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Review: http://www.artopenings.ca/joshua-watts.html
Debut solo exhibition by Ha’wilh Way’anis Joshua Watts
Accompanied by Welcome Song, a poem by Linnea Jericho.


Opening Friday, September 9, 7pm   Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC 250 385 3327 | deluge.ca Wed to Sat, 12 to 5pm   In making art, it’s not that I have nothing to say, rather, I choose to say nothing—preferring the artwork find you, the viewer, held between the spatial complexity/absorption of not knowing.   This recent body of work marks my continuing interest in the built environment of the city. Where our cinematic experience of space and time is shaped by informational matrixes of light, reflection and perpetual movement.   What if the ephemeral aura of contemporary city life could be retrieved, or even suspended momentarily?    Like the earlier futurists, my artworks orchestrate the unstable and conditional reveal of things, objects and pictures, as if dislodged fragments extracted from an urban field. With repurposed charge—these new abstractions exist like individual flashes of synchronic flotsam and jetsam captured upon your light-washed retina.   I have long been drawn to the avant-garde for its brash experimentation and futurist vision. This influence has led me to  develop ideas fluidly and free of didactic impulse. My practice is an open ended studio pursuit around the construction of objects, images and the ephemeral voids of light and shadow—necessary in our perception of the material world. Intuition also plays a big part in my process, helping to keep the work fresh aesthetically and intellectually tuned to the ever changing cultural/societal vagaries of time.     Robert Youds, a brief narrative:   I graduated from the University of Victoria in 1978 with a BFA, and completed my MFA from York University, Toronto in 1982.   I have been working and exhibiting my artwork professionally since the late 70s. While I initially began my career as a painter, by the early 80s I became interested in issues of colour and space beyond the limitations of the historically pre-ordained aesthetic boundaries. These goals developed into my career-long query of real space and its relationship to the constructed object. Perhaps by today’s standards this may no longer seem like such a radical claim, but with a few exceptions of internationally known artists like Judd, Stella, Palermo, Truit, Flavin, Pfaff, Irwin—among other notables of the time—there were not many artists significantly contributing toward the jurisdictional shift away from and therefore between the identifying areas of sculpture and painting. This early change in my work was also being driven my growing interest in architecture and industrial design. I saw these professional fields as holding even further possibilities for my artworks operation within the social and psychological realms of viewer experience.   I have had my work shown in prestigious galleries and institutions such as Surrey Art Gallery (2019), Site Santa Fe, NM (1999), Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), National Gallery of Canada (2010), Xi’an Art Museum, China (2014), Remai Modern (2019), Power Plant (1995), Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland (1999), Art Gallery of Ontario (2003), Mendel Art Gallery, SK,(2013), Today Museum, Beijing (2015), Glenbow Museum, Calgary (2006), Museum of Mexico City (1999) and Hamilton Art Gallery (2021), among many others.  


In her new solo exhibition of paintings and — for the first time — multiple sculptures, Gabriela Hirt explores how unconscious memory is lodged in our bodies, and what it does to our relationships. 
 Drawing from personal inquiry, the Victoria artist unpacks her own biases and ignorance as a white settler living on Turtle Island.  At a time when many are beginning to acknowledge how deeply we are steeped in the notion of white body supremacy, Gabriela is interested in the way trauma and collective guilt can keep us mired in constructed concepts of hierarchy, perpetuating colonial injustice. 


SEPTEMBER 17, 2022 - JANUARY 22, 2023
Curated by Bryce Kanbara, Guest Curator, Graham Gallery
“This exhibition is an introduction to the work and importance of four nisei (second generation Japanese Canadian) artists born in the latter half of the 1920s. Despite the challenge of making productive lives and fitting into Canadian society, which faced all Japanese Canadians at that time, Roy Kiyooka, Kazuo Nakamura, Shizuye Takashima and Takao Tanabe, independently found their ways to artmaking. They built practices, careers and reputations which have become significant parts of Canadian art and art history.  
These four artists, geographically separated and largely unaware of one another, fostered distinctly different practices. Yet, each of them knew the negative consequences of being of Asian heritage in pre-WWII Canada, as well as the paradoxical, beneficial effects that can accrue from association with the rich cultural legacy of Japan. They seemed to approach their common Japanese Canadian heritage, at turns, with both obliviousness and acknowledgment. They set the bar high for succeeding generations of Japanese Canadians in the arts, and accounts of their lives provide all of us with inspirational examples of what it takes to make a difference.” – Bryce Kanbara, Guest Curator
This exhibition will open in conjunction with the city wide arts symposium Gei organized by the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), in collaboration with UVic with funding from the Canada Council. One hundred Japanese Canadian artists from across Canada will gather in Victoria for a three day symposium at the newly restored pavilion at Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavillion, the historic site of the original Japanese tea house run by the Takata family. The Takata’s were forced to abandon the tea house in 1941 when Canadians of Japanese ancestry were sent to internment camps.
Image Credits: Takao Tanabe (Japanese Canadian, b. 1926), Forest Impressions #8, 1953


In a two-person show with Marilyn Walker
September 16 - October 2, 2022
Opening September 16, 6:00-8:00
Artist talks at 6:30


Piers is a group exhibition showing contemporary artwork ranging across media by 18 artists spanning generations, nationalities, and backgrounds, exploring how artists’ practices change through teaching, learning, and mentorship.


