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Object Biographies: Artists’ Lives through their Archives
Legacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campus
Continuing to January 12, 2020

A printing block. Glaze samples. Pouches of pigments. Why are these items in UVic’s archives, and what can they tell us about the lives, relationships, artworks and practices of the artists who owned them? Object Biographies is a glimpse into the lives of artists through their archives, including those of Robin Hopper, Glenn Howarth, the Limners, Katharine Maltwood, Aiyyana Maracle, Sandra Meigs, Margaret Peterson,and Vincent Rickard. The gallery is in Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library. Legacy.uvic.ca, 250-721-6562.
Glenn Howarth, Portrait of Sheri, c. 1973-1975, oil on canvas, University of Victoria Acquisition Fund, UVic Legacy Art Galleries
 

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Protecting 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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oneTree 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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Second Chance: From the sublime to the ridiculous
January 2–18 at Gage Gallery
This exhibition references a second chance for both materials and subject matter where four artists explore the concept of repurposing. Agnes Ananichuk, Frances Beckow, Jonathan Craven and Martina Edmondson offer works of recycled material, both conceptual and physical. Watch for the transformation of an old chrome door handle, a brass gear and a vintage pressure gauge, or “disposables” such as used coffee filters and teabags. Everything and everybody deserves a second chance. Opening Jan 5, 1-4pm. 2031 Oak Bay Ave, 250-592-2760. www.gagegallery.ca.
Images:
“In All its Wonder” Agnes Ananichuk, assemblage
“George Washington in Space” Jonathan Craven, assemblage sculpture
“White Mask” Martina Edmondson, Used coffee filter, burn marks, wax, bark and twigs



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