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An online exhibition with Victoria-based artist Libby Oliver.

    

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

    

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

 

    

Digital Moment at FLUX Media Gallery in Victoria, BC, showcases a series of short films by artists, GO2 Productions, Allison Moore, Johanna Householder and Judith Price, and June Yeo. This selection of Canadian short films attempts to respond to the questions, How does film mediate the online digital environment? and What is our social relationship to digital interactivity?
 
Digital Moment is accessible from March 26 to May 21, 2021 on-site for outdoor viewing, and online: http://www.fluxmediagallery.org

    

Right of Return Sanaz Sohrabi | Caroline So Jung Lee | Mona Kasra | Peng Zuqiang 

April 10 to May 8, 2021 online at deluge.ca
Deluge Contemporary Art
636 Yates Street, Victoria BC Right of Return is an online exhibition of media works by four international artists exploring revolutionary politics, diasporic knowledge and the intersection of collective memory vs. archival evidence. 
Sanaz Sohrabi uses Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp and an anonymous photo taken at the Refah School in Tehran from which to consider the myriad meanings of the Persian word “temsaal.” Notes on Seeing Double incisively dismantles and reconnects these two images to consider the friable truth of representation. In 1632 Amsterdam, anatomy theatres were a form of entertainment for those who could afford it. These public dissections gained cachet the sooner they were scheduled after the state executions which provided corpses. In February 1979 in Tehran, an unknown photographer captures a thronging post-revolutionary crowd gathered to greet Ayatollah Khomeini at one of his weekly meetings. This photograph, enlarged to its limits, reveals “otherwise unnoticeable fragments, shadows, cropped objects and figures, characters who remain untouched or indiscernible. An image whose ghostly fragments and visual residues continue to linger.” Equating this to a sort of dissection, an opening up, Sohrabi asks how we can “see these factual documents of a series of historical events otherwise, outside their original frame of reference?” 
Caroline So Jung Lee documents a return to Korea in search of the intergenerational origin stories of the country’s nascent feminism. An interlocutor speaks of the ascending hopes for the “alpha girls” of the 80s and 90s. Raised with a belief in their own agency and a more equitable world but impeded by the seemingly inexorable forces of patriarchy and a newly fractious economy, this new generation were “expecting a world that was ready for them, but it was not.” Unsettling time, At the Bottom of the Sea shifts backwards and forwards, between the unrelenting movement of Korea’s cities, the implacable forces of nature and the furious chants of the Gwanghwamun protestors unwilling to cede their futures to the past. 16mm film grain, hand-processing and solarization both abstract and personalize these individual narratives. 
Twenty years after her departure, Mona Kasra seeks to recapture a memory of her former home in Tehran through satellite images, aerial and 360° photography. Inbetweenness confronts this lack of resolution, as Kasra’s search for conclusive evidence is frustrated, truth crumbling under data and time. Left to the unreliability of locative efforts, Kasra must reimagine the place she knew through the simulacra available and her own senses. “I look for traces of home everywhere. Sometimes I find it in a bowl of Persian rice. Sometimes in the loud thunder reminding me of missile attacks during the war between Iran and Iraq. Sometimes I find home on the streets of Los Angeles. It all depends…I can’t get close.”
Inauguration exposes the capricious nature of oral family narratives and official records to deconstruct the compelling and unreliable story of a failed assassination that was either the work of a solitary individual or at the behest of a revolutionary organization. The “facts” say would-be assassin George Fong, who worked as a cook in Berkeley, bought a revolver and taught himself to shoot in order to dispatch visiting Prince Zaixun and help free China of Manchurian rule. Born in the USA and radicalized by the Young China Association, Fong either choked at the crucial moment—fearing he would injure bystanders in the crowd assembled to greet Zaixun—or was apprehended by a detective from the Chinatown police tipped off to the plot. Foreshadowing the 1910 event, visuals tells the story of two Chinese-Cuban activists’ attempt to attend the inauguration of the Young China Association in San Francisco a year earlier. Ultimately, Fong’s fate remains as much of a mystery as the definitive truth in Peng’s decoding of historical facts and fictions.

