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A Closer Look

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
  • Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Kay Meek Arts Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave.

'High Desert Fantasy'

Emily Cowan

'Green Monochrome Embroidery'

Mallory Donen

'Puppies in the Kitchen'

Joanne Frewer

Artists Emily CowanMallory Donen & Joanne Frewer present smaller works that invite viewers to get up close & really explore the themes & techniques of each piece. Exploring a variety of media from painting to embroidery to assemblage, these artists investigate themes of home, women's work, traditional craft & change.

Emily Cowan is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Her current body of work features acrylic & gouache paintings of houses, buildings, interiors & domestic scenes inspired by the concept of "home" & by the spaces women create for themselves & their families. Women creating homes has traditionally been looked at as an unimportant skill, & Cowan is interested in elevating everyday women's spaces & contributions. She is also interested in the house as a modern-day status symbol; as affordable housing continues to disappear. The houses she paints are a love-letter of sorts; to the lifestyles once assumed but now out of reach; to the women who create them.

Mallory Donen is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Vancouver. Donen’s art explores the intersection of digital art & embroidery, through processes rooted in traditional craft passed down from generations of women in her family. By using the distinct grid format of cross-stitching she creates connections between threads & pixels. Her practice explores repetitive mechanical processes, & our relationship with technology, by making art as if she were a machine.

Joanne Frewer is a West Vancouver based multidisciplinary artist creating shadow boxed assemblage works that combine the everyday & the spiritual. Frewer's pieces offer viewers glimpses into other spaces - a Mexican kitchen, Parisian flat, or Buddhist shrine - full of tiny pieces of decor either handmade by Frewer or collected on her travels around the globe. Each scene invites viewers to look closely & discover the details in not only the artwork but in the sacred moments of life they represent.

Artists Talk Livestream

Thur. May 30, 7 pm

Join us for an engaging conversation with these talented artists as they share insights into their inspirations, creative processes, take a tour of the exhibition & answer questions from viewers like you live!

Plan your visit to the Kay Meek Arts Centre. The exhibition spans the PARK Retirement Living Atrium & lobby to the McEwan Theatre lobby downstairs.

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Summer Hours: Wednesday  Saturday 12 – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm


The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),
xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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