Please delve into past programming, exhibits and experiences here in Emily’s House.
Please join us for the Canadian launch of Adamantine, Naomi Foyle’s third poetry collection: a lyrical celebration of Emily Carr and other remarkable women artists and activists.
Its title evoking the ‘unbreakable’ and ‘diamond-like’, Adamantine honours women’s tenacity and lustre, and reflects on the facets of a transatlantic life. Opening with the sequence ‘Two Emilys’, a tribute to Emily Carr and the late writer Emily Givner, the book also includes odes to Mohawk balladeer Tekahionwake, painters Daphne Odjig and Joyce Wieland, the mothers of West Belfast, and Palestinian prisoner of conscience Dareen Tatour. The book concludes with a lyric sequence that shines a light on Foyle’s breast cancer journey and pays homage to the power of loving community.
Entry: $5, including house tour and lemonade!
Naomi Foyle’s many publications include The Night Pavilion, an Autumn 2008 Poetry Book Society Recommendation (UK), and eco-science fantasy quartet The Gaia Chronicles (Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus USA). Naomi now lives in Brighton, UK, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Chichester.
Simon & Schuster Canada
On Sunday, May 26th at 1pm Emily Carr House National and B.C. Provincial Historic Site Welcomes Bruce and Vicki Heyman for a book signing.
207 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. 1-250-383-5843 email@example.com
A call to action and a much-needed book about why diplomacy matters now more than ever before.
All over the world, diplomacy is under threat. Diplomats used to handle sensitive international negotiations, but increasingly, incendiary Tweets and statements are posing a threat to foreign relations.
In The Art of Diplomacy, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, and his wife, Vicki Heyman, spell out why diplomacy and diplomats matter. This dynamic power couple arrived in Canada intent on representing American interests, but they quickly learned that to do so meant representing the best interests of all citizens of both countries.
They narrate their three year journey across the country and highlight the Canadians they met from all walks of life—including Supreme Court justices, prime ministers, fishermen, artists, and entrepreneurs. They brought Obama to Canada and Trudeau to the U.S., created cultural and artistic exchange between Canada and the U.S., promoted economic and trade interests, and overall made a lasting positive impact on one of the most important relationships in the free world today.
Politically poignant and a call to action, this book is a reminder that only by working together can nations build a better world for all. At this key moment in history, when opposing nationalist and populist agendas threaten to divide us, The Art of Diplomacy reminds us to keep calm, to work together, and to carry on.
AMBASSADOR BRUCE HEYMAN served as the United States Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. He appears regularly on CBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CTV, CNBC and other media outlets as an expert on trade and bilateral issues. He lives in Chicago with his wife and co-author, Vicki Heyman.
Connect with Bruce on Twitter @BruceAHeyman
VICKI HEYMAN was an American cultural envoy in Canada, leading cross-border conversations and programs related to the arts, social innovation, and youth engagement. She is on the board of the Council for Canadian American Relations and the international advisory board of C2 Montreal. Vicki lives in Chicago where she and Bruce are co-founders of Uncharted,llc.
Connect with Vicki on Twitter @vshey.
E. J.Hughes Paints Vancouver Island – a book signing with author Robert Amos at Emily Carr’s Birthplace, 207 Government Street
Saturday, September 22, from 1 to 3 pm Admission to Carr House is FREE for this special event.
E. J. Hughes was the winner of the Emily Carr Scholarship in 1947, and that was the foundation of his subsequent career. A long-time resident of Shawnigan Lake and then Duncan, Hughes achieved great renown. Represented in all Canada’s major galleries, his works have often sold at auction for more than $1 million and his reputation is second only to that of Carr in western Canada.
The new book on Hughes, from TouchWood Editions (Victoria, 2018) is 200 pages of full-colour reproductions and insightful commentary by Robert Amos, artist and author. The first publication on Hughes created with the participation of the Hughes Estate, it is based on the unparalleled archive created by Hughes’ associate, Pat Salmon. A beautiful hardcover book, E. J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island has been in the top five of BC Bestsellers since its publication in June, and is priced at a very affordable $35.
See you at Carr House!
In autumn 2017, Nicole Bauberger and Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse began to formulate an idea of creating Raven-inspired sculptural works from found roadside tire remnants. With a Canada Council grant under their belts they were able to officially begin the project in January 2018. Nicole and Teresa set out to engage with some Yukon communities with the question: “What does Raven mean to you?” They soon discovered that Raven – scavenger, finder, and protector – can teach us about community, cooperation, and resourcefulness.
Nicole Bauberger has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2003, drawn to the territory by its skies and landscapes. Ravens then enchanted her, their clear sense of identity and dark forms standing strong against the bright snow or dry summer colours. Finely honed skill in oil painting, begun over a 5-year apprenticeship stint in the 90s, roots her artwork.
Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse (b. 1992) is a proud Nalt’si member of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon and Alaska. Her beadwork is inspired by the strong women and the support of the caring men in her life. Teresa defines herself as an Upper Tanana visual artist, incorporating her culture in all the work she creates.
It’s back! Due to the wonderful success of it last year.
One knows that aside from the security of the hearth, social standing and familial responsibilities the sensibility of the heart is of great importance to a young lady. And that generally, a suggestion or two is always greatly appreciated.
Join Paper Street’s cast of landed gentry as they attempt to improvise their way through the conventions and manners of proper society and all the unforeseen complications such constraints provide. It is sure to be an outing Jane Austen, or Emily Carr, would be delighted to attend!
Your ticket includes complementary Lemonade and Cucumber Sandwiches
7pm on July 20th & 21st | 2pm on July 22nd
@ Emily Carr House (207 Government Street)
NOTE: This event will take place outdoors on the lawn of the Emily Carr house. Please dress appropriately for the weather when you attend.
