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An online exhibition with Victoria-based artist Libby Oliver.


SS Valencia: “A Theatre of Horror” at the Maritime Museum of BC
After a year delay due to the pandemic, the Maritime Museum of BC is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting the exhibit titled SS Valencia: “A Theatre of Horror”from 12 March to 2 September 2021. 
About the Exhibit
The shipwreck of the SS Valencia is well known as one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”. Its tale lives on in Victoria through ghost stories and it has even captured the attention of an international audience. But what actually played out during this dramatic sinking? How did this “theatre of horror” drag on for 40 hours? What are the human stories behind the infamous scene of the shipwreck?
This exhibit tells the story of the SS Valencia and considers what conditions led to such a horrific ending. By meeting a cast of characters thrown together by fate, visitors will hear the human stories behind the tragedy and consider what effect trauma had on the events. Visitors will also get to see objects recovered from the Valencia wreck including some of mysterious circumstances. Valencia’s story is enrapturing and will continue to live on in the lore of BC’s maritime history. Visit the Maritime Museum of BC today to learn more about this infamous shipwreck.
Exhibit Dates: 12 March – 2 September 2021
Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC, 250-385-4222
Hours of Operation:
Spring Break (March 16-27): Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5
April to Victoria Day: Thursdays to Saturdays, 10-5
Victoria Day to 2 September: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 105



Permission to Grieve is a series of art-based online, intimate conversations and breathing exercises that offer space to have conversations about grief. We believe that everyone should be able to talk about grief, not just with counsellors.

During the global pandemic, personal grief has increased for the entire CRD community, as individuals have and currently are mourning things like losing their job, deaths, and just everyday changes and routines that are now lost. These major life events are uprooting individual’s once grounded existence and causing grief to happen in isolated ways. This project hopes to tackle this issue of isolated mourning and learning how to heal through a community.

Please note that we are an artist-facilitated space. Though we are working with a trauma-informed care lens, we are not in professional counsellors. The space will be a guided conversation, but please set your own boundaries of what you are comfortable in sharing.

We ask that participants sign up for one workshop so to fit as many individuals as possible. Permission to Grieve is free, but registration is limited. Please register through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/permission-to-grieve-tickets-153224088373) and you will receive a Zoom link.

What to expect:

In the limited groups of 10 people, it is okay to speak and it is okay to listen. Some people come to share what they’ve experienced, and some people come to listen and learn. There is no hierarchy of grief. Everyone’s grief is equal. Everyone’s experience and perspective is unique, and valuable in the conversation. You don’t need to be grieving to take part. If you want to, you can talk about your own personal experience of grief. Or you can talk about grief in the abstract. Or you can not talk at all. You don’t need to hide your feelings. You can leave whenever you want to.


The Integrate Art Society and its Permission to Grieve project is situated on traditional and unceded Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations. We strive to remain mindful of the cultural impacts of ongoing colonialism and dispossession of Indigenous peoples as we continue to engage communities and hold events in this region.

Permission to Grieve is grateful to be funded through the Capital Regional District.


This event began 2021-06-18 and repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 2021-07-23

FLUX media gallery presents:  “IN VISIBLE LINES”, Tues-Fri, noon to 5 pm, 1524 Pandora.
"What does it mean to make oneself visible and take up space? My whole life I seem to have been aiming for the opposite, keeping my head down and trying not to draw attention. It is a narrative woven through the generations of my family history of migration from China to South Africa to Canada.   “In Visible Lines” is informed by these stories of movement and displacement."  (video art installation by artist Gem Chang-Kue)


June 19 - September 18. Every day in Legacy's Sidewalk Gallery, located outside on the Broad Street side of Legacy Downtown. 
What's your vibe? This was the question that Jamaican-Canadian photographer, Nathan Smith, asked the youth group, Melanin Magic, during a student-led photo shoot one sunny afternoon in May. In asking this question, the students were posed with the challenge to capture how they were feeling on that day, outside their classroom walls as they looked toward a post-pandemic world. What emerged from these self-directed portraits was their desire to be untethered and fully in the moment of who they were, and who they dream to be.
Curated by Darius Cordner and Nicole Achtymichuk
Photos by Nathan Smith, Sophia Ho, Grace Morrison and Tasha Henry
Graphic Art by Dre Gutierrez Reyes
Melanin Magic Students: Daisy, Lia, Tabi, Maheen, Catalina, Summer, Aya, Gabby, Bayan, Tendo, Keira, Sophia, Soren, Cadir, Emmanuel, Tra'she, Jenny, Grace, and Darius
Image: Nathan Smith, FLIGHT, 2021. Photo content: Darius Cordner


