DRAWN TO CLAY is an exhibition of Ted Driediger’s fifty-year journey “living the dream.”
December 3 2021 – January 7 2022
“I believe that freedom to explore encourages artistic growth; out of old ideas new ideas are hatched and developed. Moving on from market trends, my work has transitioned from functional to expressive. It has evolved in line, form, colour, and scale, from one medium – clay – to multiple media including paint, pastels, pen, and ink.”
“Throwing at my wheel is where I have always been the most comfortable. Lately, I have felt more freedom to take greater risks and experiment in hand building. Also, my lifelong interest in drawing has been renewed although reaching into new territory for me – Plein Air and Life Drawing. I enjoy sitting outdoors, focusing on a grove of trees, proud heritage structures, or a rail fence; and line by line bringing to life my interpretation on paper.”
“Why do I want to do, what I do? Why do children enjoy creating mud pies or making ‘stuff’? Is it just play? Or could it be an inherent desire to make something that is pleasing to the eye and senses? Whatever it is, I have always, and still do, love the art of making. I consider my work a success if it communicates this love to those who see it.”
December 3 2021 – January 7 2022 Ted Driediger, DRAWN TO CLAY
January 12 2022 – February 19 2022 Chilliwack Visual artists Association, NATURAL EXPRESSIONS
February 23 2022 – April 2 2022 Federation of Canadian Artists Fraser Valley
April 6 2022 – May 14 2022 Mary-Lee Merz, Jeanette Bittman, Karen Ireland
May 18 2022 – June 25 2022 Christine Newsome, Betty Meisner, Vicky ray, Dianne Hultgren
June 29 2022 – August 6 2022 Hussein Rostum
August 10 2022 – September 17 2022 Patricia Peters, George Rychter, Holly McKeen
September 28 2022 – October 29 2022 Michael and Steve Hamilton Clark
November 2 2022- December 10 2022 Chilliwack Visual Artists Association
CHROMATOPIA & FOR THE BIRDS
September 22 – October 9, 2021
FAN (Fibre Art Network) is a co-operative of self-defined artists based in Western Canada. We are thrilled to be showcasing the artwork of more than 60 artists. Each artist was challenged to explore their own individual interpretation for these two theme-based exhibits.
Chromatopia was inspired by Picasso’s monochromatic works in his blue period. The exhibition visually explores the colour spectrum while preserving the unique individualistic style of each artist. Pieces move through the spectrum in one direction on top and the reverse on the bottom. The viewer will be drawn to the distinct themes explored by each individual artist while supporting the inclusivity of the spectrum.
For The Birds, depicts each artists personal interpretation of an aspect of a bird’s life, interests and interactions with the world it inhabits, or is inspired by a bird-related idiom or adage.
VANTAGE POINTS presents the artworks by Sandra Wiens and Pierre Tremblay.
February 12- march 21 2020
VANTAGE POINTS Painters Pierre Tremblay and Sandra Wiens present two different approaches to traditional subjects.
Pierre Tremblay’s lifestyle and travels have become a great source of inspiration. Often, during time spent away from home, he finds himself capturing spontaneous images or situations that will later become subjects for his artwork. In the studio, the intention is to capitalize on the imagery, using it to initiate the painting process. This series of paintings focuses on the delicate balance between the snapshot and application of paint. This approach enables him to develop a style where space and shape gain in importance, allowing surprises to happen through the process of painting. The relationship between the original photographic composition and the final painting remains interconnected. However, what becomes more important is the way the artist layers colours and patterns in a dynamic, personal, full of life interpretation.
Sandra Wien’s goal is not to represent a specific place visited, but to examine human-constructed ideas of what a “good” landscape is. These are not landscapes that we live with daily, but are ideas of beauty that exist only in our minds such as: the peaceful valley, the unscale-able peak, serene waters and stormy skies. It is not lost on her that historically our desire to hang landscapes in our homes has coincided with political and cultural change and that our present interest in landscape painting exists at a time when our environment is under pressure. With this in the back of her mind, she plays with how much she can pull apart, leave out and pile on top of a composition before an image disintegrates into meaningless chaos.