Garvin Chinnia is an artist of mixed Ukrainian and Trinidadian heritage who works primarily out of Vancouver BC where he studies painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. using languages both abstract and representational, he depicts the interactions between flora and fauna.
Megan Mansbridge – A Tabernacle in the Wood
An exhibition of new works by Canadian painter, Megan Mansbridge
Victoria, BC – Emily Carr House proudly presents Megan Mansbridge – “A Tabernacle in the Wood” from July 9th – 29th at Emily Carr House 207 Government St, Victoria BC.
This Exhibition presents the work of Canadian artist, Megan Mansbridge and includes paintings from 2003 to the present. Mansbridge has been heavily inspired by the life and work of Emily Carr throughout her painting career and shares with Carr, a deep reverence for the Pacific West Coast rainforest as sacred space and painting subject of immense scope.
Sunday, July 9th 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Please join us to meet the artist!
“I am looking for something indescribable, so light it can be crushed by a heavy thought, so tender even our enthusiasm can wilt it, as mysterious as tears.” Emily Carr – Hundreds and Thousands
Megan Mansbridge has shared a love and reverence for the Pacific West Coast rainforest with Emily Carr for decades. The seeds were planted when she visited the West Coast from her prairie home periodically as a child and continued to grow over the years with each new encounter she had with both it and with the work of Emily Carr. Mansbridge strives to capture at least a whisper of what she feels when she is in the forest in paint on canvas. And, like Carr, she knows that she will never really be fully successful in this endeavour as Nature’s mystery is part of Her magnificence. For Mansbridge, it is the sincere striving that matters most in the end.
The forest in its peaceful, grounding ways, has always been a most sacred and reverent place where healing of the body, mind and soul can take place for Mansbridge. The sacred mystery of the forest is explored in the colours, shapes and compositions rendered in oil on canvas. The forest as ‘cathedral’ is a core theme of these new works. The piece entitled “Cathedral” from 2003 pictured here, represents a launching point for the new works that have further explored this fragmentation. The resulting abstraction of the intersecting branches, trunks and foliage and the light that dances behind them, creates a sort of arboreal stained glass effect rather than an attempt at the literal depiction of each branch and leaf. The use of robust splashes of vibrant colour, verdant greens, sumptuous reds and opulent yellows and blues is a celebration of the magnificence and majesty of the forest space. Mansbridge hopes that this leaning away from more rigid depictions in her earlier work becomes an invitation to the viewer to experience the sacredness of the forest space each in their own personal way.
Almost a decade ago, Mansbridge answered the call of the forest, and has called the West Coast’s Sunshine Coast home ever since.
Throughout 2016 Emily Carr House will be hosting contemporary art shows, special events including poetry readings, workshops and adjunct seminars relating to Carr and her historical context. Please, look here for further details.
Travels with my sister is how Emily Carr named her journals when off she went with her sister, Alice exploring….and now you can follow the travels of Darien Ross and her sister, who as part of the resident curator family here at Emily Carr House are off on their own adventures.
Follow Darien’s blog which, in part, retraces Emily’s travels and studies in the UK and Europe at the turn of the last century. Darien’s writings are very much grounded in her understanding that, as Faulkner says, the past is always with us. Her writings and perspective though are very much those of a woman of the twenty first century.
You can read her about her travels at www.showmeahero.com
Inspired by the travels of Emily Carr, science illustrator Jen Burgess spent the month of June on Haida Gwaii, gathering ideas for her next major body of work, which can be seen at Emily Carr House this September 13th through 30th. Come experience some of Haida Gwaii’s diverse flora, fauna, and landscapes she encountered, as expressed through her eyes and hands. A versatile illustrator, Jen uses a variety of media and techniques, and an aesthetic of representational realism to communicate stories and create relationships between object and place. Beyond her time on Haida Gwaii, see a biopic piece on the life of Emily Carr that she completed in 2015 during her science illustration graduate program.
Depth of vision and depth of talent- both coalesce in the work of artist Ingrid Mary Percy.
Her range of work from the conceptual through drawing, painting, collage, photography and the sculptural all speak of an even widening vision.
It is evident here in “Blossoms”.
The concept was inspired by Ingrid Mary Percy’s love of Emily Carr and their mutual fascination with wild flowers.
Here we are fortune to give you, our visitors, the rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of an artist’s process from inspiration (Carr’s words) through photography and drawing (the search and draft stages) to completed works (the collages and painting).But instead of a little man pulling levers of deception, behind this curtain is revealed an artist’s vision made complete. How lovely! How remarkable!
Emily Carr House
July 5, 2016
Abstract works on paper inspired by the contrast between east coast and west coast landscape, flora, culture and conditions. These drawings, collages and prints were made in support of, and as studies for, the paintings in the show “Flankers” at Polychrome Fine Art in Victoria, BC. In Newfoundland English, a “blossom” is defined as “a large snowflake”.
“ There Are Words Enough: Readings from Emily Carr”
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.
