May 2020 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community

I hope you've been able to find some sort of routine in the past month. We know there have been a lot of changes to people's daily lives and we hope we can brighten your day with some opportunities to participate in the arts from your home.

Starting TODAY, our May exhibitions will be available digitally for your viewing pleasure. Find out more details about the exhibitions below and you can read our interview with exhibiting artist Deanna Fligg to find out more about her artistic process and passion for pollinators.

If you're looking to expand your artistic horizons, you can sign up for our new online visual arts series, Abstract Art with artist and educator Marlene Lowden. The first video of this series is available free online on our YouTube channel or you can view it in the newsletter below. A new video is released weekly for registrants.

We also have four new dance workshops starting May 6. These are 2-day classes in a variety of styles for all ages. Register at the links below under the "what's new" section.

We hope to inspire new talent to join our Coquitlam Youth Theatre next year. We are now taking auditions digitally. See more information below.

We encourage you to celebrate local artists and teachers that appear in our newsletter by connecting with them over social media or by checking out their creations, many of which are for sale.

Read our recently updated COVID-19 news post here; our facility will continue to be closed to the public until June 30.

Stay safe, stay tuned, and stay with us,
Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
May exhibitions will be live May 1
Images from left to right:  Matrix 1  by Sherida Charles , As it Were by Marion-Lea Jamieson , Light Transcends 2  by Deanna Fligg
Settle into a cozy chair, grab your favourite beverage and check out the launch of three new digital exhibitions online: 

All three digital exhibitions can be viewed on our exhibitions page beginning today, May 1, 2020.

Visit to see   these digital exhibitions for free.
You can still sign-up for online classes and private lessons for Sep-Jun classes
This past month Place des Arts’ has been busy connecting our teachers and students to continue their classes and private lessons via live streaming or video instruction.  It’s not too late for current students to opt-in for online learning.  Email to find out if your teacher is conducting online lessons and/or classes.
what's new?
We have a new online visual arts series!
Explore the mysterious world of abstract art in  Place des Arts’ first online visual arts series!

Join artist and educator Marlene Lowden to discover how artists use the elements of design to express themselves while experimenting with materials you have at home. Through a series of fun activities, you will be introduced to each element of design and learn how to interpret these elements when viewing abstract art.

This video series is suitable for all ages and ability levels.

The first video in this series of five videos is available now for free. View above!

If you want to continue learning with Marlene, you can register for this online series to receive access to all 5 videos. Videos are released each week, the first of which was released on April 23.
Two-day online dance workshops this month!
This May, we are offering live, two-day dance workshops in a variety of styles for all ages with teacher Emily Mustard! Classes will be held through Zoom.*

This is a great opportunity to try something new or to get physical indoors.

See all the options we have available below!
Wednesdays, May 6 and 13 (2-day workshop) from 1:00-1:45pm

Wednesdays, May 6 and 13 (2-day workshop) from 2:00-2:45pm

Thursdays, May 7 and 14 (2-day workshop) from 1:00-1:45pm

Thursdays, May 7 and 14 (2-day workshop) from 2:00-2:45pm

*A Zoom class link will be sent to you 30min before the first class.
get inspired
Deanna Fligg, a "natural" painter
Deanna Fligg is a local Coquitlam artist of many forms. She expresses her ideas creating paintings, illustrations, photographs and jewelry.
Having grown up surrounded by a beautiful garden, the majority of her inspirations are derived from the living organisms that have a daily impact on us. Bees are the current subject matter for Deanna.
Deanna is strictly a pollinator artist. She advocates and promotes the importance of all pollinators and is best known for her acrylic stylized bee paintings. She feels that every living thing has a story and she strives to share their tale as well as their beauty through her artwork.
Her latest exhibition  Garden Buzz (online now) will feature some of her favourite pollinators in her signature style.
Artist Mini-Feature: Cara Bain
Cara Bain has a passion for capturing the faces of those around her. Her art explores complex ideas through depictions of the human form. Her work is about humanity searching for meaning, and finding a connection with themselves, with others and with their surroundings. She is also devoted to landscape painting, both from indoors (working from images) and 'en plein air' (painting in the great outdoors from life). She’s known for her unique combination of oil paint with copper leaf patina, unexpected colours, and expressiveness.

Cara has also been an art instructor since 2016 and joined the Place des Arts team in 2018, teaching and inspiring children, teens and adults to build a solid foundation of technique to express their creative ideas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Capilano University, and 15 years of experience in fine arts including participation in numerous exhibitions in greater Vancouver.
See Cara's work below and be sure to follow her on Instagram for her latest creations. Her website is under construction but will be ready soon!
Blessed Assurance
get informed
New application deadline for our June exhibition s now digital
We have extended the deadline for applications for our Student Exhibition . Any stu dent who took a visual arts class or workshop at Place des Arts since September 2019 is welcome to apply. We are also now accepting Alumni to be a part of this exhibition.

The Teacher and Staff Exhibition deadline has also been extended.

The deadline is now: Monday, May 25, 2020.
Get more info and apply here! We are only accepting applications by email at this time.
Victoria Day
 Online classes and private lessons will not be scheduled on Victoria Day, Monday May 18.
Now accepting auditions for our Coquitlam Youth Theatre program!
Calling performers ages 10 – 17! Audition to be part of Coquitlam Youth Theatre for the 2020-21 season.

Place des Arts’ Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT) is a performance-based training company made up of emerging theatre artists. Company members will hone their skills in dance and movement, voice and vocal techniques, acting and character development while rehearsing for public performances presented in January and June. You’ll learn from experienced professionals, collaborate with peers in your community and be a part of an ensemble of young performing artists with the goal of creating great theatre.

Audition Submission deadline: 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, 2020

This year we are taking online video submissions for auditions. Click here for the full details on applying and the Audition package.
what's funny?

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
Six-year-old with fuzzy tiger