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Immigrant experience bridged by art at Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation exhibit

Douglas College’s Amelia Douglas Gallery showcases a mixed-media exhibit by three immigrant artists: Sidi Schaffer, Sorour Abdollahi and Devora Jan. 16- Feb. 29.

Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation highlights the artists’ – who are also friends – shared “echo” of their outlook on life, art and the immigrant experience. Despite their contrasting cultural origins, their friendship transcends age, space, traditions and societies, said the trio in their artists’ statement

Sidi Schaffer, from Romania, uses a collection of dried flowers and leaves for her paintings and collages, whichare inspired by her love and respect for nature, as well as drawing inspiration from the spiritual world.

Sorour Abdollahi is from Iran. Her abstract paintings include depictions of ancient Persian culture, ruins and architecture. Abdollahi describes her work as “the mediation between the modern and the ancient, the old and the new, the West and the East.”

Devora is from California. Her abstract paintings and collages include flowing colours and whimsical forms. She describes her work as dreams and stories which touch the “inner world of emotion,” through the usage of symbols and metaphors.

“This group exhibit is a story of fluidity and change through an evolutional journey, bridged by memories of their past, embracing of cultural diversities, and the relationship built between them,” said Krista Graham, Douglas College Arts Events Officer. “It’s a story that stirs one to reflect on their own journey and look towards the future with a sense of bravery and excitement for what might come next.”

Three Echoes: Hope and Transformation runs in the Amelia Douglas Gallery Jan. 16–Feb. 29, with an opening reception Jan. 16, 4:30–7:30pm. An artists’ talk will be held Jan. 21, 6:30–7:30pm. The gallery, on the fourth floor of Douglas College’s New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave., is a non-profit organization run by members of the Art Exhibits Committee at Douglas College.

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