Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014. Media release and preview. This past year, the Learning Department has invited three Victoria artists—Aimee van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin—into the Royal BC Museum for a year-long residency. In addition to taking part in our Wonder Sunday and Night at the Museum events, they went behind the scenes to creatively chronicle the extraordinary objects and … [Read more...]

Art Walks, Studio Tours and Sales for the Holiday Season 2014. Victoria BC.

Art Walks, Studio Tours and Sales for the Holiday Season 2014. Victoria BC. I make a regular practice of visiting art galleries, shows and studios during the year, but some of my most cherished memories relate to art viewing during the holiday season. The Victoria Gallery Walk celebrates its 17th year in 2014 and is one of my holiday traditions. More recently, small works shows have come into vogue and will be of interest to people who … [Read more...]

Faces of Love, Portraits from Our Place by Elfrida Schragen

Faces of Love – Portraits from Our Place by Elfrida Schragen. When artist Elfrida Schragen was approached about a month-long artist-in-residency program at a local resort, she immediately knew what – and who – she wanted to paint. In 2007, Schragen painted a series of portraits featuring people from all walks of life who used the services of Our Place, an inner-city community centre for the most vulnerable of Greater Victoria. When she … [Read more...]

Langham Court Theatre presents “Here’s To You Mrs Robinson” group art exhibition and sale. Mar 5-22 2014

Langham Court Theatre Presents ~ “Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson” Group Art Exhibition and Sale Langham Court Theatre has invited 30 artists of various backgrounds and mediums to produce work inspired by the 1960’s iconic coming-of-age story, The Graduate. The art show concept is to connect the art work to the theatrical production allowing the theatre audience to experience a unique opportunity of visual expression through the eyes and minds of … [Read more...]

Jimmy Wright A Retrospective: Art with Attitude

Iconic Canadian artist Jimmy Wright died in 2008. To mark the fifth anniversary of Jimmy’s passing, artist Kay Lovett has curated a retrospective of his work, the first public showing and sale.The 12 day retrospective opens  August 10,  2013 at the Martin Batchelor Gallery, and continues to the 22nd. Wright was best known for his big polar bears and bisons, he had a master’s degree in economics and a straightforward attitude. For years he had a … [Read more...]

Jazz at the Gallery 2013

In our ongoing exploration of 2013 as The Year of Taking More Risks, Having More Fun, and Expanding Cultural Horizons, why not spend a Sunday afternoon at the historic Spencer Mansion, home of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), listening to the cool tunes of some of the city's most renowned jazz artists. Founded in 2010 as a collaboration of the UJAM (Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors) Society and the AGGV, Jazz at the … [Read more...]

Illustrated Talk: The Art and Life of Ina D.D. Uhthoff – CACGV Gallery, September 26th

Thanks to social media, I made a connection with Mona Fertig, owner of Mother Tongue Publishing, now based on Salt Spring Island.  Fertig has a long career as a passionate supporter of writers. She founded the Literary Storefront, then established a small press, Mother Tongue Books - a publisher of poetry chap books, and is now publishing  a series of books promoting unheralded BC artists. The latest book in the series (The Art and Life of Ina … [Read more...]

Announcing Uno Fest 2012 – 15th anniversary

I wonder if the arts administrators at Intrepid Theatre knew in 1997 that they were in the process of creating what has become the longest running solo performance festival in North America– Uno Fest, Canada’s Singular Live Theatre Event. This year Uno Fest runs May 24th – June 3rd inVictoria, BC. … [Read more...]

Madeleine Wood: Intimate Views at Madrona Gallery

Madrona Gallery is one of  the newest galleries in downtown Victoria,  offering some extremely interesting exhibits, and contributing to the conversation on the nature of art.  Their newest feature opens February 11th with a retrospective of Madeleine Wood. Michael Warren, gallery owner, writes: Madeleine is based up in Fanny Bay now although spent the majority of her career in Vancouver. The piece "So much for Love"  I am very excited to … [Read more...]

14th Annual Gallery Walk – Victoria BC

For some people, it is the plethora of craft fairs or musical events that signals the advent of the holiday season. For me, it has traditionally been Gallery Walk - an evening in late November, hosted by seven downtown Victoria art galleries who open their collections for viewing. This year's walk, the 14th annual, is Thursday November 24th from 3-8pm. Of note is the "passport" which participants in the walk can get stamped for a chance … [Read more...]