Mirror Mirror, a juried exhibition of self-portraits at Surrey Art Gallery, has its formal opening Sept. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The exhibit, presented by the Arts Council of Surrey, brings together works from 30 artists from across the Metro Vancouver region who use the form to depict not just physiognomy and personal identity, but also broader social issues.
The jurors, South Surrey painter and portraitist Deborah Putman, Kwantlen University visual arts instructor Ana Black and Surrey Art Gallery assistant curator Brian Foreman have chosen works with an eye to diversity of media and approaches to the contemporary portrait.
White Rock’s Elizabeth Hollick received first place for her painting Care Giver, a moving portrayal of the changing roles in personal relationships. Second place was awarded to Surrey’s Lisa Chen for Time Reflections, an exploration of family resemblance and relationships, while Langley’s Greg Dawes received third place honours for Suburbia Obscura which uses digital photography and the ancient camera obscura to add suburban imagery to his self-portrait.
Honourable mentions went to White Rock’s Thorsten Gohl and Hanif Janmohamend of Roberts Creek.
The exhibition continues to Dec. 16 at the gallery, 13750 88 Ave.