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
Opening reception will be on November 3, 1-3 pm.
Gallery hours are Wed- Sat from noon-5 pm. Admission is free.
September 20 – October 27, 2018
Opening reception September 22 1-3 pm
O’Connor Group Art Gallery / Chilliwack Cultural Centre, 9201 Corbould Street / Chilliwack BC V2P 4A6
Gallery hours 12-5 pm Wed – Sat
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.