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  2. Clearly the government has been negligent in not making any kind of decent effort to build social housing for the past number of years. The result is money being spent on moping up the mess of lives that become broken and dysfunctional. What I don't like to see is landlords being targeted as the root of the problem. One of the biggest costs to a landlord after the initial mortgage on the property is TAXES. There is something unsustainable when it costs almost five hundred dollars a month just for property taxes. People who own their own homes are struggling to hang on and so end up adding one more room to an existing suite in order to make it a two bedroom. Sometimes people are moved to take a serious look at the idea of an Air Bnb because the income is so much higher. Anything .....that will help with the crushing taxes. (Our house taxes went up 10% this year). The money has to come from somewhere. It's hard Not to increase the rent allowed by the BC rental rules every year when your taxes go up by 10% ......and so it is no wonder that there is a rental problem in Victoria. My point is that taxes are suffocating people who own any kind of property. It's not about greed. It's about families trying to make ends meet.
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    April 19–July 8 / May 6–Oct 8 SURVIVAL BY DESIGN: The Legacy of Early Modern architecture in Victoria Legacy Galleries: Downtown / Maltwood, UVic The two decades post-WWII saw some of the most intensive urban development Victoria has witnessed. From a small group of architects emerged a “West Coast Style” through initiatives such as Centennial Square, the UVic campus, high-rises and commercial buildiings which still define the urban landscape and influence how we use it. Two exhibits document this unique architectural legacy, captured by photographer John Taylor. 630 Yates St and McPherson Library, UVic. www.legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562.
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    Continuing to June 10 West Coast Artists Group Show West End Gallery A group exhibition as unique as the artists who paint them! Whether it’s classic depictions of the rugged West Coast or a more whimsical take on West Coast life these paintings capture the essence of the landscape. Participating artists include: Steven Armstrong, Naomi Cairns, Richard Cole, Ken Faulks, Greta Guzek, Dana Irving, Patricia Johnston, Paul Jorgensen, Mary Ann Laing, Glenn Payan, Deborah Tilby and Peter Wyse. Show above is a work by Naomi Cairns of Cortes Island. Open daily. 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com.
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    Join us for the launch of two exciting new books from Victoria’s Poet Laureate, Yvonne Blomer, and local poet Karen Enns. Follow Yvonne’s 4,000 km journey through Southeast Asia by bicycle in her travel memoir, Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lampur. Part love story, part cycling adventure, Sugar Ride explores the love of cycling and the roads it can pull you up, down and along. In her third collection of poetry, Cloud Physics, Karen Enns ranges over endings of many kinds: cultural, ecological, and personal. But the poems are also replete with affirmations of love, of music and language, and of our rootedness in place and history.
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    Join us for the launch of two exciting collections of poetry from award-winning poet Lorna Crozier and debut Victoria poet Rhonda Ganz! In her newest collection, What the Soul Doesn't Want, Lorna Crozier describes the passage of time in the way that only she can. Her arresting, edgy poems about aging and grief are surprising and invigorating: a defiant balm. In her debut collection, Frequent, Small Loads of Laundry, poet Rhonda Ganz brazenly mixes darks with lights and dares to peg out the quirky and bizarre, both real and imagined, with all seams showing.
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    Antebody engages the ante-act of placing the body at the forefront, both by working with bodily gestural processes of felting, embroidery and paper cutting, and by conceptually exploring the questions of what it means to negotiate the body - materialities which are not entirely ours to control, our anti-bodies, bodies which tire without us willing them so, become ill, are colonized by the other, inhabit others and are mutated. The Opening Reception is Friday June 9th from 7-9pm with the show running Saturdays/Sundays from 12-4 until June 25th. An artist talk on June 25th at 3:00 pm will wrap up the last day of the exhibition. Xchanges Gallery and Studios, 6E-2333 Government St.
