Gallery Owner, Trudy Van Dop
Trudy Van Dop has worked and volunteered in the arts and cultural community of Britsh Columbia for over 20 years. Her strong, personal passion for supporting local artists has led her to create one of the most unique art galleries in western Canada.
Van Dop’s name has become synonymous in BC with raising the profile of the arts and cultural sector and promoting communities. Her passion for this local talent evolved into publishing the Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia: a 128-page, full-colour, year-round guide to the arts, culture and heritage of BC and in 2002 developed and launched the annual BC Cultural Crawl — a celebration of the arts and cultural treasures throughout BC.
Trudy’s gallery, in her home and garden, showcases over 100 artists from across Canada. She provides art consulting services for individual and corporate clients and is a recognized judge for many juried exhibitions.
Van Dop is past President of the Crafts Association of BC, past Cultural Program Director for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival, and a founding member of Design Vancouver, Design BC and the Arts and Cultural Highway. She curated several inaugural exhibitions at the Canadian Craft Museum and established the CMM Museum Shop. She is an active member and past director of Vancouver Coast & Mountains Region and Tourism Vancouver. Currently Van Dop serves as Vice President of Tourism New Westminster, Spirit of BC 2010 Committee, chair of the Splash Fine Art and Craft Collection for Arts Umbrella, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Club.
She is a mother of four and has been a resident of New Westminster, BC for over 35 years.
Owner, Van Dop Gallery
Showcasing over 100 artists and artisans, the gallery is filled with beautiful objects d'art. The concept is to transform art into an intimate experience, and to show how art can become a part of one's everyday life. Visitors experience both the beauty and functionality of art, feeling the spirit of each piece and seeing how it can enrich their lives.
Publisher, Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia
Since 1999, Van Dop & Associates has published the Arts & Cultural Guide to British Columbia — the only year-round guide of its kind featuring the arts, culture and heritage of BC. With its easy-to-follow format, and its sister website www.art-bc.com, you can create your own self-guided tour around the province. For a 3-year subscription, click here »
President, Van Dop & Associates
In addition to publishing and producing the Arts & Cultural Guide to BC, Van Dop & Associates is a leader in the following business areas:
- Art Consulting Service: Art for your business symbolizes corporate beliefs and reflects your company's personality. Art is just one of the many ways you communicate to your customers and employees. With the Van Dop Corporate Art Consulting Service, you'll reap the benefit of Trudy Van Dop's experience and art intuition which enable her to match your needs with the perfect artist.
- Recognition & Promotional Programs: We help you set your business apart by providing handmade gifts that compliment the personalities of your employees and customers, make them feel proud of their accomplishments and their association with your company.