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Open Space presents The Garden of Earthly Delights, the first exhibition of works by Montreal-based artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy on the west coast. Using video, light, sculpture, and living gardens, his works create a rhizomatic exploration of commodity fetishism, exploitation, and the tensions between the natural and artificial. Born in Costa Rica, Ortiz-Apuy’s brightly coloured, plasticized aesthetics are influenced by the commodification of the tropical rainforest he grew up so close to. In our current context of globalization and environmental precarity, The Garden of Earthly Delights immerses its viewer into an uncanny space of unboxing videos and animated household objects, while asking how we might create a more sustainable future. Co-curated by Dani Neira and Toby Lawrence.
The Garden of Earthly Delights will open with a free, in-person Open House (with the artist present!), from 3-7pm on Saturday, October 30. The use of masks is required and we are limiting capacity to 25 people in the space at a time.
The exhibition will be presented in person at the Open Space gallery, 510 Fort St. Regular gallery hours: Wed-Sat 12-5pm.


This event began 2021-12-14 and repeats every month until 2022-01-02

The exhibition, REFUGE offers a peaceful sanctuary separate from the urgency of the outside world. The seven artists (llka Bauer, Leslie Bell, Elizabeth Carefoot, Anna B Grant, Gabriela Hirt, MJ Hughes and Jane Michiel) work across media and through different techniques to create art that together speaks to our human need for refuge.
Great opportunities for unique works of art for holiday gifts.


Kimberly expresses herself through a wide variety of subject matter; landscapes, treescapes, figure pieces and florals. She loves the creaminess and long drying time of oil paint, allowing her the opportunity to blend. Looking at Kimberly's work, one can see that colour is a major source of inspiration. She greatly enjoys playing with different layers and textures on the surface of her canvases.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm


"My work is always changing which gives me the pleasure to experiment and to move forward. I work and re-work my paintings until I reach the point when I feel that they express just the right amount of layering, structure and depth. The final colour constellations invite the viewer to find their own personal experience of my pieces.  I believe that that’s what art should do." – Marianne Meyer
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm

Art Show and Sale
Margaret Hantiuk
“Shoreline Sojourn”
January 28 – February 23, 2022
 Viewing hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm
(Goward House is closed all Statutory Holidays)


Through creating vessels made with wild BC clay and fired with logging slash waste, Simone Littledale Escobar  explores personal geography, the material elegy for clear cut landscapes and engages with the geological forces that shape the landscape, grieving the disturbance of wild places.
Simone Littledale Escobar
@  Xchanges Gallery
2333 Government Street
Opening: January 7, 7-9pm
Continuing: Sat/Sun until January 23, 11-4pm


See Palette article written for Focus here: https://www.focusonvictoria.ca/palette/173/


This event began 2022-01-08 and repeats every day until 2022-01-09

Easter Seals’ annual Christmas Tree Recycle, Chip In for the Kids, will be happening January 8th & 9th, 2022.  People can dispose of their Christmas tree in an environmentally-friendly manner at one of our 8 locations on Vancouver Island.  All funds raised from Chip In for the Kids goes towards Easter Seals programs and services, including Camp Shawnigan.
Lions Club members, along with volunteers from Davey Tree Services (Greater Victoria) and Competition Tree Service (Shawnigan, Mill Bay and Duncan) will be accepting Christmas trees in exchange for a donation at the following locations from 10am to 4pm on January 8th & 9th, 2022:
-         Tillicum Centre
-         Save-On-Foods – Fort & Foul Bay location
-         Broadmead Village Shopping Centre
-         Westshore Town Centre
-         University Heights Shopping Centre
-         Thrifty Foods – Mill Bay Location
-         Mason’s Store & Patio, Shawnigan Lake
-         BC Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan
Find more info here: https://www.eastersealsbcy.ca/events/chip-in-for-the-kids/
Thank you for the support of Easter Seals!


Body Language is about the reclamation of cultural tattooing in the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition takes an intimate look at historic and contemporary cultural tattooing from the perspectives of 5 Indigenous artists. Body Language explores designs on skin and their relationship to traditional clothing rock art, jewelry, basketry and weaving to provide healing, protection and a sense of cultural knowledge and belonging.
Curated by Dion Kaszas


With intuitive energy and the use of bold strokes, light and texture, Linda Wilder strives to capture the mood and emotion of her environment. Her paintings appear vividly representational, but upon closer inspection, one can see the intimate nuances and abstract tendencies which elevate and enrich her work
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm

Join artists Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux), Nahaan (Tlingit), and Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a) for a panel discussion to mark the opening of Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest at UVic Legacy Gallery Downtown.