” In Tom’s Garden”
June 1-June 30
“Hello all, I am writing this to all those who were, in any way, part of the Wentworth Villa project to fill you in. Today we received our final occupancy permit marking that we are now complete in our construction projects at the villa. You may or may not know that the future of Wentworth Villa is to house the Architectural Heritage Museum with the aim of promoting, popularizing and preserving the significant heritage value of residences in the Pacific North West region. We plan to accomplish this in a variety of ways. First we will be building exhibits featuring beautiful, accurate scale models of influential homes from the region and showcasing them along with original research on the homes design, architects, owners and how they combined to influence the socio-economic development of Victoria. Our first and flagship model exhibit is now complete, having been unveiled at our open house on April 30 in front of over 100 selected guests including the mayor of Victoria, Lisa Helps and Former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson. This exhibit can now be see at the Villa during one of our regularly scheduled tours The tours are on May 21st, June 11th, June 25th and every second Saturday thereafter. Tours are at 11am and 1pm and are by donation only. Second, we will be introducing part one of our lecture series on June 4th. The series will include 6 lectures in total throughout 2016 and the lectures are focused on the basics of Canadian Conservation theory, how it was applied to the Wentworth Villa conservation project and how the skills and knowledge learned throughout the project can help those interested in taking on their own conservation project, regardless of size or scope. Thirdly, we will be holding our inaugural concert this Sunday, May 15th at 230pm. This concert will the first of many. For our intro into our concert series we will be featuring Sara Davis Buechner in an intimate piano recital. Sara is a world renowned pianist and highly regarded by her peers and fans. She is also professor of piano at UBC. Tickets for this event are $40 each and are on sale now on our website (www.Wentworthvilla.com) or by calling the Villa (250-598-0760). There are still some tickets left for our first ever concert, don’t miss it. Finally, we will be making our new exhibition hall available to similarly aligned charitable organizations for events and for others interested in co-hosting events which coordinate with out mandate. I would be very happy to give you a personally guided tour of our completed project. If you are interested in seeing what we have accomplished, please feel free to contact me via email, phone or through our website at your convenience. I hope to hear from you soon, Ben”
Histrionics Theatre Co. & Emily Carr House present
The Fred Wells Show
written and directed by Danette Boucher
performed by James Douglas
Friday and Saturday | May 6th & 7th @ 8:00 PM
Emily Carr House | 207 Government Street| Victoria, BC
$12 per adult | $10 per student or senior
The Fred Wells Show is a fascinating but little known true story from BC’s more recent past…As the gloom of the Great Depression fell like a fog over North America in the 1930s, one tiny pocket of prosperity shone like a beacon of hope. High up in the foothills of British Columbia’s Cariboo Mountains an introverted yet charismatic prospector named Fred Marshall Wells had a hunch there might still be gold where the province’s great Gold Rush once boomed in the 1860s. And he was right. While the rest of the world struggled simply to survive, the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine erupted into activity. Soon, thousands of people flocked to the area, and the next Cariboo Gold Rush began. Fred Wells saved countless BC families from the ravages of poverty in the “dirty thirties” and today the town of Wells, BC – 73 kilometres east of Quesnel – survives as his legacy. The Fred Wells Show stars James Douglas (frequent Victoria performer and Manager of Visitor Experiences at Barkerville Historic Town & Park) and was written and directed by Danette Boucher (artistic director of Histrionics Theatre Co. and an MA graduate in Applied Theatre from the University of Victoria).
The Fred Wells Show is a 60-minute humorous and dramatic monologue that presents the innermost thoughts of an industrious “man of few words.” Perfectly suited to the intimate, house- concert environment presented by Victoria’s Emily Carr House, The Fred Wells Show will be followed by complimentary refreshments and artist talk-balk. A portion of the proceeds from both evenings will benefit Emily Carr House educational programming and supplies for visiting school groups. Seating is limited. For more information or to book advance tickets, please call Emily Carr
House at (250) 383-5843, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Histrionics Theatre Co. was founded in 1999 by Danette Boucher, and is dedicated to the creation of new works that explore historic characters and situations, with particular attention paid to site-specific situations and applied theatre techniques. www.histrionicstheatre.co
Emily Carr House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site of Canada located in Victoria, British Columbia. It was the childhood home of revered Canadian painter Emily Carr, and had a lasting impression on her paintings and writings. www.emilycarr.com
February 18 – 21, 2016 | @ the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Saturday February 20, 2016 | 10:30AM-4:30PM
Stephanie McKenzie’s website profiles McKenzie’s publications and productions. It also includes a blog that traces the writing process involved in McKenzie’s in-progress manuscript, As Crows and John-Crows Fly; focuses on travel and its relation to the artistic process; and provides interviews with fellow writers, contemporary thinkers and participants in various art communities. A recent interview with Jan Ross, curator of Emily Carr House, underscores the admiration many have for Emily Carr and the need to properly preserve Carr’s contributions and memories.
Come One, Come All to an amazing four day series of events celebrating Emily Carr. February 18th-21st, 2016.
For more information please following the Link for details.
“A Servant to His Art: Arnold Burrell ”
November 13-15 from 11am till 4pm.
“Upper Skeena River”
This retrospective of the paintings of the late Arnold Burrell is a first for us. Burrell was one of a select few to receive the Emily Carr Scholarship and this exhibit marks the first time we have shown the work of a recipient! A number of his “solidly modern and visionary” paintings spanning nearly five decades will be on display throughout the house. Through the generousity of Arnold Burrell’s art biographer admission to Emily Carr House will be complimentary during the three day show.
My artwork is an exploration of themes relevant to the time and place in which they are created. I use it as a vehicle to illustrate the many correlations that life presents itself through the contextualization of the everyday with the iconography of popular culture and observations of the human condition. Visual clues do indeed provide chronology for future reference however the themes represented I would think are universal, timeless and are much to be painted for long after I finish my turn.
Rodney Mercer: Egos and Icons
At Emily Carr House
By Ingrid Mary Percy
Born in St. John’s in 1971 and raised in Dildo, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Rodney Mercer moved to Corner Brook (pop. 20,000) in 1995 to study visual art at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Since then, he has been a fixture in the community and is considered a local treasure.
From 2005 to the present, Mercer has been a full-time, self-sustaining, visual artist, living off of his art through sales, commissions and private instruction to children and adults as well as people with special needs.