    

Wonderful whimsy abounds in Karen Kaiser’s NEW WORKS. Using loose flowing brushwork, she conjures up impressions of people and places. These scenes appear vaguely familiar, yet somehow mysterious. Her expanded subjects include interiors, landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes around Victoria and Vancouver Island.
http://www.artopenings.ca/karen-kaiser.html 
Artist in Attendance:
April 20, 22, 30 and May 4 from 11:00 - 2:00
April 25 and May 9 from 12:00 - 4:00

    

Drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Dana finds inspiration in the quiet grandeur of the rainforest. Influenced by the painters of the 1930's including Canada's own "Group of Seven", Dana's unique style has been described as "Emily Carr meets Dr. Seuss".
Living in Vancouver, where nature cannot be ignored, Dana turns her artistic expression toward the spacious forests of ancient trees, emerald green rivers and the moody weather around it all. Dana is a noticeable presence in the North American art scene.
Nature has always been an influence in Dana's life. Having grown up in rural northern British Columbia she was exposed to hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking throughout childhood and as a young adult. Her travels and work experience have taken her to the tops of mountains in the Kootenays, to the frozen prairies in northern Alberta, to the Rocky Mountains and across Canada to Ontario and Quebec. Dana has developed a reverence for the natural majesty of this country and it is evident in her painting.
At the West End Gallery, 1203 Broad Street, Victoria

    

Bi Yuan Cheng captures the beauty and drama of the Canadian landscape with calligraphic brushwork. His mastery of light and refined use of colour are a testament to his long standing commitment to painting.
 
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

    

This event began 2021-04-24 and repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 2021-05-09


Using mirrors, water, and organic materials the artist produces a set of still life images that explore ways in which perceptions of reality can be altered to provoke feelings of unease or uncertainty, distorting expected visual cues and create images that seem untrustworthy.
@ Xchanges Gallery. Up the stairs on the balcony.

    

Blue Bridge Theatre presents: Spring Beatles Conceived by Ride the Cyclone creators Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
Victoria's finest musicians bring you the music of the greatest rock and roll band that ever lived - straight to your living room!
Live Streamed April 27 - May 2 2021
Tickets $25-$45 plus service charge and GST
For tickets click here  

    

May 1-23, 2021 at Fortune Gallery 
Tuesday - Sunday 1pm - 5pm (during covid-19 restrictions)
537 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1R3
http://www.artopenings.ca/ira-hoffecker-21.html
 
In this new series, Ira Hoffecker introduces organic shapes into her geometric compositions. The twenty paintings still use geometric shapes and architectural mapping to create depth. “But they no longer refer to a specific place,” she says. “They now show elements of urban architecture in a landscape setting.”
A significant shift in mediums took place within the evolving artworks.
“I found oils to be a fantastic medium to work with when painting plants or landscapes,” she says.

    

This International Jazz Day (April 30), one of Canada's oldest jazz clubs, Hermann's Jazz Club, celebrates 40 years in business with a legacy album launch featuring performances by musicians who have played at the club since its opening in 1981.   This launch will coincide with a live stream show April 30. Listeners of the album and event - Cheers to 40 Years - will hear the full-band sounds of swing, jazz and Dixieland.    Join us on live stream at youtube.com/c/hermannsjazzclublive Or find out more at hermannsjazz.com

    

The natural vegetation and everchanging weather of Vancouver Island were the inspiration for Rob Elphinstone's latest collection, capturing a feeling of wildness rather than the realistic details.
“[Rob] whips up oil paint into a froth and then moulds it into swirling shapes, revealing like Van Gogh the underlying patterns of which our landscapes are made. He seems to be channeling every chapter of Canadian art history (Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Paul Emile Borduas) in his vigorous and rambunctious paintings.” - Robert Amos
 
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm
Online via Zoom | Register here
Bring your latest beading project and join artists Whess Harman, Audie Murray and Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse as they bead, share stories and discuss their work in On Beaded Ground.

