“ There Are Words Enough: Readings from Emily Carr”

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Through the sponsorship of five extraordinary women of the arts here in Victoria we have a very special open house and programme to offer. In their words Emily Carr House is a landmark facility in our art community, representing the best in giving visitors unique insight both into historical Victoria, and in animating aspects of Emily Carr’s life and work as no other site could ever possibly duplicate.  The more support we can offer in the present, the stronger Emily Carr House will be in the future.
“There are Words Enough:  Readings from Emily Carr”, is scheduled for the afternoon of July 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and will feature excerpts from Carr’s books: Klee Wyck, Book of Small, Hundreds and Thousands and  Wildflowers. Readings will be given by members of the ‘Parliamentary Players of the BC Parliament Buildings’ , a dynamic group of talented young UVic Theatre students.  Admission to the house and for this special programme is free courtesy of the sponsorship.  Of additional interest is a related exhibition of extraordinary artist Ingrid Mary Percy’s entitled “Blossoms” which was inspired by Carr’s “Wildflowers”. Come for a drop in visit or stay for the afternoon. Donations will be most welcome but it is a free event.

We are now open for our Visitor Season:
May 3rd- September 30,2016. 11am till 4pm.
Tuesday through Saturday we welcome you to visit us.
Also available for private viewings, group tours, school programmes, facilities rental, and special events.
For details please contact us at ecarr@shaw.ca.

Emily Carr House

“Father bought land-part of what was known as Beckley Farm. It was over James’ Bay and I have heard my Mother tell how she cried at the lonesomeness of going to live in a forest.”
But over time Mrs. Carr came to feel happily settled in her new home. Further described by Emily herself in her Book of Small.
“As far back as I can remember Father’s place was all made and in order. The house was large and well-built, of California redwood, the garden prim and carefully tended.”

Emily Carr House and Garden, a National and Provincial Historic Site, are now in order and carefully tended for you to visit and learn more about this unique Canadian icon. Discover so much about this renowned artist, author and lover of Nature by touring the beautifully restored and appointed downstairs rooms. Delve deeply into her life and the impact of the legacy of inspiration that she has left for contemporary artists, writers, scholars and those who value social justice. Walking through the rooms of her childhood home you will gain a sense of the context of the times in which she lived but also come to appreciate how she was so remarkably ahead of her times.  A Post-Impressionist and Modernist painter , writer and thinker; a champion of
First Nations’ culture and Indigenous Peoples, Emily Carr was a true visionary.
Throughout the season we will be hosting contemporary art exhibitions, literary readings and social justice forums as an homage to Carr’s legacy- look for details under Events.
We also have a very special and insightful programme presented by professional actress Karen Lenz called “Carry On” which introduces visitors to the spiritual and profound
dimension of Emily Carr. After touring the house we encourage you to sit awhile in the side garden or on the covered verandah and partake of a complimentary refreshment in order to fully savour your experience before heading on. Our gift shop is well stocked with all of Emily’s beautifully vivid writings, including her Governor award winning book, Klee Wyck. We also, have a fine selection of  her poster and print images.

For more information, please, contact:
Jan Ross, Curator (250) 383-5843.
For those wanted more details on Emily Carr, her home, her family and her images:
“Emily Carr: At Home and At Work.”


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