Ah! Summer is here…and so are the winners .


The Visual Arts has kept me busy, even though Newton Cultural Centre is closed. I was pleasantly surprised by how many artists excitedly submitted their art for Arts 2020 and Together…apART. Over two hundred works of art were collected, but in the end – it was well worth the effort. I assure you the Judges had a difficult time in choosing winners. A special thank you to the City of Surrey, Surrey Art Gallery team, the jurors, ACS staff, STCcreatives, Federation of Canadian Artists and participating artisans in the Arts 2020 and Together…apArt juried exhibits of visual artists for your help and support to make these events a great success during these difficult times of COVID-19.

The Arts 2020 virtual exhibition and announcement of winners will be available online at from June 30 – August 31. For those eager to know the winners now, turn to page 4. Also on page 4, you will find the winners of the June virtual exhibition Together…apART. To view, or review, this exhibit you can do so at Page 12 reveals the location of the ‘Find the Face’ contest from our June cover ‘Hornby Island’ by photog Helmut Gruntorad.

While isolating at home I had the chance to search the web and in just a few minutes I was able to find some interesting events for all ages:

Surrey’s Storm Drain Marking Challenge, protect the streams and creeks that Surrey’s salmon and trout call their home. By marking storm drains, it raises awareness that only rain should go down, they all lead to local streams and creeks. From June 8 to Aug 15 you can sign out a free storm drain marking kit containing all the supplies needed to participate in the challenge. E-mail to request a kit. Any questions please call 604-591-4321. Canada Day celebration on July 1 is going Virtual, from 10:30am to 11:30am for the kid’s and senior’s segment, and regular programming 6pm to 9pm, broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube Live. Stories From the Past, join Heritage staff virtually to listen to reminiscences of the past from those who lived them. Ages 55+. Register at 604-531-9400 extension 205. Friday, July 3, 10, 17 & 24 @ 1pm.

As you can see, this is our July & August [Summer] issue. I wish you all a very safe summer season and will see you all in September when the SPOTLIGHT on the ARTS returns. Meanwhile, our comprehensive website will be kept up-to-date throughout the summer so your won’t miss a thing! So please check it out – often!

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