Silk Purse Arts Centre Exhibitions

Exhibitions of work by artists in our community, on view in the Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver. Viewing Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 12m-5pm, Winter Hours: 12-4pm

    • Tuesday, February 04, 2020
    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    Artists Diane Akey, Aiden Fisher-Lang & Peter Winnett examine notions of happiness & ideals through explorations in pattern, media, rhythm & bold colours. 

    Akey's explorations in mark making & colour studies use a variety of media including acrylics, charcoal, paper & 'skins' created from stripping media from other paintings. These lively, emotive abstracts & portraits express the wonder & joy of creating while celebrating the artist's muses. 

    Fisher-Lang's work captures his love of colour while exposing the ideals that matter most to him through paintings in acrylic & marker. Using geometric patterns & stylized iconography, Fisher-Lang represents versions his favourite locations & concepts like 'home' & 'community'.

    Winnett creates bold works incorporating labels from commercial goods into gestural figurative & semi-abstract oil paintings representing the archetypal 'Seven Deadly Sins'. Turning his eye towards our pursuits of happiness & material wealth, Winnett's work asks us to question our ideals, goals & methods of achieving them. 

    Opening Reception Saturday February 8, 2-4pm. Everyone welcome!

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre



    SPECTRUM is an exciting, annual exhibition celebrating the talented & diverse artists in our community! Following an open invitation, 17 established & emerging artists will showcase work in a broad spectrum of styles & media. 

    Artists on display Sahara Banisoltan, Annie Bohni, Philippa Burke, Ruth Cassleman, Doria Fochi, Helena Juhasz, Veena Khosla, Domenica Mastromatteo, Tussy Morelli, Marja-Liisa Oksanen, Evan Robichaud, Erik Vaartnou, Karen Vanon, Patricia Vaughan, Joanne Waters, Karen Yaremkewich, Mong Yen

    For 2020 artists are responding to our call to have a Cultural Conversation on Climate Change. These works will explore the relevant themes of sustainability, industrialization, preservation & the effects of the climate crisis, while examining what the arts can do to impact & improve the future of our home.

    By creating an inclusive & level playing field, SPECTRUM shines a light on these gifted artists at varying stages in their careers; offering them the opportunity to exhibit (some for the first time!) & bringing them together to make new connections & strengthen the arts community.   

    Opening Reception Tuesday February 24, 6-8pm. Everyone welcome!

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    Painters Emilie Nunez &  Julian Growcott invite us to wander through dream-like lands filled with enigmatic characters, mysterious wildlife & surreal scenes. 

    Nunez's vibrant & illustrative paintings take viewers on a journey through the cycles of re-growth shared by people & the land they inhabit. Focusing on the representation of women, Nunez merges portraits & BC’s landscape, highlighting their collective strength & resilience. These expressions of female narratives are enhanced through their relationships to the fairytale like forests, mountains & lakes from which they emerge & inhabit.

    Growcott paints starkly focused modern landscapes with surreal imagery. Influenced by lucid dreams & childhood memories of England; his subjects are as diverse as village streets, smoky factories amid pastoral countryside & high-rise buildings, most with a backdrop of curious cloud formations. Some images look like one subject but on closer inspection are quite another.

    Opening Reception Tuesday March 17, 6-8pm.
    Everyone welcome!

    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • Sunday, April 26, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre






    Spring is here with the return of one of our most popular exhibitions, Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation. This is the 12th annual exhibition of textile art inspired by the cherry blossom. Marvel at the beautiful & intricate works of art in a variety of mediums including quilting, needle work, felting, fashion & more, interpreting & mediating on the cherry blossom's meaning & beauty.

    Artists will give live demos every weekend during the exhibition.

    Co-produced by The Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts & FibreEssence in conjunction with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

    Opening reception: Tuesday, April 7th, from 6-8pm 



    • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    • Sunday, May 03, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre






    During the inaugural First Thursdays Art Walk 21 canvases were painted at stations at the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver Art Museum & Buckland Southerst Gallery. Visitors to these sites were encouraged to pick up a brush & add their personal creative mark. 

    Members of the creative mural group 13 Feet Off the Ground met over 8 hours to respond to the artwork created & add the finishing touches to the canvases.

    We are excited to present the final image & celebrate all the creative, talented & adventurous members of the community who added their artistic touch to create this piece!

    Each canvas will be a part of a silent auction to raise funds for the 2020 First Thursdays Art Walk. Make a bid on one of these unique works of art & help make this exciting art walk happen again next summer!

    Opening Reception Tuesday, April 28th from 6-8pm

          

       

        

       

       

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