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    Ever wanted to learn about filmmaking with a group of likewise enthusiastic but inexperienced folks? Absolute Beginners is a perfect place to learn the basics about filmmaking in a supportive educational atmosphere from an experienced filmmaker. Bryan Skinner returns to present another instalment of this essential hands-on workshop.Absolute BeginnersNewbie filmmakers 4-Part workshop series with Bryan SkinnerJune 17-18 + 24-25, 201712-4pm$175 members / $225 non-membersThis workshop is delivered over two weekends REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 11 Register at the CineVic Online Store >> Facebook Event >> Day One we will be learning about film set terminology, set roles, and some safety. Then we will break out the sound gear and learn about where to point a mic or pin a lavaliere to record dialogue. Day Two is "Lights, Camera, Action!" Day. We start by learning to basics about lighting techniques, and then break out a lighting kit. After lunch, we focus on cameras with some theory and hands on work. Day Three we reconvene to talk about how to produce a small project and direction. We will look at production design and scheduling, and script breakdown. We will discuss story boarding and shot lists. A local actor will come in for the last hour for a discussion about the craft of acting and how directors can assist with performance. One scene scripts will be distributed for homework to implement the concepts learned that day. Day Four is "Game Day". It all comes together as we use the sound, lighting, and camera to shoot a small scene with two actors. We will be swapping so that everyone gets to try a variety of different roles. A final edit will be posted for the class to view their work. BIO: Bryan Skinner is a graduate of Vancouver Film School, a producer, director, and editor with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of film and video production. His award winning films have screened internationally. http://www.cinevic.ca
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    Ever wanted to learn about filmmaking with a group of likewise enthusiastic but inexperienced folks? Absolute Beginners is a perfect place to learn the basics about filmmaking in a supportive educational atmosphere from an experienced filmmaker. Bryan Skinner returns to present another instalment of this essential hands-on workshop.Absolute BeginnersNewbie filmmakers 4-Part workshop series with Bryan SkinnerJune 17-18 + 24-25, 201712-4pm$175 members / $225 non-membersThis workshop is delivered over two weekends REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 11 Register at the CineVic Online Store >> Facebook Event >> Day One we will be learning about film set terminology, set roles, and some safety. Then we will break out the sound gear and learn about where to point a mic or pin a lavaliere to record dialogue. Day Two is "Lights, Camera, Action!" Day. We start by learning to basics about lighting techniques, and then break out a lighting kit. After lunch, we focus on cameras with some theory and hands on work. Day Three we reconvene to talk about how to produce a small project and direction. We will look at production design and scheduling, and script breakdown. We will discuss story boarding and shot lists. A local actor will come in for the last hour for a discussion about the craft of acting and how directors can assist with performance. One scene scripts will be distributed for homework to implement the concepts learned that day. Day Four is "Game Day". It all comes together as we use the sound, lighting, and camera to shoot a small scene with two actors. We will be swapping so that everyone gets to try a variety of different roles. A final edit will be posted for the class to view their work. BIO: Bryan Skinner is a graduate of Vancouver Film School, a producer, director, and editor with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of film and video production. His award winning films have screened internationally. http://www.cinevic.ca
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    Maritime Museum of BC hosts Victoria Day Block Party with The Union Club Monday, May 22nd marks the launch of a special Victoria Day Block Party hosted by the Maritime Museum of BC and the Union Club to celebrate Canada 150 and the Union Club's new status as a National Historic Site. If you plan to be attending the Victoria Day parade, head down to the Victoria Day Block Party - where there will be lots of fun for people of all ages. David Leverton, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum of B.C. stated that, "this is a great collaboration with the Union Club and several local area businesses. In addition to commemorating the Union Club's designation as a National Historic Site, we are also celebrating our rich maritime heritage as part of Canada's 150th anniversary." Free and open to the public, the Block Party (on Humboldt Street, between Government and Douglas) kicks off at 1PM and will feature several food vendors, musical performances, and family-friendly activities. Activities and Events The Block Party is sponsored by several local businesses including the Union Club, Browns Social Club, 10 Acres, Braefoot Community Association, Milestone's, Catalano, Five Star Whale Watching, Phillips Brewery, and Sam’s Deli. It will include family-friendly activities, including the return of Pirate School, crafts, games, face painting, interactive Lego builds, and a bouncy castle. There will also be performances by the Greater Victoria Concert Band and Davis High School Band, tours of the Union Club and a beer garden for people over the age of 19. Entrance to the Maritime Museum of BC will be by donation. Block Party as Fundraiser for Community Programs All activities and admission to the museum will be by donation, with proceeds going to support the museum’s outreach programs for schools and community groups. For further information, please contact: Rachel Meyer Front of House Manager Maritime Museum of BC rmeyer@mmbc.bc.ca, 250-385-4222 ext. 105
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    ARTISTS: Indigenous Artists Collective EVENT: Indigenous Artists Collective Inaugural Meeting GENRE: Visual arts PLACE: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, second floor DATES: May 30th, from 6-9PM ADMISSION: FREE On May 30th at 6:00 pm at Open Space Arts Society, founding members of the Indigenous Artists Collective (IAC) will host an information session, a call for membership, and a celebration the inauguration of the IAC. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm a meeting will take place to discuss and collectively envision the future of IAC. If you identify as an Indigenous person with a creative practice, you are invited to to share your thoughts, visions and ideas about how participating in an Indigenous arts collective could benefit you, your practice, and your community. From 8:00 to 9:00 pm the collective will introduce this year’s iteration of the Indigenous Emerging Artists Program (formerly the Indigenous Youth Arts Program) and its exciting line-up of workshops and programming facilitated by a new group of acclaimed Indigenous mentor artiists. Food and refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm. K.W. : (778) 676-2456 or A.H. :(250) 580-8939 indigenousartistscollective@gmail.com The Indigenous Artists Collective wishes to acknowledge that it is located on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territories, specifically, the lands of the Lekwungen speaking people, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 15 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. For more information about accessibility please call 250-383-8833 or emailoffice@openspace.ca The Indigenous Artists Collective and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program were made possible through the generous support of the First Peoples' Cultural Council Aboriginal Arts Development Award. The collective also wishes to acknowledge and give thanks to the mentorship and support of Open Space Arts Society.
