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An online exhibition with Victoria-based artist Libby Oliver.


December 2, 2020 - April 10, 2021
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory
Visit the online exhibition to explore the artworks, films and event programming at lifestories.uvic.ca
Curated by Dr. Erin J. Campbell, UVic, Professor, Art History and Visual Studies (BA, MA, & PhD, University of Toronto). Co-curated by Jaiya Anka, UVic Art History and Visual Studies PhD Candidate (UVic, MA ‘17); Holly Cecil (UVic, BA ’16, MA ’19). Related Repose Installation by Elly Heise (UVic, MFA ’20).

With artists: Nina Raginsky, Frank Pimentel, IITTAASHTEXAALIASH Winona Plenty Hoops, Ulli Steltzer, Maxwell Bates and more.

Art shapes our life stories, our sense of self and our relationships, as we journey through the life stages: Beginnings, Childhood, Coming of Age, Maturity, Later Life, and Passages. Life-stages imagery and objects may inspire memories and reflection, offer comfort, joy, and healing, and foster a sense of belonging. However, such imagery can also be a source of cultural stereotypes, engender marginalization, cause pain, and create feelings of loss.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, and furnishings from the university collections evoke a plurality of experiences across the life course. Artist Elly Heise’s installation Related Repose in The Bed Room highlights the intertwining of memory, materiality, and life passages. Interwoven with the artworks are voices of writers, artists, scholars, and curators offering diverse perspectives on significant stages informing our lives.

Image: Jack Wilkinson, Girl In Blue Flowered Nightgown. Oil on canvas, 104 x 78.5 cm, 1972-1975. U996.25.57. Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Supported by a grant from: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. 


FLUX media gallery presents: "go on" by Jeffrey Ellom 
online at https://fluxmediagallery.org

Curated by Joshua Ngenda
January 20 - March 18, 2021
‘go on’ consists of a digital video with an audio track which together can be looped or viewed beginning to end.
This exhibition will be shown in the FLUX window gallery at 1524 Pandora, in Victoria; and also online at fluxmediagallery.org
(When health orders permit, we will open the gallery at 1524 Pandora, for people to watch the videos in the gallery.)
Artist’s Statement
This piece is a meditation on the cyclicality and the linearity of the passage of time. I believe that the immensity of time can only be understood metaphorically, and it is the twin metaphors of the cycle and the line which I reproduce in this piece using poetry, music, and found reversal film stills. The found images are largely in the mode of amateur travel photography, which captures individual moments from a progression of events, but also often consists of similar images of the same scenery on a predictable annual tourism schedule. I wanted to synthesize all of these elements into a visual/auditory rhythm that would impart a sense of time similar to how my Akan ancestors conceptualized it - with its cyclical and linear aspects in cooperation rather than opposition.

Artist Bio
Jeffrey Ellom is a settler of Ewe, Polish, and Western European ancestry who grew up on unceded Syilx Okanagan territory and has lived on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples since 2014. Through the media of music (released under the name ‘pesewa’), visual art, and video, he works to build upon the artistic legacies of the Ewe people.


Krista Arias
The Earth is my Elder is centred around the film, poetry and installation-based work of artist, poet and earth alchemist Krista Arias. Her work explores the complexities of reconnecting, as a woman and mother, to ancestral homelands, while living as an uninvited guest in Indigenous territories in the USA and Canada. As a member of the Xicana diaspora, Arias' direct connection to Indigenous land, language and culture has been broken over generations of migration arising as necessity from colonial structures. She explains: "My greatest resource in cultural recovery and transmission as a mother, of finding belonging even in the liminal space of home-not-home without traditional Eldership, has been my own body-as-earth connection and awakening." 

The exhibition is curated by Toby Lawrence and will be presented in person at the Open Space gallery, 510 Fort St. Gallery hours: 12-4pm, Wed-Sat. Admission is free / by donation. Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs with two landings. There are two gender-inclusive washrooms. COVID-19 protocols are in place throughout the gallery; the use of masks is required unless exempt. 
More details at : https://openspace.ca/programming/krista-arias-earth-my-elder


A new series of non-sequitur drawings.
Artist will be in attendance on the following dates: 
February 16 (2:00 - 5:00)
February 18 (11:00 - 2:00)
February 20 (2:00 - 5:00)
February 21 (12:00 - 4:00)
February 28 (12:00 - 4:00)


