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February – Make Me A Summary of The World – elin o’Hara slavick

This exhibition, made up entirely of collaged works, is full of hysterical surprises, fragmented landscapes, delirious layers of appropriation and ambiguity, shocks of juxtaposition, subconscious reactions, and automatic narratives in the surrealist spirit. Many of the collages focus on the female body and celebrate, critique, or otherwise make visual the complexity of feminism, pleasure, eroticism, psychological states, marginalized positions, sexuality, political identifications, and historical positions. Many of these conditions overlap and clash. Making feminist art is critical for emotional, political, and actual survival.

elin o’Hara slavick’s solo exhibition, Make Me A Summary of The World, will continue through the month of February with an opening reception Saturday February 4th from noon to 4 at 485 Main Street.

Make Me A Summary of The World

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Upcoming workshops

Quaff and Create

Quaff and Create is a recurring event held on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The event is facilitated by Vancouver artist Shannon Pawliw.

Similar to “Paint Nite” or “Sip and Paint”, this is a festive evening of imbibing, music and art-making. Often, we paint, but sometimes we do other stuff too. Exciting variables like mixed media collage, hard-edge painting tips and creating your own brushes may also be covered. No matter what, by the end of the night, each participant will have something to take home with them.

Tickets are $65. Find out more and pick a date on Eventbrite.

Upcycle Your Old Jeans

Thursday February 9, 5:30 – 8:30

This workshop will take you through the steps of up-cycling a used pair of jeans into two new wearable pieces. From one pair of jeans, you will be shown how to deconstruct, design and sew a bucket hat and a tote bag. The workshop aims to inspire the importance of not only conscious consumption but also textile waste awareness.

You do not need to know how to sew as you will learn (or can have it sewn by the instructor). Although some sewing experience is preferred.

Materials and Techniques Used

Supplied: Sewing machine, scissors, pins, scraps, denim materials, measuring tape, needles and thread.

Bring along: old or secondhand pair of jeans (limited materials supplied), sewing scissors (if you have them). Even stretch jeans work.

Tickets are $70. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Silhouettes and Shadows

Sunday, February 12th, noon – 4 pm

The theme of this 4-hour workshop is the repetition of the figure using simple printmaking and mark-making techniques along with some bits of collage. It is easy, fun, and creative, uses interesting methods and materials, and yields beautiful results. Many past students have framed their finished pieces! 

All materials are included. The materials used are: Stonehenge paper, figure cut-outs, brayer, GOLDEN OPEN acrylics, collage paper, stamps, stencils, and acrylic markers.

Tickets are $125 and include all materials. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Hardedge Painting: tips and tricks using water-based media

Sunday, February 19th, 1 – 3 pm

Facilitator Shannon Pawliw, has used hard-edge technique in various ways throughout her work. You will learn how best to keep a clean edge on a variety of surfaces, what masking tapes are best in a variety of use cases, and best practices overall.

The workshop fee includes:

  • hard-edge painting demo using a variety of water-based media
  • a variety of surfaces and materials to experiment with
  • hands-on experimentation
  • at least one painting surface to experiment on and take home
  • all other materials and supplies

Tickets are $60. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Gelli-Plate Printing Workshop

Sunday, February 26, noon – 4 pm

Gel plate mono-printing is an easy way to create layered prints, much like screen printing but so much easier…and with way less clean up!

Instructor Sonya Iwasiuk has experimented a ton with this method and has created a workshop that produces beautiful results. Finished prints can be used as collage bits, to make cards from, or as finished pieces of art. Students are always so wowed with this process and have way too much fun!

All supplies are included and students will be taking home their own Gelli-plate ($35 value) and approximately 50(!) prints on Stonehenge printing paper.

Tickets are $235. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Meditative Hand-stitched Portals

Sunday March 19, noon – 4 pm | $100

“A friend had been encouraging me to meditate, but I found it hard to just sit. Following a conversation we had about portals, and the work of going inwards and going deeper, I picked up some fabric and thread and began stitching…”

– Rosemary Burd

In this workshop you will learn how to develop a stitching practice using a simple running stitch and fabric scraps. Using a variety of threads and repurposed fabric, hand stitch a ‘portal’ in a process that is equal parts exploration and meditation. These textile pieces employ reverse appliqué, a technique where layers of fabric are stitched together and then cut open one layer at a time to reveal the layers below. While all the required materials are supplied, participants are invited to bring a scrap of fabric to include in their portal.

Tickets are $100. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

THIS Gallery is accepting workshop proposals for 2023

THIS Gallery is currently accepting proposals for in-person workshops to be held at its Vancouver, Chinatown location.

Workshops are 2-4 hours long, held on Saturday afternoons between 10 am and 5 pm.
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.

Questions? Contact Shannon at

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