shows we’ve seen in 2023 so far, Through the Lattice, speaks to the central importance of the built world- as a realm of imaginative dreaming or as the staging ground for relations between society, culture, and the environment. This evening of dialog and poetry expands on those themes with a tour from Assistant Curator Rhys Edwards and exhibiting artist and architect Tiffany Shaw. Afterwards, local poet and Kwantlen Polytechnic University faculty member Dr. Dale Tracy will read from a chapbook commissioned in response to the displayed artworks.

March 17, 2023 (One night only)
Through the Lattice Runs until March 26
Surrey Art Gallery


Kerry Langlois: Dream State

Adele Campbell Fine Arts welcomes 27 new pieces from contemporary minimalist painter, Kerry Langlois. Langlois’ bold expressions of landscapes and nature create beautiful reflections on the scenery we sometimes might take for granted—a fantastic way to apres once you’ve come off the mountain.

Running March 4 – 12, 2023
Adele Campbell Fine Art


Sharyl Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me

Canadian visual artist and performer Shary Boyle takes you on an imaginative, multi-sensory ride using costume, character, set design and stage effects. Inspired by the lyrics of the song “Europe Is Lost” by UK poet Kae Tempest, Outside the Palace of Me features drawings, ceramic sculpture, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, coin-operated sculpture and an interactive score.

Running March 4 – June 4, 2023
Vancouver Art Gallery

David Vegt & MW Bowen — Habitual

A collaborative show between two painters, each artist contributes to a series portraits of people living and working in East Vancouver. One of our most diverse communities, each canvas highlights the different influences, classes and voices found there. A fascinating look into the lives of strangers we might not yet know, but we might see ourselves in their anonymity.

Running from March 6 – 24, 2023
Pendulum Gallery


Bring on Spring

Who isn’t ready for the bulbs to start sprouting already? This showcase of local talent from around Langley Township is proof that dropping temperatures and wind chill can’t snuff out the creative spirit of the art community. Forget the forecast for a bit, and enjoy these paintings of warmth, greenery, and wildlife returned from migration.

Running from March 1 – April 10, 2023
Civic Gallery at The Township of Langley Civic Center

New Westminster

Common Threads

Explore the connections between undefined, tangential relationships in Victoria Mitchell’s Common Threads. Revealing the networks that exist within ourselves and with the environment, the artist demonstrates our interdependence with the natural world through painting and illustration.

March 1st – 26th, 2023
The Gallery at Queen’s Park

Presentation House Theatre: From Lonsdale Quay, you can take the #249 Delbrook bus and exit at 3rd St. West
Maplewood House:
From Lonsdale Quay, take the R2 Phibbs Exchange bus to Phibbs Exchange, transfer to the #214 Blueridge bus, and exit at Front Street
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre:
From Metrotown Station, take the #119 Edmonds Station bus to Sperling Ave
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts:
From Metrotown Station, take the #144 SFU bus to Rowan Ave, it’s about 5 mins walk from there!
Surrey Art Gallery:  
From the Surrey Central Skytrain station, you can take the R1 Newton Exchange bus to King George Blvd and 88th Ave. It’s about a ten-minute walk from there!
Adele Campbell Fine Art:
There are several shuttles you can take to Whistler from Vancouver. For instance, there is one that leaves from the River Rock Casino in Richmond, which you can get to by taking the Canada Line train to Bridgeport Station.
Vancouver Art Gallery: It’s a 5-minute walk (or less) from the Vancouver City Centre Canada Line station
Pendulum Gallery:
From Vancouver City Centre Canada Line station, walk a few blocks East on Georga street
Civic Gallery at The Township of Langley Civic Center:
From Surrey Central Station, take the #501 Langley Centre bus, and exit at Willoughby Way
The Gallery at Queen’s Park:
Take the Skytrain to 22nd St. Station, and catch the #155 Braid Station via Hospital bus to 1st. Street. It’s about a ten-minute walk from there!

To further plan the route for your next artistic outing, you can use the TransLink Trip Planner.

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