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Burnaby’s ‘rockstar’ Mandarin duck part of art show at renovated gallery

Luminescence kicks off on March 20
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Burnaby's John Preissl. Laurie Beeman photo

An art show that was postponed a year by COVID-19 returns soon with Burnaby’s most famous duck making a start appearance.

Luminescence opens on March 20 and runs until April 17 in the Deer Lake gallery.

This group exhibition by the Burnaby Arts council includes Burnaby photographer John Preissl, who will have one of his photos of Trevor the Mandarin duck, called a “rockstar” by the artist due to his enduring popularity with visitors to Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake. (The duck has been cheekily nicknamed Trevor by local photographers in reference to the character Trevor – the Mandarin – in Iron Man 3.)

“Of course I had to have Trevor in the show,” Preissl told the NOW. “All of my photos in the show are from Deer Lake, except the Trevor shot, which is from Burnaby Lake. I am honoured to be accepted into this show with so many talented artists. This art show blows me away.”

“It’s been one year since we postponed the 2020 Luminescence exhibition and 4 months since we temporarily closed the gallery for major renovations,” reads a statement by the arts council. “So, our return is two-fold. The opening of Luminescence 2021 will celebrate the show that didn’t happen, while welcoming you all into our brand new gallery space. We hope you’ll join us and enjoy the new year, with a new space, and new exhibition.”

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, gallery visits will be by appointment only. To allow for proper physical distance between individual visitors and groups, the space is currently limited to six individuals at a time with masks mandatory. A full outline of Covid-19 guidelines can be found here.

Bookings can be made by emailing or call ahead at 604-298-7322.