ABSTRACTX2 artworks by Marion-Lea Jamieson and Lorrie Wager
January 4 – February 8 2020
Marion-Lea and Lorrie share the visual language of abstract art, taking apart the visual experience and focusing on colour, shape, line, and form. From abstraction to abstracted still lives each work demonstrates the physical joy of being a part of the creative process.
Lorrie’s art is produced by adding paint, ink, crayons and collage to fabric interfacing, each piece is built on layers of colour, texture and line. Her art is described as Abstracted Still-Lives. Lorrie hopes that her audience will be enveloped by the colour and texture and drawn into a unique visual experience.
Marion-Lea uses large brushes loaded with oil paint to create a sense of colour and form flowing in time and space. Areas of colour create recognizable or improvisational forms of abstraction. The surfaces record the brush strokes communicating her engagement with the work and the improvisational, spontaneous yet controlled process of creation.
Upscale Art presents the artworks by members of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Assoc.
November 20 – December 28 2019
Upscale Art, O’Connor Group Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, is the outcome of an exciting proposition to the members of the Chilliwack Visual Artists’ Association. The Theme Challenge was to take something that might be discarded, or found at a garage sale, thrift store or recycle outlet and use the items to create interesting, high-quality art. You will see, for example, two unique items (photos attached) by Christine Newsome. The first is an upcycled metal tray with mixed media art called the Florentine Woman. In the second piece, In Sage’s Garden, Christine has converted an old letterpress tray into classy art by using assemblage and collage techniques. Christine is just one of over fifty members contributing to Upscale Art.
CROSSROADS Art Show and Sale presents the artworks by Karlie Norrish McChesney.
Crossroads: October 10 – Nov 16 2019
Karlie’s art making frequently explores her love of perspective and structural form. Her art practice requires much measuring, calculating and arranging of colour, so much so that her work is a form of puzzle solving. Her preferred medium is fibre in the form of stitched textiles with an element of mixed media applied to the surface or standing as an installation accompanying the 2D work; these materials include paint, paper, plastic, metal, clay, and/or wood.
This body of work is her response to a time of great change in her life, where many decisions were required. All the pieces of work contain a path representing the choices a person has available to them and a container representing the restrictions or parameters that influence the decision making process.
Karlie is a retired art teacher from the Chilliwack School District. She is an active member in SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Association), FAN (Fibre Art Network) and in the CVAA (Chilliwack Visual Artists Association).
This is Karlie’s first solo exhibition and she is very excited to share it with you.
A TOUCH OF EARTH XII Art Show and Sale presents the artworks by Evelyn Zuberbier.
EXPRESSIONS Aug 28 – Oct 5 2019
Evelyn paints a variety of subjects inspired by anything that excites her creative spirit. She continues to paint regularly, entering shows with the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association as well as the Federation of Canadian Artists’ juried shows. Evelyn has won several Awards of Excellence.
Evelyn is a founding member of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, as well as an honorary member.
During her painting career, she was appointed by the Alberta Minister of Culture to the Board of the Alberta Art Foundation serving a three-year term. Her work has been shown in eight tours with the ‘Hands Across the Pacific’
Cultural Exchange touring the Orient. Her artwork is found throughout the world in private collections. The former Prime Minister of Japan owns ‘Prairie Wagon’ a watercolor painting. Evelyn is excited about her 12th solo show and looks forward to seeing all of you there.
EXPRESSIONS Aug 7 – Aug 24 2019
Expressions, is a collection of art forms which reveal the passion and individuality of contributing Chilliwack Visual Artists. Bold, intuitive and playful expressions captured in sculptures, paintings, ceramics, multimedia, photographs and fabric art. Opening reception is Aug 10, 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome. Come and see this fresh, new show at O’Connor Group Art Gallery.
THE WAY WE SEE IT July 4- Aug 3 2019
The Way We See It exhibit, featuring Chilliwack artists: Zidonja Ganert, Greg Laxton-Ekberg & Vickie Legere. As artists we see the world through the eyes of wonder. Consciously or unconsciously we see possibilities & potential – assessing the light, composition, or shape & form; savoring the germ of an idea to be incorporated into a future piece of visual art, be it a painting or photograph. We, as artists are free to explore any medium or visual style to express our message to the world. The audience sees the world from the artists’ perspective – yet still has the freedom to experience their own interpretation & emotional response to the image displayed. We create art to say ‘something’ about what we feel about the subject – not just to make a pretty picture.Opening reception is July 6, 1-3pm. Everyone welcome.
FRASER VALLEY REGIONAL BIENNALE June 6 – June 29 2019
The Fraser Valley Regional Biennale is a dynamic, collective representation of exceptional artwork produced by artists in the Fraser Valley region over the past two years. Featured artists are David Evans, Christopher Friesen, Paula Funk, Joshua Hale, Fiona Howarth, Sharon Huget, Krista Kilvert, Linda Klippenstein, Dan LeFebvre, Karlie Norrish McChesney, Barb Pearson, Patricia Peters, Veronica Plewman, Rosa Quintana Lillo, Bob St. Cyr, Mandeep Wirk, Qahraman Yousif.
OPEN DOOR EXHIBIT by Chilliwack Society for Community Living May 29 – June 1 2019
The Open Door exhibit displays art pieces created by people who have a love and passion for art. Using their imaginations and abilities, the artists transfer that love onto canvas and other mediums creating a diverse and interesting show. These talented artists are active and contributing members of their local community and participate in activities with the Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL).
ART33 : April 17 – May 25 2019
ART33 is a showcase of the talent and creativity of students in Grade 10-12 from School District 33. All work has been completed as part of the art programs of Chilliwack Senior, G.W. Graham, The Education Center and Sardis Secondary and has been selected to be part of the exhibition by their teachers.
Students are encouraged to share their personal taste and experience using a wide variety of techniques, themes and approaches.
PEOPLE AND PLACES : March 6 – April 13 2019
The exhibition “People and Places” at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery brings together the figurative photography of Graham Dowden and the landscape painting of Jeff Wilson. Photographs of people in public places aim for a spontaneity that sometimes hints at the private life behind the public persona. In contrast, landscape painting is a more deliberate analysis of light and colour that aims to reflect the broader world. This exhibition combines these separate traditions in a setting which emphasizes not their differences but what they have in common.
Graham Dowden is a former University of the Fraser Valley English instructor turned photographer whose work has been shown in Vancouver, Surrey, Prince George, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Fort Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Mission. His 2007 one-man show at the Mission Art Gallery was held in conjunction with the release of his book “Around Mission”. He lives in Chilliwack.
Jeff Wilson is a Scottish-Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver. Jeff has exhibited in a wide range of public art galleries in BC, Alberta, and Washington State, including 2018 shows at the Art Gallery of St. Albert and the Port Moody Arts Centre. Jeff has received a number of awards, including Finalist in the inaugural Saltspring National Art Prize. Jeff is represented by Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna and Van Dop Gallery in New Westminster.
WHOLE : January 23 – March 2 2019
Whole, a compilation of recent textile sculptures by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens. Her punctured translucent works are folding shapes inspired by origami and quilting tessellations. The exhibition is a selection of installations, wall mounted pieces and sculptures with integrated lighting.
You will discover Sylvie’s textile and welded wire creations. Using recycled wire, she builds structures on which she
stretches and sews synthetic fabric sections. With a soldering iron, the artist makes small holes in the fabric. The resulting forms glow with natural or artificial light.
Sylvie is inspired by many traditional art and designs of the world, from Indigenous art of the America to Maori and Celtic art.
Sylvie Roussel-Janssens has always been interested in environmental issues. With her new works, she shifted her focus on climate change and its effect on our emotional lives. From “Tools for a Modern World” to “Beech Tree Quintet”, she chooses to look for signs of resistance, resilience and adaptation in nature and in personal memories. Sylvie is making one small hole at a time to try and make sense of the whole world.
‘Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health’ December 13 2018 – January 19
Art and Poetry Exhibit Draws Attention to Mental Health Challenges
Abbotsford, BC – Grace Robertson’s poetry is lyrical and reflective. She writes clearly and with purpose. Like many poets, her purpose is to give voice to the challenges with which she lives. Grace has struggled with an eating disorder for 8 years and writing poetry about her experience helps her process. She also hopes that those who read her poetry will learn from it.
“My hope in writing this poem is that people would see that eating disorders are real,” says Grace, who lives in Chilliwack. “The pain is real. We are not horribly selfish people trying to ruin the beautiful bodies God gave us. We are hurting people trying desperately to find relief and worth in a world where we feel worthless.”
Grace’s poem is one of 14 that will be on display in a unique installation called Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health, opening December 13th at the O’Conner Gallery in Chilliwack. Each of the 14 poets has been paired with an artist who has interpreted that poem visually. The exhibit is facilitated by Communitas Supportive Care Society, which supports people who live with mental health challenges. Communitas also supports people who live with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury.
This is the second installation of this exhibit; Hear and See was first shown at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford earlier this year. The exhibit was viewed by hundreds of people and nearly a hundred were in attendance for the Poetry Reading and Artist Talk that capped off the show. Many found the combination of word and image an effective way to draw awareness to mental health challenges.
“I found it an engaging experience considering my and our family’s journey with mental illness in the past few years,” said one attendee. “I found several art and poetry combinations that really spoke to me.”Angelika Dawson is the communications manager for Communitas and one of the exhibit organizers. She is excited that the exhibit has found another venue. “This exhibit was met with such enthusiasm in Abbotsford and I’m excited to give these artists and poets another chance to create awareness about living with mental health challenges,” Dawson says.
In addition to this art exhibit, the Chilliwack Visual Arts Association (CVAA) is holding a fundraiser to support Chilliwack Community Services. 1’x1’ is a series of one-foot-square canvases, painted by CVAA and community artists. These specific paintings will be available for sale throughout the Hear and See exhibit as a “pay and take away.”
“The members of CVAA want to give back to the community by donating the proceeds of the fundraiser to Chilliwack Community Services and Communitas Supportive Care Society,” says Annet Holierhoek, a member of the CVAA executive. For more information about Communitas, visit us at CommunitasCare.com.
‘One Foot by One Foot’ CVAA Fundraiser December 13 2018 – January 19
The members of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association were inspired by an upcoming exhibit in their Gallery “Hear and See”. This exhibit raises awareness around issues of mental health. Their inspiration led to the initiative to raise funds to support organisations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack; Chilliwack Community Services and Communitas Supportive Care Society. These organisations are providing programs to people who require services that support them in making positive changes in their lives or who require support at a critical time of vulnerability.
The CVAA will donate artwork, paintings and works in various mediums all measuring 12” x 12”. Each work will cost $90*.
The CVAA looks forward to meeting you and hopes you will join us in supporting these organizations in providing programming to the community.
*Each work will cost $90* and will follow our PAY & TAKE AWAY policy which means you can take it with you once you purchase it.
5% Of the proceeds will go to cover the costs of processing payment fees.
Chilliwack Visual Artists Association is presenting Journey, an exhibition filled with intriguing forms and mediums that express the artists’ view of being on a journey. Not just a short trip to the beach on a weekend, or even a vacation! We will be sharing a vision of journeys which have a story to tell! Perhaps a striving for an ideal long desired, or a growth from a small beginning to something much larger. Join us in the quest! Journey will be showing from November 1 to December 10, 2018
‘Journey” November 1 – December 10 2018
September 20 – October 27, 2018
O’Connor Group Art Gallery / Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street / Chilliwack BC V2P 4A6
LEGACY COLLECTION + ARCHIVES
ENDURING SPIRIT – RON HUEBNER (1959 – 2004)
Enduring Spirit… an exhibition of sculptural works by the late British Columbia artist Ron Huebner opens September 20th in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and continues until October 27th. Curated by the Ron Huebner Legacy Collection and Archives the exhibition represents a select cross-section of work, many never exhibited in British Columbia or Canada.