Although Mercer’s practice has ventured into visual languages that include hard edge abstraction and materials such as seal skin to create works in defense (and celebration) of his culture, he is best known for his realist, narrative, figurative paintings and prints that are often allegorical: depicting interpretations of historic or contemporary folkloric tales and cultural myths.
Executed with the classical precision and finish of the Old Masters, Mercer’s portraits of individuals and groups (interacting with each other, self-absorbed or gazing at the viewer), possess some of the same subliminal power and resonance that can be found in the images of Alex Colville or Christopher Pratt: they are slow, quiet burns and work on many levels.
In his paintings and prints, Mercer draws heavily on Baroque traditions such as chiaroscuro (intense light and dark), rich colour, drama, and tenebrism (dramatic illumination) to generate mood and tone. The contemporary subjects (modeled after photographs of friends and/or recognizable figures in his community such as writers, singers, musicians, actors, poets, dancers, etc. who have agreed to pose for him) play out stories in interior spaces or pitch black theatrical voids, supported by contemporary and historical props like cell phones and antique furniture, that channel communication between the past and present; the material and the metaphysical; the seen and the unseen; and the ordinary, everyday world and that which lies under, in and beyond it.
“Monuments in Cedar”
A series of unique and exquisite paintings by contemporary Scottish artist, Euan Gray. Inspired by Vancouver Island First Nations’ totems these precisely captured small jewels will hang in Emily Carr’s first art studio in her ‘house of small’
Emily Carr House.
207 Government Street
The exhibition July 5th until July 31
From 11 am till 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday
For further details call 250 383 5843
‘Based on totem poles situated on Vancouver Island and inspired by Emily Carr’s images, the paintings collectively examine the relevance of totem poles in contemporary society and how their meaning has continued to evolve since her death. Borrowing stylistically from tourist paraphernalia and the postcards and posters involved in its marketing processes and executed in a photorealist style mimicking the tourist obsession with photography, the paintings explore themes of cultural appropriation and reflect on the poles’ value as tourist markers.’
Euan Gray’s ultra realism paintings of totem imagery are stylistically the complete antithesis of Emily Carr’s Post –Impressionist totems. The intent ,however, behind them is in complete harmony with Carr’s own stated raison d’etre for beginning her on again off again artistic journey of capturing First Nations imagery in her painting. Carr began her journey quite literally while on a trip to Alaska with her sister, Alice, when she saw the “Totem Walk at Sitka”. Carr was uncomfortable with the removal of totems from their Native villages and what she saw as a culture being put to death at the hands of Colonial and Post- Colonial society. She had a personal calling to document through her painting what she saw as a dying way of life and art. Fortunately she was wrong and First Nations artists such as Simon Charlie, a Cowichan carver, are now revered and thriving. These artists are often commissioned by governments and their agencies to carve and erect totems. Some of these totems are indeed what Euan saw and painted. In his artist’s statement Euan describes why this interests him and what led him to paint the works you see here in Emily Carr’s first art studio, the dining room of her family home. Do not be deceived into thinking that because Euan’s exquisite and masterly jewels are so ‘realistic’ they are indeed like photocopies of the original totems that you may see in Victoria or Duncan today. They are his impression of them. I direct you to his own words in this regard. And so to my interest as the Curator of Emily Carr House- the Pandora’s box called cultural appropriation and Emily Carr. This has been addressed eloquently by First Nations leader and scholar Marcia Crosby; Coast Salish artist and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Lawrence Paul Yuxewlupton; and art historian, Professor Kerry Mason. To this end I asked UVic History in Art student, Maria Buhne, to include them in an annotated bibliography, copies of which we are pleased to provide for those interested. This is not by any means a definitive look at this vast subject but an opportunity to provide some context. Further to add to the discussion on what constitutes cultural appropriation I invited Metis stone carver Frewin Perry to exhibit one of his very special carvings. He chose “Owl Dancer”. Please, take the time to read his artist’s statement. He and I have had many long and fruitful talks about things like where do artists find their muse or what is the wellspring of their inspiration and what we have come to conclude is that artists do not appropriate or steal or borrow. We have reached the same conclusion; we have decided upon the term cultural exchange. On behalf of my husband, with whom I share the wonderful task of caring for Emily Carr House, and myself, we would like to express our thanks to artists Euan Gray and Fredwin Perry for sharing their gift with us, Jennifer Iredale and Peter Gray for introducing us to Euan and also, to Anouk Jonker for her great help in setting up the show. Most especial mention goes to Dr. Judith Patt, whose lovely floral arrangements in the Japanese tradition of Ikebana, add so greatly to the harmony of this cultural exchange
Work in recent years has dealt with various aspects of tourism seen from a political, social and historical perspective. The paintings and drawings have often concentrated on unsavoury aspects of the subject, analysing the extent to which sites and shrines have been manipulated by the industry. They focus on tourist paraphernalia – the postcards, posters and other material involved in its marketing processes.
Based on totem poles situated on Vancouver Island and inspired by Emily Carr’s images, the paintings in this exhibition collectively examine appropriation on a number of levels. They explore the relevance of totem poles in contemporary society and how their meaning has continued to evolve since Carr’s death.
It is as a tourist and therefore from a tourist perspective focusing on ‘otherness’ that the subjects have been approached. From a European frame of reference, the totem poles appear in advertising images and on postcards and souvenirs commissioned by travel companies. Original meaning is disregarded in favour of a re-presentation of the poles as exotic markers.
