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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. Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday from 12 - 4 pm.

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    • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
    • Sunday, February 05, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    'The Crossing'

    Joanne Frewer

    'The Lions'

    Erin Halla Shakespeare

    'Finding the Light'

    Danyne Johnston

    'Grouse Mountain'

    Elham Shiri

    Experience the original artwork from the You Are Here 2023 Calendar featuring beautiful scenes & stories of the North Shore by artists: Tim Bennison, Joanne Frewer, Sue Johnson, Danyne Johnston, Lorena Krause, Robbie Hosegood, Shelley McDonald, Katie Rodgers, Kim Rosin, Elham Shiri, Erin Halla Shakespeare & Arabella Young.

    These remarkable pieces capture a variety of styles from realistic to expressionist to semi-abstract; across a range of media including oil, watercolour, acrylic & mixed media.

    Theses stunning works of art were used to create a 2023 calendar that is being used as a promotional & fundraising tool for the North Shore Culture Compass. Initiated by  North Van Arts, the Culture Compass is an interactive, online map showcasing the art & cultural diversity of the North Shore, including the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation & the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

    Using the Culture Compass you can discover local arts & culture organizations, public art, festivals & events, destinations of cultural & natural heritage & so much more!

    Opening Reception Thurs. Jan. 19, 5-7 pm

    Join us in celebrating these talented artists & their stunning art work. Meet the artists, take in the stunning artwork & enjoy the company of fellow art lovers.

    Produced in partnership with


    • Wednesday, February 08, 2023
    • Sunday, March 05, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    Francine Drouin

    Kirsty Paterson

    Holly Winters

    Experience 3 artists' symbolic image making & explorations in media & design that invite us to ponder our personal & creative journeys through life.

    Photographer Francine Drouin is concerned with creating rather than documenting, fusing reality with the imagined. Vignettes of larger scenes characterized by sparseness, simplicity & minimal colour leaves more of an interpretation of a place, person or event. Using light, exposures, motion & digital tools allows Drouin to create painterly, emotive images that evoke a fleeting glimpse or loosely remembered moment in time that we are left to fill in the blanks.

    Photo-based abstract artist Kirsty Paterson aims to create simple, emotional stories through sometimes complex imagery. Inspired by reflections & nature, Paterson creates layered & distorted images that reshape her subjects from a pond or rose  into explorations of line, form, colour. Distilled into elements of design, these images are transformed into pure expressions of Patterson's wonder of the world. 

    Intuitive painter Holly Winters pulls imagery from her unconscious mind through a combination of automatic drawing & an intentional colour palette. Starting with paper & pen, Winters draws continuous lines without intent, allowing for spontaneous imagery to develop. Along her artistic practice, reoccurring forms & motifs have emerged - embryo & wing like shapes that Winters feel represent the crossroads of the conscious & unconscious worlds. These drawings form the basis of colourful acrylic paintings that invite us to explore the overlapping shapes & forms to ponder how did they emerge & what journey they may take.

    • Wednesday, April 05, 2023
    • Sunday, April 30, 2023
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    'Pink and Gold'

    Deborah Zibrik

    'Vista #20: Canada Way'

    Judy Villett

    'Sakura Leaves'

    Maureen Tempest

    Spring is here with the return of our popular exhibition, Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation. This is the 14th 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, embroidery, felting, fashion, sculpture & more. These stunning works by explore diverse interpretations & mediations on the cherry blossom's meaning & beauty.

    Co-produced by The Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts & FibreEssence.

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:

Wednesday - 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.

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