SingYourJoy ANNOUNCES: Summer Outdoor Choir Season.
Six (6) Monday Evenings June 21st to July 26th - 7 to 9pm
For Young Adults ages 16 to 29.
Following provincial health guidelines: outdoors, masked, physically distanced.
No previous choir experience required. AND it’s FREE!
REGISTER NOW and MORE INFO: https://linktr.ee/singyourjoy


GAGE GALLERY is excited to present VIVID CONNECTIONS as the inaugural exhibition at their new location at 19 Bastion Square, a historic location in the heart of Victoria. Elizabeth Carefoot and Laura Feeleus are connecting works in fibre and paint and reacting reciprocally to each other’s creations. This exhibition promises to shine with colour and energetic life.   


Last week of Salt-Water Moon!  July 6-18
by David French
Directed by Fran Gebhard
Designed by Graham McMonagle, Giles Hogya and Emily Friesen with Pierre Schryer on fiddle Salt-Water Moon is now half-way through its run! We have wrapped up our livestream option and are now offering in-person only. If you haven't already, call our box office to secure your spot in the theatre!      Reviews are in for Salt-Water Moon! 

"Pure giddiness..." 
"A perfect way to re-introduce live theatre into our lives."  - Nexus Newspaper Read the whole review here Click here to buy tickets!  We look forward to welcoming you back into the theatre.
Box office hours - Tuesday to Saturday 12.30pm-4.30pm.   250-382-3370
2657 Quadra St, Victoria, BC  

  Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre · 2657 Quadra St · Victoria, BC V5T 3E4 · Canada 


E.J. Hughes: Works on Paper July 10 - 24, 2021   Madrona Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by E.J. Hughes.
As one of British Columbia’s most celebrated artists, E.J. Hughes continues to be remembered for his strong depictions of the West Coast landscape. This collection of works on paper gives a glimpse into Hughes’ process and how he observed the world that is captured through his paintings.
Creating his works on location, Hughes would later add written notes regarding tone and colour. This dedication and focus shown in his preliminary sketches and drawings would provide the foundation for larger, fully realized paintings in oil, acrylic, and watercolour for years to come.
Hughes studied at the Vancouver School of Applied Art and Design from 1929-1935 under Charles H. Scott, Jock Macdonald, and Frederick Varley. He would later go on to serve as an official war artist from 1943-1946. Hughes was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1968 and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of Canada in 2001 and the Order of British Columbia in 2005. This will be the first focused solo exhibition of works by E.J. Hughes in over a decade.
  Image: E.J. Hughes, "Houses, Qualicum Beach", 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000
Image at top: E.J. Hughes, "South Thompson Valley at Pritchard, BC", 20 x 24, Watercolour, c. 1962   M A D R O N A   G A L L E R Y | 606 View Street  | Victoria, B.C. V8W 1J4 T: 250.380.4660  E:info@madronagallery.com


This event began 2021-07-10 and repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 2021-07-25

Intricate paintings of layered ornamentation. Removed from their original context, the layered, repetitive pattern fragments lose their connection to time and space, and are reinvented to create a dynamic yet ambiguous pictorial space that is neither real nor imagined.


Gestures and Structures
Artworks by David Robinson, Susan Collett, and Sandra Ledingham
June 25 - July 28
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 10, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
(with a limit of 10 guests at the gallery at the same time)
Artists David Robinson and Sandra Ledingham in attendance.
Refreshments will be served in the sculpture yard.
COVID precautions will be taken.
 This exhibition is a collection of artworks by David Robinson, Susan Collett, and Sandra Ledingham. This exhibition focuses on a variety of forms from human gestures to abstract architectural structures. This collection indicates the pursuit of Mankind’s search for his identity and sense of belonging through shapes, colours, and textures.


