News

July 16, 2016
SUMMER ‘ART PARTY!’ FUNDRAISER

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Our fantastic volunteer crew at ART PARTY!

The numbers are in and we’re so pleased to announce that we raised more than $5,500 at our recent ART PARTY fundraiser! Funds collected will support our non-profit gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

Please support the businesses and artists that support us! Our sincere thanks to the following:

BUSINESS DONATIONS:
Pomegranate Grillhouse and Café, Arm’s Reach Bistro, Bluhouse Market + Café, Bridges Brewing, Café Orso, Cindy & Co. Hair Design, Cove Health, Deep Cove Brewing, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak, Deep Cove Outdoors, Deep Cove Pharmacy, Deep Cove Pizza, First Mate Pet Foods, Garage Guru, Hive Climbing, Honey Doughnuts, InGrain Pastifico, Meat the Butcher, North Shore News, Paper Label, Rose Hill: Summer in the Cove, Safeway Parkgate, Starbucks Dollarton, Stong’s Market, Sunnyside, The Raven, Toby’s North Shore, Village Table, White House Designs, Zylka Fine Framing

ARTIST DONATIONS:
Erian Baxter, Liz de Beer, Alan Bell (Alistair Bell), Josee Carriere, Chi Cheng Lee, Nancy Cramer, Connie Goldhawke, Victor J. Harrison, Heather Johnston, Anne Love, Barb Matthews, Sandi Nielsen, Sarah Ronald, Geoff Ross, Tannis Turner, Chris Waldie, Louise Walters, Joanne Waters, Ping Kwong Wong

ART PARTY (DOWN) BANDS:
Launch Pad, Topanga

ART PARTY AND ART PARTY (DOWN) EVENT VOLUNTEERS:
Svetlana Bardos, Erian Baxter, Liz de Beer, Larry Belsito, Megan Bennett, Neil Chung, Francine Drouin, Pené Hollingworth, Diane Isherwood, Chi Cheng Lee, Joan Leslie, Barb Matthews, Amina Rajan, Sue Rankin, Cathy Robinson, Sarah Ronald, James Walker, Graham White, Kate Whitehead

March 23, 2016
BEN LIM 1932-2016

Ben Lim

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of North Vancouver artist Ben Lim. A tremendous artist as well as a genuine and generous man, Ben quickly became part of the family at the Seymour Art Gallery, making good friends among the staff, board of directors, volunteers, and members. He also amassed a loyal following of collectors, with works purchased from the Gallery Shop now in collections across Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. His death is a significant loss for the North Shore and for the greater artistic community. We offer our most sincere condolences to Ben’s loving family and many friends.

Ben Lim emigrated from China at age sixteen. He studied fine art and design at Vancouver School of Art, and subsequently had a successful career in graphic design. While looking for new creative outlets after retiring in 2008, he began to work with clay. In his own words, “it was actually [my wife] Sally who pushed me into it because she would worry when I went fishing by myself all the time.”

Ben quickly discovered his affinity for ceramics and relished the new challenges of creating in three dimensions. “I fell in love with clay,” he said.

With his popular animal sculptures (including bison, bears, whales, walruses, cranes, and penguins), Ben was particularly interested in depicting their “personalities”. His whimsical whales hint at the compelling balance between their great power and calm gentleness, the regal grace of the crane is celebrated in his clean sculptures, and more recent works showcase the fun-loving playfulness of the penguin (as well as Ben’s own). He carried his love for ceramics into printmaking, developing a unique method of printing from carved clay.

At the gallery, we loved telling our Gallery Shop visitors the story of Ben’s artistic journey. So many people were awed and inspired to learn that his creative and masterful ceramic work was a recent undertaking; that he only began to work with clay in his 70s. We all want to believe that we have a Ben Lim-level talent just waiting to be unleashed in retirement!

Though his talent and vision were always clearly apparent, Ben charmingly downplayed his significant artistic contributions: “It’s not meant to be that serious – I just wanted to make a few things.”