Katie Bethune-Leamen
Cedric Bomford
Lauren Brinson
Yan Wen Chang
Megan Dickie
Laura Dutton
Annika Eriksson
Daniel Laskarin
James Legaspi
Christopher Lindsay
Evan Locke
Danielle Proteau
Hollis Roberts
Arlene Stamp
Jennifer Stillwell
Beth Stuart
Grace Tsurumaru
Paul Walde  
Image: James Legaspi, still from magnolia, 2020.


Angela and Ryan Rosenberg of A & R Jewellery have been creating jewellery together since 2007. Their one-of-a-kind wearable art is handcrafted exclusively in Argentium Silver and authentic Gemstones. Every piece of jewellery begins with a design concept. Great attention is taken to blend design and functionality ensuring that each piece ‘sits’ correctly and endures the test of time.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 4pm


The largest and liveliest celebration of books and booklovers, Victoria Festival of Authors (VFA) is celebrating seven years this fall. From September 28 to October 2nd, VFA will host 30 authors, taking part in 11 offerings including panels, readings and conversations with authors at indoor and outdoor venues around Victoria.

With land and environmental concerns being forefront in the minds of many in Victoria, VFA has focused half of our programming on ecology, climate emergency, the Land Back movement, and connections with the protected forests just outside our city. This includes the panel Climate Acts, Land Sings which examines how we cultivate respectful relationships with the land, its original peoples, and its lifeforms. Keeping with the theme, an evening curated by Planet Earth Poetry (PEP), A Corrective Lens, features poets “gaz[ing] on a glorious world…that we humans have irrevocably changed.”
VFA2022 Indigenous Curator, author Monique Gray Smith, will host an event with Shelagh Rogers on National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Forest to Poet/Tree Walk is back, featuring four poets reading from their new work as audience members stroll the trails of Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary.
Monique’s event with Shelagh is one of four solo author events this year. Bob McDonald of the popular radio program, Quirks and Quarks, is discussing climate solutions and his new book The Future is Now with Elin Kelsey. Jane Billinghurst is leading a forest walk at Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary, and Jennifer Egan is chatting about her new novel, The Candy House, with Zsuzsi Gartner.
Our festival opens with New Works, showcasing four local writers who are gifting us a sneak peak at their manuscripts in-progress. And Saturday evening, as usual, is a night to listen to new fiction with a musical accompaniment—this year provided by Jen Severtson/Peach Pyramid.
Because VFA is committed to accessibility, all events feature closed captioning, and most in-person events will be livestreamed. There are also four free/ by donation virtual events. Visit victoriafestivalofauthors.ca for more!


The Laundry Room: Airing our Linens
This exhibition brings together three talented fibre artists at historic Goward House.
Visitors to the heritage home and senior’s centre will delight in the almost 60 unique textile-based creations. Included are installations of antique laundry artifacts such as irons and sewing machines.


Ryan Sobkovich is an accomplished young phenom from Wasaga Beach, ON. Scouted and nurtured from a young age, Ryan has been professionally exhibiting in galleries since he was sixteen. Aware of the importance of education, Ryan consciously took the time to advance his education and graduated from Georgian College, School of Design and Visual Arts in 2016 with Honours in the Advanced Fine Art Program. Now at twenty-seven he is already a veteran and one to collect in Canadian art.
Ryan's love of nature inspires him to paint wilderness scenes of Canada while hiking, camping and kayaking around the great lakes and other areas across the country. He utilizes dynamic, impasto brushwork and layered complementary colours to convey emotions, feelings and thoughts while on site in the wilderness. Ryan particularly enjoys painting 'en plein air' and painting in large scale. His works are collected by private, corporate and public collectors nationally and internationally.


This event began 2022-09-19 and repeats every week until 2023-03-12

Learn Modern Square Dancing Sunday nights from September to March. First 2 lessons free
Dance for the Health of It!
Dancing is fun and burns lots of calories. Modern Square Dancing is: *A combined mental and physical workout. *A great way to meet new people and have lots of fun. *A cooperative sport where all work together to execute a series of calls in time with the music and caller. *A joyful, rhythmic group dance done to all types of music and live singing. It's a fun evening out and you can really top up your step count for the day! Come with a partner or on your own. All are welcome! Free Lessons September 18 & 25.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 

Doors & dance lessons 7:30 PM | Show 8 PM
19+ | ID Required
Tickets $10
Join us every Tuesday at the VEC for swing jazz and cocktail culture in a vintage, prohibition era setting.
Live jazz by the city’s favourite swing jazz musicians, with rotating bands each week and occasional pop-up features.
Hoppin’ Mad is Victoria’s own swinging jazz combo, led by multi instrumentalist Simon Stribling.
Bill Johnson has been playing blues for 40 years. A master guitarist, musician, and vocalist, Bill has developed his own brand of laid-back, soul-thumping blues while living on Vancouver Island. Whether on his own, or performing with his band, his unique style and beautiful tone reveal a rare passion for the blues. A Juno nomination in 2012, and four Maple Blues award nominations have earned him a place among the countries best blues artists. From a slow burn to a blast of blues energy, his show is not to be missed. With every new town and performance comes many new amazed fans, as he works his way coast to coast.