For over twenty years, prior to his accidental death in Amsterdam in 2004, Huebner resided in both Canada and the Netherlands. From early beginnings in Chilliwack, he went on to attend art schools in Halifax, New York and the Netherlands. In 1984 Huebner had his first solo show in Vancouver exhibiting sensory sculptural work and for the following twenty years went on to exhibit in Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and Belgium predominantly in arts venues supporting alternative perspectives and experimental creative development.
Huebner’s work was professionally recognized and supported throughout his career, receiving numerous professional arts grants, awards and stipends from recognized cultural entities such as the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Pilchuck and the Netherlands Basis. In 2002 he received the prestigious Canada Council Paris Studio Award at Cite International Des Arts.
Huebner was passionately engaged in the creation of a distinctive body of conceptually-based work grounded in a focused and personalized vision of the human experience. The work endures and is as compelling today as when it was created in it’s reference to timeless issues and concerns.
Amongst other pieces, the exhibition includes significant and thought-provoking works such as a bed with porcelain heart-shaped electrical heating elements in place of a mattress, cast glass and iron ‘soul shoes’, a neon figure in the shape of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man transforming himself into a tree, large cast glass diamond-shaped forms reflecting internal messaging, a cast resin body chair emanating meditative sounds of water and a 14 foot tall photographic image of a Paris gutter taken from the perspective of a rodent… a project Huebner undertook while living in Paris.
Huebner made a unique, historical contribution to Canadian and British Columbia arts recognized in 2014 by the British Columbia Arts Council with support funding to create the Ron Huebner Legacy Project and Archives, with a focus on fostering recognition of Huebner’s artistic legacy on a national and international level. This exhibition was curated by the Archives.
A comprehensive overview of Huebner’s work can be found online: ronhuebner.org
Opening reception will be on June 30, 1-3pm.
Gallery hours are Wed- Sat from noon-5pm. Admission is free.
Feature press release:
This series of drawings, paintings, artist books, maguettes, sculptures and soundscapes, which draw analogies between human bodies and bodies of water, and ask questions about climate/ocean change—the most urgent of wicked problems facing humanity today. Predominantly using boat metaphors, these reflect on what it means to be human beings in the 21st Century, explore the radical interconnections between human and ecological issues, and invite the collective grief work/hope work that is necessary in order to consider a new intimacy with the earth. Stumbling along the fault lines between ethics and aesthetics, ecology, community, science and art, these works seek to make sense of a complex issue that affects all life on the planet. Linking doing, being, creating and conserving in concrete entanglements of visceral material, scientific data and embodied sensory perception, these sculptural versions of coracles (the most ancient boat construction known) function as contemporary oracles. We ask how is it possible to stay afloat during a wicked storm?
Abbreviated press release:
Coracle inspired boat sculptures and a virtual sound design invite the viewer to draw analogies between human bodies and bodies of water and ask questions about climate/ocean change–the most urgent of wicked problems facing humanity today. Stumbling along the fault lines between ethics and aesthetics, ecology, community, science and art, these woven entanglements seek to make sense of a complex issue that affects all life.
ART33 is a collective of students who are enrolled in School District 33’s high school art programs. The artworks showcased in this exhibition are responses to projects in a variety of courses offered at the high school level as juried by the art teachers during the 2017-2018 school year. Students are encouraged to share their personal taste and experiences through drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, animation and fabric arts. For some students, this is a start of career in the arts and for others this is a demonstration of their love for the arts.
ART33 is a collective of students who are enrolled in one of the School District 33 high schools. For some students, this is a start of career in the arts and for others this is a demonstration of their love for the arts. The works of these grade 10-12 students have been completed as part of the art programs of Chilliwack Senior, G.W. Graham, Sardis Secondary and the Ed Center. Their artwork has been selected to be part of the exhibition by their teachers.
The work represented in this exhibition are responses to projects in a variety of courses offered at the high school level. Students have an opportunity to learn about the elements and principles of designs used in drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, animation and fabric arts. They are encouraged to share their personal taste and experiences through various techniques, themes and approaches.
