Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Creative Bonds exhibit at the CACGV

Troy Lovegates Art Exhibit and Book Launch

Celebrate Community !

61st Annual Arts & Crafts Exhibition and Sale

Reclaim The Streets: A Symposium on Art and Pulic Space at Open Space

Light Sensitive at Dales Gallery

Mia Watkins at the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum (Séripop) at Open Space

Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum (Séripop)
Dates: Tuesday, June 10, to Friday, June 20, 2014
Artists: Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum
Genre: Visual arts
Place: Open Space, 510 Fort Street, second floor
Admission: By donation

During the month of June, Yannick Desranleau & Chloe Lum (Séripop) will be instigating a series of site-responsive installations throughout the city of Victoria.
The Montreal-based duo’s interventions—sculpted from sheets of brightly coloured, screen-printed paper—unfold a disorienting collection of narratives, aesthetic references, and histories. Improvisation and experimentation structure the installations that temporarily take over the space until they are trodden and torn by passers-by, revealing the impermanence of monumentality.

Yannick Desranleau and Chloe Lum live and work in Montreal. In their installations, sculptures, prints, and other interventions, they explore how material entropy affects readings of a given work through the implementation of strategies displaying diverse mechanical contingency. They have exhibited in Canada and abroad, notably at YYZ artists’ outlet (Toronto, 2013), The Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto, 2012), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Quebec Triennial, 2011), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria, 2010), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, England, 2009), and Whitechapel Project Space (London, England, 2007). Their collaborative work has been acquired by many private and public collections, notably the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Al Frescoes Spring En Plein Air at Coast Collective

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lesli Ellis, Irma Soltonovich, John Vander Schilden and Godfrey Stephens at Random House Gallery. April 12th. & 13th. 2014 by Philip Willey.


Lesli Ellis has a passion for odd bits of metal, moldings, keys, machine parts etc.. She collects ‘bits and bobs’ and assembles them in ways that suggest narrative possibilities. The results are humorous and aesthetically pleasing. In one piece doll parts emerge, or disappear, into a wooden box. It’s very striking, slightly macabre and open to various interpretations. Ellis gets a lot of joy from the process and causes us to question the multitude of parts and pieces that we produce from the earth to satisfy our complex needs.

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Irma Soltonovich creates solid, confident abstracts. The colours are lush…..the paint is thickly applied. In a statement she says she ‘uses simple lines and shapes and subtle shifts of colour to evoke emotions, feelings and memories.’ There’s an obvious pleasure in the application of paint. Her paintings often feature a discreet hint of a horizon line that suggests interior landscapes.


John Vander Schilden only has one piece in the show so it’s hard to say how representative it is of his interests. Perhaps his work can best be described as functional sculpture. He’s been working with wood for many years and enjoys salvaging and recycling found wood. He’s clearly a craftsman and it will be interesting to see how he evolves. This is his first show. He’s in good company.

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Godfrey Stephens is a Northwest Coast artist who has travelled extensively, often in boats he built himself. His work is in many collections and public places around the world, something he has achieved largely outside the ‘gallery system’. Most of his paintings are based on First Nations iconography combined with hints of Futurism, Picasso and classical Greek motifs. All these influences are fused with the spirit of the West Coast.

His wood sculptures are simultaneously rough-hewn and finely finished, abstract and organic. They embody a very real sense of place. You can smell the cedar and hear the waves crashing. There’s a freedom in Stephens’ work that evokes memories of Long Beach before it became a popular tourist destination or Tofino in the days before macchiato.

One of his best known pieces is the ‘Weeping Cedar Woman’ which he made in 1984 to protest logging on Meares Island. He’s currently refurbishing the ‘Weeping Cedar Woman’ in his Victoria studio. Hopefully she will soon be returning to the West Coast.


There are no obvious connections between these 4 artists and no specific theme but one comes away with an impression of cohesion. It’s a curious little pop-up show well worth a visit. But be warned, Random House, 353 Windemere Place is only open for public viewing on April 12th and 13th… you need to be quick.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Annual BFA Graduation Exhibit - 2014 UVic

Opening Reception: April, Thurs. 17, 2014 @ 7 pm 

Visual Arts MFA Exhibition 2014 - UVic

Art Battle Day in Canada

TORONTO – March 28th, 2014 – Art Battle Canada ( is announcing ART BATTLE DAY on May 10th 2014. More than 250 artists will compete in same-day events across 20 Canadian communities for the chance to advance to the 2014 Art Battle National Championship.
In each participating community, local organizers will host a three-round live painting competition featuring 12 professional and emerging artists from their local community. Audiences will vote to determine round winners and ultimately one individual event champion.

The Art Battle Day event in Powell River is being organized by Laura Balducci & Shane Bodie and will be hosted at Studio 56.

Winners of Art Battle Day events will advance to compete in regional championships and will be a part of a yearly nationwide tournament that includes winners from 65 Art Battle Canada regular season events held monthly in 12 cities across Canada from September to June.

In July, winners of each Art Battle regional final will compete at the 2014 Art Battle National Championship. Two-time Champion Yared Nigussu of Vancouver BC will defend his title against the best painters from across Canada. One painter will be chosen by audience vote as the 2014 Art Battle National Champion.

Art Battle Canada participating cities:
Ottawa, ON -- Halifax, NS -- Truro, NS -- Moncton, NB -- Saint John, NB -- Red Deer, AB -- Collingwood, ON -- Kingston, ON -- Peterborough, ON -- Montreal, QC -- Mississauga, ON -- Olds, AB -- Calgary, AB -- Wolfville, NS -- Charlottetown, PEI -- Fredericton, NB -- Hamilton, ON -- Shawville, QC -- Powell River, BC -- Toronto, ON -- Edmonton, AB -- Newcastle, ON -- New Minas, NS -- Brampton, ON -- Oakville, ON -- Yellowknife, NT

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About the local organizers: North Salish Sea artist and punk-rock singer for The Abbie Hoffman Society; Laura Balducci, alongside Studio 56 impresario, Shane Bodie, Tone Gallery & Art Supply, and the Malaspina Art Society - proudly present ART BATTLE! Presented in partnership with local organizers and ART BATTLE CANADA. Please contact:

About Art Battle Canada
Art Battle Canada has been promoting Canadian artists through live painting competitions since 2009. Created in Toronto by Simon Plashkes and Chris Pemberton, Art Battle has grown to more than 30 communities across Canada. This 5th season will see more than 100 events and 1600 original artworks created and sold to art lovers across Canada.

To learn more about Art Battle, or for a media pass to attend an event, please contact Art Battle Canada - or 416-302-5959

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