  14. Update on Martin Watts' lawsuit in the Times Colonist, Tuesday May 16, 2017: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-forester-pays-high-price-for-doing-honest-job-1.19956225 And in Desmog Canada, Friday May 12, 2017: https://www.desmog.ca/2017/05/12/civil-suit-alleges-b-c-blacklisting-forestry-consultant-who-warned-timber-overcutting-faulty-data
  15. seems when the professionals are hobbled and thretened by their superiors and not being able to voice their concerns and be a professional for the greater public good, there is no fairness and shame on the federal and provincial governments for strong arming these public servants who have the greater public awareness withheld by the upper management and upper government who want the public blind and ignorant. We grow up and try to instill these fair and just traits with our children and the governments train those under them to be conniving and not divulging all that is true. The norm is going out the window.
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    Explore Island View Beach Drop-in Event Sunday, May 21 | 11am-2pm Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich) Drop-in Event for All ages Victoria, BC- Come with your curiosity to explore Island View Beach! Join us for fun activities and guided walks as we explore the fascinating creatures that live here.Look for the CRD tent by the picnic area off Homathko Road. Please leave your pets at home. For inquiries contact CRD Regional Parks at 250.478.3344 or visit www.crd.bc.ca/about/events.
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    Beechey Head Guided Adult Hike Saturday, May 20 | 10am-2pm East Sooke Regional Park (East Sooke) Guided Adult Hike for 18 years+ Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for a west coast exploration from Aylard Farm to Beechey Head Point. We will explore a piece of paradise hiking a trail that winds along the ocean, passing arbutus bluffs and kelp forests along the way. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, pack a lunch and water. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register as space is limited. Call 250.478.3344 by May 17.
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    Press Release May 9, 2017 Metchosin Community Association Metchosin Mighty Garage Sale The Metchosin Community Association is holding their annual Mighty Garage Sale on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2017 from 9am – 3pm at 4430 Happy Valley Rd. The sale is in support of the Metchosin Community Association and other local groups. The Mighty Metchosin Garage Sale has become a cool place to banter with neighbors, stock up on ‘new-to-you stuff’ at great prices, enjoy food from the cantina, and bid on collectible Silent Auction items. This event is a fund-raiser for the Metchosin Community Association but it’s also an annual community event that enables families in Metchosin to support the Association’s work by donating things to the sale. The Metchosin Community Association is a non profit group that is a“community- building” organization, open to all members of the community, with the purpose of initiating, encouraging and organizing a variety of educational, recreational, cultural and other community activities within Metchosin. The Metchosin Community House serves as an information and resource centre for the entire community. Twice a week, it becomes the day-time “home” to senior members of the community, in conjunction with the VIHA Adult Day Program. Partnering, on occasion, with the Emergency Opperations Committee, Juan de Fuca Parks and Recreation, Pearson College of the Pacific, Sooke School District and West Shore Arts Council and other local agencies and organizations and has provided excellent service to our community. Sometimes the House is an art gallery, a choir venue, a gourmet dinner venue, a place to meet, to entertain, to inform, to create, to “comfort” and, most of all, to encourage volunteers who support all that is good about living here in Metchosin. Please browse this web site further info and to learn of current programmes, events and other items of interest. Learn More: Visit the Metchosin Community House website at: www.metchosincommunityhouse.com
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    Join us on Sunday, May 28th at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, for the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle East when Dr. Andrew Wender will explore the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East. Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East. Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions. Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served. “The political geography of the Middle East seems to exemplify the pivotal, ongoing role of revolutions in (re)constructing the modern world. To take just a few illustrations, consider how states like Egypt and Iran have been forged by revolutions and how the now-100 year-old Russian revolution has had myriad reverberations throughout the region. Though today, in the tumultuous wake of such processes as the 2011- Arab uprisings, the recent consolidation of power by a figure like Turkey's Erdogan, and broader global dynamics ranging from geo-strategic rivalries to discontented populism, it is especially challenging to assess the whipsawing forces of revolution and counter-revolution. Applying new thinking about the nature of revolution, Andrew will offer a critical vantage point on emerging significances for the region." Dr. Wender is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria with a cross appointment in the Departments of Political Science and History. His teaching and research interests include worldwide, historical and contemporary intersections among politics, society, law, and religion; Middle East politics and history; and comparative political thought. At Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue in Victoria BC.