With this loss, deeply felt by staff, we are mindful to appreciate the great gift of getting to know Ben. We will miss Ben coming in with Sally and a box of recently-fired works, a huge, easy smile on his face. Each visit would unveil new pieces, new direction, new inspiration.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby, BC. We are honoured to continue with a previously planned solo exhibition of his work at Seymour Art Gallery from July 20 to August 13, 2016.

January 10, 2016
DISCOVERY: LINE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Ryder White - webAt the reception for ‘Discovery: Line’, artist and filmmaker Ryder White was presented with the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award, with a cash prize of $300 furnished by the Seymour Art Gallery and a $300 gift card donated by Opus Art Supplies for his 16mm film installation ‘Time Symmetry’.

Our annual ‘Discovery’ juried exhibition provides exposure to emerging artists. Juried by artist Wayne Eastcott, Vancouver Art Gallery’s curatorial assistant Adrienne Rempel, and Seymour Art Gallery’s curator/director Sarah Cavanaugh, this year’s exhibition reflects the theme: LINE. The artists present work that is as varied as their backgrounds in this fresh and eclectic show, which includes drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, film, and photography.

Honourable mentions Susie Benes and EJ An received a $300 gift card from Opus Art Supplies and a set of 10 acrylics from Kroma Artist’s Acrylics, respectively. Congratulations!

December 1, 2015
OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL ‘ART PARTY!’ EVER

We were delighted to raise more than $5,000 at last fall’s ART PARTY! We had wonderful affordable artwork from more than 60 local artists and, as always, the party kicked off with a fun free event featuring live music, silent auctions, and fun!

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Our sincere thanks to the following local businesses and artists for their kind donations:

Arms Reach Bistro, Bone + Biscuit, Café Orso, Cove Health, Deep Cove Brewery, Deep Cove Kayak, Deep Cove Pharmacy, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Escape Travel Wear, First Mate Chow, For Pet’s Sake, Fresh Slice, La La’s, Maduro Coffee, North Shore Auto Wash, Parkgate Eyecare, Raven Pub, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Toby’s North Shore, The Village Table, Whitespot. Artists: Erian Baxter, Chi Cheng Lee, Ben Lim, Trudy Krusch

November 30, 2015
SUPPORT FOR OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS FROM NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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The Seymour Art Gallery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $2,000 grant from the North Shore Community Foundation. The cheque was presented at the North Vancouver District Hall on November 30, 2015 by NSCF President Mike Boehm. We were delighted to share some information about our School Programs, which we will be expanding in 2016 because of this kind gift. We were also inspired to hear about all the great work being done on the North Shore by the other organizations receiving grants this year.

From left to right: Svetlana Bardos (Outreach Chair, Board of Directors, Seymour Art Gallery), Mike Boehm (North Shore Community Foundation), and Sarah Cavanaugh (Curator/Director, Seymour Art Gallery).

March 22, 2015
A SUCCESSFUL ‘SPRING FEVER’ FUNDRAISER

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Our Spring Fever fundraiser, held on Saturday March 21st, was a fun evening featuring local entertainment, dancing, and great items up for auction. We were very pleased to raise over $5,000 to support the Seymour Art Gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

Our sincere thanks to:
Volunteers: Anne and Andrew Collins, Svetlana and Alex Bardos, Vlad Bezruc, Larry and Tania Belsito, Besire Culhaoglu, John Jarvis, Mike and Caroline Jarvis, Anne O’Brien, Meghan and Erich Parker, Cathy Robinson, Lisa

Performers: Banner Blues Band, Trevor Carolan, Michael Culverwell, John Lyon, Charlie Mackenzie, North Shore Chorus

Artists: Elizabeth Claridge, Nancy Cramer, Connie Goldhawke, Beryl Hickinbottom, Shima Itabashi, Heather Johnston, Chi Cheng Lee, Ben Lim, Anne Love, Barb Matthews, Monique McEwen, Hilary Morris, Ross Munro, Geoff Ross, Sue Rankin, Pat Schendel, Charles van Sandwyk, Tannis Turner, Joanne Waters, Ping Kwong Wong