Defining Canadian national identity through the appropriation of First Nations Art is controversial and resentment has built up in subsequent years regarding the negative aspects of colonialism. Postcards mark out the meandering journey of the tourist but, according to the Algerian poet Malek Alloula, they also map the territorial spread of the colonist creating stereotypes which fuel the colonial vision. Reflecting this, the paintings mimic aspects of the postcard in size and in their photo-real execution.
Photography is of course itself an important tool in the appropriation of both objects and other two-dimensional images in contemporary art. Altering the original meaning of an existing artwork by placing it in another context has become common practice in the last 40 years. The work in this exhibition continues in that vain, highlighting the extent to which alternative readings are inevitable by those situated out with the sculptors’ cultural frame of reference.
“Owl Dancer” is made from Fraser Valley black stedite…this stone was used for female chanupa or medicine pipe. Catlinite was harvested in Minnosota red rock and was used for men’s chanupas. I am honoured to carry my Great Grandma’s chaunpa…a large and unusual responsibility for a male…very powerful…..on the Medicine Wheel used by Cheyenne ,which is my ancestry through my paternal side, red is east ….male mind….black is female,look back place, heart medicine. I carved “OWL DANCER”in forgiveness of old patterns….and if danced hard or sincerely enough transformation will happen….the heart or left has already become Owl then the right mind side, still human will follow…Sufis’ dance in prayer…as do many tribal Peoples. My teacher and mentor in carving was master Inuit carver, Pasquilla Mitisma, I shared time with him and in the beginning we had two shows of our carvings together. In my very early years I was raised for a time in Glasgow by my maternal Scots Grandma, who was wise to the Craft as it had been followed for any generations in our family…in the Craft, the wise women who possess Craft are served by their men folk… Still young my Grandma brought to the Cowichan Valley….I was honoured to escort her to the Long House many times. Her medicine was well respected as well as her Gallic wisdom… In the Cowichan Larry Low ,who recently passed, took me to Long House and bone dance, black face and guided me in calling owls….He also introduced me to Simon Charlie, the brilliant Cowichan carver who lived near the Kohaola River… On my paternal side I am descended from DULL KNIFE, he was my Great Grandma’s Uncle and was called peace maker, a friend of the Metis President Abraham Lincoln. Things improved through their friendship until UlyssesS. Grant became President. He disliked and disrepected the Cheyenne. He made Dull Knife wait many hours outside the Oval Office and then turned away all hope of peace. Dull Knife became a mighty Cheyenne warrior. In Cheyenne and other tribal society those who are shunned a such as those Western society calls mentally challenged are called ‘ close to spirt’ and are protected and respected in that they receive what others do not pick up on or are too distracted to see. I carve because while doing so I stay in the present…through the stone , if I use humility, it speaks as to what is parabolic. Its wish as stone is fulfilled.
Emily Carr returns to London! From November 1st to March 22nd Emily Carr’s paintings will hang on the walls of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Though Emily hated London and swore never to return to the city that was so unlike her home city of Victoria, it is a wonderful step forward to be showing Emily Carr to the world and in such a beautiful art gallery. Emily may not have liked London but there was no denying it helped her grow as an artist and taught her about the different kinds of art that had existed or was existing at that time. If you find yourself in the UK or Europe this winter please do come to this wonderful show and play homage to this Canadian Artist that we love and who is getting to show her worth here in London at such a prestigious gallery. Of particular importance is the First Nations art which will also be a key part of this exhibition. For more information on the Dulwich Picture Gallery and show From the Forest to the Sea, please click here.
On Saturday, April the 4th from 2pm till 4pm we welcome you to an open house celebrating the wondrous and acclaimed artist Pat Martin Bates. Please join us for a book signing with author and art historian extraordinaire, Patricia Bovey, who has written the definitive work on Pat Martin Bates’ life and art.
Both author and artist will be in attendance, plus a very special surprise awaits those who come to pay homage to this unique and vital artist in our midst!
Past Events for the year 2014
Enjoy three days of different puppet activities ranging for family to adult audiences. The big family event is on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Come celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace with a riot of puppets! Join a musical parade starting at Craigdarroch Castle leading to Government House. Activities include children’s entertainer Rick Scott, puppet shows, a Peace Pole ceremony, Getting’ Higher Choir, music and food. Special guests include Judith Lawrence (Casey and Finnegan: Mr. Dressup) Karen Prell (Fraggle Rock), Puppeteers of America and more. Sponsored by The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, Government House, the Department of Peace Initiative, and Craigdarroch Castle. Other performances include The Old Trout Puppet Workshops / Puente Theatre “The Umbrella”, Mind of a Snails “Caws & Effects” with screenings of puppet short films from Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams.
Friday, September 26at 7:30pm in PDT
Tea, coffee, punch and cakes as well!
Doors at 7:30, event from 8-10pm.
$15 all tickets, $25 “Monster” ticket includes a ticket to opening night of Frankenstein on Friday October 17th at 7 or 9pm.
Hosted by Mary Shelley,
A night of ghost stories from beloved romantic and Victorian authors, as a fundraiser for Frankenstein at Emily Carr House this October!
Shake out your best corsets and cravats and join Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Bram Stoker as they tell their most gothic and grim tales to set the mood for a chilling autumn.
The House will also be decorated in an exhibit of eerie English toy theatres “Penny plain and Twopence coloured” from the 1800’s, helping to set the stage for a darkly romantic night.
Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured
In the early 1800’s both children and adults would stage plays, ranging from fairy tales like Cinderella to serious dramas such as Faust through miniature model theatres. These toy theatres would have scripts, characters, scenery and playbooks and were based on popular plays of the London stage. Publishers would sell these engravings by the penny for ‘plain’ and young and old alike would paint, cut out and paste the characters and scenes together. Or they may purchase the already ‘coloured’ pieces for twopence.
A sample of these whimsical and fascinating echoes of the English stage will be on display at Emily Carr House from September 3rd through to the 30th.
The Spuzzum First Nation on behalf of the Alexandra Bridge Project Partners invites you to join their petition drive to restore the historic 1926 Alexandra Bridge. MLA Laurie Throness has promised to personally deliver this petition asking Transportation Minister Todd Stone to show leadership in preserving this Canadian transportation icon.
We need as many signatures for MLA Throness to put before the Legislative Assembly by September 15.
Hard copies of the petition can be sent to:
New Pathways to Gold Society
c/o 380 Main Street
PO Box 29
Danny Everett Stewart
August 14h- 30th
In the spirit of acknowledging and honouring Emily Carr’s legacy of inspiration,this August Emily Carr House welcomes visitors to two very special examples of that legacy.
Beginning with an exhibition in Emily’s first art studio, “Line Evolution” explores the transformative chain of the natural to the abstract.These recent works by artist Danny Everett Stewart explode with colour and are a self-acknowledged bow to the modernism Carr so vehemently championed.
Musical Bouquets for Emily
Join the Emily Carr String Quartet this August for a series of concerts, “Musical Bouquets for Emily” at the Emily Carr House: a National Historic Site in Victoria. The concerts will combine readings from Emily Carr’s journal “Hundreds and Thousands” with carefully selected works from the string quartet repertoire. Aug 21,22 the quartet will perform “Feathers: Emily Carr and the Birds” featuring the music of BC composer Tobin Stokes. Aug 28,29 the quartet will present “Emily Carr: The Music of her Time”. Concerts at 1:00 and 3:00 daily.
Musical Bouquets for Emily
Dates: Aug 21,22 and Aug 28,29
Time: 1:00 and 3:00
Location:Emily Carr House 207 Government St, Victoria
Tickets: $15 Available at the Emily Carr House or phone (250) 383-5843
The Emily Carr String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of BC’s finest music ensembles. Formed in 2006 by members of the Victoria Symphony in Victoria BC, the Emily Carr String Quartet has gone on to performances in the US, Europe and Asia. They have collaborated with artists such as William Preucil, Jamie Parker, Arthur Rowe, the Alcan Quartet and the Tin Alley Quartet. The ECSQ has been featured on CBC radio’s “North by Northwest” and their CD “Hidden Treasure” was nominated for the 2012 classical recording of the year at the Western Canadian music awards.
To augment her income and as gifts the ever resourceful and frugal Emily hooked rugs, including this one in the collection of the Royal BC Museum and Archives.
“Adam and Eve” was meant as a gift for her sister ,Lizzie, who was aghast and refused to accept it. Lizzie felt it was highly inappropriate to have a rug with a biblical theme that people could trod upon. A friend of Emily’s bought it instead and thus it ended up at the RBCM.
Sophie Pemberton Tea
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Orchard at St. Ann’s Academy
“Where Victoria is Victorian”
Over 300 guests will enjoy a dainty Victorian afternoon tea served on vintage china in the Orchard at St. Ann’s Academy National Historic Site on Sunday, August 10. The event runs from 1 to 4 pm and includes a Victorian Fashion Show, a performance by Raven Baroque, and a tour through St. Ann’s Academy. Guests are invited to dress for the occasion: long skirts, big hats, parasols for the ladies, white shirts, cravats, hats for the gentlemen. Tickets are $35 and available in person at Society of Friends of St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt or Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation at 861 Fairfield or online at www.friendsofstannsacademy.com or www.msmfoundation.ca
at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
NANCY SLAGHT at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Artishow is back for the summer at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, with a different Winchester Galleries artist painting and exhibiting on site each month from July through October.
In July, we will feature Nancy Slaght, whose whimsical soft pastels have captivated many collectors.
July 4 – July 25, 2014
Wednesdays – Fridays, 11 am – 6 pm
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria
Drop into the Grand Lounge any Wednesday, Thursday or Friday to meet Nancy and watch her work. A new body of Nancy’s work will also be on exhibit and offered for sale.
“Nancy portrays in still life painting two aspects of life that exist in a single moment, capturing movement in freeze-framed images that seem to hesitate long enough for the viewer to share the moment.” Bruce Van Patter, Pennsylvania art critic Slaght holds VCA and Associate diplomas from the Victoria College of Art. In addition to her gallery work, she has taught art classes to children and adults for many years in Japan and Canada.
A long-time participant in the art celebration, Painters at Painter’s in Campbell River, Slaght became a life-time resident artist at Painter’s Lodge in 2002. She is one of 16 West Coast artists featured in the international publication, Design and Composition: Secrets of Professional Artists (2001). This is Slaght’s second artist-in-residency at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Windows Into Heaven: Religious Icons from the Permanent Collection
April 23 to August 9, 2014
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
630 Yates Street | Small Gallery
Featuring Christian Orthodox icons and crucifixes from the Legacy permanent collection, this exhibition examines religious, historical, and cultural meanings past and present. Co-curated by Regan Shrumm (graduate student) and Dr. Evanthia Baboula, (Assistant Professor, History in Art)
Event Curator’s Talk | Thurs. April 24 | 7pm | Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
Gallery Closed the Legacy Gallery Downtown will be closed Sat. April 26 & Weds April 30 for exhibition installation. The Small Gallery at the Legacy Downtown will be closed Weds April 16 for exhibitions installation & Good Friday April 18
Image: Icon of the Virgin Hodegetria, 18th century (Gift of Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Dorothy Brown)
And what a wonderful taste! Emily’s Father wasa “purveyor of fine wine and liquers” and Tugwell Creek’s mead is undoubtedly fine!
Our tasting room is open all summer long Wednesday through Sunday from 12-5pm.
The first one that will becoming to Emily Carr House is Flowers for Emily Carr
Modern Works by Dennis Shields. On from May 1st until June 21st. Please come and check out this wonderful Victoria artist, and his works.
June 14th 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Author talk on Edythe Hembroff, Emily Carr’s good friend and sketching partner
Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher (1906-1994) was a sophisticated, spirited and classically educated artist, researcher, feminist, and writer, known as Emily Carr’s only sketching partner and B.C.’s Special Consultant on the now famous painter, but never recognized for her own creative life. The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher by Christina Johnson-Dean, the sixth book in The Unheralded Artists of BC series (Mother Tongue Publishing), finally reveals Edythe’s important story as a B.C. artist and features over 100 rarely seen paintings, prints and photographs. A new edition of the 1969 classic, M.E.: A Portrayal of Emily Carr by Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher was released this spring with a new introduction by Susan Crean. M.E. is a rare and moving study of an artist’s struggle against despair and loneliness and an intimate portrayal of the close friendship between Edythe and Emily. Meet the author. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Past Events for the year 2013
Google pays tribute to her for with their homepage for her birthday.
Something to do in Victoria, this Christmas season that is Emily Carr related!
The incomparable Joe Fafard painted this whimsical image here this summer at Emily’s house. He donated the bowl to Souper Bowls of Hope and it fetched $ 600.00 for the Youth Empowerment Society! Emily ‘s Legacy of Inspiration carries on and on. Thank you to the Fafard Family for their ongoing generousity!
Not only does Emily Carr’s paintings make money, well know they are transformed into money. The Royal Canadian Mint has made a 5 kilo Silver coin in homage of Emily’s painting Tsatsisnukomi, B.C., 1912. Read more about it here.
What a fascinating provenance! And now someone will treasure this amazing work by Canada’s National treasure, Emily Carr. Her legacy of inspiration does indeed carry on!
Now ,please, support those artists in our midst. Seek out those who inspire you with their art.
Read this interesting Article about Emily’s Journals from her journeys in Alaska. Click Here
A similar collections of works has already been published called Sister and I which chronicles her and her sister Alice’s travels through Canada and Europe. Which is on sale in the Emily Carr Gift Shop for $24.95. A great read for any traveller.
Thank you Joe Fafard and Family for creating a once in a life time experience for those who were able to visit Emily Carr House during the run of your show “Emily and her Menagerie.”
Due to your generous and creative spirit, all who visit us came away enriched.
If you are still interested in Joe Fafard’s work from this exhibit please go to jvgallery.ca
Please Join Us at Full Circle Gallery for a Book Signing of The Carr House Cats at Christmas.
Celebrate Emily Carr’s birthday in a festive way! Join us December 13th, at 1800 Store Street, at Full Circle Gallery from Noon -3:00pm for a book signing of The Carr House Cats at Christmas. Meet author, Darien Ross, who like Emily and her sisters, has grown up at Carr House. Darien, her family and their cats live in and care for Emily’s childhood home. This children’s tale draws upon the kitties’ adventures during Christmas time in this very special place. Curator (and the kitties’ Mom), Jan Ross, will be in attendance to answer questions about Victoria’s Christmas’ from long ago.
Emily and Her Menagerie
June 6th – 16th
“I can’t put a finger on what compels me to make these things, but I keep doing it anyway. Well, it is a good way to live and make a living. I’m quite happy about it!”
Join Joe Fafard in celebration of a successful career that spans more than five decades for an unforgettable show at Emily Carr House. This exclusive exhibit will focus primarily on Fafard’s extraordinary sculptures, which vary in size from small steel laser cuts to a life size bronze of Emily Carr riding a horse.
Fafard, an Order of Canada recipient, is accredited with transforming clay into a respected fine art medium and for contributing to the field of sculpture through his radical experimentation with both form and production.
This exhibition presents one of Canada’s most beloved and nationally acclaimed artists in a unique and temporary setting for an exclusive engagement. Lasting only 11 days, the public has an opportunity to view and purchase work by Joe Fafard. Using a space not originally designed for displaying art, but having a direct connection to one of Canada’s most loved historical artists,
Emily Carr, this “pop- up” exhibition is an innovative way of presenting Fafard’s work and bringing a distinctive, personalized art event directly to the community.
First Toronto Screening of the Award-winning Short Film
BONE WIND FIRE at the McMichael
Carr, O’Keeffe, and Kahlo return to the McMichael on Film
Film Artist’s Talk and Reception on Sunday, April 28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 17, KLEINBURG ON – Join us at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection on Sunday, April 28 for the first Toronto film screening of BONE WIND FIRE, an intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds, and eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, and Frida Kahlo—three of the twentieth century’s most remarkable artists. The private screening takes place at 12:30 p.m. for invited guests and the press. At 1:30 p.m. filmmaker and painter Jill Sharpe will present an artist’s talk to the public on her painting series inspired by the film and her artistic journey through these creative projects. Public film screenings run at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and there will also be a selection of Carr paintings on display, all free with gallery admission.
BONE WIND FIRE was inspired by both the book and travelling exhibit Carr, O’Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own, first presented at the McMichael in 2001 and guest-curated by Sharyn Udall, who also worked as consultant on the film. The film is a meditation on the work of the artists, each of whom centered much of their work on the environments in which they painted: Georgia O’Keeffe’s extraordinary desert landscapes of New Mexico, Emily Carr’s lush rain forests of British Columbia, and Frida Kahlo’s heat and dust of Mexico City. Using the women’s own words from more than 6,000 pages of the artists’ letters and diaries, the thirty-minute film is not a traditional documentary, but rather a “creative non-fiction” film, using image, sound and tone to engage the viewer on an emotional and aesthetic level rather than merely an intellectual one. Vancouver Sun film critic, Katherine Monk, describes it as “a rich impressionistic essay on nothing less than the artist’s place in the universe.”
