Art Exhibition: Sarinder Dhaliwal

On Saturday September 21st, 2013 at 7:30 pm, the Surrey Art Gallery is opening a new exhibition, featuring fabulous artists Sarinder Dhaliwal, Sylvia Grace Borda and Jeremy Herndl (in collaboration), Nancy Paterson, and Sylvia Grace Borda (solo).

Wonderful that you’re interested in art, Janet, you say, but what does this have to do with children’s literature?

Ah, I’m so glad you asked. There’s an interesting tale behind this. Because, you see, one of Sarinder Dhaliwal’s featured pieces was “inspired by Sarindar’s mother’s illiteracy and reservations about the readerliness of her young daughter,” to quote UBC prof Mary Chapman. The art in question is a beautiful work of fourteen joined fairy tale books, the script on which makes reference to Andrew Lang’s coloured fairy tale books, to Sarinder’s own childhood, to libraries, and, of course, to reading.

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Well worth checking out, don’t you think? (Ha ha. Pun!)

More about the exhibition can be found here: http://www.surrey.ca/files/ExhibitionInvitation.pdf

I’m informed that the piece above will go on sale after the exhibition closes – lucky person or gallery who acquires it! I wonder if there is writing inside, or if the pages are waiting for words…