Businesses: Arms Reach Bistro, Bath and Body Works (Park Royal), Bone + Biscuit, Cindy and Company, Cineplex (Park and Tilford), Cove Health, Escape Travel Wear, For Pet’s Sake, Fresh Slice, Great Clips, The Gull Liquor Store, La La’s, London Drugs, North Shore Autowash, Marlin Travel, Panago, Pan Pacific, Parkgate Eyecare, Parkgate Stationery, Toby’s, The Raven Pub, RBC Royal Bank, Safeway, Save-on Foods (Park and Tilford), Seymour Golf and Country Club, Shoppers Drug Mart (Parkgate), Starbucks, Superstore, The Village Table, Wal-Mart, White Spot

December 6, 2013
INTRODUCING OUR INTERIM CURATOR!

Hilary Letwin

The Seymour Art Gallery is happy to introduce Hilary Letwin, who will be our Interim Curator while Curator/Director Sarah Cavanaugh is away on leave. Hilary will be with the gallery from January to December of 2014. Come by the gallery and meet her from January 2, 2014!

Hilary Letwin has worked in a number of museums, including most recently at the British Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Since 2011, she has operated Culture Babes, a business devoted to organizing cultural events for new parents and their babies, such as museum exhibition tours and classical music concerts. Hilary holds graduate degrees in history and art history, including her PhD in Italian renaissance art history from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her academic publications, she is a regular contributor to Montecristo Magazine, writing about the arts from an international and local perspective. Hilary sits on the board of the Port Moody Arts Centre as well as on the Arts and Culture Committee for the City of Port Moody.

November 5, 2013
SUPPORT FROM THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
BC Cheque Presentation 2013
The Seymour Art Gallery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $35,000 grant from The Province of British Columbia. The cheque was presented at the gallery on November 5, 2013 by Jane Thornthwaite, MLA.

From left to right: Larry Belsito (Board of Directors, Seymour Art Gallery), Jane Thornthwaite (MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour), Sarah Cavanaugh (Curator/Director, Seymour Art Gallery), and Vanessa Black (Gallery Assistant, Seymour Art Gallery).

October 16, 2013
GALLERY THROWS SUCCESSFUL “ART PARTY” FUNDRAISER!

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‘ART PARTY!’ was a fundraising exhibition and evening event supporting our non-profit Seymour Art Gallery. All original artwork by more than 50 established and emerging local artists was sold at $100, $200 or $300, with the gallery retaining 50% of sales. Visitors enjoyed live music by DJ/violinist Michael Fraser who “tastefully pairs jazz violin improvisation with funky aged gypsy disco beats”, shopped great selection of local art, and bid on items in our silent auction. We welcomed more than 800 visitors during the one-week exhibition, sold 37 pieces, raised nearly $3,000, and had an inspiring and colourful evening.

A heartfelt thank you for all the support we received from local businesses, volunteers and members. Special gratitude to the following businesses and individuals who supported this event:

Arm’s Reach, B-Fit Health & Wellness, Cathy Robinson (VSO), Cobs Bread, Deep Cove Brewers, Deep Cove Stage, For Pet’s Sake, Lala’s, The Local Lift Juice Bar, Metro Art & Frame, Opus, Parkgate Eye Care, Prospect Winery

Artists: Corrine Aelbers, Daniella Amit, Megan Bennett, Elizabeth Claridge, Jennifer Harwood, Jodi Heinhorst, Shirley Inouye, Heather Johnston, Trudy Krusch, Chi Cheng Lee, Ben Lim, Anne Love, Doreen Marlor, Barb Matthews, Ross Munro, Pat Schendel, Tannis Turner,

May 16, 2013
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Members in good standing are invited to join us at 6 p.m. on Monday June 10 for the Seymour Art Gallery’s AGM. Meet the board of directors and stay to socialize after the meeting at a potluck dinner.

April, 2013
BETTINA NORMAN 1931-2013
We are sad to announce the passing of one of our long-time volunteers, Bettina Norman. Betty was a volunteer at Seymour Art Gallery for many years – dating back to the first curator – and she was a warm, stylish, and funny lady. She will be greatly missed. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday April 27 20131 from 2-3pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC