Events happening today
November 11, 2019 May 14, 2020Protecting our Coast: The Shifting Role of BC Lighthouses
Opens at the Maritime Museum of BC
Lighthouses and their keepers’ original role has been to protect vessels travelling along the coast from crashing into dangerous shoreline. As technology and society continues to change, so too has the role of the lighthouse. Over the years, lighthouses have been put to different roles, depending on the needs of society. In the late 1800’s they served to support colonial development on the coast; in WWII they helped establish a defence system; and now, a new trend has started to rise. As we’ve become increasingly concerned with the state of the natural environment, lighthouses in B.C. are shifting into becoming ecological reserves or are gaining an environmentally-related protected status, with their keepers becoming the guardians of their stations’ landscapes and the surrounding wildlife.
This exhibit explores this cultural shift through a timeline approach, questioning what is has meant, and what it now means to protect our coast.
“Lighthouses on our coast have such fascinating stories,” said Brittany Vis, Associate Director. “When we started research for this exhibit, it became clear that lighthouses have served additional roles in society than simply as navigational aids. We hope visitors will walk away from this exhibit with a better understanding of the evolving role of lighthouses and how they are being used today.”
Exhibit Dates: October 31 – May 14, 2020
634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC
10am-4pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays
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November 16, 2019 February 29, 2020oneTree 2019
Robert Bateman Foundation Gallery
November 16–February 29, 2020
This biennial event by the Bateman Foundation and Live Edge Design celebrates the life and legacy of a single tree–this year, a 200-year-old Bigleaf maple from the Chemainus Valley. More than 70 artists will take part in the biggest exhibition to date, creating original works–from furniture to musical instruments, wooden creatures to performance-based art and poetry–with a unifying theme of honouring the tree’s remarkable heritage. Visit www.theonetreeproject.ca to find out more about the project. 470 Belleville St, 250-940-3630, www.batemancentre.org.
“Chemainus Water System Coffee Table” by Hector Uriostegui and Kayden Dorma, Cobble Hill
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January 11, 2020 April 11, 2020FLUID, a photographic portrait series by Blake Little
Legacy Gallery, Downtown Gallery
January 11 to April 11
As people who identify as trans, gender fluid, non-binary, Two Spirit, and other gender-diverse identities face complex and challenging societal responses, the act of representing oneself can be a brave act of defiance. FLUID, a new photographic portrait series by LA-based artist Blake Little, sets out to collaborate with local, national and international trans and gender fluid people to reflect some of the concerns and potentials of how they choose to represent themselves. Reception Jan 25, 2-4pm. Regular hours: 10am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, 630 Yates St., Victoria. legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-8298.
Image below: “Brynn Hawker” Blake Little, PHOTOGRAPH (c)BlakeLittle2019.
January 11, 2020 January 25, 2020Colour Theory
This exhibition follows the evolution of colour from the early 20th century to today. From traditional oils used in works from the likes of A.Y. Jackson, to the invention of acrylic paints in the 1950s and 60s, to the vibrant pigments used today, Colour Theory traces changes in technique and materials through the years. Featured artists include: Meghan Hildebrand, April Ponsford, Halin de Repentigny, Hashim Hannoon, Morley Myers, Sean Yelland, Nicotye Samayualie, William Perehudoff, Jack Shadbolt. Opening January 11, 1-4 pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com.
January 17, 2020 February 15, 2020Omid Afarinzad, Lauren Brinson, Rande Cook, Mona Hedayati, Jordan Hill, Clare Lannan, Leanne Olson, Liam, O’Sullivan, Dani Proteau, Graham Wiebe
Opening Friday, January 17 at 7pm
Exhibition tour directed by Rande Cook: Saturday February 1 at 1:30pm.
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat, noon to 5pm
Forever & For Never arose out of the possibilities created by the forced proximity and specific focus of graduate research. Ten strangers from near and far convene and overlap for a brief period of time on an island located off the westernmost part of Canada. What do they see from this temporal and conceptual window? And in what language, visual or otherwise, do they choose to make their reportage? The artists who make up this enquiry have committed to a sort of fantastic experiment where addition is naturally seen to create expansion even as outcomes remain uncertain. The work in this exhibition—emanating from so many distinct sources—nonetheless shares concerns, as bodies situated inside material problems and the mutability of human existence. There are ripples of disquietude over resources and their extraction and hope for regeneration in the stories of our separate and recombined histories. Forever & For Never is a transitory record where things come together to break apart and recombine somewhere between the past and future.
January 21, 2020 01:00 AM 03:00 AMUVic Orion Series in Fine Arts guest artist and principal flutist with the Colorado Symphony, Brook Ferguson, will perform Philippe Gaubert’s rarely performed Flute Sonata No. 2, J.S. Bach’s Sonata in A Major, as well as Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango for flute and piano. She will be joined by Victoria-based pianist, Yoomi Kim.
Hailed by the Washington Post as “brilliantly virtuosic,” flutist Ferguson is a versatile solo and orchestral artist. First prize winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, Ferguson has performed as a concerto soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the New World Symphony, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. Ferguson was appointed Principal Flutist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and has been Principal Flutist of the innovative River Oaks Chamber Orchestra since 2012. Previously, she completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, where she had the privilege of working with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other great musicians and conductors.
January 17, 2020 03:30 AM January 26, 2020 08:00 AMO My God
Bema Productions presents the Canadian comedy premier of “O My God” at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue.
“O My God” by the Israeli playwright, Anat Gov. “O My God” is directed by Zelda Dean, and performed by Christine Upright (the therapist), Rosemary Jeffery (God) and Jesse Wilson. Jesse will play the autistic son of the therapist, and is himself on the autism spectrum.
THE STORY: God walks into a therapist’s office suffering from depression. The therapist asks, “How long have you felt this way?” God says, “Two thousand, two thousand, five hundred years. Give or take.” “You’ve been depressed for two thousand years and only now you’ve come to therapy? What were you waiting for?” asks the therapist. And God says, “I thought time would heal.” After two thousand years, a swift session of cathartic therapy can help unpack our festering problems.
THE PLAYWRIGHT Anat Gov, who died of cancer at 58, was born in 1953, and was a graduate of the famous Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. She was briefly a student in Tel Aviv University’s theatre department. She dropped out to become a successful playwright and television writer, wife of a well-known Israeli entertainer, mother of three and grandmother of two.
At Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3. Tickets are $23 each available from Ticketrocket at https://www.ticketrocket.co/Event/Details/115482. Eight performances only:
Thursday January 16, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 19, 3:00 pm
Tuesday January 21, 7:30 pm
Wednesday January 22, 7:30 pm
Thursday January 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday January 25, 7:30 pm
Sunday January 26, 3:00 pm
January 12, 2020 08:00 AM February 23, 2020 08:00 AMBe immersed in warmth and color as Victoria based Artist Jessica Ruth Freedman exhibits new paintings from her 'Modern Botanicals' series.
Solo exhibition of new paintings
January 12, 2020 - February 23, 2020
Northern Quarter Restaurant Venue
1724 Douglas Street
Fore more information please visit www.jessicaruthfreedman.com
January 11, 2020 08:00 PM February 23, 2020 01:00 AMSalt Spring National Art Prize
2019 winners + local finalists
January 11–February 22 at Victoria Arts Council Gallery
The Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art, presented by the Salt Spring Arts Council. Its intent is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity–resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. In all, it gives out $39,000 in prizes to 10 artists each year. 1800 Store St. Tues-Sat, 12-5pm. www.vicartscouncil.ca. For images see https://saltspringartprize.ca/finalists-2019/