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  1. Unveiling of Street Sculpture outside Gage Gallery, Dec. 3, 11 am. Kick-Off name the Artwork Contest: Win a piece of driftwood art! The Gage Gallery Arts Collective’s newest “member” will take up residence on the sidewalk of Oak Bay Avenue - adding to Oak Bay’s growing reputation as an art destination. Stickman, his working title for now, is a creation of local driftwood sculptor and Gage member, Tanya Bub. “Looking into the Gallery window Stickman represents the person engaging with art. What he sees triggers a powerful response, shown by the explosion of colour inside of him,” says Bub. At the same time, Stickman is himself a piece of art that invites passersby to engage, creating the possibility for small changes to occur inside of those who take the time. Stickman is born of the Gallery’s motto, “Engaging with Communities.” He invites touch, close-up investigation, and photographing. “Our purpose is to get people to stop and start a dialogue - with art, with themselves, with each other,” Bub explains. For starters, he needs a name, and the Gallery is holding a naming contest. To enter, send your suggestion to info@gagegallery.ca or fill out a ballot at Gage Gallery from December 3 to 22. A jury of Gage-artists will select the winner who will be rewarded with an original piece of driftwood art by Tanya Bub ($100 value)! Please visit www.gagegallery.ca for more information. You can see Bub’s sculptures, as well as new paintings by five member artists at the Gage Gallery’s new group show “Solstice Dreams - The Poetry of Winter” running December 10 to 22. Come meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Thursday, December 12 from 6-9 p.m.! Unveiling Event Please join us for the unveiling of Oak Bay’s newest street art. When: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Where: Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Avenue The artist will be available for photos and questions.
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    Hands-on Mini (HOM) Printmaking Workshop "Form and Colour" Jigsaw Stencil Monoprint with Dominique Chapheau Tuesday December 3 2019, 7-9:30 pm Doors open 6:45 pm Fee: Members $25 Non-Members $35 Dominique Chapheau will lead a lively workshop in exploring colour and form using the stencil monoprint technique and his unique stencil style. Working with a palette of colours and free form stencil cutting, you will explore the rich possibilities of composition with colour. Participants are invited to work from an image of their own or from an original print from our GZPS archive collection. Dominique Chapheau, was born in France. "After a busy life in the restaurant industry I was able to become a part time artist, painting and doing prints and in particular mono prints for about 30 years. I get inspired by shapes, nature, food and abstract space. I travel a lot and do sketches in my travel, take a lots of pictures, converting them eventually into water colour and mono prints." Dominique's work has been exhibited with the CNIB, The NOW Show, Victoria Arts Council, and is in many private collections. As long time member of GZPS, Dominique has shown in themed group shows and has had 2 solo shows at the studio. To register & 'what to bring', contact Alain at groundzeroprint@gmail.com 250-382-2186 Space is limited so please RSVP by November 28, 2019 Come and visit our Chinatown studio 3rd Floor, 549 1/2 Fisgard Street (Corner of Fan Tan Alley and Fisgard Street) Please follow our Facebook, Instagram, and visit our website by clicking the buttons and contact us via email groundzeroprint@gmail.com or phone call 250-382-2186
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    3rd Annual Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair Cool Aid, Our Place and First Metropolitan Church invite you to the Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair, on Saturday, November 30th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at First Metropolitan United Church Hall, located at 932 Balmoral Road. Media can get an advance sneak peek at some participating artists’ works and have an opportunity to interview artists Joseph, Beryl and Bob the day before the Fair, on Friday, November 29, from 11 am to 12 noon at the First Met Church Hall. This Craft Fair is designed to highlight the talents of both low-income and emerging artists, many of whom have never had the chance to sell their creations to the public before. Every artist in attendance is below the low-income cut off or faces substantial barriers to participation in society, and many have never participated in a craft fair before or even shown their work publicly. Every artist in attendance last year sold some of their work. Over 45 vendors will display their arts and crafts, many from Cool Aid and Our Place programs. A music corner will feature several emerging musical artists. Admission is free, the event will be cash only, and refreshments and a raffle are available by donation. For more information find us on Facebook: “Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair” (Facebook.com/events/697264704096169), email feedback@CoolAid.org or call 250-595-8619.
