Thursday, July 31, 2014

Geoff Searle at the Avenue Gallery

July 31 - Aug 7
new series of Raku vessels by ceramicist Geoff Searle

10th Annual Bowker Creek Artist's Brush-Up Show and Sale

Marney Ward - Watercolour - at the Old School House Art Center in Qualicum Beach

Young @ Art exhibit at the CACGV

Gage Gallery - Artists Collective - Grand Opening

Re-ify exhibition at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill - Main gallery

The 6th Annual First Nations Inuit and Metis Artshow

CollAboRaTion presents: Art 508 - West Coast Reflexions

Art from Japan at Eclectic Gallery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Emma Palm at the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective

On June 26th, 2012, Emma's seventeen year old brother committed suicide.

In Memory is a product of love and longing, made in the wake of his death. Two series comprise this body of work in an incomplete attempt to catalogue what he left behind. As if gathering the remains of his life might keep him closer. A sweater, a t-shirt, a wooden box, a pair of soccer cleats - everyday objects elevated to reliquary status. Holy because he touched them. So too are these seven boys (or are they men?) facing the camera. Each hardened and softened in their own way by his passing. Wearing their grief with self-conscious bravery, and wielding more power than they know. Tissue paper maps of what might have been.

Emma Palm lives and works between the prairies of Alberta and Vancouver Island’s craggy coastline. As an artist she is interested in acts of remembrance, storytelling, collections, and archival processes. Her research-based work is grounded in the social exchange of memory and information. So far, her practice includes photography, video and installation.

Emma graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2013.

Gallery reception July 31st at 7-10PM
2516 Douglas Street.

Emma's show coincides with Victoria's very own Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival)

Also don't forget about the fifty fifty hosting the Integrate After party. Here's the event details

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Connections by Philip Willey – July 2014


It’s summer and time to get out and make connections. And where better than the Moss  Street Paint In where there are lots of connections to be made. … Carollyne Yardley, Robert Amos and there’s Linny D. Vine, a few clouds don’t bother Linny. Connected with Godfrey Stephens who I hitchhiked with in Greece. 1962 I think it was. I don’t make this stuff up. Seen Godfrey a few times since of course. Ucluelet, James Bay. He’s living in Esquimault and he has a book out…. ‘Wood Storms, Wild Canvas’… Irma Soltonovich, Lesli Ellis, Lyle was non-stop connections.

And then there’s Deluge Gallery… an opening for Tamsin Clark. She is showing some intriguing photographs representing, says Clark, ‘conversations I’ve had with these spaces and places.’ These are captured moments made into art. Polaroid shots of rooms, tables, gardens loaded with associations.

Perhaps from the rather suggestive picture of a bed on the invitation I had been expecting something more…er…Tracey Emin. Not to worry. Tamsin’s polaroids are evocative and dreamlike enough and her grand-children are delightful.

Tamsin is living in the Annapolis Valley. I lived there once too. Wolfville to be precise. Same time as Alex Colville (with whom I connected). ….she knows Michael Coyne at Acadia University so bingo there’s another connection right there.


I was talking to Bill and She-she Blair at the Ravenous show in Alcheringa. They were just back from London where they’d met Duggie Fields. Who used to share his place with Syd Barrett. Poor Syd. I’d often drive him from the Grove to Duggie’s place. He never would have made it otherwise.

Connected with some panhandlers briefly on Douglas before deciding I needed to connect with a washroom. So I slipped into the user-friendly one at the Bay Center. That went well so I continued through the mall and reconnected with Government Street and had a browse around Munro’s Bookshop. What should I see there but ‘American Smoke’ by Iain Sinclair! Talk about synchronicity…I’d just been reading it! Iain Sinclair likes places and connections too. In the book he travels across America meeting people like Gregory Corso and William Burroughs, both of whom I met in London in the Sixties. Excuse the name-dropping. Sinclair uses these meetings as springboards for his own literary meanderings. He’s late to the party but the book is loaded with interesting references which are well worth following up. And it’s another excuse for a bit of what used to be known as creative writing now called self-indulgent rambling depending on your point of view. The next place I connected with was Commercial Alley (between Yates and Bastion Square) where I had hoped to find Roy Green painting on a wall. No such luck. He has got some sheets of plywood however and he’s off to a good start. Relax….it’s all perfectly legal. Roy’s efforts are sponsored by Open Space and sanctioned by the city. The project will coincide with Integrate Arts Festival.

Only connect….who said that? If you said Timothy Leary you’d be wrong. It was E.M.Forster.
Watch this space.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tamsin Clark at Deluge Contemporary Art

July 25 to August 23, 2014
If I Wore a Hat I'd Hang it Here

Tamsin Clark

Opening Friday, July 25, 7pm

"These Polaroids are the places and spaces I have lived over the last few years, indexes if you like, and like the writer William Faulkner in his novel Absalom Absalom they are reiterated over and over, windows, mirrors, bedrooms, gardens, landscapes. They are conversations I’ve had with these spaces and places. Because they are photographs they are also about light: the light and viewpoint can hide the flaws in the mundane and turn it into a thing of beauty, or at least a curiosity."

Tamsin Clark is an Anglo Canadian photographer and educator interested in the still and moving image. She received her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and MFA from the University of Victoria. Clark has exhibited widely in Canada, Mexico and Europe and her work is held in various collections nationally. She currently resides in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hisao Matsui at the Avenue Gallery

Introducing Japanese born painter Hisao Matsui    July 11 - 18, 2014

Glynn Morrissey - July 2014 - Artist of the Month

I paint because it has been a desire of mine since I was a small boy to create. My mother sometimes would just about pull her hair out trying to find paper that I hadn't created something on in our house when I was a little boy. It has always been an internal drive of mine to draw and paint. Sometimes for no other reason but to just do.

I love colour and I am not afraid to use it. Even in the most monochromatic of paintings I do there is a bright splash of colour somewhere to be found. I love putting colour where it is least expected. A landscape could produce a wisp of green in it's sky and not feel totally out of place with my work. It just happens for me and I love doing the unexpected.

I work mostly in acrylic paint. But, the medium has broadened in a short time and now I mix it up with ink, water colour and oil. I guess my figures are more identifiable as being synonymous with my work. I create a lot of figures, mostly nude males. I find the male figure very expressive. Not that the female figure is not, I just find the male figure more representative of what I trying to say.

My landscapes are pretty identifiable as well since they sit mostly on the fantastical. Reality is they are representative of places of I have been or wanted to visit. I try to stay away from creating absolute definable images when doing landscapes. The reality is in most cases they are personal spaces for me alone to remember what I saw or what impressed me about a place. I am thrilled when people identify the area or have an idea where my landscape maybe since it is not always the image that impresses someone it is the essence that may ignite peoples ideal of a landscape.

To me my work is a redefinition of myself. A finding out of who I am. Essentially, this is something I LOVE to do and at a point in my life things like that were considered frivolous. Life got in the way. So basically, I have come full circle to finding myself again. So for me painting is me.