Ladner barbershop launches gallery space for local artists

Billie’s Barbershop in Ladner Village has always been a unique spot to get a haircut.

With its vintage motif and eclectic sensibilities, you had a smile on your face the moment you walked in the door.

Now there’s another reason to check out the 48th Avenue shop – a gallery space for local artists.

Adina Shore and Mathieu Barbin created the space following last year’s popular Art Walk & Wine Stroll hosted by the Ladner Business Association.

“It was such a success that I decided to keep the gallery and show different artists every few months,” Shore said. “We are very excited to be able to bring some art into the community and have a proper gallery space, albeit small. Our goal is to cultivate artistic growth in our community by inspiring and engaging as many people as we can, young and old.”

The gallery is called Wepresent and is open during barbershop hours.

“We will present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of culture and nature around us,” she said. “There will also be an opening ‘ArtSocial’ event for each new show.”

The current show is by local photographer Rick Pelletier, a fine art photographer and teacher who specializes in photo-based digital imaging.

His work now is mainly documentary in nature, using both black and white and colour. He enjoys manipulating the colour to enhance the feeling of the initial image to bring about a complete palate of experiences. Pelletier’s images contain the obvious, but look carefully as there can be some very subtle surprises.

The next show at the gallery starts March 26 featuring another local photographer, Trint Thomas.

To find out more about the gallery and inquire about showcasing work, contact Shore at: wepresentartsocial@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy Rick Pelletier

Viva Cuba Libre is one of the images currently on display at Billie’s Barbershop’s Wepresent gallery.

 

Photos courtesy Adina Shore

Billie’s Barbershop’s Wepresent gallery.

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