The Burnaby Arts Council proudly presents its Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser on April 13th, which will include a Live Art Auction with a limited edition framed print by Susan Point, original artwork by Bill Higginson and local favourite ceramic artist Keith Rice-Jones and much more!

Burnaby Arts Council Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser

  • Where: Deer Lake Art Gallery (6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby)
  • When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
    7:30pm doors, event 8:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Tickets: Tickets are available online now for just $35 and they include admission to the fashion show, art auction, live painting, silent auction, nibbles and a cash bar.

Live auctioneer and emcee David C Jones will keep the evening flowing. Enjoy live music from Cumbia Galera, door prizes, and of course all the amazing art you can bid on and take home!

Live Painting & Art Auction

The event will also have live painting with February Park’s Edge winner – Jace Kim, whose piece, created on site, will be included in the live art auction. Jace Kim is a Canadian painter currently based in Vancouver, BC. He was born and raised in Korea where he was highly influenced by comic book art until the age of 15.

He graduated Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a bachelor’s degree in Media art (animation) with the passion of animator. He worked in various game and motion graphic companies as a digital artist but he made a drastic transition to become a traditional painter.

Fashion Show

The event will also have a lovely 2019 spring/summer fashion design showcase featuring Yifat Jovani. Schooled in Miriam College in Tel Aviv, Yifat draws her inspiration from her years of travels, her love of nature, geometric shapes and from the beauty and strength of the women around her. As a mother of two, a designer, and a career woman, she recognizes the demands of the modern woman’s lifestyle.

She believes women don’t have to suffer to look fabulous, and designs clothes that are easy to wear, easy to pair and easy to care for. It is this marriage between comfort and style that makes Yifat Jovani designs’ unique, and adds to their growing popularity and increased media attention. All creations are locally produced and manufactured in Vancouver.

Thank you to our sponsors for donating great prizes:


The ONLINE Live Auction is NOW OPEN until Saturday, April 6th @ 6:00 pm. The auction continues LIVE in person @ the Gala & Fashion Show Fundraiser on the evening of April 6th 8:00 pm.

Some or all items in the auction have a minimum bid that must be reached by a bidder before the auctioneer can sell the item. The Burnaby Arts Council reserves the right to have final word on all auction pieces.

Thank you very much to all the artists who generously donated their work to the Burnaby Arts Council for our GALA Fundraiser:


SUSAN A. POINT O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam people; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point.

Susan inherited the values of her culture and traditions of her people by her mother Edna– who learned by her mother, Mary Charlie-Grant

“I continue trying to push myself one step beyond my goals, or one step in a new direction so often. There is always another stride to make. My art is never really finished; there is just a point where I have to stop myself.”


About Bill:
At eleven years old, Higginson was diagnosed with life-threatening liver failure followed by a diagnosis of leukaemia. For the next three years he lived with the knowledge that his life could end at any moment.

At his lowest ebb, he remembers asking his parents for pencils and paper from his hospital bed – the sign that he was on the road to recovery. Art became his way back to life. Higginson reflects, “Living with such conditions can’t help but alter your perspective on life. That change in outlook never truly departed – it informs so much of my work as an adult.”

Part of that experience resulted in a well-developed sense of humour, particularly evident in his surrealist works, where he frequently includes a humorous kink or a revelation through unusual images and peculiar settings.

Higginson has also managed to retain that childhood excitement of creating art. “My dreams and imagination still conjure imagery that even I struggle to come to terms with. I push myself hard every day to develop my skills so that eventually these images will be as clear on my canvas as they are in my mind.”

Driven by his mind’s eye, he looks for every opportunity to see and experience new things in life. Augmenting his skills and striving to make the next artwork better than the last ensures his work evolves in every piece.

“Every day is a gift and a step closer to creative realization.”