Michael Kaeshammer  July 15-19, 2021 Saturday Special Show "Christmas in July" 5 Shows • 50 People  New Show Added Monday, July 19 - 7:30 PM    Michael Kaeshammer has invested a lot – countless hours at the keyboard, hundreds of recordings, thousands of live performances, millions of miles in the air and on the road – all in pursuit of a mastery of 12 notes across 88 keys. But for the acclaimed Canadian pianist and singer, there is no set destination, no achievable end point on his path; it’s all about the journey itself, and that journey will always be ongoing. Over the course of decades as a professional performer, Kaeshammer has developed a style that weaves threads of classical, jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, stride, and even pop into a signature and sought-after sonic tapestry.   CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE COVID-19 EVENT PLAN   Your safety is our top priority. We are taking all measures to provide a safe, sanitized and comfortable concert setting, following the current updated regulations provided by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Work Safe BC. For each performance, we will be selling a maximum of 50 tickets. You and your cohort will be seated with appropriate social distancing between you and the next cohort. To this end, the Mary Winspear Staff will continue to assign seats to ensure the comfort and safety of all our patrons. If you have any mobility issues or special seating requirements, it is imperative that staff is notified at the time of concert “pre-screening”. It is essential that all patrons are guaranteed their required seating and respectfully accommodated. If we do not receive these requirements at the time of “pre-screening,” we risk not having the required seating available for these patrons. Please note: all exchanges, gifting, or reselling of tickets must be done through the Mary Winspear Centre box office in order for us to conduct pre-screening, seat assignment, and contact tracing protocols.   If you are feeling unwell, have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been asked to isolate, or have been around someone who has been asked to isolate, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please do not attend the concert and contact the box office. For your well-being, the Mary Winspear Centre will provide hand sanitizers and facemasks.  -Mary Winspear Centre staff will assign seats (socially distanced by cohort and/or special needs/mobility issues) in order to maintain BC Provincial Health Orders. -Staff wearing PPE. -MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, unless briefly removing to sip your beverage. -The Charlie White Theatre has recently been examined by our trusted HVAC Technician. Fresh air-flow is ensured at all times. -Designated entrance: Theatre Lobby doors (Enter from outside). -Designated exits: Theatre Lobby doors and Theatre Alcove door (Both exit to outside). -Designated washrooms: Small washrooms by the box office. -No intermission: Pre-ordered drinks will be served to you before the performance. Maximum of 2 alcoholic drinks per patron both will be given before the performance. -No paper tickets. -Cleaning/disinfecting of entire space before and after each performance. -Before any performance, all patrons will receive a phone call from Mary Winspear Centre staff for personalized service and pre-screening. -You will be assigned a designated check-in time during the pre-screening call. You must arrive within that requested time frame to complete the health check-in and review the current protocols before being permitted to enter the Charlie White Theatre. -No singing or dancing is allowed at this time for the safety of your fellow concert goers, artist(s), and staff. -No outside food and beverage permitted. You may bring a water bottle. -Come with your own cohort and maintain social distancing from others. -Mary Winspear Centre representative(s) present in-house to monitor/ensure this current COVID-19 Event plan is followed. Maximum group size is 6. Order Tickets Now     Mary Winspear Centre  2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC 250-656-0275 | marywinspear.ca  


Why This Word
Hou I-Ting | Valentina Jager | Wang Yahui 

Curated by Jo Ying Peng

July 17 to August 21, 2021

Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 4pm Why This Word is an exhibition that draws an axis between interpretation and vocalization to deconstruct the act of writing as a way to shape identity. 
The title is inspired by a quote—“the word is my fourth dimension”—in Clarice Lispector’s novel Agua Viva, and partly borrowed from a biography of the author (Why This World, Benjamin Moser, Oxford University Press, 2009). Referencing the looming myths of Lispector’s own life as a means to speak to universal female experiences, Why This Word considers how fractures in the socio-political world may otherwise remain invisible.
Detailing women’s labor within the global workforce, Hou I-Ting examines the politics of the body through her practice. Valentina Jager’s work is infused with a deep sensibility that explores the precariousness of truth, subjectivity of interpretation and fragile nature of memory. Wang Yahui employs poetic imagery in dynamic scenarios to present alternative ways of translating time through quotidian materials. The exhibition combines these different narrative approaches—writing in time, labour and poetic rhetoric—to amplify definitions of feminist micro-narratives. 
Hou I-Ting (Taiwan) is especially interested in female labor conditions in socioeconomic systems of the past and present. Her practice pivots around the changing relationships between the body and the visual image over time. Hou has exhibited internationally, including We Now Stand – In Order to Map the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2019); Contemporary Art from Asia, Australia and the Pacific: A Selection of Works from QAGOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile (2019); Tejiendo Identidades (Weaving Identities), PhotoEspaña, Centro de Historias, Zaragoza, Spain (2019); and Cold Chain,Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (2019). 
Valentina Jager (Mexico/USA) unfolds her practice in the borders between writing, sculpture and performance, focusing on ephemerality and materialism. Jager has participated in residency programs such as Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Fieldworks Marfa and the Syros Institute. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries and museums internationally such as the Orange County Museum of Art, Paul Kasmin Gallery New York, Alumnos47 Mexico and the Kunstverein Göttingen. She is currently a PhD student of Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston and recipient of the 2021 Artadia Houston Awards. 
Wang Yahui (Taiwan) turns imageries of contemporary life into microcosms with the artist herself as an astronomer observing the hidden relationship between nature and all living things: Huizi and Zhuangzi debating the happiness of fish. Solo exhibitions include Still Life Sonata, Taitung Art Museum (2021, Taiwan), The Diamond that is Raindrops, Absolute Space for the Arts (2020, Taiwan), A Brief History of Time, Eslite Gallery (2019, Taiwan), Questions to Shadow, Neuer Kunstverein Giessen (2018, Germany), A Slant of Light, TKG+ (2016, Taiwan), Pick up a leaf when it falls, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto (2012, Japan) and Handmade Fairytales, Cable Gallery, Helsinki (2010 Finland). 
Jo Ying Peng (Taiwan/Mexico) runs Vernacular Institute and co-ran Taipei Contemporary Art Center as open platforms to present, exchange, create and share artistic ideas outside of institutional discourse. Working across curatorial, editorial and cinematic boundaries, Peng strives to expand possibilities beyond linear narrative and is dedicated to projects with performative approaches and in experimental settings. Selected recent projects include Buenos días mujeres (ARIEL, 2020), Who Writes? (Gallery OMR, 2019), Narratives of Exchange / Exchange of Narratives (Instituto Alumnos, 2018), Vernácular: Art Book Fair (Proyectos Monclova, 2018), There after Here: Performing a Verb (Vernacular Institute, 2017), Portrait Portrait (TCAC, 2016), Marginal Matters (Arkipel, 2016) and A Gaze on the Contemporary (Urban Nomad Film Fest, 2016). 
Why This Word is supported by the Province of British Columbia and the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.


As part of theCELEBRATION OF ART, we will be hosting a Public Open House at the Gallery with free admission all day. Make sure to check out the newest exhibitions opening today: Holding Ground and Emily Carr: Seeing and Being Seen!
If you can’t make it to the Gallery, make sure to see our digital Celebration of Artprograms which offer a chance for people at home to get creative – including weekly INVITATIONS TO CREATE  from the AGGV Studio, and our July FAMILY SUNDAY  program coming out tomorrow!  
Check out the TD ARTIST GUIDE online and be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL because we’ll be celebrating local arts and community for the whole month of July!


Why This Word: Hou I-Ting | Valentina Jager | Wang Yahui
Curated by Jo Ying Peng
July 17 to August 21, 2021
Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street, Victoria BC
250 385 3327 | deluge.ca
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat 12 to 4 pm
Why This Word is an exhibition that draws an axis between interpretation and vocalization to deconstruct the act of writing as a way to shape identity. 
The title is inspired by a quote—“the word is my fourth dimension”—in Clarice Lispector’s novel Agua Viva, and partly borrowed from a biography of the author (Why This World, Benjamin Moser, Oxford University Press, 2009). Referencing the looming myths of Lispector’s own life as a means to speak to universal female experiences, Why This Word considers how fractures in the socio-political world may otherwise remain invisible.


The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is excited to present an extra special Family Sunday this summer in connection with our new virtual program Celebration of Art.
We are so pleased to welcome special guest, Owen. Owen is 9 years old and LOVES to create dresses, fabulous hats and other magical fashion pieces. For this month’s Family Sunday check out Owen’s delightful video workshop dropping on our YouTube channel at 2pm on July 18 and learn to create your own fabulous fashion piece to wear around your neighbourhood, campsite, wherever!
Pease note – this month’s video workshop will also be screened at the AGGV for on site visitors.