Backroads and Beyond
By Michelle Austen
February 18 - March 17
Winchester Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition Backroads and Beyond, artworks by Michelle Austen. This exhibition is a curated collection of Plein-air paintings of travel experiences along the backroads of British Columbia and Alberta.
http://i2.cmail20.com/ei/j/DA/EED/0E4/101609/csfinal/AUSTEN-Carrymeaway48x60Oiloncanvas4200CanmoreAB-990a28079e05143c.png Michelle Austen - Carry me away, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
Michelle Austen paints and teaches art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
She found a love of art at an early age, which she credits to an amazing art teacher that sparked her interest in drawing and painting. It was a love that never ended.
Michelle is a full-time artist and teacher. Her experience comes from over 20 years of mentorship from her art teacher Betty MacDonald and continuous art education. She participates in workshops and courses locally and overseas with many professional artists.
Michelle loves to share her knowledge with her students. Guiding them to build confidence in their creative pursuits and ultimately follow their dreams.
For Michelle, a successful piece is one where energy and life flow; it’s experienced between a 2-dimensional surface and her, and is then spread further to be felt by the viewer.
“Each painting begins with a vision, as it unfolds it reminds me of the constant ebb and flow of life. Teaching me patience, acceptance, and courage to keep exploring.”
Winchester Galleries Ltd.
2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
V8R 1G7


Michael Hermesh's art is shaped by how he views the world. “I do not believe that there is a state of grace in life. Life is life – it is dynamic and it is always a struggle. Integrity, awareness and dignity remain constants.”
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com


This event began 2021-02-20 and repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 2021-03-07

By playing with the integration of common functional objects of European design with cultural boundaries, the artists explores how new forms can evolve to create new ways of seeing objects as failed, yet humors pseudo-technological devices. Using sculptural elements with photo documentation, the artist gives the viewer a new way of seeing the world and the devices that populate it.

This event began 2021-02-16 and repeats every day until 2021-03-07

Line in Motion features a remarkable series of nearly 20 recent ink drawings. Each drawing is a world to discover and leads the viewer on a merry chase. Vakil’s precise linework defines weird and wonderful shapes and forms. Imagined creatures, great and small, unfold and intermingle within the densely packed scenarios. Absurd amalgamations of fish, flora, birds, insects, people and musical instruments abound. All is in motion, morphing and meandering, designed to dazzle the eye and puzzle the mind. Because the content is nonsensical, Vakil has titled his series non sequiturs. http://www.artopenings.ca/haren-vakil.html   


This event began 2021-02-10 and repeats every week on Tuesday until 2021-03-03

presented by Victoria Jazz Society
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University:
A Beginner’s Guide to Jazz
4 Tuesdays from 4:00PM - 5:00PM PST 
February 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 2021

Class #1 on Feb. 9: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/73770087241
Class #2 on Feb. 16: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85149821335
Class #3 on Feb. 23: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81151546937
Class #4 on Mar. 2: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81035669670

These links will remain open to the first 100 clicks at the time of each class, and does not guarantee your attendance.
In this fun and informal introduction to Jazz will be instructed by Seton Hawkins, Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He will guide you through the history and development of various jazz styles. You'll learn to hear the many details that make this music so endlessly fascinating and fun, and you'll be introduced to some of Jazz's most iconic recordings of all time! No prior musical knowledge is required; just bring your ears.
At JALC, Seton oversaw the creation and expansion of the Jazz Academy media library, creating the largest free video library in the world dedicated to jazz pedagogy. He leads the organization’s Swing University teaching initiative, while also hosting all public programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center and giving free pre-concert lectures. In addition, Seton has worked as a producer, manager, publicist, radio DJ, and advocate in Jazz for more than a decade.
The Victoria Jazz Society would like to acknowledge and thank the Lou Williamson Scholarship Fund for sponsoring the Swing University classes.


Chapel Gallery is pleased to introduce you to six British Columbian visual artists from the IMAGINE ARTWORKS collective: ANNE BOWEN, SUSAN GEDDES, BARB MACLEOD, MAUREEN NESS, KATHI THOMPSON and SHARON WAREING. The artists come together to explore a common theme, interpreting the many Pathways taken individually. It is a celebration of the challenging, the joyful, the forks in the road.
Pathways includes their range of approaches: from exuberant abstracts to narrative landscapes; detailed realism and contemporary impressionism. The work resonates with gestural mark- making, luxuriant colour and expansive light.
The artists that make up Imagine Artworks are distinctly different from each other. The difference lies both within the material substance and personal directions they use. What defines their convergence is a desire to investigate ideas and visual conversations.
Exhibition Details
The exhibition runs from March 5 – 21, 2021.
Fridays & Saturdays from 12 – 4pm and Sundays from 12 – 3pm Chapel Gallery is located at 600 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, BC Email chapelgallery@stmatthiasvictoria.ca


We are thrilled to welcome the lively paintings of BC artist Claire Huang to The Avenue Gallery!
Describing her art as "a tribute to the places that evoke a moment of contemplation," Claire Huang enjoys spaces that have mystery and atmosphere. She explores the duality of a conscious world filtered through ambiguity and clarity. Influenced by her early background in architectural design, Claire often turns to architecture as the inspiration for her work.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com