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    Illumination of love: 5th annual Holiday Group show in support of BC Children’s HospitalGallery at Mattick’s FarmNovember–December 31Participating artists include Allison Brodie, Janet Anderson, Jennifer McIntyre, Kim Hollingsworth, Irma Soltonovich, Lisa Hebden, Natasha Miller, Kylee Turunen, Rose Cowles, Vikki Fuller, Brenda Walker, Alanna Sparanese, Sandra Froher, Wendy Oppelt, Bev Robertson, Maureen Ness, Iola Scott, Everest Prokofiev, and more. Artists Meet & Greet, Nov 16, 1-4pm. 109-5325 Cordova Bay Rd, 250-658-8333, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com.
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    Deck the Walls XMadrona Gallery December 7–23Madrona celebrates the holidays with its 10th annual Deck the Walls group exhibition, highlighting select works by gallery artists. This show includes new paintings by Clayton Anderson Nicholas Bott, Rick Bond, Karel Doruyter, Meghan Hildebrand, Claude Langevin, Halin de Repentigny, Sean Yelland and others, alongside Important Inuit and Historic Canadian works by Members of the Group of Seven, E. J. Hghes, Ted Harrison, Gordon Smith, Takao Tanabe. Opening reception Sat, Dec 7, 1-4pm. 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com. "Errington BC, Looking East to the Mainland" Takao Tanabe, 34 x 55 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 1982
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    Object Biographies: Artists’ Lives through their ArchivesLegacy Maltwood Gallery, UVic campus Continuing to January 12, 2020A 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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    Paintings From La Belle Province Group ExhibitionWest End GalleryNovember 2-14 Gallery artists create a show based on the endless inspiration provided by colour, light, and landscape. Whether Quebec or France, that allusive je ne sais quoi is magically captured on canvas by such talented painters as Alain Bédard,Claudette Castonguay, Ariane Dubois, Jean-Gabriel Lambert, Raynald Leclerc, Annabelle Marquis, Guy Roy, and Robert Savignac. West End is pleased to welcome Quebec-based artist Josée Lord, whose still lifes are marked by a distinct style with opaque reds and blues shaping the perspective. 1203 Broad St, 250-388-0009, www.westendgalleryltd.com. “Passion Red” Josée Lord, 24 x 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
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    1989-2019 CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF WEST COAST PRINT CULTURE PrintCraft Show & Sale November 15 &16, 2019 Friday 12pm to 7pm * Saturday 1pm to 5pm Art Cards, Bookmarks, Boxes, Artist Books, Hand-bound Books, Buttons, Ephemera, Collage, Weavings, Marouflage Made from original hand-pulled prints Come make your own button! Come and visit our Chinatown studio 3rd Floor, 549 1/2 Fisgard Street (Corner of Fan Tan Alley and Fisgard Street) Please follow our Facebook, Instagram, and visit our website by clicking the buttons and contact us via email groundzeroprint@gmail.com or phone call 250-382-2186
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    Museum To Host Maritime Art Show at Government House Photograph courtesy of Andrew Tawker [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)] The Maritime Museum of BC is pleased to announce the opening of a new temporary art show at Government House. The new art show will feature a cross-section of maritime artwork from the Museum’s extensive art collection of over 500 works. David Leverton, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum stated that: ”We’re honoured that The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia is hosting the art show at Government House. The Lieutenant Governor is the Honorary Patron of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia which makes this very special for the museum and our members.” The art show highlights paintings of life along our coast over the past several hundred years. There are paintings by artist E.M Chadwick that depict early European discovery; artwork about the days of whaling featuring artist Harry Heine; rescues off our west coast such as the freighter Makedonia under-tow byHMCS Sudbury and the rescue of the S.S. Glafkos in Barkley Sound by Edward Goodall; paintings depicting the important role ferries play along our coast by Ivah Bryant and A. Frank; artwork representing the protection of our coastline by the Royal Canadian Navy such as the painting HMCS Provider completed by artist John M. Mulders; and Coast Guard protection of our coastline in a featured work entitled CCGS Ready by artist Hugh Mackenzie. The art show also includes special paintings of the three prized ships in the Maritime Museum’s artefact collection including the SV Tilikum depicted in a series of watercolours by artist R.W. Murphy; the SV Trekka under twin sails in a watercolour painting by Alan Lester; and the SV Dorothy in a watercolour painting by artist Harry Heine. This art show highlights life along our coast over the past few hundred years. In the future, the Maritime Museum would be honoured to collaborate with West Coast First Nations on a maritime art show that highlights the important relationship between First Nations’ and the coastal environment. The Executive Director stated that, “First Nations have inhabited our coastline for thousands of years and it would be a privilege to work in partnership on the development of a First Nations’ art show that spans the last several thousand years. The art show will open on November 8th with a private reception and will be available for public viewing during regular opening hours at Government House until the fall of 2020.
