PEOPLE AND PLACES : March 6 – April 13 2019
Open House reception: Saturday March 9, 1-3 pm.
Artist Talk: Graham Dowden March 5 2019 7 pm in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery
Artist Talk: Jeff Wilson April 2 2019 7 pm in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery
Gallery hours are Wed- Sat from noon-5 pm. Admission is free.
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
From January 23 to March 2, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens presents, Whole, a compilation of recent textile sculptures. 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. Her new works are presented at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the artist on Saturday, January 26 from, 1 to 3 pm.
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.
A poetry reading and artist talk is planned for Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 1 pm. The exhibit is presented by Communitas Supportive Care Society and the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association.
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.