Thursday, March 22, 2018
Semiahmoo Library is proud to be displaying paintings by Dehai Wang and pottery from the Semiahmoo Potters Society for the month of April.
Born in China, Dehai received his art degree in Oil painting from the Fine Arts Academy in Tianjin, China. He has exhibited in China, Hong Kong, America, Canada, and many of his paintings are in private collections throughout Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, and Europe.
Semiahmoo Potters began in 1994 by a group of eleven local potters. After taking pottery classes together via a White Rock’s Community Arts Council program, their goal was to provide studio space for experienced potters. They wanted to continue developing their craft through the sharing of ideas and new techniques while working together. The goals continues to this day; run as a cooperative, SPS members commit to helping manage firings, sales, learning opportunities, and community outreach. We participate in club workshops and regularly attend club meetings. Over the years a lengthy waiting list has indicated strong and continued community need. We currently have over forty active members and a constant waiting list.
We have 2 yearly sales—the last weekend of November and the first weekend in May. These popular events are at the S. Surrey Rec. & Arts Centre Turnbull Gallery, 14601 20th Avenue, Surrey. From 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday potters show and sell items of all sizes, prices and uses from decorative art pieces to functional kitchenware. Find out more about us be finding SPS on Facebook or searching www.semiahmoopotters.com/ or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As we continue to evolve we look for new ways to expand. Becoming a registered not-for-profit society in 2006 makes us eligible to apply for grants. City of Surrey’s cultural grants have enabled us to work with youth, do community outreach, solidify our group structure, and join other artistic groups in workshops and galleries. We have developed a partnership Semiahmoo Arts who manage our studio space at the South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre.