NORTH BY NORTHWEST
September 16 – 23, 2023
This collection is inspired by Wilson’s time at the Cassiar Cannery Long Residency, completed in Spring 2022. The residency is jointly organised by the Cannery and the Prince Rupert Arts Council and gives artists a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the unique landscape and culture of BC’s North Coast.
The north coast of BC is a particular part of the world. It displays many of the landscape and cultural elements seen elsewhere in the province but has evolved a particular character and mindset, due to its remoteness.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16, noon – 4
October 7 – 28, 2023
Reflection is a series of oil paintings that focuses on the mystical phenomenon of life itself, and the resilience of nature flourishing against forces of opposition. The floral subjects are depicted thriving in artificially lit and inorganic environments, alluding to nature’s triumphant ability to overpower human imposition.
These florals are presented in a way that is unabashed and glorious, in the dark of the night and in quiet corners, teeming with light and shimmering colour. They seem to exist in a transcendent state, blissfully unaware of the world in which they find themselves. Captured at the peak of their bloom, they bring attention to the ever fleeting present, and the mystery to be found therein.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, noon – 4
October Open Studio
One day only! Saturday, October 14th, 2023 – five time slots
On October 14, 2023, we will open the back studio to the public for some collective art-making using a variety of materials. The studio will be open to the public from noon to 5 pm, with five 50-minute seatings. There is a limit of 10 people per seating.
Over the course of the afternoon, participants will collectively build a new work of art. You’ve probably heard the term “diptych” or “triptych” before, but have you ever heard of a “polyptych”? While a diptych is a painting (or photo) made from 2 panels and a triptych is made from three, there is no limit to how many panels a polyptych can have. So…we will be creating a 50-panel painting together! Each participant will paint their square using a visual guide provided at the event. The final image won’t be clear until later in the day as more and more panels are added.
Noon – 12:50 pm
1:00 – 1:50 pm
2:00 – 2:50 pm
3:00 – 3:50 pm
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Tickets are $10 each and must be purchased to reserve a time slot. Find out more via Eventbrite.
Mixed-Media Turner with Sonya Iwasiuk
Saturday, October 21, noon – 4 pm
Feed your soul and be inspired by the amazing (and simple) techniques presented in this one-day workshop.
In this stimulating workshop, you will explore unique mixed-media techniques and easily recreate a William Turner(esque) painting (traditionally painted in oil). Create a simple, stunning piece on a pre-plastered panel using a minimal colour palette, a palette reminiscent of the old Masters. An acrylic medium will bring out the depth and pop the colour, creating a truly vibrant and contemporary artwork you’ll be proud of. This workshop is great for artists of all levels.
$225 / student – includes all materials. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.
THIS Gallery is accepting workshop proposals for 2024
THIS Gallery is currently accepting proposals for in-person workshops to be held at its Vancouver, Chinatown location.
Workshops are 2 to 4 hours long, usually held on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoons.
Submissions for workshops are ongoing. However, facilitators are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as dates are expected to fill up quickly.
How to apply: For more details and to submit your proposal, fill out our online form here.
Who can apply: Professional and leisure artists, art collectives, and artisans who are able to facilitate a workshop at our Vancouver, Chinatown location. If you have an idea for a fun, engaging and informative workshop, you are encouraged to apply.
Fees: THIS Gallery charges a flat fee of $200 + tax per workshop. This includes hosting, some materials (scissors, aprons, basic drawing materials, etc), and promotion on social media channels and in our monthly newsletter. This fee will come out of your final workshop earnings and does not need to be paid for upfront.
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