This event offers live captioning. Questions about accessibility can be directed to legacy@uvic.ca.

    

A passionate landscape painter, Maria Josenhans creates oil paintings outdoors on location and in her North Vancouver studio. She considers the landscape her garden, a place of connecting with beauty that gives rise to something new and reaches beyond daily concerns. Whether it is a grand vista or an intimate pool by a stream, Maria strives to create a space for her viewer that shares a tender tribute to the ordinary.
 
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

    

Put your life on bold! Find out if RRU fits you and if you fit us with 4 days of transformative drop-in sessions. Sign up to get the full open house schedule!

    

Put your life on bold! Find out if RRU fits you and if you fit us with 4 days of transformative drop-in sessions. Sign up to get the full open house schedule!

    

Put your life on bold! Find out if RRU fits you and if you fit us with 4 days of transformative drop-in sessions. Sign up to get the full open house schedule!

    

Put your life on bold! Find out if RRU fits you and if you fit us with 4 days of transformative drop-in sessions. Sign up to get the full open house schedule!

    

Gage Gallery exhibition: Leslie Bell dives into a conceptual exploration of the ocean's deep space, with a side trip to the real world of plankton.  Part art exhibit, part science fair, part personal journey; this exhibition of paintings, prints and digital media contemplates and speculates on the hidden world that surrounds us.

    

This event began 2021-03-19 and repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 2021-06-16


Tuesday – Saturday, 4:30pm – 10:00pm. Legacy Sidewalk Gallery. 
Curated by Nicole Achtymichuk (UVic, BSc ’20, Young Canada Works Curatorial Intern)
What the Land Holds is a contemporary video art exhibition that examines the land as integral to Indigenous histories and futures, and as a site of ongoing colonization and alienation. The land holds layers of interpretation that establish places of inclusion and exclusion. The land holds what humans have created, blurring the lines between natural and artificial. The land holds stories and teachings, and returning to these is essential to our continued survival on the land.  
This is the inaugural exhibition in Legacy’s new Sidewalk Gallery, a space designed to activate and inspire community collaborations and to make art more accessible to the public.
Image: Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Mia’ (still), 2015.

This event began 2021-05-01 and repeats every day until 2021-05-31


The only Pacific Rim film festival in the world returns for our 9th annual showcase of short films from near and far!

An entire month of online screenings and events

50 short films in 10 on-demand programs available to stream worldwide

Dozens of filmmakers representing over 25 regions around the Pacific Rim

CINE⚡SPARK pitch event

See www.shortcircuitfilmfestival.com for film programs and synopses, tickets, filmmaker Q&A schedule, and more!
 
presented by

Victoria BC Canada
 
 

This event began 2021-05-03 and repeats every day forever


The Peninsula Players Theatre and Radio Sidney, in association with The Mary Winspear Centre , present a series of monthly Radio Plays,
which can be found on Radiosidney.ca

    

This event began 2021-05-15 and repeats every day until 2021-05-27


Paul Jorgensen's playful landscapes feature bright colours, intricate patterns and joyful vignettes. His unique approach to painting is enhanced by skewed perspectives and a prolific use of intertwined shapes and forms, revealed as lush gardens, secret paths and distant locations. Paul's narrative style further encourages the viewer to immerse themselves in his paintings and dream of travels and adventures to come.
In the time of Covid-19 I have had more time in the studio to reflect and expand on my process. I have been excited to experiment with different paint applications and palettes and am revisiting the places I hope to see again, one day soon.

    

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


Curated by Lorilee Wastasecoot (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.
 
