Media of all kinds – glass and oil, newcomers to Victoria and tried and tested – watch as summer tourism peaks this month in Greater Victoria
At The Avenue Gallery in Oak Bay, Bi Yuan Cheng, Maria Josenhans and Lisa Samphire are the center of attention.
Samphire has been blowing glass for over 35 years, producing a diverse body of work including private and public, sculptural and functional pieces.
“Glass is the medium I have chosen to express and explore my interests in creating art. It is the resolution of interrelated aesthetic and technical issues that makes glass an exciting and challenging medium in which to work,” Samphire said. .
In 2008, Samphire had four pieces acquired by the federal government of Canada for its visual arts collection. The following year, his work was selected to represent Canada at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.
Josenhans was born and raised in New England, but brings her innate aesthetic to the West Coast she now calls home. She sees the landscape as her garden, a place of connection to beauty that gives birth to something new and transcends everyday concerns. Whether it’s a grand view or an intimate pool by a stream, its goal is not to make the viewer experience what they see and feel, but to create a space that shares a tender homage to the ordinary.
Raised in China, Yuan Cheng began practicing the art at the age of five. At age 11, he was tutored by one of China’s most prestigious art teachers who developed his considerable skills in oil and watercolor. Yuan Cheng immigrated to Canada in 1990 and lives in Vancouver where he continues his masterful career capturing the beauty of the Canadian landscape with calligraphic brushwork, mastery of light and refined use of color.
The West End Gallery continues its collection of Canadian artists, a dynamic group exhibition that continues throughout the summer. Participating artists include Steven Armstrong, Cameron Bird, Naomi Cairns, Rod Charlesworth, Steve R, Coffey, Ken Faulks, Greta Guzek, Gabryel Harrison, Dana Irving, Paul Jorgensen, Ken Kirkby, Mary Ann Laing, Grant Leier, Lucie Marlo, Joel Mara, Annabelle Marquis, Elka Nowicka, John Ogilvy, Paul Paquette, Robert Savignac, Peter Shostak, Jeannette Sirois, Blu Smith, Peter Wyse and more. The showcase is complemented by works of glass and sculpture by Kathleen Black, Elaine Brewer-White, Maryse Chartrand, Dulce Alba Lindeza, Robert Held, Tammy Hudgeon, Robert Leatherbarrow, Darren Petersen and David Thai.
Find West End Gallery at 1203 Broad St. or westendgalleryltd.com.
Madrona Gallery is offering a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Guthrie Gloag this month.
In her highly anticipated fourth solo exhibition with Madrona, Gloag’s latest collection is inspired by a long period of introspection. During the 2020 and 2021 shutdowns, the artist was unable to travel to his usual locations to obtain materials. This led to a greater level of ingenuity and allowed him to adapt to a new way of creating work.
Find Madrona at 606 View St. or online at madronagallery.com.
Imagine being completely immersed in over 300 of Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh‘s greatest works. Now imagine discovering all this art freed from its two-dimensional limitations in a three-dimensional experience that exalts all the senses and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has ever known. It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which has sold over three million tickets worldwide, making it one of today’s most popular traveling exhibitions. The Sensory Extravaganza opens in Victoria at the Starry Night Pavilion at Bayview Place on October 14.
Tickets are selling out fast and are available at vangoghvictoria.com.
Merrick Gallery recently opened in downtown Victoria after relocating from Nanaimo, where owner Joe Bembridge has established a successful gallery showcasing an eclectic collection of work by Canadian artists.
“When I first opened there were people saying to me, ‘It won’t work here, it’s been tried before,'” Bembridge said. Four years later it was time to move to a bigger venue and Bembridge decided that Victoria would be a better fit for the gallery.
In their new location at 1806 Government St., Gallery Merrick is also available to rent as a venue for small gatherings, fundraisers and other events.
Bembridge also offers a mentorship program for budding commercial artists. Learn more at gallerymerrick.com.
The Robert Bateman: Heart & Home exhibition opened in June.
Best known for capturing the essence of nature through realistic art, Robert Bateman has been sharing his works for over seven decades. His new exhibition is a close look not only at the artist, but also as a father, friend, teacher and advocate.
“I think the main and motivating reason for the diverse creations in many mediums that I have done over my life is partly to satisfy the inner desire to explore, to create and to please others,” Bateman said. in a press release.
“It probably started when I painted an elk at Christmas in 1942 for my mother. I received invaluable encouragement, which we all naturally respond to. Also, a homemade gift that requires thought and time should be more valuable than something bought in a store or on the internet.
Visitors see ordinary moments – a birthday, a family hike, a stroll on the beach – transform into moments of beauty and joy. The collection is an experimental mix of mediums – including furniture making, pottery, drawing and painting.
Robert Bateman: Heart & Home runs until February 28, 2023 at the Bateman Gallery, 470 Belleville St.
Learn more at batemanfoundation.org.
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