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    The Hills to Shore Artists are delighted to invite you to their first Fall Show and Sale on Nov 8&9 at the Cadboro Bay United Church. For the first time they will all gather under one roof so you can in just one stop enjoy paintings, photography, jewelry, fabric art, sculptures and more. This is the perfect opportunity to find something special for yourself or your loved ones! Friday Nov 8 - 2 to 8pm Saturday Nov 9 - 10 to 4pm, rain or shine. Free admission. We look forward to seeing you there!
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    The Radical Influence of Buddhism on Art: Artists Convene in Victoria The public is invited to attend two special presentations, as part of In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice. A Research Convening. These events are organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with the University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts, Multifaith Chapel and Centre for the Study of Religion in Society. On Friday Oct. 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the public is invited to The Orion Opening Keynote Lecture, Lecture on Nothing by Kay Larson. Larson is an acclaimed art critic, columnist, and author who wrote feature articles and art criticism for New York magazine for fourteen years. When that job ended, she began Zen Buddhist practice at Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York. Larson will discuss John Cage’s seminal text, Lecture on Nothing, first performed at the 8th Street Artists’ Club in New York in 1949. The lecture is written as a piece of music organized around a series of “empty” time intervals or durations. The central statement of the lecture, ‘I have nothing to say and I’m saying it’ reads as an oxymoron at first, but when considered further, reveals Cage’s inquiry into Buddhism. This lecture takes place at the University of Victoria, Phillip T Young Recital Hall, and will be followed by a performance of Cage’s text, scored by Kay Larson, directed by Christopher Butterfield, (Director, School of Music), and featuring local artists and performers. On Sunday Oct. 27 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend The Orion Keynote Conversation, Beautiful Trouble: A Conversation on Activism, Art and Buddhism with Suzanne Lacy, artist and Professor¸ Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and Jodie Evans, author, activist, co-director, CODEPINK (Los Angeles), taking place at the University of Victoria, Hickman Building, 105 Lecture Theatre. Suzanne Lacy is a pioneering artist in social art practice who was introduced to Buddhism in the mid-1980s. Earlier this year, Lacy was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), titled Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here. Jodie Evans is a cultural producer and global activist who has worked with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and the Zen master, Thich Naht Hahn, who advocated for a notion of engaged Buddhism during the Vietnam War. Join in a conversation between these two long-time friends, exploring the relationship between art and activism, activism and Buddhism, and the spaces in between. “UVic’s Visual Arts Department is very pleased to be hosting this AGGV-organised event in conjunction with the Faculty of Fine Arts. The world-class calibre of the invited artists and scholars makes this a key event in the study of the immense impact of Buddhist teachings on modern and contemporary art,” said UVic Visual Arts Chair Paul Walde In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice is a multi-phase research and exhibition project led by AGGV Curator, Haema Sivanesan. The project takes a chronological and thematic approach towards examining the impact of Buddhism on art in North America from the post-war period (c1950) to the present. Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria added, "the AGGV's collaboration with UVic to present this research convening is of great value, enhancing our community outreach and engaging students and faculty with the Gallery's mission. These two Orion lectures are free and open to all and promise to entertain, provoke and challenge preconceived ideas of both art and Buddhism." Research support is generously provided by The Robert H N Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.
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    Arden Rose: Artwork The work of Arden Rose will be on display in the Langham Court Theatre Lounge during the run of Over the River and Through the Woods, Sept 25-Oct 12. The pieces will be available for viewing and purchase at the reception, pre-show, during intermission or post-show during the show run and during Box Office hours. Artist Statement My paintings celebrate our human spirit. As humans we often forget to take the time to find our joy, yet it surrounds us. We can find it in the colours of spring, along a forest path, or in the face of another. It’s in child’s play, laughter, and love. I want my images to stir your soul; is there a trace of you in a brush stroke? If it whispers to you, then you will find your joy. Arden is a Victoria based artist and member of VAC, Zebra Arts Collective, and SPAC. She has been painting for 10+ years and has taken part in the Fairfield Artist Studio Tour, Bowker Creek Brush Up and was the Artist is Residence at the Parkside Hotel & Spa. She has also participated in several Live Painting shows including Art Battle. Art Show and Reception Sunday, September 29, 1–3 p.m. in the Lounge.
