The George Mackie Library in North Delta is pleased to showcase its first Art @ the Library artist for 2022.
The diverse works of artist Lyn Verra-Lay, which include a curated selection of mixed media, photography, acrylic, pastel, pyrography and hand-dyed textile pieces in silk, are on display at the library from now until Feb. 28.
“I’m very excited to be exhibiting at George Mackie Library,” she said. “I spent many hours and years there with my (now adult) daughters, so it’s special to me. On hearing that I have an exhibit there, my adult daughter said, “That's so cool Mom - I love it there.”
Verra-Lay has been a part of the local arts community for more than 30 years.
Art education from Douglas and Kwantlen colleges, combined with her active background in performing and visual arts, contribute to a rich foundation for her creative skills.
Her own art practice includes hand-dyeing natural fabrics, mixed media art, pyrography and photography. Conscious of the environment, she also upcycles pre-owned clothing and uses found objects in her mixed media pieces.
In 2017, she was awarded one of seven BC Culture Days Ambassador positions, for the annual Canada-wide arts initiative, Culture Days, representing the City of Surrey. She has served as a director on the boards for the Delta Arts Council and the Delta Community Music School. Currently she is the coordinator of the Youth Arts Council for the Arts Council of Surrey, an art instructor for seniors, and an art instructor for the Clayton Community Centre and the Surrey Art Gallery.
The George Mackie Library offers accessible space for art exhibits. The library looks forward to displaying works that reflect the diverse cultural interests of the city and its neighbourhood. Preference is to exhibitors who live or work in the City of Delta and artists who have not displayed recently at the other Delta Libraries. People from surrounding communities can submit their work also. If you are interested, contact Minakshi Sidhu, Community Librarian at 604-594-8155 or email: email@example.com.
The artwork must only be two-dimensional media (paintings, drawings, or photographs) as the space cannot accommodate sculptures. Showings are for two-month periods. Submissions are welcome throughout the year.