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You’ve Gotta Have Friends founder Pat Weibelzahl painted Circles of Belonging last year, as part of the organization’s first ever art show designed to promote inclusion. The show, held during Arts Alive, was called Expressions of Belonging. Her piece symbolized the circles of friendship that connect people.

Art event

Workshop fosters inclusion Session aims to move aspiring artists from isolation and loneliness to a sense of belonging. by Roxanne Hooper


rt can be instrumental in encouraging inclusion and belonging by helping to break down borders between people. Recognizing the role art can play in bringing people together is the backbone of a new art workshop being offered this weekend in Langley. You’ve Gotta Have Friends called for participation in its Expressions of Belonging art show last year, asking for people to submit their pieces that spoke to the theme. The response was not surprising, but some of the pieces were incredibly powerful, said YGHF founder Pat Weibelzahl. The entries were displayed in the YGHF office in McBurney Lane during last year’s Arts Alive, where the public was invited to view and vote for their favourites. “Works were accepted in all mediums and one of the most interesting ones was an original rug created by Deborah Groom of her son and his friend at the beach on summer vacation,” Weibelzahl explained. She was also moved by the first-place winner’s submission. Penny Hambrook’s photographs were “a tender expression of grandparents cuddling their newborn grandson.”

Deborah Groom’s hooked rug Memories won second at the 2010 Expressions of Belonging art show. Following the success of last year’s art exhibit during Arts Alive, YGHF has expanded on the concept. They’re still accepting submissions of art for this year’s Expressions of Belonging show, which will on display on Aug. 20. But before that, they’re also hosting an interactive workshop this weekend, where people can come out and explore their creative inclinations in a group setting. Participants will discuss and create visual and/or written pieces, Weibelzahl said. Some limited art supplies will be available, but guests are asked to bring some art materials along with their imagination. “Our aim is to have a fun,” she said. The workshop is being held at Langley Seniors Centre, 20605 51B Ave. from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Pre-registration is required, by calling 604533-6546.


It was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, the Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages. Just like miners did, visitors climb aboard a

mine train and rumble into an authentic tunnel. Entertaining guides describe the workings of drills and tools from the past century. Every visit includes gold panning with the chance to take home frequent findings. A captivating 15-minute film re-creates the past and reveals how families turned their isolated surroundings into pleasant experiences. The Family Play Area keeps young ones entertained. A glittering gift shop offers unique stones and carvings. To reach the Britannia Mine Museum, head north on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. And the critics say: “!!!!1/2” TRIP ADVISOR. “Great Experience!” FROMMER’S TRAVEL. See you there!

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