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    June 10 – September 4, 2017 PICTURING THE GIANTS The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, www.aggv.ca PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE Sat, June 10 | All Day CURATED BY MICHELLE JACQUES | Pollard Gallery Growth had repaired all the damage and hidden the scars. There were second-growth trees, lusty and fine, tall-standing, bracken and sword ferns, sallal, rose and blackberry vines, useless trees that nobody cuts, trees ill-shaped and twisty that stood at the foot of those mighty arrow-straight monarchs long since chewed by steel teeth in the might mills, chewed into utility, nailed into houses, churches, telephone poles, all the “woodsyness” extracted, nothing remaining but wood. Emily Carr, “A Tabernacle in the Wood, 1935,” Hundreds and Thousands Emily Carr’s output reveals an artist whose style and content continually evolved. Philosophically, however, at the root of her entire oeuvre, is an unwavering love of nature and the landscapes that surrounded her. Over the years, the AGGV’s collection of Carr’s work has formed the foundation of several exhibitions, each examining the artist’s career from a different viewpoint. Picturing the Giants uses the lens of her increasing interest in environmental issues. In journal entry above, Carr expresses the contradiction she sees between the spiritual and utilitarian value of trees; she also describes a belief that cutting and regrowth could be well-managed. Picturing the Giants will also consider the question “What would Carr think of today’s treatment of our forests?”
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    Mirror with Memory June 17, 2017 to Sep 4, 2017 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, www.aggv.ca Curated by Stephen Topfer | Drury Gallery This year marks the 75th anniversary of the uprooting, dispossession and exile of 22,000 Japanese Canadians from the coast of this province. Mirror with Memory explores the contributions of one such community through the creative lens of the Hayashi/Kitamura/Matsubuchi photo studio which operated in Cumberland BC from 1912 to 1942. The photos in this exhibition capture lives, families, working conditions, friends and history, describing a community that was thriving and hard at work and speak to the vital contributions of Japanese Canadians to British Columbia's social fabric. In partnership with the Cumberland Museum and Archives and supported by materials from Cumberland, the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Nikkei National Museum this exhibition highlights 35 works representing the studio's 30 years of operation. Mirror with Memory is further supplemented by a larger selection of life size projections conveying a sense of the scope of the studio's output and the scale of the Cumberland Museum's collection of some of the 800 glass plate negatives.
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    Karen Tam With wings like clouds hung from the sky 大鵬就振翼 June 3, 2017 to Sep 4, 2017 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, www.aggv.ca Curated by Haema Sivanesan | Graham Gallery An artist named Lee Nam, a Chinese immigrant to British Columbia at the turn of the 20th century, is known solely through the journals of Emily Carr. Carr refers to Nam as a painter, a friend, and someone she regarded as a fellow outsider. In her book,The House of All Sorts, Carr, who mounted art exhibitions in her home, recalls how she met Lee Nam. "A young Chinese came to my door carrying a roll of painting. He had heard about the exhibtion, had come to show his work to me - beautiful watercolours done in Oriental style. He was very anxious to carry his work further...I invited him to show in place of the flower painter adn he hung a beautiful exhibition." Montreal-based artist Karen Tam, draws on archival research to speculate on artistic influence and exchange between Carr and Nam. Tam re-imagines Lee Nam's painting studio, on Cormorant Street in Victoria's Chinatown, to evoke the presence of an unknown artist. Carr recorded that Lee Nam wanted to take art lessons from her as he had a keen interest in Western culture. Yet, she saw him as a representative of Oriental art, and through him had direct access to Chinese brush painting. In observing his paintings, Carr witnessed an economy of means and spontaneity; she appreciated the life and spirit given to his paintings and wanted him to teach her. Carr's experiments with brush painting of the 1930's, exploring British Columbia's coastal landscapes, led her to develop a technique using oils thinned with gasoline on brown paper. Her works from the mid-1930's parallel painting formulae outlined in The Mustard Seed Garden Manual, a Quing dynasty manual of Chinese landscape painting. The two artists apparently exchanged paintings. So, somewhere in the archives of Emily Carr are works by Lee Nam. And perhaps somewhere in China is an unknown painting by Emily Carr.
