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Artists Among Us - Artists Painting Art

Alfonso Tejada, an Urban Design Planner with the District of North Vancouver was featured in the Artists Among Us series last year. His recent watercolour of Ken Lum's public art work from shangri-la to shangri-la located at Maplewood Flats is so lovely that it compelled us to give him another spot in this month's eNews.


The District of North Vancouver and the North Vancouver Arts Office unveiled Ken Lum’s sculptural installation in July 2012. Lum’s work takes its form from the architecture of squatters’ cabins located at Maplewood Flats on the north shore of Burrard Inlet during the early to mid-twentieth century.

In its new location at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, from shangri-la to shangri-la has attracted local artists like Alfonso who enjoy painting and sketching 'en plein air' also known as 'painting outdoors'. According to Alfonso, "plein air painting allows artists to see, feel, smell and touch the reality of the amazing world in which we live."

Learn more about Ken Lum's public art work from shangri-la to shangri-la at www.artsoffice.ca


Artists Among Us
We're broadening our horizons for the Artists Among Us series beyond municipal workers and will now welcome submissions from community members. Artists Among Us shines a light on a different person each month relating the story of a talent or artistic passion that they pursue outside of their day job! The Arts Office wants to share these stories in a fun and creative manner in hopes that they will inspire others while making us all aware of the creativity that surrounds us every day.

If you're interested in being an Artist Among Us, please email Barb McLean at the Arts Office at