Heather Pant’s unique style and magnificent use of colour invite you into her mountain scenes of rivers, lakes, peaks and waterfalls - in the majestic and inspiring Canadian wilderness. "I live to paint and I paint what I love."
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com


In her series called Orbital, Jo-Anne Silverman creates an aura of wonderment. Each of the 24 drawings is an invitation to enter an imaginative world. With playful precision, she interweaves line, colour and form in a myriad of meanderings. We see riotous colour, surprising shapes and undulating forms.


Festival Dates: July 22 to 25, 2021
Location: Please visit www.victoriaflamencofestival.com for information regarding virtual show times and links.
Cost: Free, donations accepted at www.victoriaflamencofestival.com
The Flamenco de la Isla Society has come to the difficult decision, given the current COVID-19 situation, to suspend all physical in-person events at the 2021 Victoria Flamenco Festival. We feel it is important to do our part to keep artists, audience, and our community safe. We are currently working to bring you a virtual festival. Our commitment to Flamenco on Vancouver Island remains strong and we encourage you to reach out if you have any questions: info@victoriaflamencofestival.com Thank you for your ongoing support! 

2021 VIRTUAL VICTORIA FLAMENCO FESTIVAL For the ninth year in a row, the Flamenco de la Isla Society brings you the passion and rhythm of flamenco music and dance! The 9th annual Flamenco Festival of Victoria will run July 22 – 25, showcasing local and international dancers, singers and guitarists collaborating to bring their love of this fiery art form to you!
For more information please contact:
Zoey Wells
Festival Coordinator


“The desire to create art has been with me for as long as I can remember. It satisfies a kind of primal urge to construct. The winding of the figures, for me, is a very intimate experience. It is where I try to translate the emotion or movement of the piece. My inspiration has always come from personal experience. During my working years in health care, I have been witness to turbulence and tenderness. My sculptural work represents these moments. It is a sort of communication that I find hard to put into words; They are, for me, small windows into shared experiences.” - Janis Woode
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm


This event began 2021-04-21 and repeats every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 2021-09-18

Legacy's summer hours June to August:
Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Thursdays 12 pm - 7 pm
Curated by Lorilee Wasatasecoot (UVic BA '17)
On Beaded Ground explores the essential role of Indigenous women’s creative practices in the reclamation and renewal of culture, identity, stories and teachings. The beaded artworks in the exhibition carry stories. The materials, methods of making, designs and functions of beaded objects are languages particularly devised to transmit memories, legacies, and narratives between people across time and space.Curated by Lorilee Wastasecoot (UVic BA '17)

This selection of works reflects the current proliferation of artists beading on the west coast and explores practices past and present. Featured artists include Margaret August (Coast Salish), Daphne Boyer (Metis), Cedar Circle Indigenous Leadership Group, Maxine Matilpi (Kwakwaka’wakw), Bev Koski (Anishinaabe), Lynette Lafontaine (Nehiyow/ Michif), Nicole Mandryk (Anishinaabe/Ukranian/Irish, UVic BA ‘19), Audie Murray (Michif), Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse (Upper Tanana), and Estrella Whetung (Anishinaabe, UVic PhD (ABD), MA ‘10, BA ‘08).  

Image: Lynette La Fontaine, Two-Spirit Otipemisiwak Artist, Kokuminawak Sakihitowin Kayas Ochi (Grandmas’ Love From Long Ago), (naming credit: Dianne Ludwig), wool, seed beads, dyed caribou hair, dyed whitefish scales, 2021.  


This event began 2021-04-24 and repeats every week on Saturday until 2021-10-09

Come to the Sooke Country Market to shop from an impressive group of local vendors including multiple organic farmers, bakers, artists, and artisans! All products sold at the market must be made or grown from scratch locally by the vendor, so you can feel good about everything you pick up at the market! The market kicks off April 24th and runs every Saturday from 10am - 2pm until October 9th! Dogs are welcome on a leash, and both parking and bathrooms are available on site!


This event began 2021-07-24 and repeats every week on Saturday until 2021-08-01

The AGGV is hosting weekly Public Open Houses for the 2021 CELEBRATION OF ART, so be sure to visit the Gallery and enjoy free admission all day! This is a great opportunity to explore what’s new. During your visit you can also pick up your copy of the 2021 TD Artist Guide!
If you can’t make it to the Gallery, check out the TD ARTIST GUIDE online and be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL because we’ll be celebrating local arts and community for the whole month of July!

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