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    Aura Arindam: Paintings The artist’s acrylic seascape, landscape and skyscape paintings will be displayed and for sale at the Fernwood Inn from September 7 to October 31, 2019: 1302 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria BC www.fernwoodinn.com www.auraart.net
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    Join artist and garden farmer Elisa Rathje for apple-pressing on a century-old cider press using apples harvested from Appleturnover, her 1½ acre 1895 Salt Spring apple orchard turned food forest and micro-silvopasture. For the workshop, bring along a half-pint mason jar to collect fresh apple juice and come chat about the possibilities of home-scale wild fermentation. During the discussion, Rathje will explore ways in which participants can start to transition to simple living and “radical home & local economies” in an era of ecological crisis and energy descent. The workshop is free, but registration is required as attendance is limited. If Eventbrite is not an accessible way of registration for you, please phone Regan Shrumm at 250-384-4171 x 220, or email at rshrumm@aggv.ca to register.
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    Colours of Summer X Madrona Gallery July 6–August 17, Every two weeks new work is rotated in from Madrona’s large stable of leading artists from across Canada. Included are new works by Rick Bond, Nicholas Bott, Karel Doruyter, Meghan Hildebrand, April Mackey, John Lennard, and more. These works are complemented by historic works by the Group of 7, Emily Carr, E.J. Hughes, Takao Tanabe, Ted Harrison, Robert Genn, and David Blackwood, as well as Inuit drawings, prints and carvings. Opening reception: Saturday, July 6, 1-4 pm, 606 View St, 250-380-4660, www.madronagallery.com. Show here is: “Passage” Karel Doruyter, 36 x 60 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
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    All the People I Know Portrait Puppets An Art-making Workshop with Connie Michele Morey Thursday August 22 | 6 to 9 p.m.Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory Join Victoria-based artist Connie Michele Morey in the gallery to create soft sculpture portrait puppets of All the People You Know. In conjunction with Myfanwy Pavelic’s portrait exhibition, Mirrored Selves Within and Without, this workshop will use playful techniques to create narrative art that reflects your community within a single portrait puppet. Using storytelling, coloured wool felt, contemporary stitch work and beading, the workshop will innovate traditional portraiture to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and storytelling. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Material fee per person $40. Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca Learn more about our current exhibitions here. Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | 250.721.6562 | legacy.uvic.ca
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    Just a Moment: Jeremy Borsos July 26 to August 24, 2019 Opening: Friday, July 26, 7 to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Testing the unreliability of memory through the context of prosaic actions, Borsos has created a series of painted aluminum and plastic sculptures, each work titled by the year of the source material and a visual referent. “Even in our dream state, for better or worse, our hands are not necessarily idle. It may be the act of disregarding the detritus of life, or sitting in a fog while making miniature assemblages of available wastepaper.” It is our preoccupation with the importance of living, he says, that allows these muddled drifting acts to recall and transcend our past. Jeremy Borsos attended Emily Carr School of Art and the Art Students League in New York. His practice is multidisciplinary and includes writing, photography, installation, painting, and video. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Together with his partner, Sus, the Borsos have developed a meta-historical use of salvaged architecture, constructing multiple dwellings and ancillary structures, most recently in the restoration of the Blue Cabin in North Vancouver. 1960: Honeyboy, silkscreen monoprint on polyethylene terephthalate and aluminum, 10" x 36" x 10.5”, 2019 1941: A home movie, of a man, cleaning car parts with steel wool, oil silkscreen on aluminum 15" x15" x12”, 2019
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    Draw by Drawing returns! These are weekly drawing drop-in sessions facilitated by VISA Director, Instructor and Artist, Wendy Welch. A unique fun and imaginative project will be presented each week. $15/session. All materials supplied. Lots of parking! Sessions start next week, Thursday, May 23. This is a great way to put some art in your life without committing to a full course.
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    JOSEPH PLASKETT: Still Life in a Hectic World Everyone is welcome. Please join us for our official opening reception Thursday, May 9th from 3 pm to 5 pm. Renaissance Lounge, The Union Club of British Columbia 805 Gordon Street, Victoria Dress code: Business Dress for Ladies and Gentleman For more information on the Club's dress code, please call 250-384-1151 Exhibition continues to July 2019 The still lifes of Joseph Plaskett always bring joy into a room and somehow quietens the hectic world beyond that room. And so we are delighted to fill the Club’s Renaissance Room with the joy of Plaskett’s iconic still lifes and tablescapes. Here is a table vacated after breakfast, the serviette laid purposefully, the café presse drained, the butter dish left uncovered. And here is a generous bowl of oranges, an hospitable pineapple, an amaryllis in vibrant red bud; and then we encounter the artist himself – a self portrait, looking directly at the viewer, but nestled into his own still life with antique surrounds and a vase of wispy flowers. Each time Plaskett documented the mundane, everyday life, he extended himself and somehow made the subject sing and made the objects significant. Joseph Plaskett: Remains of a Breakfast 1, 2005, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches Joseph Plaskett received a BA in history and a teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1939. He went on to study with Jack Shadbolt and B.C. Binning at the Vancouver School of Art and with A.Y. Jackson at the Banff Summer School. In 1946 he was awarded the first Emily Carr Scholarship which he used to study at the California School of Fine Art, San Francisco. Canada’s most beloved painter later established his own foundation which continues to award similar scholarships to emerging artists. Known for his figurative and still life paintings, Plaskett has long been highly collectable. Prior to the artist’s death in 2014, he was still painting, exhibiting on two continents, and collecting awards including Officer of the Order of Canada and several honourary doctorates. Plaskett exhibited extensively in Canada as well as in London and Paris. His work is included in every major museum collection in Canada from Victoria to Charlottetown. View Exhibition winchestergalleriesltd.com
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    Fine Art Auction & Jewellery Sale for Refugees A fundraising Fine Art Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28 at Chapel Gallery, St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Road, Victoria V8S 3Y7 takes place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Silent Auction closes at 7:00 pm on May 28. Music and refreshments will be available both days. For more information please call: 250-598-2302. A sponsorship group “Spirited Hands” has been formed to sponsor an Eritrean Refugee Family of six. All proceeds from the Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale go towards supporting this family during their first year in Canada.
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    VCM’s Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour For a 37th year, the Victoria Conservatory of Music offers the perfect way to celebrate Mom, with beautiful gardens -- and the perfect musical accompaniment. Pretty posies, blossom-scented air, the joys of gardening and music performed by VCM students, faculty, and guests are again at the heart of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s fundraising Musical Garden Tour on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12. A $35 two-day pass grants you entry to 10 select Victoria-area private gardens, where you can enjoy amongst others, a Tuscan garden, a woodland rhododendron specialty garden and a custom built orchid house. “Last year’s sold- out event helped enrich the lives of many through our music education programs,” says Jane Butler McGregor, CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. “We are thankful for the wonderful volunteers who work so hard to put on the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour, the VCM’s largest annual fundraising event.” Once again, there will be a fantastic plant sale featuring everything from succulents to shrubbery, hanging baskets to fresh herbs, truly something for every garden and every gardener. Money raised by the Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour ticket sales and plant sale help the VCM maintain its music and outreach programs and special musical events while enhancing community life in Victoria. WHAT: 37th Annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour WHERE: Greater Victoria-area gardens WHEN: May 11 and 12 from 10:00am – 4:00pm HOW MUCH: $35/$37 (online purchase) for the weekend (children 12 and under get in free) BUY TICKETS HERE: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1833775-37th-annual-mother-s-day-victoria/ Or purchase in person at the VCM front desk, 900 Johnson St. Victoria, BC or at retail locations throughout Greater Victoria listed here:https://vcm.bc.ca/victoria-garden-tour/ About the Victoria Conservatory of Music: Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music is one of Canada’s most innovative and progressive music schools. Its mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all. The VCM is a Centre for Excellence and enjoyment of music through education, performance and music therapy, serving its community of over 3700 students and music therapy clients of all ages, through six outstanding program areas: The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music; The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music; the School of Music Technology and Creativity; and the departments of Postsecondary Studies, Music Therapy, and Early Childhood Music. VCM’s Music Outreach initiatives further enrich the lives of over 1000 children in day-cares, preschools, and Elementary schools throughout the Greater Victoria Area. The VCM is a non-profit organization located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. For more information visit us online at: vcm.bc.ca -30-
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    May 4th & 5th, 11-4pm Fairfield Artists Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 4th & 5th, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm The Fairfield Artists Studio Tour is an annual self-guided tour that provides art-lovers an opportunity to meet local artists, tour their studios and view their work while exploring the beautiful neighbourhoods of Fairfield and Gonzales in Victoria BC. This free community event is a celebration of the rich variety of art being created in Victoria. Established and emerging artists open their studio doors to the public to display their fine art including painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, textiles and photography. Visit https://www.fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com/about for maps, artist info and more. We look forward to welcoming you to our studio!
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    My Soul is Escaped: Healing art of Patricia June Vickers at Christ Church Cathedral April 28 to May 11 One woman’s healing journey, expressed powerfully through her art, is the subject of the next exhibit to be held at Christ Church Cathedral’s Chapel of the New Jerusalem. Patricia June Vickers, an artist, psychotherapist and spiritual director, addresses the issue of sexual abuse and intergenerational trauma in her exhibit. Two years ago, Vickers underwent an intensive period of neurofeedback and psychotherapy to heal her dissociative amnesia, an involuntary response to trauma. As she restored her spiritual balance, she documented her journey in small paintings. There are more than 30 mixed media works in the show, pieces that use acrylic, watercolour and collage to create layers. These abstract images are coupled with written reflections on the artist’s healing process. “Life is a midden,” she said. “Truth can sometimes be underneath all these layers.” She began to paint out of an inability to find words to communicate the raw reality. “It came out of a need to express what I couldn’t say in words,” she said. She believes that continuing intergenerational and sexual trauma among First Nations, “is the root problem in our communities that we are still not facing.” Vickers, 63, is of British, Tsimshian, Heiltsuk and Haida First Nation ancestry and was raised in Hazelton and Victoria. She grew up with art all around her, learning traditional applique fabric designs and later, painting. Her brothers Arthur Vickers and Roy Henry Vickers are both well-known artists. Roy has partnered with her to create a potlatch screen that will be on display during the show. Having Christ Church Cathedral host the show is really significant, says Vickers, who always loved the words and music of the Anglican service. Christ Church Cathedral Dean Ansley Tucker said such an important exhibit creates valuable insights. “Long before we learned to speak, we learned to see,” she said. “In this exhibit we have the benefit of visceral visual images, as well as Patricia Vickers’s own words of reflection to guide and teach us. We are grateful for her courage and honesty.” Sunday, April 28, 5.30 pm. Opening reception (Chapel of the New Jerusalem) Sunday, May 5 at 3.00 pm, Connecting Hearts, artist talk on personal reconciliation. “People know the history. What isn’t being spoken about is our internal worlds and what connects our hearts,” she said. Hours: The show will be open to the public 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 1.00 to 3.00 pm on Sunday. Patricia June Vickers is a counsellor and artist living in Vancouver. She is clinical director of mental health and wellness at the First Nations Health Authority and has a PhD. Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria stands on the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. It is the episcopal seat of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, which includes Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The Cathedral also has a large and active parish community and contributes to the cultural, social and spiritual life of residents and visitors in the Capital Regional District. The gothic cathedral, one of Canada’s largest churches, was designed in 1896. Christ Church Cathedral 930 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC V8V 3G8 250.383.2714 x 228, cell 250-634-3696 www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca
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    On May 25th and 26th, 2019, come discover some of South Vancouver Island’s finest artists during the 2019 Hills to Shore studio tour. 15 emerging and well established artists from Gordon Head, Cadboro Bay and Mt Tolmie will be displaying their work in their studios, homes and gardens. This year, Hills to Shore will showcase fibre and fabric artists, jewelers, painters, photographers, potters and sculptors. This is the perfect opportunity to find something special for yourself or your loved ones! The self-guided tour will take place on May 25th and 26th, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Free admission. Maps, brochures and further information is available on at https://hillstoshoreartists.ca/ as well as at many local merchants in Cadboro Bay, Gordon Head and Mt. Tolmie areas. We look forward to seeing you there!
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