June 7, 2018 | Thursday Artist Talk: Emilie Mae, “Palette Knife Adventures”

How can you describe love, pain, joy, and heartbreak?

So many experiences in life lack adequate words, but perhaps can be expressed through the language of art. Meet visual artist Emilie Mae who will share her practice and motivations as an abstract expressionist painter, as well as her process in creating energetic compositions that involve both intensive planning and spontaneous expression.

In an illustrated talk titled “Palette Knife Adventures,” Mae will take the audience through her unique approach to abstract expressionism using oil paint and palette knives. She’ll reveal her technique of working with brushes, her experiences of living in three different locales (Vancouver, Detroit, and Kauai), and how her deep appreciation for poetry knits together the experiences that shape her art.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

About the Artist

Emilie Mae is an American abstract painter living and working in White Rock, BC. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Michigan and the greater United States, and is in private, public, and corporate collections including those of Henry Ford Hospital and the Bank of Ann Arbor. Notable exhibition venues include the Museum of New Art, the Ella Sharp Museum, and Michigan State College of Law, in addition to Mae’s gallery representation at Galerie Camille (Detroit, MI), Beaudry Gallery (Dallas, TX), The Northville Gallery (Northville, MI), and River’s Edge Gallery (Wyandotte, MI). Mae is currently studying painting at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


June 7, 2018


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC