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    September 17, 2022      January 22, 2023

    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

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    November 10, 2022      November 17, 2022

    Inspired by the work of the Inuit and by the work of Henry Moore and Rodin, Vance found himself drawn to the deceptive simplicity of using the form to suggest detail.
    “I like to let the stone tell me what it wants to be…when I do this the end product is so much more alive than if I had forced my design upon it! Doing this also allows the stone to work with you and puts colours and patterns in places that you couldn’t plan any better. I carve wildlife, especially bears and owls as I find them a good vehicle for my sense of humour. Although I take my work seriously, I try not to take myself too seriously…so much of my work has a light playfulness about it!” -Vance Theoret
    View online: https://theavenuegallery.com/artists/sculptors/theoret-vance/
    The Avenue Gallery
    2184 Oak Bay Avenue
    Victoria, BC V8R 1G3

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