Artists will share how their skin stitch and hand poke tattooing practices have connected them to their respective cultures and personal identities.
Online via Zoom, Register here: https://uvic.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w_lne99YQm6ZOXfkXtkaMw


In Spanish, derrumbar means to crumble away, to tumble down. Derrumbeat is a sonic collage accompanied by photos and video work created from the audio-visual traces left by falling rocks, pieces of wood, cement and ceramics collected in various abandoned sites in the capital of Cuba, Havana. Derrumbeat calls visitors to listen to the traces left by human passages and presence in an urban environment as time passes. It further encourages listeners to reflect on the rejuvenation of decay and the layers of meanings we can unearth in our own cities.
Curated by Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier


This event began 2021-08-05 and repeats every day forever

FLUX Media Gallery presents two works by prominent filmmakers, Mike Hoolboom's The Guy on the Bed and Jorge Lozano's XRAY(S).
Videos will be playing Tuesday to Friday inside the gallery noon to 5pm, and in our Window Gallery 9pm -1am. Videos can also be seen on our website www.fluxmediagallery.org   About The Guy on the Bed 
“News from another pandemic, the one that ‘changed everything’ before it fell out of the news cycle and collective memory, except for the newly infected, or those who, like myself, managed a new life after death. Based on a text by David Wojnarowicz.” - Mike Hoolboom   About XRAY(S) 
“Visually resplendent, and philosophically political, or is it politically philosophical? It features the flow, the intensity, and the rhythm of thought itself, or perhaps even: the rhythm of new thought, of a new idea, the momentum required to overcome the dust of the past, in order to invent something else “ - Quote by Mike Hoolboom  

This event began 2021-12-09 and repeats every day forever

When: Thursday, November 23 to December 12, 2021 (Closed Mondays; Tuesday to Saturday - 11:00 am to 5 pm; Sundays 12 noon to 4 pm)

Where: Gage Gallery at 19 Bastion Square

What: A winter exhibition and sale.

Who: Come and see the driftwood creations and wire pet faces by Tanya Bub; colourful abstract and creative paintings by Marnie Faunt, Laura Feeleus, June Higgins, Shannon Holms, Karen Kaiser and Haren Vakil.

Important Stuff: This event will conform to BC health guidelines.  

This event began 2021-10-23 and repeats every day until 2022-03-27

Legacy Maltwood Gallery | On campus in the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library
Pop Anthropology is an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe’s oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist’s honorary doctorate from UVic (UVic DFA 2021, BFA 1970). This exhibition continues the playful and charged work of Metcalfe’s life: reimagining images, tropes and stereotypes as poignant and plentiful scraps from which to pull meaning. It honours his early development as a student in Visual Arts at the University of Victoria in the early 1970s, as well as his lifetime achievements as a pioneer in performance art in western Canada and co-founder of the Western Front, one of Canada’s leading and longest running artist run centres.


This event began 2021-11-26 and repeats every day until 2022-01-26

“Studio of Harmonious Endeavours”
 November 26, 2021 – January 26, 2022
 Viewing hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
(Goward House is closed all Statutory Holidays)
Artists’ Reception
Sunday November 28th   1:30pm – 3:30pm
On display at the reception will be Barb Mekelburgs’ “One Hundred Oxen” Scroll. This 30 foot long scroll depicts 100 different postures of oxen, the zodiac animal assigned to the lunar year February 12, 2021 – January 31, 2022
For a preview of this the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow
Media Contact:  Heidi Hodgins, Administrator, Goward House Society, gowardhouse@shaw.ca


This event began 2021-11-20 and repeats every day forever

Various vendors present fine art and crafts with a Farmhouse Chic Xmas theme. Vintage, vintage inspired, upcycled, cleverly created and unique decor focused on wood, metal and natural fibers. Free admission, mask required.


This event began 2021-12-09 and repeats every week on Thursday and Saturday until 2022-03-31

Come to Recyclistas to learn how to safely and effectively maintain, fix, and rebuild bicycles. Whether you are looking to better understand how your own bicycle works, get comfortable doing your own bike repairs, or to completely refurbish and build a bicycle, we are ready to help you get rolling!
If you want to go into more detail, we also offer a 15-hour Build Your Own Bike Course.
Course Details
The 3-hour bike repair class does not have a set curriculum, but are conducted on a bike-by-bike basis so you get to work on what is wrong with your bike. We teach everything from fixing a flat to building a wheel and stock all the new & used parts you might need for your bike repairs (cost of parts is not included in the course fee).
Unfortunately we are not able to teach suspension overhauls, hydraulic brake bleeding, or any e-bike repairs during the course.
Register online through our website! https://recyclistas.ca/3-hour-bike-repair-class/

A free public dialogue about different themes on the possibilities and challenges of cities, located in downtown Victoria, BC. Academics and experts in their fields from all over the world come together for this evening lecture series. Join us on January 20th for "Decolonizing the City with the White Elephant in the Room" by Jasmindra Jawanda, Urban Planning Consultant. Doors open at 7, talk starts at 7:30, masks and vaccine passports required for entry. 


See preview webpage: http://www.artopenings.ca/kaiser--faunt.html
The theme of Marnie Faunt and Karen Kaiser's paintings is Finding Home.

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