Celebrate women in music with us! Renowned Canadian early music soprano, Jane Long, joins an all-female ensemble performing an all-female-composer programme. Experience luscious vocal and instrumental gems, spanning the Italian and French Baroque to the Canadian contemporary.
Programme includes:
Barbara Strozzi: Cantata Che si può fare
Chiara Margarita Cozzolani: Laudate dominum
Bianca Maria Meda: Cari Musici
Jocelyn Morlock: Revenant
Isabella Leonarda: Motet Purpurei Flores and Trio Sonata Op. 16 No.3
And instrumental numbers by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and Isabella Leonarda
Jane Long, soprano;
Soile Stratkauskas, flute; 
Christi Meyers, violin; 
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, violin;
Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba; 
Christina Hutten, harpsichord
Accessible Seating
St. John’s is wheelchair accessible through the Garden doors on the north side of the church. Accessible seating can be arranged by emailing Victoria-baroque@shaw.ca before noon on Friday, October 7.
Ticket Pricing
If the regular ticket price isn't an option, please contact us and we’ll be happy to reduce it.


Upcoming Solo Exhibition - ‘Encounters with Life’ – William Liao
October 13 - 24, 2022
Specializing in florals, landscapes and portraits, William Liao's paintings combine traditional mediums with modern techniques, providing his audience with another dimension of experience. Recognized for his talent, William has won the Art Battle Vancouver, received the Silver Medal at the Signature Medal Show at Federation Gallery, as well as First Place in the Acrylics in Action show.
This is William’s first solo show at The Avenue Gallery and the excitement is building.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 - 4pm


OCTOBER 15, 2022 - FEBRUARY 5, 2023
Curated by Jaimie Isaac
Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts is a lifetime achievement award recognizing an artist’s career, body of work and contribution to the visual arts, media arts and fine craft in Canada. In 2021, eight artists were celebrated in recognition of their exceptional careers and remarkable contributions to the visual arts, media arts and fine craft. The 2021 winners were: Lou Lynn, Dempsey Bob, Bonnie Devine, Luc Courchesne, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Bryce Kanbara, Lori Blondeau and Germaine Arnaktauyok.
This exhibition, presented by the AGGV in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, presents the work of the 2021 award recipients. It is a rare opportunity to see the work of these artists, who live in all parts of Canada, together in one location. The AGGV is honoured to have been selected by the Canada Council for the Arts to curate and host the 2021 exhibition.
The Governor General’s Awards were created in 1999 by the Canada Council and the Governor General of Canada to celebrate Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognize remarkable careers in the visual and media arts. Over the last two decades, a total of 170 contemporary artists and arts professionals have been honoured.
The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2021 exhibition is organized by the AGGV and curated by Jaimie Isaac, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Stills from the Canada Council for the Arts video portrait series featuring the 2021 winners of the Governor General's Awards    


Join us for a special book talk with award-winning writer, conservation photographer, book author, and documentary filmmaker, Isabelle Groc.   This evening will include a conversation with the writer about her book Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work the Environment. Isabelle will provide a rare glimpse into dogs’ working lives, celebrate the human-animal bond, and revisit our relationship with dogs in our lives and the natural world. Isabelle will share her passion for wildlife conservation and the relationships between people and the natural world, especially about how dogs work with humans to protect endangered wildlife.   There will also be a special canine scent demonstration by Victoria-based dog instructor Janet Parker, who will show us how nose work can also benefit pet dogs! A book signing will be available after the talk and demonstration.   RSVP at https://batemanfoundation.org/event/book-talk-conservation-canines-with-isabelle-groc/ to reserve your spot.

The Island’s biggest cocktail party! 
Grand Tasting - 45+ exhibitors -  Photo Booths - Best Dressed Competition - 60's Pop Art Theme Expanding to include Divas Do Dim Sum Brunch and Industry Seminars

Join Victoria’s favourite humorist Jack Knox for the official Victoria launch of his new book, "Fortune Knox Once: More Musings from the Edge".   A hilarious collection of observations on Island living, "Fortune Knox Once" gathers together Jack’s favourite columns that best sum up the absurdity of our times.  This is the laugh we all need right now. • Everyone welcome
• Free to attend
• Books for sale Jack Knox is the author of three bestselling books, "Hard Knox" and "Opportunity Knox" (both longlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour), and "On the Rocks with Jack Knox". 

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