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Telephone – 7788382455


Born in the heart of Vancouver, Carla Sumarlidson has enjoyed a diverse career as a professional artist and respected arts educator. Drawing from her early studies with mentor Gordon Smith, Sumarlidson uses iconic locations, expressive landscapes, personal experiences and metaphorical narratives to examine the raw truths and compelling beauty of the world around her. Her work feels raw and immediate and resonates with a strong emotional appeal. Sumarlidson is a street-smart social observer of her city and how its old myths, nostalgic allure and contemporary truths have shaped her own personal story. In her recent Graffiti series, Sumarlidson employs the punked-up wild energy of urban street art and the neon romance of language to examine issues surrounding her own creative liberation – how she has struggled with challenges around trust and control while trying to achieve a new artistic freedom Sumarlidson’s paintings have been critically recognized and widely exhibited including in a juried exhibition during New York Art Week at Chelsea’s Caelum Gallery.


With David Leach as one her teachers and summer work with Harry Davis, Celia’s work is imbued with strong influences from the Leach tradition and work ethic.

Celia’s initial Art School training was in England with Arthur Griffiths and David Leach, within the Leach, Cardew, Davis traditions.
Celia is primarily interested in vessels for everyday use, trying to retain evidence of the clay’s plasticity throughout the process, including the use of slips and always wanting to go beyond the thrown form.

Time away from the wheel allows for explorations into more figurative work both modeling and working with slabs.

Celia has worked and exhibited in England, Japan and Australia as well as primarily here in Canada.


The Big Burn, 2018

“Nature, industry, and agriculture all affect the Canadian landscape. As part of the “Made to Measure” series, “The Big Burn” is an interpretation of how the changing environment and climate are being more frequently expressed in wild fires.” DN/

DENIS NOKONY is a practising visual artist who has exhibited in many exhibitions across Canada since 1972. Specializing in drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting, he has works in private and public collections in Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe. He has received federal and provincial grants and awards, and has acted as guest curator for exhibitions in public galleries. Denis is a published cartoonist and does caricatures, art design and book illustrations. He has produced videos, an animated short film with the National Film Board of Canada, and performance art collaborations. His styles include landscapes, figures, abstract and non-objective works. He has also worked as an arts administrator since 1977.


Irma grew up on a Saskatchewan farm where the prairie is never just background – nature dominates. Blizzards, lightning storms, and the overarching sky instilled in her a feeling of freedom, limitless space, and room to explore. Her predominant memory is a feeling of independence and the sky’s overwhelming presence.
Although she has degrees in art and art education, she did not return to painting until 2002, and had a solo show within a year. Since April 2013 she has made her living as a full time artist. Irma is available for demos and workshops.

Irma continues to have an avid interest in contemporary dance. She is also on the fundraising committee for the Victoria CNIB. In 2005 she received the Peter Gzowski Literacy Award. From 1990-2005 Irma was well-known across BC for her advocacy in the FASD field and the development / delivery of programs in the criminal justice system.


For me art is like unguided travel, an adventure. I aim to continually expand my horizons using new materials, techniques, and inspirations – keeping artmaking fresh and open.

I was born in Amsterdam into an artistic family. Since childhood, I’ve attended the Vancouver School of Art, learned Graphic Design at the Kootenay School of Art, Digital Graphic Design at VCC, and earned a Certificate in Fine Art Techniques at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. I like to “earn as I learn” – signpainting, muralling and faux finishing for clients as well as expressing my “own” ideas.

I have always thought of non-commercial art-making as the most fragile flower, as it is so often pushed aside for daily concerns and making a living. However, the flowers are now blooming more robustly than ever before in my life!


My main brush is a power sander. It allows me to approach my landscapes in the matter in which I perceive them, which is a beautiful world of construction, stasis and deterioration and yet somehow polished and smooth. My paintings are an expression – a distillation – of the impressions made on my psyche by the landscapes around me, whether it be the prairies in which I grew up, the West coast of my adult years or the short time I spent in a large Eastern metropolis.
My process is evident my art; it’s not something I try to hide, use and then discard, or disguise. The techniques and tools I employ – layers of pigment, sanding, scraping back, lettering – are there, exposed in the finished work.