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 2021-05-15 and repeats every 3 weeks on Sunday and Saturday until 2021-05-30


Wait here while I slip into something more comfortable is a solo exhibition by visual artist Graham Wiebe that explores themes of solace through a satirical scope. Employing a gothic vernacular, this body of work includes both image and object as a way of navigating feelings of solitude and seclusion in a time of anxious encounters.
@ Xchanges Gallery and Studios.  2333 Government street, Suite 6E. Upstairs balcony.
Opening Night : Friday May 14, 7-9 (non-social)

    

Wait here while I slip into something more comfortable is a solo exhibition by visual artist Graham Wiebe that explores themes of solace through a satirical scope. Employing a gothic vernacular, this body of work includes both image and object as a way of navigating feelings of solitude and seclusion in a time of anxious encounters.
@ Xchanges Gallery and Studios.  2333 Government street, Suite 6E. Upstairs balcony.
Opening Night : Friday May 14, 7-9 (non-social)

    

Family Sunday happens every third Sunday of the month October – June, and is an afternoon of exploring hands-on art-making and ideas for all ages. This recurring program often features special guests like storytellers, artists, performers or musicians.
When May arrives in Victoria, so do birds from all parts of the world. Their migration is our special guest Liam Singh’s flight of fascination, and we will be sharing a very special Family Sunday video where you can learn all about the feathered folk who make Vancouver Island their home. Keep your eye on our YouTube channel for the the ‘flight’ of our next Family Sunday video being released on May 16!

    

Dr. Venn be discussing her research on low mineral stars.  There will be live questions and answers following her talk.  In addition, there will be live streaming via a solar telescope, the Plaskett telescope and virtual tours of the UVIc Observatory.  There will be a planetarium film and astrophotography will be shown.  Full details will be on the website, ‘Centre of the Universe’.org.  It will be accessible through Zoom and YouTube.  Also there will be an “Ask an Astronomer” segment, where questions can be submitted in advance of the event.  Weather permitting, all of the program will be live streamed.

    

Chi Cheng Lee is a graduate of New York’s Parsons School of Design. Her artistic journey began at home with her father, a painter of Chinese watercolours on silk, and progressed to her working at Fifth Avenue luxury jewelry house, Harry Winston for over 18 years. Chi has accumulated a lifetime of cross-cultural experience and exposure to differing design languages. Having previously resided in 18 different residences worldwide, she has finally found her true home in Vancouver, Canada.
 
 
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
See more at www.theavenuegallery.com

    

Did you know that chronic loneliness is harder on the body than smoking 15 cigarettes a day? And that more than 30 percent of us suffer from it? Join Club members and friends at this free Zoom talk at noon on May 18 to learn not only how it affects our bodies and minds but also what we can do about it. The Reverend Dr. Eric Partridge became the rector at St. Andrew’s in Sidney in 2016 following a varied career and busy family life. His doctoral thesis was on the effects of loneliness and how to respond. This is an important topic at any time, but perhaps even more so given our experiences with Covid over the past year. You won't want to miss this informative talk by a man who calls himself "an unapologetic story-teller"! Registration and Zoom details are at https://thecanadianclubofvictoria.com

    

Hosted by the School of Environment & Sustainability, the Building Back Better webinar series is all about how we can take advantage of the global pause we’ve experienced due to COVID-19, and radically shift and accelerate how we address the most pressing issue of our times: climate change.
While for decades the climate crisis may have seemed like an abstract issue to the average bystander, the impacts are becoming harder and harder to ignore. Tipping points such as warming in the arctic, ocean currents, tropical forest ecosystem collapse, and monsoon patterns are some of the indicators of this crisis we face, and impact all living beings on this earth.
On May 20, join us as we launch the first webinar of the series. In this session, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, adjunct professor and director of the Cascade Institute, and Drs. Leslie King and Chris Ling, professors and program heads in the School of Environment and Sustainability will explore these climate change tipping points. They will also discuss the social and policy tipping points that may offer hope - such as the adoption of renewable energy, disinvestment, and changes in urban form and urban infrastructure. This series is all about having conversations that can help spark the collective action we need to take to respond to the challenges we’re facing in regards to climate change, so bring your questions and join the discussion! 
We encourage you to register even if you are unable to attend. Everyone who registers will receive a link to the webinar recording.
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (pacific time)
Registration Link: https://www.royalroads.ca/info-sessions/webinar-building-back-better-climate-change-tipping-points
If you have any questions, contact an enrolment advisor at 1.877.778.6227 or learn.more@royalroads.ca

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