Cultural Crawl to showcase New Westminster’s thriving art scene

August 10th, 2012

New Westminster Cultural Crawl

This weekend, arts and cultural enthusiasts will head to Downtown New West for the 9th Annual Cultural Crawl.

The two-day event is a great opportunity to explore the “new” New West and discover the best of the community’s   art scene. Participants include studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants and theatres throughout the city. In addition to showcasing local artists and artisans, the Cultural Crawl uncovers the Royal City’s heritage and unique cultural footprint.

The Salient Group is proud to be involved in this year’s Cultural Crawl. On August 11th and 12th, drop by the Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre at 668 Columbia Street to see the Mosaic Tile Project before the pieces are placed along Columbia Street permanently. These eight hand crafted tile mosaics, each with its own story highlighting the history and heritage of the New West community, were commissioned by the New Westminster Community Development Society. Local artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther created the pieces.

Tile mosaics - New Westminster

Tile mosaics - New Westminster, B.C.

Photo credit: Bruce Walther

Centrally located and just 1.5 blocks away from two Skytrain stations, the Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre will also be home to New West 7, a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring local artists Angie Au Hemphill, Jim Walsh, Nicholas Bott, Teressa Bernard, Barry Canuel, Jill Doyle, and Leslie Poole. Van Dop Gallery owner and creator of the New West Cultural Crawl, Trudy Van Dop, appropriately coined the name for this local group of artists in a reference to the famous Canadian group of painters, the Group of Seven. Much like the group they are named after, New West 7 artists are highly acclaimed and nationally celebrated.

The City of New Westminster has long committed to the arts community, so it’s no surprise that the city’s art scene is buzzing.  New West is home to galleries, theatres and historical venues that attract people from all over the world. In addition to the annual Cultural Crawl, local artists regularly showcase their work through local initiatives such as The Network Hub’s Artwork Hub.

A vibrant art scene — in addition to a strong sense of community — is one of the many reasons why New West is a great place to live and what attracted us to the Royal City. Trapp+Holbrook provides a rare value you can’t miss — not just because of its thriving art community, but also because of its proximity to transit and affordability. Only a 26-minute Skytrain ride from Vancouver and 11 minutes from Burnaby, you can call Trapp+Holbrook home for as little as $629 per month. Visit for more info.