When: April 5 – May 12 2018
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 5 pm
Artists Reception: Saturday April 7 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm
The Chilliwack Visual Artists Association is presenting its Artists’ Choice at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Artists’ Choice will feature fresh works of art, in new and exciting mediums. Come & see, and perhaps, discover a new vision on art that will bring you both insight and pleasure. Explore the everchanging world of art.
When: February 22 – April 2 2018
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 5 pm
Artists Reception: Saturday February 24 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Donna’s or Donya’s art is known as “Visionary Art” which is a title related to self-taught artists. Her creations are a result of her adaptations within the style known as Modern Art today. Donna’s paintings are an expression of her feelings, using acrylic on canvas. She begins by thinking about a subject she may have seen, or begun to imagine. They begin with bright colours, and the brush strokes express her desire to highlight her vision of what lies within, the abstract thought. Whether that vision is of an animal, a flower, or a person, the work is meant to draw attention to the parts of the painting that will stir a feeling expressed by the colours and what else lies within
Donna originally worked with pottery and clay sculptures, and then changed over to acrylic painting in 1995. Since then her work has been accepted and shown in many venues since 2004, including being in the Lobby Art in the Cultural Centre, in January 2016.
Chilliwack Visual Artists Association
April 5 -May 13 2018
Past Exhibit: Kindred Spirits – A Fusion in Wax. Kathleen Menges & Patricia Peters
January 11 – February 17th 2018
Wednesday to Saturday 12 to 5 pm
Artists Reception: Saturday January 13 2018 1 pm to 3 pm
Patricia Peters and Kathleen Menges are teaming up again to share their talents and art featuring works uniquely created with the ancient medium of wax. Both artists have worked in the luscious and temperamental encaustic medium. Hot wax requires heat as a solvent to move paint around and fuse the layers together. Encaustic painting can have a spectacular transparent polish or depth to the product, through to a textural relief.
This exhibition showcases the evolution of their work in wax processes from encaustic to that of oil and cold wax. This latter medium looks like paste and does not require heat but rather uses mineral spirits as a solvent. This typically gives a matte finish which can vary from a silky smooth texture to an organic, hand-rubbed polish.
With cold wax medium brushes are replaced by palette knives, silicon blades, brayers, squeegees, and rollers, to name only a few tools of the craftwork. In this exhibition, pigments and/or oil paint, plus cold wax medium have been thoughtfully layered to create dynamic and sometimes mysterious images
Kathleen and Patricia speak a similar language because of the common use of tools, surfaces, and product but the imagery and handling of their paint is dramatically different and artistically unique. After viewing their work one can easily determine who is Ying and who is Yang. One artist exhibits energy and colorful variety while the other is more meditative, serene, and peaceful. Their combined work is diverse and brings to light the subtleties, grace, and complexities of the highly unusual medium of oil and cold wax.
Both artists will be available January 13, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm to respond to comments and questions during the opening reception at the O’Conner Gallery. On January 20, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, they will be hosting a hands-on workshop.
Past Exhibit : Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, members exhibit
When: November 30 2017 – January 6 2018
The “No Theme” Visual Artists Group show, will end the 2017 season in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Cultural Centre. We decided to give the show a name, so we hope that “Anything Goes!” will usher in 2018, , and new season in the Gallery in style. Some of our artists may show new work in a different medium and change their usual style; perhaps some of our new members will surprise and delight us with exciting and original work, and we look forward to a very eclectic and original exhibit starting on November 30th 2017.
Past Exhibit: INTERACTION
September – October 2017
Past Exhibit: FRAGMENTS: Explorations in Mixed-Media Collage”.
August -September 2017
The artists of “Fragments: Explorations in Mixed-Media Collage”, Christine
Newsome, Betty Meiszner, Vicki Ray and Dianne Hultgren are dedicated to
exploring the possibilities in mixed-media as an art form. Mixed-media
collage lends itself to pushing the boundaries and each artist represented
here has a very unique approach. The results are rich, diverse and exciting.