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Burnaby Art Gallery adds a touch of art to every day routine

Haydn Thomas' artwork is partly inspired by patterns he was surrounded by in his childhood. (Courtesy Harry Booth)

Haydn Thomas’ artwork is partly inspired by patterns he was surrounded by in his childhood. (Courtesy Harry Booth)

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life,” Pablo Picasso once said.

Residents of the Lower Mainland are surrounded by local art in their daily routines: on SkyTrain platforms, downtown street corners, and on the walls of numerous coffee shops.

Burnaby Art Gallery found a new way to share art in its community. The gallery has made it a tradition to display art in public libraries, adding a touch of aesthetic beauty to a place of knowledge.

Three offsite exhibitions have been launched at the Burnaby libraries in November: The Natural Numeral at McGill; Rare Books at Tommy Douglas; and ESC CTRL at the Bob Prittie library. While the first two exhibitions draw from the gallery’s permanent collections, ESC CTRL displays some of the works of the local artist Haydn Thomas for the first time.

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