Winter’s Wonderful at West End
Visit downtown’s delightful West End Gallery November 2 to 14 to take in Joanne Gauthier’s More or Less. A new collection of expressive paintings, each canvas conveys the duality of Joanne’s fascination with colour, primary and black and white.
Following November 28 to December 30 is the annual Winter Collection Group Show, a festive and eclectic show featuring new paintings from gallery artists, including Steven Armstrong, Claudette Castonguay, Rod Charlesworth, Greta Guzek, Grant Leier and Peter Wyse, along with local artist Linny D. Vine, a new addition to the gallery and a favourite of Victorians. Known for her bright energy, her paintings are alive with joie de vivre.
Don’t miss the opening during the annual Gallery Walk, November 28 from 3 to 8pm.
Urban Thunderbirds | Ravens in a Material World
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and four First Nation artists explore the theme of Indigenous identity in the exhibition Urban Thunderbirds / Ravens in a Material World.
Continuing to January 12, the exhibit features new and recent works from Coast Salish artists lessLIE and Dylan Thomas, and Kwakwaka’wakw artists Rande Cook and Francis Dick. Through painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media installations, the artists offer a unique view of First Nations art in the region.
Conceived of as a two-part exhibition, Urban Thunderbirds features Coast Salish artists lessLIE and Dylan Thomas, whose strong graphic work is infused with cross cultural significance and social critique. Together these artists re-appropriate North American visual culture in order to reflect urban First Nations identity.
The work of Kwakwaka’wakw artists Rande Cook and Francis Dick is featured in Ravens in a Material World. Rande Cook references the creator and trickster Raven in his mixed media installation while Francis Dick creates a distinctive voice with her portrait works, honouring individuals through narratives that evolve from personal, cultural and community histories.
During the run of this exhibition members of the First Nations community receive free gallery admission.
Small works, BIG impact!
Oak Bay’s Eclectic Gallery hosts its annual Small Works show November 4 through January 4. Offering a wonderful array of original artwork by 20 local artists, just in time for holiday season, the diversity of subject matter, style and range of techniques provides for an exciting mix of contemporary art. Meet the artists at receptions on November 7 from 6 to 8pm and during the Oak Bay Gallery Walk, December 5 from 6 to 8pm.