November 2018 at Place des Arts
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It's your last chance to bid on fabulous items and packages in our online fundraising auction. The auction closes on Saturday, Nov 3 at 9:00 pm, so make sure to set aside time to get your last minute bids in and take that coveted item for a good cause!

In other news, we have a Family Day coming up on Sunday, Nov 4, and teens can get creative this month too, with our Youth Arts Council's Teen Day on Nov 25.

One of our favourite events of the year takes place Friday, Nov 16 - the festive opening reception for our annual Christmas Boutique and Positively Petite: Annual Miniature Exhibition, plus two more beautiful exhibitions.

In this newsletter, we also introduce you to one of our new music teachers, Sarab Shamoun. Read her story here. 

If you are a teaching artist or know anyone who is, you're invited to find out about the benefits of teaching with us on Friday, Nov 23 at our Prospective Teacher's Open House.

Finally, SAVE THE DATES for two events in early December that are sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit:
With so much happening at Place des Arts this fall, we hope to see you here!
Kate Lancaster
Communications Coordinator, Place des Arts

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what's on? 
Next Family Day is November 4
Gather up the clan and get engaged in art at our next Family Day at PdA on Sunday, Nov 4 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

For this fall Family Day, you'll get to take in three new art shows and then participate in several drop-in-style art activities based on the subject matter and mediums of the exhibitions to make your very own masterpieces!

Admission is free and all ages are welcome! Please pre-register here so we know how many to expect.
teenday Youth Arts Council Presents Teen Day
Teens ages 13 - 17 will have fun and get creative in a relaxed and social atmosphere at their very own art event: Teen Day presented by our new 2018/19 Youth Arts Council on Sunday, Nov 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Tour the exhibitions in our galleries, then explore your own artistic side in a variety of activities that are based on the subject matter and mediums of the exhibitions.

Admission is free; please pre-register here so we know how many to expect.
get informed
Open House for Teaching Artists!
Place des Arts Wants You! Would you or someone you know be interested in learning about teaching opportunities at Place des Arts? We're hosting a Prospective Teachers' Open House on Friday, Nov 23 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

The open house will feature a tour of Place des Arts and a Q & A session to discover the benefits of teaching at Place des Arts. Admission is free.

Please spread the word to any music, dance, theatre, visual arts or creative writing teachers who might be interested.

RSVP by Friday, Nov 16 to: Larrisa at 604.664.1636 ext. 24 |
what's new? 
New Petite Artist Offers Quirky Characters 
Our annual miniature show features the work of many returning artists and some wonderfully talented new ones too.

One of the new artists exhibiting this year is Kristian Adam whose paintings often combine themes of nature and invention from the humorous perspective of animals, which he refers to as "NymNums."

Kristian says that these imagined creatures are what you might expect to see wandering around in his mind all day. Through a variety of techniques inspired by the old masters, he creates quirky narratives for his characters to tell.

Come and see Kristian's minis and those of the many other artists in the show at the festive opening reception for Positively Petite on Friday, Nov 16 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
New Canadians Exhibit This Month 
Two exhibitions on display in our gallery spaces from Nov 16 - Dec 20 feature three recent immigrants to Canada.  

Uprooted - A Journey of Discovery by Suchen Wu and Teresa Chow narrates an immigrant's departure from one's roots and arrival in an adopted country.  
Motion by Zhanna Shomakhova, who emigrated from Russia to Canada in 2008, features acrylic and mixed-media paintings that are colourful reflections of the artist's thoughts, emotions, memories and everyday objects.   
Drop by the opening reception for these two shows as well as the Positively Petite: Annual Miniature Exhibition and our Christmas Boutique on Friday, Nov 16, from
7:00 - 9:00 pm. 
Image: Falling Leaves 5 by Zhanna Shomakhova
get inspired
Teacher Feature:
Syrian Musician Makes Canada Home   
Passion for music, for teaching, for life - this exudes effortlessly from Sarab Shamoun, one of our skilled new violin and piano teachers.  
Sarab lived through some of the most devastating destruction of the Syrian civil war. But upon meeting her, it is evident that she is a happy and vibrant young woman with a positive outlook, an unwavering hope for the future and a devotion to teaching. 
Get Inspired With Your Holiday Gift Giving
Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for those one-of-a-kind, art-loving people on your list this holiday season? You'll find them in our Christmas Boutique and Positively Petite: Annual Miniature Exhibition!

Drop by the festive opening reception from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday, Nov 16 for fine art, inspiration, live music performances and light appetizers. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done while sipping a glass of wine - how civilized is that?

Find info about purchasing miniature artwork from the Positively Petite show here.
get out in the community
Lights Come on Again at Lafarge
Take in the dazzling lights display in the tranquil setting of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park starting Saturday, Nov 24 and on until Sunday, Jan 20 from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly and through midnight on New Year's eve.

The season kickoff is Saturday, Nov 24 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm!
Place des Arts will be there with an arts activity plus you'll find live entertainment, food trucks,  buskers, roving entertainers and more.

Follow the City of Coquitlam's Lights at Lafarge Facebook event to stay up-to-date on special pop-up events throughout the season.
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