The text I use in my pieces is often found on, or inspired by the text visible on shipping containers, grain elevators, truck, trains; sometimes I use randomly chosen numbers or letters chosen purely for what they bring to the piece graphically or compositionally.


After original training in England as a woodwork teacher Keith discovered clay in 1972 and it has been a compulsion ever since. He took further Art and Design training in England and completed an M Ed in Art Education at Western Washington University. His own work developed in tandem with my Art teaching until he took early retirement in 1999 to be full time in the studio. He has maintained a connection with education through workshops, sessional teaching at SFU and community projects such as the Sculpture Poles for Burnaby’s millennium project at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, which involved 450 people, and the 24 x 14 ft mural in the foyer of the Michael J Fox theatre.

He has been actively involved with the BC Potters Guild for 20 years, acting as President twice, both at difficult transition times and remain an active volunteer. He was also on the board of the Northwest Ceramic Foundation and served on the Burnaby Art Gallery Advisory Committee.

His original design training was not only rooted in the Arts and Crafts tradition, but also, more importantly, in the profound influence of the Bauhaus and Modernism.

His work is in collections both in Canada and America as well as Britain, Japan and Australia. It has been included in several books and a major article in Ceramics Technical #28, 2009.


Lucille was born in northern Alberta, lived in the Okanagan for 9 years while going to school. In her late teen years she left for Edmonton to find employment, which was a fearsome but great experience in the working world. The last 50 years she have lived in beautiful Burnaby BC with her husband. She has 2 children & 4 grandchildren.

Having creative talent, some of her hobbies were ceramics, 3-D paper tole pictures, tole painting, petite point, knitting, sewing and crochet. She has enjoyed and appreciated art through her growing years. She had an interest in art when in school but only started to get serious about painting in 2002 after retirement.

She worked in the business community for over 14 years and since retirement volunteers at her church, YVR Airport Chaplaincy Office and also being part of the Green-coats at YVR.

Phone: 604.420.1017
Cell: 604-992-6543


Olga Rybalko (BA, University of British Columbia) is a representational painter who captures the natural landscape with a unique attention to the magic of each place. She combines her artistic passion with her love of travel to create scenery that captures the mind and the heart.

Olga is a representational painter who captures the urban and natural landscape with a unique attention to the magic of each place.
She combines her artistic passion with her love of art to create scenery that captures the mind and the heart.

In Slavic folklore, the Firebird is a magical creature that symbolizes the object of a great quest, and whose attainment is secondary to the journey required to capture it.

It’s a story that has its roots in the land
where Olga grew up; the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on the Black Sea. A vacation spot for many people of the former Soviet Union,
its stunning scenery – so like the Mediterranean coasts of Greece and Italy – awoke in her a love of the natural world.



This piece was made using Chigiri-e, a Japanese torn paper technique using washii paper, a Japanese specialty using very fine fibers form the bark of the mulberry tree. The papers can be as thin as one layer of a Kleenex or thick enough to use to protect books. I learned this technique in a workshop somewhere in Tokyo in early 1984. The papers come in many colours, often they are either random dyed or dip dyed for special effects. The colours go through the paper and seem to last forever. Though I am told my work has been influenced by the time I spent in the Orient I use the papers to convey the beauty of nature especially the stunning views of our west coast. Check me out on line.

The piece is held in place using acid free glue or acrylic medium.

This piece was designed as a present for my Mom on her 85th birthday in October 2003. It was returned to me when she died in June 2010. When I was a child we grew flowers trying to establish a nursery in North Delta. It was a lot of work but the flowers were beautiful. Chigiri-e is a centuries old Japanese technique using torn paper to create artworks.

As an experimental artist I continue to learn new methods that allow me to create artworks that fascinate me and others. I enjoy working with unusual kinds of paper, bits of lace, anything I can find that will let me turn out the image I want. Several of the awards I have received have been for pieces done in chigiri-e, mixed media or other collage mediums. I hope others will be inspired to use everyday items to create something wonderful.