Surrey Art Gallery is hosting a free Family Day event on June 10.

Surrey Art Gallery is hosting a free Family Day event on June 10.

Family Day at Surrey Art Gallery this weekend

Free event Sunday encourages artistic exploration for all ages.

In celebration of exhibitions whose artworks explore technology and the environment, Surrey Art Gallery will host a Family Day this Sunday (June 10) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring family-friendly activities inspired by Vision Machine: Marianne Nicolson and Etienne Zack, and Cao Fei: Simulus, this drop-in event invites families to explore, enjoy and create art together.

Suggested donation is $4 per child. Children must be with an adult. Everyone is welcome.

• Be an art detective, and search for mysterious machines in the gallery;

• Paint a colourful vision machine inspired by Etienne Zack’s vibrant paintings;

• Craft a supernatural being after experiencing Marianne Nicolson’s shadow machine;

• View Cao Fei’s fictional city then construct your own futuristic clay city;

• Join an artist at an easel to create a still-life based on technological gadgets;

• Enjoy the magical art of shadow puppetry in Mind of a Snail’s “The Whale’s Back” at 2 p.m. Limited seating. Free tickets on-site.

In Vision Machine, the relationships between cultural history, scientific vision, and the environment are central to the large-scale paintings of L.A.-based Canadian artist Etienne Zack, and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson’s etched-glass shadow machine. Simulus, by Cao Fei, one of China’s acclaimed new generation of artists, presents an interactive video game, and two videos constructed from ‘real’ events that have taken place in the online environment Second Life.

Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous donation to Family Day made by Langley Opus Framing & Art Supplies and its customers.

The gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. Call 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/arts for further information.