Artist Elizabeth Carefoot will give a free illustrated talk at the Surrey Art Gallery on Nov. 6.

Tales and images of the Middle East uncovered

Artist Elizabeth Carefoot explores facts and fantasies of the sultan's harem during a presentation at the Surrey Art Gallery Nov. 6.

Curious about the history of harems and how they’ve been represented?

On Nov. 6, Surrey-based artist Elizabeth Carefoot will explore the facts and myths of the sultan’s harem as part of the Thursday Artist Talk speaker series at the Surrey Art Gallery.

In her illustrated presentation, she’ll question the tales and images about the Middle East brought home by early travellers and painters from Europe and the West, such as languid women in sensual poses lounging on cushions or around a pool sniffing roses.

“We are all familiar with the evocative paintings by artists of the time, but how true to life are these?” Carefoot asks.

Carefoot’s interest in the Middle East has spanned 40 years and has strongly influenced her art practice. She has worked in many different types of media including fibre, pottery, oil, latex, and watercolour, although she currently considers herself a fabric artist. Carefoot retired after a long career at the Instructional Media Centre at SFU Burnaby. Over the years, she has served on several boards, and currently sits on the Surrey Art Gallery Association. She was recently awarded a 2014 Civic Treasure Award from the City of Surrey to celebrate her outstanding contribution to Surrey’s cultural sector.

Thursday’s talk is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9 p.m. Refreshments are provided. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with the Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art, and be part of a community that actively supports the Surrey Art Gallery.

Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750 88 Ave. For more information, call 604-501-5566 or check



Just Posted

Woman found dead in Okanagan Lake identified as Surrey resident

Police ‘do not believe criminality was involved’ in the death of 29-year-old Caitlin Bradley

Subdivision, townhome proposals for Cloverdale neighbourhood move forward

Cloverdale Community Assocation opposes subdivision, agrees with BIA’s support of townhomes

Students run blood, stem cell donor drive at Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade

Volunteer youth group One Blood for Life aims to create a more ethnically diverse stem cell registry

‘I feel ready for it’: On a BMX, Surrey man is ‘Cycling for Sobriety’ across Canada

Mat Fee will depart Halifax on May 1 to raise money and awareness for John Volken Academy

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Anti-SOGI activist slams ban on B.C. dad speaking out about transgender son’s case

A judge has told the father to stop publicly objecting to his son’s gender

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Victims injured in Lower Mainland deck collapse ranged from 15 to 83 years old

Victim Services staff have reached out to those hurt and their families

‘Ghost restaurants’ cooked up by Joseph Richard Group to meet demand of delivered food

The new Meal Ticket Brands venture aims to ‘disrupt’ the local restaurant industry

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Torched SUV linked to Vancouver’s fourth homicide

Manoj Kumar, 30, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the Kitsilano neighbourhood

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Most Read