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Surrey artist writes her way to a dream

06jun7:30 pm9:00 pmSurrey artist writes her way to a dream7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Details

Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery Association announces their June Thursday Artist Talk with writer Doreen Brust Johnson at Surrey Art Gallery on June 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. titled “A Dream is to Write.” Admission is free.

Canadian historical fiction novelist Doreen Brust Johnson tells her story of writing novels while having no formal education beyond grade eleven. She will take the audience through her early years growing up on a small farm in Saskatchewan to where she is now: a published author with three books titled Walking Barefoot in my ShoesSounds in My Shadow, and Momma, Momma, the Preacher’s Comin’. The latter depicts her mother’s life as a pioneer in the barren north where their family struggled to survive.

“Throughout my life, I’ve learned that being poor meant I would need to do it myself. Determination, desire, and tears brought me through.”

In addition to sharing her writing journey and how she navigated the publishing world, Doreen will tell stories of northern prairie life, making history come alive for the audience. Copies of her books will be available to purchase at the talk.

About the Artist

Doreen Brust Johnson was born in 1939 and raised in a log cabin north of Carrot River, Saskatchewan. Her parents were homesteaders. She spent her teen years in Vancouver. After completing grade eleven, she needed to leave school to go to work. Letters to friends and relatives and short stories for newsletters were her only outlet to fulfilling her writing desire. With an unfilled passion for writing at age 76, she seized an opportunity to write her first story. Two more novels soon followed. Doreen lives in Surrey.

About Surrey Art Gallery Association

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 Surrey Art Gallery.


About Surrey Art Gallery

Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art.

Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free. Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.



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