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    Margo Cooper June 6 - 24, 2017 'We'll Get There Eventually' Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Ave, www.gagegallery.ca is a collection of acrylic and mixed media paintings which reflect the artist’s observation of some of life’s small but significant moments. We are all moving through life in the same direction – from beginning to end. What determines our individual lives – relationships? Curiosity? Resilience? Bravery? FatThe Opening Reception will be Thursday, June 9, 5:00 - 8:00pm
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    Marilyn Chapman & Janis Blyth - May 16 - June 3rd. Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Ave, www.gagegalery.ca The Guardians is an exhibition by Janis Blyth and Marilyn Chapman. The Opening Reception is Tuesday, May 16th, 7-9 PM. The artists come together in this exhibition of abstract and semi-abstract work to imagine spiritual, sacred places. The Guardians transcends everyday stress and worry and takes our spirits on a journey to places of refuge where we can calm our souls, connect with the earth and find peace.In this recent work, the artists blend a variety of mixed medium as they explore mythology and folklore, bringing forward the teachings and lessons from the stories of our past and connecting them to our modern day world. Their creations represent protectors of home and family, guardians of our earth and its people… spirits honouring the past and preserving the future.“Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”-Pablo Picasso
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    For the Love of Africa Society 11th ANNUAL WATER GARDEN TOUR Saturday July 8th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m There will be a minimum of ten gorgeous gardens to see. Tickets are $25 each and will be available June 1st. See www.watergardentour.ca for a list of ticket vendors or online sales or call (250) 891-0762 for details. Water garden designers, musicians, and artists will be present at many gardens. There is a refreshments are served at one of the gardens. All proceeds go to our projects in Tanzania. A win-win for eveyone. Enjoy a day visiting water gardens knowing you are helping youth in Africa.
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    A Little Something...3rd Annual Hospice Fundraising ExhibitionThe Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue www.theavenuegallery.com Thursday, May 25th – 28th, 2017 In this highly anticipated annual ‘small’ exhibition 16 gallery painters come together to produce over 100 little gems. A percentage from the sale of each painting will be donated to this worthy cause, offering each of us the opportunity to acquire a 'little' treasure while supporting this extraordinary community treasure. Relying on 50% of its funding from our community, Victoria Hospice stands alone as an exceptional and unique service for families dealing with a loved one's journey to death. Join us for the unveiling of this year's miniature masterpieces!
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    June 4 - June 23 VISA DIPLOMA OF FINE ARTS GRADUATION EXHIBITION Slide Room Gallery, Vancouver Island School of Art We are very proud to showcase the work of our 2017 Diploma graduates. Join us for the reception and celebration on Sunday June 4 at 3:30pm, with opening remarks by Director, Wendy Welch at 4:00pm.
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    The 3rd Annual Art Victoria Now Exhibition:Victoria's Premier Local Art ShowMay 20 – May 25, 2017The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host The 3rdAnnual Art Victoria Now Exhibition. It will be held in Victoria's Atrium building located at 800Yates Street from Saturday May 20 – Thursday May 25, 2017. As it has been for the past two years, this is ahigh-standard juried exhibition open to artists that reside in Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and theWestshore. The past two Art Now exhibitions have been resounding successes featuringartists of varied mediums and expertise. Held in the architectural wonder that is The Atrium building,Art Victoria Now integrates works of art into a functional space transforming the building into an impressivegallery. There are cash prizes awarded for exceptional works in each category as well as a People's ChoiceAward.The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is extremely proud of thisevent that exhibits exclusive original art from the people we all call neighbours. Undeniably one of thefinest annual art events since its inaugural season, this year will be no less impressive and promises to wowart lovers, enthusiasts and critics alike.We invite everyone to the opening reception on Friday May 19th where lightsnacks will be served and refreshments will be available for purchase. Come celebrate local art and abrilliant community of artists with us!The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria has encouraged andcelebrated arts since 1968. The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is a registered charity. Who: The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, artists of all levelsand disciplines What: 2nd Annual Art Now Show, high-standard juried exhibition of localartists and artisansWhere: The Atrium, Located at 800 Yates in Victoria, B.C.When: Opening Reception Friday May 19th: Exhibition runs until May 25th,2017.Contact: Stephanie Eisenbraun, Executive DirectorVictoria Arts CouncilPhone: (250) 475-7123 Email: execdir@cacgv.caVisit www.cacgv.ca for more information or contact us directly.
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