Thousands of buttons and hundreds of metres of thread have helped transform one single swath of cloth into the largest button blanket in the world, on exhibit at the University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery.
For more than 200 years, the button blanket has been celebrated by Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, telling the stories of people, places and events.
Students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, UVic’s Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Arts, created the Big Button Blanket – measuring six metres square – in collaboration with design consultant, curator and Tahltan Nation artist Peter Morin, and elder button blanket makers, during a History in Art class.
The exhibit continues through April 25. Admission is always free at UVic’s downtown art gallery and everyone is welcome.
Roving the Avenue
Visit the community of Oak Bay, just a few minutes from downtown, to enjoy the colourful, often light-hearted work of Irish Rover Will Millar at one of the region’s favourite galleries. Millar’s paintings will fill Winchester Galleries’ Oak Bay location March 11 to 29; join the gallery for an artist’s reception March 15 from 1 to 5pm.
Come April, the Oak Bay gallery welcomes a collection of paintings by Victoria’s Brad Pasutti, accompanied by works from local painter and printmaker Avis Rasmussen April 8 to 29; join both artists for an opening reception April 12 from 1 to 5pm.
West End Gallery takes a whimsical turn this spring when painter Paul Jorgensen presents a collection of bright and playful new paintings for his much-anticipated solo exhibition.
Featuring locations near and far, lush gardens, twisted paths, elongated shapes and detailed patterning, Jorgensen transports the viewer into a whimsical world based half in reality and half in his vivid imagination. The resulting work is both dramatic and pleasingly whimsical.
“I like work that involves imagination and technique, and that suggests stories,” the artist reflects. “I hope my paintings give people a good feeling, that there might be a pleasant something on the wall.”