Alain Bédard's passion for painting started in 1976 and led him to pursue art studies at Cégep de Ste-Foy in Quebec. He then traveled to New York to continue his studies and gain experience in illustration. Never one to res, Alain's desire to push his own boundaries led him to further his eduction at Laval University where he completed his Baccalaureate in 1984. While attending Laval University he had the privilege of studying under renowned Canadian painter Claude A. Simard, who became a great friend and mentor. Having worked as a professional painter for many years, Alain has developed a distinct style based on his travels, love of architecture and brilliant use of colour.
What I Live...
Each painting that I paint, I have lived it and represents a place where I stopped to take the time to live and admire what surrounds me...
In this exhibition, you will find sometimes the countryside, sometimes the small villages or the big cities which all had different things to say, to see and to do. My subjects are meant to be a message of hope and freedom.
It is a pleasure for me to share these memories with you and to bring them to you in turn. Each of you has already experienced unforgettable moments and I want my paintings to make you live happy and beautiful moments.
A figurative painter with an impressionist touch, that's who I am.

This event begins 2021-03-07 and repeats every week on Sunday for 4 occurrences

Join us Via Zoom
For Tickets and More Information:
Mar 7 2-4 pm Understanding the Surrealist Imagination with Celia Rabinovitch. 
Mar 14 - 2-4 pm Wolfgang Paalen’s Northwest Passage with Colin Browne. 
Mar 21 2-4 pm Salvador Dalí’s Paranoiac Vision with Elliott H. King. 
Mar 28 2-4 pm Women Surrealists Through Their Own Eyes with Celia Rabinovitch. 
Series, General $75
Series, Members & Students $60
Single Lecture, General $25
Single Lecture, Members & Students $20
Happenings Lecture Series.docx


German-Canadian artist, Gabriela Hirt investigates the troubling legacy she inherited growing up in the wake of the Holocaust. Her new painting collection explores belonging and exclusion as well as the relationship between German guilt and de-colonial healing in her adopted home in Canada. 

Victoria Baroque’s celebrates its 10th anniversary with a dazzling selection of Baroque concerti for multiple instruments. Led by one of Canada’s most sought-after Baroque violinists, Chloe Meyers, Victoria Baroque performs elevating Concerti Grossi by Vivaldi, Telemann, and Everisto Dall’Abaco.

Evaristo Dall’Abaco: Concerto Grosso in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for flute, violin and orchestra in E minor
Telemann: Concerto for two violins, bassoon, and orchestra in D major
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor from L’estro armonico
Chloe Meyers, leader/violin
Chloe Kim, violin
Paul Luchkow, violin
Christi Meyers, violin
Kathryn Wiebe, violin
Mieka Michaux, viola
Amy Laing, cello
Natalie Mackie, violone
Soile Stratkauskas, flute
Katrina Russell, bassoon
Christina Hutten, harpsichord
Available to view at: victoria-baroque.com and www.facebook.com/victoria.baroque
After the livestream, the concert will remain available online on demand.

The performance is free to view. Donations are gratefully accepted at: victoria-baroque.com/donate/

photo by Jan Gates


This event began 2020-09-05 and repeats every 3 weeks on Sunday and Saturday forever

Xchanges Gallery Is delighted to host PHOTOTEXTRINUM by Randall McGinnis in its physical space September 4-20, 2020.
See preview webpage here: http://www.artopenings.ca/randall-mcginnis.html.     COVID measures are in place. The artist can welcome four visitors to the gallery at one time. Masks worn inside.
Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm, Sept 5&6, Sept 12&13, Sept 19&20. 
Opening on Sept 4, 7-9pm
Xchanges Gallery address: 2333 Government St, Victoria, BC V8T 4P4.  250 382-0442;  http://www.artopenings.ca/randall-mcginnis.html


Wednesday, March 17 | 7-8 pm
Online via Zoom | Register online
Facebook Event
Join us on-line with Victoria-based artist Connie Morey (UVic MEd ’07, Phd ‘17) for a discussion about her performance work Hearing Voices and her broader practice as an artist and educator. 

The Victoria Guitar Society is pleased to present a masterclass and technique session with acclaimed classical guitarist Scott Tennant on Saturday March 27th at 3pm (PST) via ZOOM.  

Scott Tennant is a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the GRAMMY-winning ensemble composed entirely of alumni of the USC Thornton School of Music, and is himself considered to be one of the world’s top classical guitarists. During his student years at USC (1980-1986), he studied with Pepe Romero, James Smith and was a chosen performer in the USC Segovia Masterclasses of 1981 and 1986. He has authored several books and articles on guitar technique, including the best-seller Pumping Nylon, which has attained a “cult” classic status. It has become a standard text in conservatory and university guitar programs around the world.

Tennant has made numerous recordings as a soloist on the GHA, Delos and GSP labels, and with the LAGQ he has recorded for GHA, Delos, Sony Classical, Windham Hill, Deutsche Grammophon and Telarc labels. Their Telarc release LAGQ Latin was nominated for a Grammy award, and it was their current Telarc title LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes that won a Grammy as the best classical crossover recording of 2005. Tennant is best known for his performances of Spanish music, and his recordings of the music of Joaquín Rodrigo.

For more information and registration please go to: www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca

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