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Tours of Canada's Oldest Synagogue

South Vancouver Island

Sun. February 23rd, 2014 – Thu. August 28th, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Enjoy entertaining guided tours of Canada's oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanu-el, led by the country’s first ordained Maggidah (Jewish storyteller and educator), Shoshana Litman.

Charity Clothing Donations Fundraiser

South Vancouver Island

Mon. July 28th, 2014 & Tue. July 29th, 2014 11:00am - 3:30pm

Are you looking for ways to clean out your cluttered closet? Support those families & kids living with diabetes today by donating your reusable items to our event.

Reconciling Self | Connie Watts

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Mon. July 28th, 2014 – Sat. September 6th, 2014

Reconciling Self | Connie Watts
June 14 to September 6, 2014

Join us for the opening reception and meet the artist!
Friday, June 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Thursday, August 7, 12:15pm FREE docent tour. Join us for this
lunchtime exhibition tour - Bring the whole family

Artist Talk: Saturday, September 6, 2:00pm

wpembraceReconciling Self features new artworks by Connie Watts, a mixed media artist and designer of Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Kwakwaka’wakwa, and Gitxsan ancestry, based in Port Alberni. Her studio practice is characterized by the use of contemporary media and techniques that recast and re-imagine Northwest Coast traditions, and express the hybrid status of all cultures in the 21st century.

Reconciling Self addresses issues of cultural-mixing and exchange, through the lens of a First Nations artist working with traditional forms in non-traditional media. It also considers the processes of healing, and rebuilding of a unified self that Watts has followed in the years after a serious car accident. The experiences of seeing the world from a range of internal perspectives left her with a new sense of the life that connects all things. In our era of time-space compression, distinctions in geography and history have broken down with advances in technologies of movement and communication, resulting in traditional and regional cultures becoming increasingly blended. The ties that connect peoples and cultures, even our sense of self, are harder to see.

Connie Watts has exhibited across North America, including a solo exhibition in Winnipeg (Re-Generation at the Urban Shaman Gallery) and as part of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, an exhibition that toured the United States. Watts emerging leadership role on the West Coast art scene was confirmed through her work as project manager (and contributing artist) for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Aboriginal Art Program.

Justin McGrail, Curator

Existential Elders

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Tue. July 29th, 2014 – Tue. September 2nd, 2014

Existential Elders
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 2:00 - 5:00pm

June 24 to August 9, 2014

Wisdom, they say, comes with age.

BF - the Last JourneyAging is a hot topic these days. Aging boomers consult experts about how to prepare for old age, how to look younger, how to save for retirement, how to maintain their brains and bodies at peak performance.

Artists are accustomed to living on the fringes of society - on the outside, looking in. We are typically less conventional, more experimental, more critical of society, often poorer, less secure, and more isolated than the average citizen.

Then suddenly we're Seniors, part of the fastest growing and most conservative demographic in the country. But we're not typical Seniors; we generally remain marginal and experimental and we don't retire. We adapt to the physical limitations of age and carry on with our work. We work because making art has become our life, and still defines us. We've become what I call "Cultural Elders".

The traditional role of Elders in society is to share wisdom with younger generations. So what do we, as Cultural Elders, have to say? For this project I invited sixteen BC artists, men and women, senior both in years and professional stature, to share their personal take on life, the human condition, aging, the passage of time, and the search for meaning and purpose in life.

Participating Artists: Donna Balma, Anna Banana, Famous Empty Sky, Bill Friesen, DF Gray, Tim Haley, Jeff Hartbower, Barbara Hutson, Marci Katz, Ursula Medley, Robert Moon, Lynn Orriss, Joe Rosenblatt, Jo Swallow, Sharon Urdahl, Ed Varney

Exhibition by Curator/Participant Marci Katz

Image: Bill Friesen, The Last Journey, 2014, acrylic on recycled marine canvas

Exhibit: Field Trip Project

South Vancouver Island

Thu. June 19th, 2014 – Sat. September 6th, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

Artists from Canada and Japan transformed Japanese elementary school backpacks into a mobile art exhibition to support tsunami relief efforts. The project has traveled to a variety of cities and will inspire ideas towards recovery from the tsunami. It also focuses on community issues at each destination and will investigate what makes vibrant and sustainable communities.

Exhibit: Canada's Titanic: The Empress of Ireland

South Vancouver Island

Tue. April 29th, 2014 – Sat. September 6th, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

Discover the tale of Canada’s Titanic – The Empress of Ireland which sunk on May 29, 1914 with a tremendous loss of life. This exhibit tells the story of a ship which was responsible for much of the immigration to Canada and the tragic story of her loss at sea.

Shipwrecks Tour

South Vancouver Island

Tue. June 10th, 2014 – Wed. August 6th, 2014 1:00pm

This tour focuses on the tragedy of ships lost along the rugged coast.

Carron Berkes Art Show at Heron Rock Bistro

South Vancouver Island

Tue. June 3rd, 2014 – Thu. July 10th, 2014

Carron Berkes Art Show at Heron Rock Bistro
June 3 - July 30, 2014
Local artist Carron Berkes shows an eclectic mix of realism & abstract paintings.
Free community event.

Carron Berkes Art Show at Heron Rock Bistro

South Vancouver Island

Tue. July 1st, 2014 – Tue. July 15th, 2014

Local artist Carron Berkes shows an eclectic mix of realism & abstract paintings.
Free community event.

Best Loved Dolls Exhibit

South Vancouver Island

Wed. July 2nd, 2014 – Wed. July 30th, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm

This is the first year we will be hosting this fantastic collection of over 400 dolls 'from bisque to Barbie and beyond!' The collection will be displayed in dioramas and promises to be a major attraction.

In addition, visitors will be able to check out the latest doll fashions created on-site, most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Scavenger hunts for children and lots of prizes.


South Vancouver Island

Wed. July 23rd, 2014 – Sun. August 3rd, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm

The next exhibit at Coast Collective Arts Centre is "IT'S A SMALL WORLD"

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection

BC Lower Mainland

Sun. June 29th, 2014 – Sun. October 19th, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection feautrues works from the Gallery's permanent collections, tracing the history of painting in both Canada and the province.

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions

BC Lower Mainland

Mon. July 14th, 2014 – Mon. September 1st, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

Out of Sight: New Acquisitions features works added to the Gallery's collection over the past three years, this exhibition explores artists engagment with ideas around perception and representaion.

Milner Gardens Gnome Village by the Sea

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Sun. June 8th, 2014 – Mon. September 1st, 2014 10:00am - 4:30pm

Milner Gardens Gnome Village by the Sea

Ghosts of the Maritime Museum

South Vancouver Island

Fri. July 18th, 2014 – Sat. August 23rd, 2014

Find out why the Maritime Museum of BC is known as the most haunted building in the most haunted city in Western Canada.

Kitsilano Showboat 2014

BC Lower Mainland

Mon. June 23rd, 2014 – Sat. August 16th, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Fabulous free entertainment every Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat next to Kits Pool. From June 23rd-August 16th. A Vancouver tradition since 1935. Weather permitting.

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