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Amelia Douglas Gallery

Current exhibit

T H R E E  E C H O E S:

“H O P E  A N D  T R A N S F O R M A T I O N”

S I D I  S C H A F F E R   ~  S O R O U R  A B D O L L A H I    ~   D E V O R A

PLEASE NOTE, our Opening Reception has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Opening reception: Tuesday January 21, 5:30-8:00 pm
Live music, refreshments & no-host bar 

Artist's Talk: Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 pm

Exhibit runs January 16 - February 29, 2020

The work proposed for this show is the culmination of our personal relationships and our professional collaboration. We are from three continents – Europe, the Middle East and North America with diverse backgrounds, experiences and cultures.

We met in an art workshop and felt an instant connection soon discovering we had similar values and inspirations in both our works and our lives. What characterizes our art is our mutual love and desire to create and respect for the process of expressing oneself. We use various combinations of acrylic, pastel, graphite, watercolour, prints, or collage on canvas, paper or board.

 Art transcends the limitations of time, space, language and cultural background. The echoes from within spill over onto the canvases. Together our works create a dialogue of hope and transformation;  a new vision of the world which is borderless, free and peaceful.

We invite the public to engage with our experiences as immigrants and our individual and collective journeys.

The three of us are fascinated with the mysteries of this world and beyond. Sidi draws inspiration from the natural and spiritual worlds, Sorour from the cultural and historical world and Devora from the inner world. 

In her works Sidi combines the abstract and figurative expressing the concept of unity in the spiritual and physical realms. Her latest works, using a collection of dried flowers and leaves, are inspired by her love and respect for nature. She incorporates them with prints, painting and collage in her abstracted landscapes, creating a new reality: a world of imagination and renewal.

Sorour’s works depict emerging and fading landscapes. Using collage, a multilayering technique and mixed media, these paintings speak of the process of constantly changing and evolving cultures, urban fabric and personal memory. They portray the wider transformations that leave their mark on the internal and external landscapes, and their interplay, through processes of migration, modernity and urbanization.

Through the use of symbols and metaphor in painting and collage, Devora’s latest works explore the surreal and the play between abstract and representational images of landscape and figure to convey emotion, dream and story.

Our mutual experiences as immigrants form a bridge that transverses our respective cultures and values. Our ideal, of different cultures living in harmony, is reflected in our own personal experiences in which intimate exposure to the world of “the other” unearths commonalities and gives rise to a greater depth of understanding about our own lives.

Our very collaboration is a microcosm of a greater ideal and hope for humanity.

Please join us for an opening reception from 4:30 - 7:30 pm on January 16th, in the Amelia Douglas Gallery. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

For further information, please email


Monday - Friday 10:00 am -7:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The gallery is closed between exhibits.

Fourth Floor North, Douglas College
700 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, BC
One block from the New Westminster Skytrain Station.

For more information, please contact the Arts Events Officer, or 604-527-5723.

Douglas College Library Digital Archive: Amelia Douglas Digital Living Memory Art gallery


Upcoming Exhibit

Collaborative Alchemy

November 1 - December 14, 2019

Works by Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz

Opening reception: Friday, November 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Live music, refreshments, no-host bar

Artist's Talk: Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 pm, in the gallery