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, it has won Best Canadian Film at Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), an Artistic Innovation Award from Vancouver Women in Film and Television, and Best Short Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, California.
About Jill Sharpe
Jill Sharpe has been making films since the early 1990s. Her interests, and accordingly the subjects of her films, range from social justice issues to media and culture, and more recently to painting. Her documentary work includes In the Company of Fear (1999); CultureJam: Hijacking Commercial Culture (2002); Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche (2004); Girls Don’t Fight (2005); Corporations in the Classroom (2007); and now BONE WIND FIRE. Her films have sold around the world and have won numerous awards. Visit www.jillsharpe.ca to find out more about her paintings and films.
About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of almost 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information: www.mcmichael.com
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Past Events Held at the House: 2012
Through Three Worlds
Is a multi faceted art show at the Emily Carr House this summer (July 29 – September 29th) by Vancouver based filmmaker/painter Jill Sharpe.
The show is a result of Sharpe’s seven year journey researching the lives and art of Emily Carr, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe and includes Sharpe’s award winning hybrid film – “Bone Wind Fire” ; a display of props from the film and a new painting series by Sharpe.
Sharpe began painting at the age of 13 and remembers fondly her family’s annual pilgrimage to the McMichael Gallery outside Toronto where she first encountered Carr’s painting. “I noticed one woman’s work hanging on the wall and even at the age of 8 I think it showed me what was possible”. Sharpe went on to become a documentary filmmaker with a passion for painting. She was selected by Queue Magazine “as one of the 21 artists of the 21st century who would change the face of BC Culture”. When she came across Sharyn Udal’s book “Carr, O’Keeffe & Kahlo – Places of Their Own” she had just spent 3 years painting in a Mexican collective in Oaxaca Mexico. She felt this was the ideal material to combine her passions and experiment with film as a large canvas.
The filmmaking process was a labour of love. Sharpe sifted through 6,000 journal pages and thousands of paintings, to create a film entirely from the women’s own words. Katherine Monk from the Vancouver Sun calls it “a rich impressionistic essay on nothing less than the artist’s place in the universe”.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada the film is currently touring festivals and galleries in North America and Europe. It won Best Canadian Film at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), received an Artistic Innovation Award from Vancouver Women in Film and Television and won Best Short Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival.
At the Emily Carr House audiences will find the film playing half hourly; a replica of Frida Kahlo’s dress (hand embroidered silk by Vancouver’s Jane Abbott of Arcana Designs); a cow skull from Georgia O’Keeffe’s world and a new painting series by Sharpe hanging in Emily Carr’s “People’s Gallery”.
Each painting in the series is inspired by a frame in the film. In a sense I too passed through three worlds in their making. Not simply through three lives – but through three temporal realities. My process started with an exploration of the women’s internal/external landscapes deciphered from their paintings and words. Using dramatic techniques and animation, a moving painting was created for the big screen that synthesized the material. And now in the painting series, I work from 1/30th of a second to distill a moment back into paint. I’m curious about the ‘in-between space’ – transitions. What appears as solid is one thing, and what is going on underneath the surface – another. I like to look through many prisms, hoping to catch a glimpse of the illusory.”
To see Sharpe’s work, check out www.jillsharpe.ca.
A Celebration of Victoria’s 150
Thank you to all who came out to support the Emily Carr String Quartet. Their music filled the halls of Emily Carr House. Thank you.
Musical Bouquets for Emily
Date: August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31st/ 1p.m and 3 p.m
Location: Emily Carr House 207 Government Street
Experience this classical chamber music concert series at Emily Carr House. The Emily Carr String Quartet will perform in the intimate setting of this historic house, featuring a wide variety of music and readings from Emily Carr’s journals.
Adults:$6.75 Senior/Students:$5.75 Youth:$4.50 Includes tour of the House.
Sitting is limited, recommended to call ahead.
To make reservations please call 250-383-5843 or email us at email@example.com
Sea and Sky (A Tribute to Emily Carr) – Paintings by Susan Corner
An exhibition of plein air paintings by Victoria artist Susan Corner runs from Tuesday, June 26 to Sunday, July 14, 2012 at Emily Carr House, 207 Government Street.
Sea and Sky is a tribute to Emily Carr, and like Emily, Susan finds inspiration in the sea and sky of the Traditional Lands of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish Peoples. Corner comments,
“I am not sure if it is possible to be a woman artist in Victoria and not, in some way, realize you have been influenced and inspired by Emily Carr”
Corner has called this exhibition of plein air paintings after a work by Carr which she first saw in the early 1980s when she worked in the Registrar’s office at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
“There is something about the deep blue-grey and white undulating lines that filled the sky and capture a sense of movement; the light thrusting downward across the sea and then the cross and upward movement of line from land towards sky that captures the immediacy of Emily’s own experience at that moment when she put paint to paper. Living on Canada’s West Coast, something magic occurs when painting en plein air: an immediacy of brush and paint on the canvas; a freshness that is hard (at least for me) to capture in my studio work.”
Many of the works included in this exhibit were painted by Corner in the company of friends, at Cattle Point and at Yellow Point Lodge. Corner draws on the immenseness and the power of the sea meeting sky – captured on a canvas small enough for her to hold in her hand as she paints:
“I have also been inspired by Emily, who found her own unique voice as an artist, to paint in a way that is true to me.”
Recent News: 2012