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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

Freud's Last Session

South Vancouver Island

Wed. August 20th, 2014 – Sat. August 30th, 2014

An opportunity to peek into the back stage of Chemainus Theatre.

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.

KERRISDALE ANTIQUES FAIR

BC Lower Mainland

Sat. August 30th, 2014 & Sun. August 31st, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm

13th Anniversary! Antiques, Vintage Collectibles, Retro Chic, and so much more…the much-anticipated Kerrisdale Antiques Fair returns to Vancouver's charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale!

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.

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

Sidney Firefighters Exhibit

South Vancouver Island

Fri. August 1st, 2014 – Sun. August 31st, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm

The 100th Anniversary of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department. The story of the SVFD will be depicted through models, artifacts, pictures and articles. There will even be some Lego on display!

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.

5/10 km walk August 31

South Vancouver Island

Sun. August 31st, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm

Garden City Wanderers hosts a 5/6/10 km walk. Meet at Pearkes Recreation Center, 3100 Tillicum Road. Registration 9:30 am, walk at 10:00 am. Contact is Joan at 250-479-6512.

Timeless Toys Exhibit

South Vancouver Island

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

A collection of old and memorable toys we used to have as children.

VCM OPEN HOUSE PARTY

South Vancouver Island

Sat. September 6th, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is looking forward to entertaining the entire community with live musical performances, awesome instruments in our petting zoo and free ice cream for all ages.

Canadian National Mixed Pairs Lawn Bowling Championship

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Sun. September 7th, 2014 & Sat. September 13th, 2014

Canadian National Mixed Pairs Championship comes to Parksville, B.C. We're welcoming Canada's top pairs players and you to this very prestigious tournament.

Sept. 7 - 5/10 km Walk

South Vancouver Island

Sun. September 7th, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm

Garden City Wanderers hosts a 5/10 km walk (rated 2B). Meet at Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive. Registration 9:30 am, walk 10:00 am. Contact is George at 250-386-1279.

FREE Healthy Living Workshop Online - University of Victoria

BC Lower Mainland

Mon. September 8th, 2014 – Mon. November 3rd, 2014

The Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a FREE 6-week confidential program available to BC/Yukon residents experiencing long-term physical or mental health conditions.

FREE Healthy Living Workshop Online - University of Victoria

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Mon. September 8th, 2014 – Mon. November 3rd, 2014

The Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a FREE 6-week confidential program available to BC/Yukon residents experiencing long-term physical or mental health conditions.

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