juried exhibition for new and emerging artists
July 28 – September 8, 2018

Juried by artists Rebecca Chaperon, Pierre Coupey, and Seymour Art Gallery’s curator/director Vanessa Black, ‘Discovery’ is an exhibition that provides exposure to emerging artists. This fresh and eclectic show presents a collection of work by each of the nine exhibiting artists in a variety of media including drawing, painting, ceramics, collage, mixed media, fibre art, and sculpture. Despite this diversity, common themes arise and unlikely relationships are formed throughout the exhibition.

One artist will be presented with the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award, with a cash prize of $300 furnished by the gallery; honourable mentions will receive prizes donated by Opus Art Supplies and Kroma Acrylics.

Artists: Marissa Diamond, Susan Jessop, Sara Khan, Laura Meyers, Jialin Ren, Donovan Rose, Manuel Axel Strain, Natalie Schuler, and Kelly Zhong

Sunday July 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Reception and Award Presentation

Saturday August 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
Message in a Bottle: Poetry Workshop with Poet Fran Bourassa

Sunday August 19, 2 p.m.
Poetry Meets Art: Poet Fran Bourassa hosts as talented local writers read poems inspired by the exhibition.
Featuring: Fran Bourassa, Jude Neale, Bonnie Nish, Alan Hill, Timothy Shay, Kevin Spenst, and RC Weslowski

Image credit: Sara Khan, Child’s Play (detail), watercolour on paper, 22” x 30,” 2017

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June 9 – July 21, 2018
Exhibition reception: Sunday June 10, 2-4 p.m.

In her most recent body of work artist jasna guy, with the help of entomologist Lincoln Best, explores our relationship with bees, the floral resources that pollinators require, and the complexity of our shared environment.

Guy presents a large-scale installation of black and white photographic images of closely observed native flora printed on paper and dipped in melted beeswax. These photographs, which cover the gallery’s walls from floor to ceiling, along with herbarium samples of local plants, and more than 100 exquisitely mounted entomological specimens, are products of guy’s intense inquiry and research-based practice. Guy’s work balances traditional museum practices with a moral consideration for native flora and fauna.

Start with Art
April 21 – June 2, 2018
Reception with face painting and button-making for kids: Sunday April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

Join us for our 14th annual Start with Art exhibition. This truly unique show focuses on encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection – with a special price list just for kids 16 and younger! Exhibiting artists also offer advice for budding artists and frequently spark the idea in kids that one day their work could be shown in a gallery, too.

Artists: Kristian Adam, Crissy Arseneau, Amelia Butcher, Sarah Clement, Shima Itabashi, Sandeep Johal, Anne Love, Ron Love, Megan Majewski, Liane McLaren, Meghan Parker, Tessa Reed, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Bronwyn Schuster, M. A. Tateishi, and Kate Whitehead

Image credit: 80’s Ladies (in process), watercolour collage by Crissy Arseneau

March 3 – April 14, 2018
Reception: Saturday March 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Talk and Tour: Sunday April 1, 2 p.m.

Ceramic sculptor Susannah Montague’s highly symbolic and eerily beautiful sculptures at once draw you in, and repel you. In each of Montague’s surreal porcelain sculptures, there is narrative to be discovered. Using a combination of hand building, press molds, and slip casting to build her sculptures, she also references traditions from ceramic fine-craft and art history. In her most recent body of work, Montague uses symbols such as fading flowers, bubbles, skulls, and insects to represent death and the transient nature of life. These symbols, interspersed with casts of toys including dolls, helicopters, and bunnies, take on a slightly sinister feeling in their modern compositions. Montague’s exhibition examines the cycles in our lives and asks us revel in the beauty of the absurd.

Susannah Montague is a British born, Bowen Island based ceramic sculptor. She earned her BFA from Emily Carr University and Ontario University of Art and Design.

January 13- February 24, 2018
Artist Talk: Sunday January 14, 2 p.m.
Reception: Sunday January 14, 3- 5 p.m.
Free Mindful Meditation for Beginners Drop-in: Thursdays throughout this exhibition, 2 – 3 p.m.North Vancouver artist Steve Baylis combines a range of unique influences with his own driven spiritual inquiry. Drawing on a personal meditative practice, Baylis’ work is informed by his own intuition, memory, experience, and feeling. Inspired by principles of theoretical physics, the Unified Field Theory in particular, his bold and intricate paintings both draw viewers in to investigate their rich details and send them back to consider the works as a whole. The pieces are, as the artist describes them, complex expressions of a simple thought: “Each work is a gestalt – a carefully balanced visual whole; in focus, but free and moving.”

Steve Baylis (b. 1980, Vancouver BC) studied Art & Design at Kwantlen University and continued his training at Capilano University, where he mentored under artist Kiff Holland.


Winter Gift Gallery
November 24 – December 24, 2017
Reception: Sunday, November 26, 2 – 4 p.m.
Meet the artists and enjoy homemade holiday baking
Free card-making project for kids!

We have assembled a wonderful group of artists to help inspire your holiday shopping. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, we have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!

Great gifts by local artists: Adele Maskwa-Iskwew Arseneau, Jenn Ashton, Liz de Beer, Megan Bennett, Kayo Benson, Josee Carriere, Tony Chotem, Matthew Freed, Hope Forstenzer, Marina Georgiadis, Connie Goldhawke, Suzanne Goodwin, Jodi Heinhorst, Shima Itabashi, Heather Johnston, Himali Kuwabara, Sonya Labrie, Chi Cheng Lee, Joan Leslie, D’Arcy Margesson, Barb Matthews, Liane McLaren Varnam, Hilary Morris, Carolyn diPasquale, Tamara Phillips, Susan Rankin, Sarah Ronald, Leonid Rozenberg, Minori Takagi, Tannis Turner, Christine Waldie,
and Kate Whitehead

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October 21 – November 18, 2017
Reception: Sunday October 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sunday November 5, 2 p.m.Invite FONT final-01Vancouver-based artist Sunshine Frère’s captivating solo exhibition cache cache invites visitors embrace the fading present and explore the dark uncertainty of the future.

A duet of sculpture and sound installations featuring totemic musical figurines who channel death and desire, a meditative suite of abstract silkscreen speaker-box prints, and a triad of recurring image banners created using a lost algorithm will fill the gallery. At times familiar, at times uncanny, cache cache uses repetition, nostalgia, and abstraction to draw the viewer’s attention to memory and our society’s complicated relationship with technology.

Sunshine Frère is a Canadian artist, curator, and writer. She holds an MA in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths and a BFA from Concordia University. Frère currently sits as Strategic Initiatives Committee Co-Chair on Access Gallery’s Board and also works with the New Media Gallery in New Westminster.

September 2 – October 14, 2017
Reception: Sunday September 17, 2 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sunday October 1, 2 p.m.

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Rebecca Chaperon’s paintings act as a means of storytelling, where surreal landscapes populated by mysterious figures meet flat geometry, with emotive undercurrents. In the exhibition Cave Paintings Chaperon treats her subject matter, the cave, as an existential metaphor, representing the ambiguous, uncertain, and difficult periods in our lives. It is an imagined psychological space where introspection and transformation take place. When we inhabit the cave, it facilitates a shift in our perception of the world. Like the figures in her paintings, we emerge into a world that may feel like another dimension: vibrant, stunning, and unfamiliar. However, it is not the landscape that has changed, it is ourselves.

Born in England in 1978, Chaperon graduated from Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2002. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally and has recently shown in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Image credit: detail of Shadow Self, Rebecca Chaperon, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36″, 2017

July 27 – August 26, 2017
Reception: Sunday July 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Panel, moderated by author Leanne Prain: Sunday August 13, 2 p.m.
In-situ Performance by Michelle Sirois-Silver: Sunday August 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Innovation and the transformation of waste materials are at the core of this exhibition, which includes five hand-hooked art pieces and two installations: Raisons D’etres, a series of wrapped sewing machines and Hosiery Wall, a site specific installation using 150 lbs of hand-dyed waste hosiery. The works all incorporate discarded materials from the manufacturing process of Soucie’s clothing line. Bound by a shared passion for fibre as a medium, the artists also share a philosophy that challenges our notions about garbage.

Image credits: L – Detail of Extraction 7, Michelle Sirois-Silver, recycled waste hosiery and linen, 60 x 24”
R – Detail of Hosiery Wall, Katherine Soucie, 150 lbs recycled waste hosiery, dimensions variable

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We’re kicking off a fabulous and eclectic local juried art exhibition on Sunday June 25 at 5 p.m. The evening event, with free admission, features a silent auction, live music by local musicians Ailsa Rose and Thomas Hoeller, great local art, and bad dancing!

The ART PARTY! exhibition showcases the art of more than 80 local artists, available for purchase at $100, $200 and $300. But don’t delay – work will be coming off the wall as it sells!

After our opening party, the exhibition will continue through July 22. Funds raised over the course of ART PARTY! help us in our ongoing support of local arts and culture through our exhibitions and related public programming.

Exhibiting Artists: Ginger Albrecht, Breanna Anaka, Lucy Andersen, Andrea Armstrong, Annette Arndt, Adele Maskwa-iskwew Arseneau, Lori Bagneres, Nadia Baker, Maria Batista, Alistair Bell, Megan Bennett, Kayo Benson, Marguerita Bilac, Nancy Blanchard, Marnie Boullard, Ray Bradbury, Cherish Bryck, Wendy Bullen Stephenson, Erin Bulycz, Luis Busca, Chrissy Cheung, Karsten Cramer, Liz De Beer, Carolina de la Cajiga, Dorothy Doherty, Karole Doucette, Francine Drouin, Karen Evans, Sara Gardner, Joan Gauthier, Monica Gewurz, Katina Giesbrecht, Connie Goldhawke, Faye Gordon-Lewis, Anna Green, Jennifer Harwood, Findlay Hayward, Deirdre Hofer, Jacky Hosford, Cath Hughes, Diane Isherwood, Heather Johnston, Reari Kang, Alison Keenan, Sophia Kim, Alissa Kim Tjen, Sarah Krzyzek, Janna Kumi, Chi Cheng Lee, Domenica Mastromatteo, Gabriele Maurus, Marion Maxwell, Liane McLaren, Ross Munro, Kris Noble, Connie O’Connor, Diego Orozco, Alexia Orozco Morales, Gillian Pearson, Edward Peck, Lori Popadiuk, Irina Prodan, Mardell Rampton, David Righton, Sarah Ronald, Shelley Rothenburger, Tamana Sayami, Phyllis Schwartz, Majid Sheikhakbari, Mira Song, Lee Sova, Deborah Stephan, Myranda Storm, Suzanne Thomson, Robert Wanner, Sande Waters, Claudia Weiss, Kate Whitehead, Wing Yee Wong

This event is kindly sponsored by North Shore News

Gordon Smith Invite

May 25 – June 17, 2017
Talk by print technician Marius Soska, reception to follow: Sunday June 4, 2 p.m.

A key figure in the history of Modernist painting in Canada, West Vancouver artist Gordon Smith counts the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Award in the Visual Arts, and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts among his many accolades.

Throughout his storied artistic career, Smith has produced serigraph prints as a side project. The serigraphs, produced primarily as fundraisers for cultural organizations and personal gifts, are beautiful works unto themselves, offering a glimpse into his visual thinking and showing a progression echoing and influenced by his acclaimed works in paint.

For 20 years, printmaker Marius Soska has been working with Gordon Smith to produce serigraphs to Smith’s specifications. Soska will discuss his relationship with Smith and reveal what he has learned from working closely with one of Canada’s leading modernist painters.

April 27 – May 20, 2017
Reception with face painting and button-making for kids: Sunday April 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
Free instrument-building and rhythm workshop with exhibiting artist Leonid Rozenberg: Sunday May 7, 2 – 4 p.m.

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Image credit: Mandala Drawings by Sandeep Johal

Join us for our 13th annual Start with Art exhibition. This truly unique show focuses on encouraging young people to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection – with a special price list just for kids 16 and younger! Exhibiting artists also offer advice for budding artists and frequently spark the idea in kids that one day their work could be shown in a gallery, too.

Artists: Natasha Broad, Amelia Butcher, Lisa Cinar, Sarah Clement, Shima Itabashi, Sandeep Johal,
Sean Karemaker, Anne Love, Ron Love, Monique McEwen, Liane McLaren, Kim O’Brien, Meghan Parker,
Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Leonid Rozenberg, Bronwyn Schuster, M. A. Tateishi, and Kate Whitehead

March 10 – April 22, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception: Sunday March 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

viveka invite front FINALThis immersive ceramics installation by Victoria-based artist Samantha Dickie uses visual and audible patterns to call attention to space and silence. ‘Viveka’ can be translated to ‘the radiance of discernment.’ Conceptually, this project is fueled by the artist’s curiosity about philosophy, neuroscience, and the brain, particularly the patterns of the mind, as well as the place of stillness within our current culture of continual movement.

Dickie writes: “The pervasive internal chatter that fills the moment-to-moment experience of our days leaves little room for space between thoughts; and the level of cultural and technological stimulus surrounding us, leaves very little silence.” Her intention, using visual and audible patterns, is to bring that space and silence into the foreground by exhibiting the sculptural objects as an immersive installation which creates relationships ‘between’ forms and draws attention ‘into’ forms. She is interested in a quality of observation which allows the pervasive space (not matter) to define and hold a form.

Viewers will engage with the work from multiple levels in a way that may be a departure from how they have previously experienced ceramic sculpture. The installation has over 550 components in total. A grouping of more than 150 abstracted simple salt- and soda-fired porcelain forms spread across a wall. An arrangement of individual, unglazed, porcelain sculptures are abstractions of cellular structures where space and form coexist as a matrix. A grouping of three large, hand-built, voluminous, spherical, hand-built sculptures stand on the floor surrounding a space where the viewer is invited to sit amongst the forms. Two spheres offer a tiny opening into the dark contained space inside.

In an interruption to the quiet gallery space, water becomes an instrument and random patterns of sound layer another sensory element to the installation. Drops fall in random patterns through a grouping of hand-built jet black stoneware pipes hanging from the ceiling onto piles of porcelain weathered stones strewn on the floor. The acoustics in our small gallery work to amplify and extend the aural experience, affecting the viewer’s relationship to the visual elements in the installation as well as influencing the creation of a subjective narrative that is inevitably individual to each viewer.

Samantha Dickie wishes to thank BC Arts Council for the Creation Grant she received to realize this work. Photo credit: Cathie Ferguson.

February 2 – March 5, 2017
Reception: Sunday February 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Talk/Tour: Sunday February 19, 2 p.m.
Free Drop-in Workshop: Sunday March 5, 2 – 4 p.m. In association with North Shore Art Crawl.

ISW invite front FINAL-01Artist Sarah Ronald shows new drawings, paintings, and installations which spur viewers to tune in and seek out the contradictions present in our daily lives, specifically around our relationships with wild animals in both suburban and natural environments.

Image credit (L to R) Double Bagged II, Double Bagged I, and Double Bagged III, 2016, pen and acrylic paint on paper, 13 x 15”

January 7 – 28, 2017
Reception and Awards Ceremony: Sunday January 8, 2 p.m.


Our annual ‘Discovery’ juried exhibition provides exposure to emerging artists. Juried by artist M.A.Tateishi, arts instructor Janet Wang (The Art Institute of Vancouver), and Seymour Art Gallery’s curator/director Sarah Cavanaugh, this year’s exhibition reflects the theme: BALANCE. The artists present work that is as varied as their backgrounds in this fresh and eclectic show, which includes drawing, painting, ceramics, mixed media, fibre art, video, and photography.

One artist will be presented with the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award, with a cash prize of $300 furnished by the gallery; honourable mentions will receive prizes donated by Opus Art Supplies and Kroma Acrylics.

Featuring: Fran Alexander, EJ An, Adele Maskwa-iskwew Arseneau, Shawn Becker, Marnie Boullard, Francine Drouin, Karen Evans, Marcelle Glock, Jenna Hardy, Jenny Hawkinson, Cath Hughes, Diane Isherwood, Lu Iz, Lisa Klepak, Thom Harvey Kline, Janna Kumi, Geri Lenic, Clarissa Long, Galit Mastai, Candice Okada, Barbara Pearson, Lori Popadiuk, Jennifer Pride, Charlotte Spafford, Robin Timms, Dominique Walker, and Amanda Wood.


November 23 – December 24, 2016
Meet the artists and enjoy homemade holiday baking at the reception, Sunday November 27, 2 – 4 p.m.


We have assembled a wonderful group of artists to help inspire your holiday shopping. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. Admission to our exhibitions is always free of charge. From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, we have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!

Adele Maska-iskwew Arseneau, Jenn Ashton, Liz de Beer, Megan Bennett, Tony Chotem, Heather Curry, Hope Forstenzer, Marina Georgiadis, Krista Gibbard, Connie Goldhawke, Suzanne Goodwin, Jodi Heinhorst, Beryl Hickinbottom, Shima Itabashi, Heather Johnston, Chi Cheng Lee, Joan Leslie, D’Arcy Margesson, Barb Matthews, Monique McEwen, Liane McLaren Varnam, Hilary Morris, Carolyn di Pasquale, Tamara Phillips, Jamileh Pourfouladchi, Sue Rankin, Sarah Ronald, Jennifer Skillen, Tannis Turner, Christine Waldie, Louise Walters, Doug Warren, and Kate Whitehead.

October 26 – November 19, 2016
Reception and Halloween Costume Party: Sunday October 30, 7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m.stories-for-children-invite-01

For years, glass artist Hope Forstenzer has been fascinated with classic children’s tales and their often sinister undertones. While researching the story of Cinderella for a stage production in New York in the mid-90s, Forstenzer realized how many cultures have used fear as a crucial storytelling device to shape children’s behaviour. These popular stories often serve as cautionary tales rife with terrifying figures and characters created to threaten kids with terrible consequences… if they don’t follow the rules.

Groups of colourful blown-glass balloons hang from the gallery’s ceiling, each balloon sandblasted with an image depicting the darkest characters from children’s stories and legends. The balloons are illuminated from within, creating a playful but unsettling juxtaposition between light and dark, joy and terror.

Elizabeth MacKenzie
UnBecoming: An Annotated Exhibition
September 14 – October 22, 2016
Reception: Sunday September 18, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Invite front FINAL-01Artist Elizabeth MacKenzie presents a new series of large-scale, drawing-based digital prints investigating the problematics of self-portraiture, along with two additional installations that annotate her creative process within the development of this work.

The passage from small drawing to large digital print heightens the ambiguity of the image. An installation opposite the prints offers a glimpse into the motive and method behind the work. The artist describes a collection of sketches, experiments, and fragments from past projects as a “genealogy” of her new work. A large mind map, rendered directly on another gallery wall, reflects her ruminations on this project.

Studio visits with a number of artist colleagues, from a variety of backgrounds, are crucial to MacKenzie’s process. These conversations will move into the gallery within a series of three public programs, noted below. This continuing dialogue will be documented within the artist’s blog.

Elizabeth MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based artist whose drawing installations have been shown across Canada including exhibitions at the Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery (Halifax), the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), and the Vancouver Art Gallery. A sessional instructor at Emily Carr University (Vancouver), MacKenzie has also developed numerous participatory drawing projects for adults and children at galleries, schools and community centres. She maintains an ongoing commitment to collaborative and community-engaged practices, critical writing and teaching.

Sunday September 18, 2 p.m. How it Begins:
Artist Elizabeth MacKenzie discusses the history and thinking behind her work during an exhibition tour

Saturday October 1, 2 p.m. How it Develops:
What role do other artists play in an artistic practice? A discussion with artists Elizabeth MacKenzie and Jin-me Yoon

Saturday October 22, 2 p.m. How it is Shared:
A discussion on the value of public engagement with artist Elizabeth MacKenzie and artist/arts programmer Cyndy Chwelos

AUGUST 17 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
Artist Talks: Sunday September 4, 2 p.m.

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Exploring local imagery, ‘FROM HERE: Heather Johnston and Laura Wallace’ combines graphic black and white photographic images of Metro Vancouver alongside large scale colourful screen-printed images in an exhibition that will provoke conversation among long-time residents and visitors alike.

Artist Laura Wallace’s screen-printed works act as ‘markers of place,’ taking inspiration from iconic neighbourhood signage as well as dramatic local landscape and weather. Transferred onto canvas with added layers of distress, photographer Heather Johnston’s modern-day photographs of local scenes capture the character and rich history in the city’s buildings and streets.

Vancouver-born photographer Heather Johnston has a special relationship to this area which is informed both by her own experiences as well as stories her mother and father shared. Her parents met during World War II and their relationship blossomed here; they enjoyed walking together in romantic Stanley Park, admired the Sylvia Hotel, and frequented Granville Street. When Johnston returned to Vancouver after living in England, where she earned a master’s degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London, she was again drawn to these and other iconic local places, and her Vancouver Collection seeks to reflect the city’s history and ‘soul.’

Laura Wallace was born in Winnipeg, but has spent most of her life in Vancouver. She completed what was then called the Capilano Commercial Art program and has since worked in design, advertising, and illustration. Her focus now turned to printmaking, Wallace appreciates the medium because it allows room for both intent and accident.

JULY 20 – AUGUST 13, 2016

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North Vancouver artist Ben Lim (1932-2016) began to work with clay seven years ago, after retiring from a successful career in graphic design. Lim quickly embraced his new creative outlet in ceramics and relished the challenges of creating in three dimensions. “I fell in love with clay,” he said. “I was surprised how quickly I was drawn in.”

With his popular animal sculptures, Lim was particularly interested in depicting their ‘personalities.’ His whimsical whales hint at the compelling balance between their great power and calm gentility, the regal grace of the crane is celebrated in his clean sculptures, and recent works showcase the fun-loving playfulness of the penguin. He carried his love for ceramics into printmaking, developing a unique method of printing from carved clay.

Chase the Setting Sun includes his recent ceramic sculptures, clay tablet prints, sketchbooks, and a collection of graphic design work. The exhibition also features an installation of ceramic birds, which were among the last pieces Lim made, and he passed away before they could be completed. They were recently glazed by his family, friends, studio colleagues, collectors, and the public in an artistic collaboration honouring his life and work.

At the request of the Lim family, 100% of sales will support BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, and the Seymour Art Gallery.

ART PARTY! Seymour Art Gallery’s Annual Fundraiser
JUNE 21 – JULY 16, 2016

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We kicked off our annual fabulous and eclectic local juried art exhibition on Tuesday June 21 at 7 p.m. The evening event, with free admission, featured a silent auction, live music by local musicians Brittany Ayton, Isaak Salomon and Colin Weeks, good food, and bad dancing!

The ART PARTY! exhibition showcases the art of more than 75 local artists, available for purchase at $100, $200 and $300. But don’t delay – work will be coming off the wall as it sells! Funds raised over the course of ART PARTY! help us in our ongoing support of local arts and culture through our exhibitions and related public programming.

Featuring artwork by: Renée Alexander, Wryly Andherson, Jane Appleby, Jenn Ashton, Janee Auger, Svetlana Bardos, Farnaz Battikhi, Erian Baxter, Alistair Bell, Megan Bennett, Vladimir Bezruc, Marguerita Bilac, Ray Bradbury, Vanessa Buck, Erin Bulycz, Judith Cahill, Sarah Cavanaugh, Neil Chung, Penelope Connell, Krystle Coughlin, Donna Cowan, Liz DeBeer, Tamana S.H. Djuya, Dorothy Doherty, Karole Doucette, Francine Drouin, Julian Duerksen, Jenny Edmunds, Karen Evans, Sara Gardner, Connie Goldhawke, Suzanne Goodwin, Faye Gordon Lewis, Ximeng Guo, Yvonne Hachkowski, Victor J. Harrison, Pamela Hart, Cath Hughes, Poesis Ililes, Diane Isherwood, Alissa Kim Tjen, Therese Lydia Joseph, Sherry Violette Klassen, Janna Kumi, Chi Cheng Lee, Anne Love, Ron Love, Doris MacDougall, Mena Martini, Domenica Mastromatteo, Diane Matheson, Barb Matthews, Shelley McDonald, Monique McEwen, Gynette Mercier, Jackie Miller, Mino, Hilary Morris, Ross Munro, Sonia Sehat Niaki, Kris Noble, Joyce Ozier, Barb Pearson, Nazila Rafizadeh, Sue Rankin, Gillian Read, Sarah Ronald, Leonid Rozenberg, Bronwyn Schuster, Phyllis Schwartz, Zhanna Shomakhova, Kira Sokolovskaia, John Steil, Joan Tayler, Tannis Turner, Kathy van Gogh, Liane McLaren Varnam, Laura Wallace, Joanne Waters, Sande Waters, Kate Whitehead, Wing Yee Wong, Alison Woodward, and Helen Yeung

MAY 11 – JUNE 18, 2016
Artist Talk: Sunday May 15, 2 p.m.
Deep Cove Films Screening: Saturday June 18, 2 p.m.

CF Invite frontSeymour Art Gallery presents an immersive video exhibition of 74 films made by the residents of eleven small and rural Canadian towns as part of the Canadian Frame(lines) community filmmaking project. With the guidance of BC-based filmmakers Alexandra Caulfield and Ryder Thomas White, each participant in this project was given basic instruction, a camera, a roll of black and white Super 8mm film, and creative freedom to make a movie about their community and what they thought of when they thought about home. What resulted was a collection of images as diverse as the country’s population. In tandem with the exhibition, the filmmakers behind this initiative will work with locals in Deep Cove to produce their own 3-minute films, which we will screen on the last day of the exhibition.

APRIL 6 – MAY 7, 2016
Sunday April 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
Meet the artists and enjoy button-making and face painting at our special reception
Sunday April 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Make winged creatures at a free drop-in art session with exhibiting artist Kate Whitehead
Saturday May 7, 2 p.m.
Free kids concert with multiple CCMA-award winning vocalist and songwriter Jessie Farrell and her band










Join us for our 12th annual Start with Art exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery! This truly unique exhibition focuses on engaging, inspiring, and encouraging children to appreciate, collect, and curate their own art collection. With an added emphasis on motivating children to create art, participating artists offer advice for budding artists, share childhood memories about art-making, and frequently spark the idea in kids that one day their work could be shown in a gallery too.

We’ve assembled a fantastic group of established artists who work in a diverse variety of media. The artwork is hung at “kids-eye-view” and is priced in a kid-friendly range, making Start with Art truly kid-centric.

Featuring artwork by:
Kristian Adam, Rachael Ashe, Michael Binkley, Yvonne Hachkowski, Andrea Hooge, Shima Itabashi, Julia Kreutz, Meghan Parker, Anne Love, Ron Love, Monique McEwen, Kim O’Brien, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Mary Anne Tateishi, Liane McLaren Varnam, Kate Whitehead and Arleigh Wood

MARCH 9 – APRIL 2, 2016
Reception: SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2 – 5 p.m.
Artist Panel: How We Live Together: SATURDAY MARCH 26, 1 p.m.PHANTOMS for web-01

Founded in 2010, Phantoms in the Front Yard is a Vancouver-based touring art collective with the mandate to challenge the contemporary Canadian art scene, reviving the human subject as muse. Figurative art has become the phantom of the fine art world, haunting both Modernism and Postmodernism with its ties to a classical tradition, refusing to be dismissed, ignored or forgotten.

The Phantoms exhibition SPACE revolves around the word itself and its various meanings, including the physical space of the venue itself. How does individual personal space relate to the physical space we share? Historically, Canadian artists have identified a sense of open geography – The North in its expanse beyond a sparse band of cities on a single national highway.

North Vancouver houses its own mythology of a vast wilderness beyond the back door. There are only two roads to cross from Capilano Lake to Alaska. Meanwhile we increasingly dwell in cities, which are themselves increasingly dense, North Vancouver’s rapid property development being no exception. On what scales do we map our daily experience? How do the individual spaces we inhabit sit and intersect within our larger geography? How do we affect the space around us, and how does it affect us?

Jeremiah Birnbaum, James Knight, Paul Morstad, Jay Senetchko, Jonathan Sutton, with guest David Vegt. Curated by Pennylane Shen

Image credit: Detail of January, Jonathan Sutton, acrylic on panel, 24 x 18”, 2016

Deep Cove: Then and Now | Photographs from the Deep Cove Heritage Society Collection
FEBRUARY 3 – MARCH 5, 2016
Artist Talk by Wendy Bullen Stephenson: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2 p.m.
Reception: SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Heritage Chat Group Meets in the Gallery: EVERY THURSDAY, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Looking back at Deep Cove’s “main drag” (formerly Second Street, now Gallant Avenue) and the waterfront, we explore the changing structures, businesses and landscape. The area continues to evolve, with eateries and posh boutiques now dotting this popular tourist destination. Presented in partnership with the Deep Cove Heritage Society.

Image credit: Photograph of Deep Cove, undated (c. 1940s), collection of Harley Dryhurst, DCHS-18

LINE: our annual juried Discovery exhibition for new and emerging artists
JANUARY 6 – JANUARY 30, 2016
Reception and Award Presentation: SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
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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.

Ryder White was presented with the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award, with a cash prize of $300 furnished by the gallery and a $300 gift card donated by Opus Art Supplies for his piece ‘Time Symmetry’. 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.

Exhibiting Artists: EJ An, Kate Arkiletian, Annette Arndt, Adele Maskwa-iskwew Arseneau, Jenn Ashton, Susie Benes, Sherry Cooper, Monica Gewurz, Jacky Hosford, Lisa Klepak, Janna Kumi, 
Marion Landry, Marlene Lowden, Patrick O’Neill, Barb Pearson, Kelly Radcliffe, Sam Reeve,
Jennifer Skillen, Bill Stewart, and Ryder White

Poetry Meets Art: Award-winning poet Fran Bourassa hosts as local writers read poems inspired by the exhibition. Poets: Sita Carboni, Alan Girling, Jaimie Ireland, Mariner Janes, Lindsay Kwan, Suzy Malcolm, Kyle McKillop, JD Morden, and Enrico Renz


Reception: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2 p.m.

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We have assembled a wonderful group of artists to help inspire your holiday shopping. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. Admission to our exhibitions is always
free of charge.

From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, we have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!

ART PARTY! The Seymour Art Gallery Annual Fundraiser
OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 14, 2015
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ART PARTY! is an annual fundraising event for the Seymour Art Gallery. The opening party on Wednesday October 28, with free admission, features a silent auction, live music by North Van musicians Brittany Ayton and Colin Weeks, good food, and bad dancing!

The exhibition will showcase the art of over 50 artists, which will all be available for purchase for $100, $200 and $300. Once the work sells, the buyer can take the art home and, hopefully, by the end of the exhibition, the Seymour Art Gallery’s walls will be bare!

After our opening party, the exhibition will continue through November 14. Funds raised over the course of this exhibition help us in our ongoing exhibition of Vancouver and BC artists, and related public programming.

Reception: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2 p.m.
Artist Talk with Ruth Scheuing: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2 p.m.
Artist Talk with Judson Beaumont:SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2 p.m.
Artist Talk with Sally Michener: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2 p.m.


“30 YEARS” highlights just thirty of the thousands of artists who have exhibited their work at the Seymour Art Gallery since it was established in 1985.


Children of Tomorrow
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AUGUST 12 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
Artist Nancy Bleck and Tsleil Waututh Nation councillor Charlene Aleck in conversation: SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2 p.m.
Reception: SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 3 p.m.


Kinder Morgen in the German language directly translates as ‘Children Tomorrow’, and artist Nancy Bleck ironically makes reference to the Texas-based energy corporation, and includes this same phrase for Children of Tomorrow in the Tsleil Waututh language — steʔəxʷəɬ ʔə ƛ wə weyələs — as a way to align with the indigenous cultural world-view of how things get done, always with an eye toward the seven generations yet unborn.

Through panoramic photographs intercepted with portraits of community members, Bleck, also known by her Coast Salish adopted name, Slanay Sp’ak’wus, considers the local waters of the Burrard Inlet and the Tsleil Waututh cultural practice of stewardship. This collaborative project asks visitors to consider how a vision of sustainability can be practiced across cultures, across generations, and over time. Says Bleck: “I am grateful to the Tsleil Waututh people I have come to know, and I am honoured to contribute through photography and in the larger work of learning how to become better stewards of
where we live through their strong example.”

Hay ce:p q ə si:yem, Councillor Charlene Aleck, Ts’simtelot, of the Tsleil Waututh Nation says: “Over the past 4-5 years Tsleil Waututh has been consistent with our message to big corporations doing business in our traditional territory. We have been stewards of our land and water since time out of mind and that has sustained for decades. We want our voice to be heard, our story to be told. In joining Nancy Bleck (Slanay Sp’ak’wus) gives us a beautiful opportunity to do just that.”

Kinder Morgan, whose operations are inside the traditional territory of the Tsleil Waututh Nation, face legal opposition from an indigenous community with a sacred obligation to protect the lands and waters. The Tsleil Waututh Nation unanimously agreed to oppose Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion carrying bitumen oil from the Alberta Tar Sands. Amy George, also known as Ta‘ah (grandmother) famously invoked the community to ‘Warrior Up!’

A 10-minute sound piece was created in collaboration with Métis-Cree media artist Kamala Todd, in conversation with Tsleil Waututh elders Deanna George and Ernest George, speaking to the youth of today. Says Todd: “Having grown up in beautiful Coast Salish territory, I have learned so many stories, and I am so grateful to live here. Tsleil Waututh people have taught me so much about our responsibilities to the land and waters. My family and I stand with the Tsleil Waututh Nation
in their commitment to protecting this place for all.”

Nancy Bleck: Born in 1969, Toronto, Canada. Daughter of immigrants from Berlin, Germany. Bleck’s interests in contemporary photography and social practice are informed by feminist philosophy, sustainable and indigenous cultures. Co-founder of the Uts’am/Witness project (1997-2007), Nancy was adopted by the Squamish Nation with the name ‘Slanay Sp’ak’wus’ (2001). Recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of Arts, Culture and Design (2007).

A hardcover book titled ‘Picturing Transformation, Newx-ayanstut’, showcasing her photography over fifteen years, Figure 1 Publishing, (2013). She holds a BFA, Emily Carr University, (2000), MA in Fine Art, MaHKU, The Netherlands, (2005), and is an educator at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Nancy has worked in the field of visual arts in cities worldwide including, Toronto, Berlin, Prague, Utrecht, and currently, Vancouver, BC, on Coast Salish lands.

SHIFT exploring layers of perspective
July 8 – August 8, 2015
Artist talks: Sunday July 12, 2 p.m.
Reception: Sunday July 12, 3 p.m.

‘SHIFT’ includes oil paintings by visual artist Barbra Edwards and sculptural feltmaking by fibre artist Fiona Duthie. Both artists use local, natural materials and subject matter in their work with a focus on texture, layers, and colour relationships. Although the artists feel a deep artistic connection, their works are produced autonomously in their respective studios on separate Gulf Islands. In bringing their pieces together, the artists invite the viewer to draw connections between the works and notice their mutual perspectives.

Barbra Edwards’ paintings use dialogue between form and line to interpret her view of the environment on a cellular level. She explores sense of place and how each of us sees things from our own perspective. Edwards cites the natural environment as a major influence on her artwork, and her new series is textured, with vibrant colours surrounded by calm, atmospheric space. She lives and paints on Pender Island.

Fiona Duthie‘s sculptural felt garments employ geological surfaces created through fabric manipulation, stratified textiles and mapping imagery to explore biography and individual perspective. There is a sense of movement in each piece, inferring a geographical, emotional or mental shift. Fiona Duthie is an internationally recognized feltmaker known for her dynamic sculptural clothing and fibre artwork. Felting since 1996, Duthie has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island.

Iranian Door Knockers: Photographs by Alireza Jahanpanah
June 10 – July 4, 2015
Artist talk and screening of a short film about this project: Sunday June 14, 2 p.m.
Reception with live Iranian music by Nava Music Centre: Sunday June 14, 3 p.m.

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While travelling across Iran in urban and rural areas searching out indigenous and historical living spaces for a research project, architect and photographer Alireza Jahanpanah became interested in the beautiful and unique door knockers he encountered. The knockers, which are used to create a sound that sends a simple message from the outside in, came to represent a poetic expression of people, architecture, culture, and history.

Jahanpanah has researched the forging methods and designs utilized and will share the unique cultural and historical identity of door knockers as a nation’s relics plus the small part they play in Iran’s cultural heritage. Historically, men and women had separate knockers with different aesthetic characteristics and designed to produce a distinct sound which allowed the inhabitants to determine a visitor’s gender.

Jahanpanah is showing a selection from his collection of more than 2,500 photographs of Iranian door knockers, and two actual antique knockers. Jahanpanah was born in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to Canada in 2009.

COUNTING TO 1,000: John Steil
May 13 – June 6, 2015
Reception, Sunday May 24, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Talk, Saturday June 6, 2 p.m.

For a year and a half, artist John Steil was focused on numbers. It began on a 10-day road trip through the states, where the quiet contemplation of the road led him to notice the numbers all around him – on signs, shirts, cars, and more. He began to photograph them and, when he returned to Vancouver, he continued recording the numbers he encountered in everyday life. Striving to document numbers that were not always straight-forward, Steil amassed a diverse collection. The result is an engaging video projection showing sequential photographs of his ‘discovered’ numbers starting at one, counting up to 1,000, and then counting back down to one with a second set of unique photographs. John Steil is a Vancouver photographer, community planner, painter, printmaker, and poet.

SECRETS: m.a.tateishi
May 13 – June 6, 2015
Reception, Sunday May 24, 2 – 4 p.m.
Artist Talk, Sunday May 31, 2 p.m.

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m.a.tateishi’s vibrant mixed media paintings incorporate acrylic, ink, marker, charcoal, pastel, tissue, and resin on wood panel, and each piece is built up with least 15 layers. Tateishi considers each meticulous layer complete, and often painful to cover up. This unique process results in a colourful, vibrant, and glossy work revealing appealing glimpses of the skeletal layers underneath. Tateishi is a full-time artist who lives in Deep Cove and paints at her studio in East Vancouver.

April 15 – May 9, 2015
April 19, 2 p.m.: Meet the artists and enjoy free button-making and face painting at the reception
April 26, 12:30 p.m.: Free drop-in “build your own robot” session at with artist Kate Whitehead
April 26, 2 p.m.: Free original puppet show by Moth Orbit Object Theater
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Start with Art is an annual exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery. This exciting display aims to educate children and cultivate the love of art and art collecting. Established artists will exhibit artwork, offer advice for young artists, and share childhood memories about art-making.

We know some kids save up their allowance for this show, so artwork is priced in a kid-friendly range and is only available for purchase by kids 16 and younger. The purchasing and appreciation of art can be a very fulfilling experience, and this exhibition, displayed at “kids eye-view”, provides the opportunity for children to feel a sense of wonder and empowerment.

Featuring artwork by:
Michael Binkley, Tara Galuska, Krista Gibbard, The Insect Collective, Shima Itabashi, Anne Love, Ron Love, Monique McEwen, Kim O’Brien, Meghan Parker,Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Donny Sparrow,
Mary Anne Tateishi, Liane Varnam, Ola Volo, and Kate Whitehead


March 11 – April 11, 2015
Reception: Sunday March 15, 2 – 4 p.m.
Ink and Flesh Local writers perform poetry inspired by the works on display, Sunday March 29, 2 p.m.
Tattoo artists Nomi Chi and Alison Woodward sketch in the gallery, Sunday April 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

B.C. tattoo artists show photographs of their most memorable works on skin and discuss how they address, overcome, and embrace the challenges of tattoo as an artistic medium.

Artists: Nomi Chi, Ryan Halter, Gerry Kramer, Joel Rich, Alison Woodward, and Jesse Young


February 12 – March 8, 2015
Reception: February 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Curator Talk: March 7, 2:00 p.m.
Bookbinding Workshops: March 8, Kids 11:00 a.m. Adults 2:00 p.m.

“MAKE RE|MAKE UN|MAKE” highlights the work of six artists, each working in different media, whose work utilizes repetition as a device to investigate diverse ideas and themes. Repetition is intrinsic to each of these artists’ creative processes, and is used both formally and conceptually throughout the exhibition.

Neil Chung’s video installations use repetition of sounds as well as looping to create meditative rhythms that address our relationships with technology and nature. In the work of Suzanne Fulbrook repetition and disintegration are paramount; using a process of watercolour and saltwater on unprimed canvas to produce photorealistic result, the paintings are then soaked, scrubbed and run through a clothing mangle, squeezing the once vibrant image into a vestige. Yvonne Hachkowski uses traditional methods of photography that call attention to ideas about the finite vs. infinite, while observing and recording the state of changing landscapes as a consequence of human contact. Elizabeth MacKenzie uses repetition in her growing series of ink drawings on rice paper to consider and affirm difference through the archetypal figure of Frankenstein’s monster. Tamara Skubovius employs repetition to tell stories about the land and those who inhabit it, and through the process of casting, creates serial objects that hold cultural symbolism and contemporary significance for the Tāltān First Nation. Janice Wu’s realistic gouache paintings illustrate her habit of collecting mundane objects, and present the symbolic and sentimental qualities these objects possess that extend further than their use or worth within material culture.

A limited-edition publication accompanies the exhibition. As several of the artists reside outside of Vancouver, each artist was asked to respond on paper to four questions about their artistic processes, using a standard page size. When the artists completed this ‘visual interview,’ the pages were mailed to the curator and assembled for the publication. This offers a unique opportunity for viewers to bring part of the exhibition home with them.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth MacKenzie, Excerpts from Thy Creature series, 2014-ongoing, Ink on rice paper, Sizes vary: approx. 25 x 20 cm to 28 x 22 cm, Courtesy of the artist.

FIRE: our annual juried Discovery exhibition for new and emerging artists
January 17 – February 7, 2015
Poetry Meets Art: An Afternoon of Poetry Inspired by the Artwork, Sunday January 25, 2:00 p.m.

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Our annual discovery juried exhibition provides exposure to emerging artists. The jurors, artist Joan Skeet, Seymour Art Gallery’s Curator/Director Sarah Cavanaugh, and Interim Curator Dr. Hilary Letwin have selected artists to exhibit. Each has created a piece that reflects our theme: FIRE. The result is a fresh and eclectic show, with the artists presenting work that is as varied as their backgrounds; encompassing painting, ceramics, glass, mixed media, and photography.

Michael Fitzsimmons received the Carole Badgley Emerging Artist Award and $300 cash prize, furnished by the Seymour Art Gallery for his painting Trinity”. Peter Sickert received an Honourable Mention and $150 Gift Card, donated by Opus North Vancouver for his painting “TERRE DES HOMMES: THE END OF AN ERA”, and Suzanne Laird received an Honourable Mention and set of 10 artist quality acrylics, donated by Kroma Acrylics for her sculpture “Hopeless.”

Exhibiting Artists: Anson Aguirre Firth, Larissa Blokhuis, Kiranjot Bal, Shane Bourgeois, Tieabow,
Heather Curry, Dorothy Doherty, John Duncan, Karisa Evdokimoff, Michael Fitzsimmons, Judith Frigon, Joan Gauthier, Monica Gewurz, Faye Gordon-Lewis, Denise Grams, Alissa Kim Tjen, Suzanne Laird, Mena Martini, Gabriele Maurus, Marion Maxwell, Jaime Murdoch, Joyce Ozier, Karen Santos, Shamina Senaratne, Peter Sickert, Bill Stewart, and Jeff Wilson.

Featured Poets: Fran Bourassa, Dennis E. Bolen, Suzy Malcolm, Bonnie Nish, Jamie Reid,
Timothy Shay, and RC Weslowski.


WINTER GIFT GALLERY: A unique selection of gifts by local artists
November – December 24, 2014
Meet the artists and enjoy homemade holiday baking at the reception:
Sunday November 16, 2014 2:00-4:00 p.m.

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It’s that time of year again…

We have assembled a wonderful group of artists to help inspire your holiday shopping. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. Admission to our exhibitions is always free of charge.

From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, we have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!

October 21 – November 8, 2014

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‘ART PARTY!’ is a fundraising exhibition and evening event supporting the non-profit
Seymour Art Gallery. All original artwork by more than 40 established and emerging local artists will be sold at $100, $200 or $300.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on October 21 for a FREE party with live music by the incomparable DJ/violinist Michael Fraser, affordable awesome local art, munchies, good refreshments, and bad dancing!

REINVENTING THE CLASSICS: Contemporary Responses to Old Master Prints
September 10 – October 18, 2014
Reception: Sunday, September 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free Public Lecture: Sunday, September 28, 2:00 p.m.: “You Can’t Take It  With You: Renaissance Souvenirs,”
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This exhibition features the work of six contemporary artists, who work in a variety of media and styles, and who are responding to two old master prints depicting Classical art and architecture. The earlier print is an engraving published in 1553, picturing an “accurate” antique portrait bust of the philosopher, Aristotle. The later print is an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) of the Aqua Vergine aqueduct in Rome, which is part of a series of prints after Roman ruins, published in 1756. Both prints show antiquity through the lens of their own times and were originally produced primarily as tourist souvenirs. The works by these six contemporary artists will present one more lens through which we might see these antiquities: the lens of today.

Featured Artists: Vahid Dastpak, Jeremy Hatch, Rose Kapp,
Joan Skeet, Louise Solecki Weir, Gerri York

MAIN + HASTINGS: Photographs by Ross den Otter

August 13 – September 6, 2014
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In his solo exhibition ‘MAIN + HASTINGS’, Vancouver-based photographer Ross den Otter documents street level views of Main Street and Hastings Street in Vancouver. Both streets are in the process of significant change, and house a mix of businesses and residential properties that could only exist in older neighborhoods, due to the grandfathering of permitted uses. These photographs offer a microcosm of the larger changes shaping the current and future developments of Vancouver and beyond.

HANDLE WITH CARE: Glassworks from Terminal City Glass Co-Op

July 9 – August 9, 2014
Reception: July 13, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Bead-Making Demo: July 27, 2:00 -4:00 p.m.

TCG Invite FINALGlassblowing, cane work, and etching are just some of the ways in which glass can be altered and transformed. This exhibition will showcase the glasswork made by a selection of artists from the Terminal City Glass Co-Op.  The objects created by these artists range from minute beadwork to large vessels, however all share a common fragility.

Larissa Blokhuis, Dylan Basford, Jan Bell-Irving, Hope Forstenzer, Jeff Holmwood, Heike Kapp,
Maria Keating, Heather Konschuh, Sonya Labrie, Ilona Lindsay, Laura Murdoch, Tara Pawson,
Melanie Rowe, Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Minori Takagi and Naoko Takenouchi

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Photos left to right: Leslie Rowe-Israelson, Deep Slump, 12”H x 14”W x 1”D. Heike Kapp, Coral Reef, 1.8”H x 4.5 1.8” in diameter. Jeff Holmwood, Vortex Vase, 10″H, off axis cane work. Heather Konschuh, First Light Bowls, 12.5” x 7” x 7”, 11” x 6.2” x 6.2”, hand blown glass.

OUT OF THE EARTH: Claire Olivier & Melanie Thompson

June 11—July 5, 2014
Artist Talk and Reception: Sunday June 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

OOTE BannerResidents of Salt Spring Island, Thompson and Olivier work to capture the essence of nature using two distinct artistic media. Thompson weaves natural materials into standing lamps, which cast a shadowed glow when illuminated. Olivier fashions her work by either coiling or slab-building clay, sometimes a combination of both, after which she fires these creations in a large pit using many organic materials. No two of their works are ever alike. Both artists seek to repurpose nature, building on the beauty found in their surroundings.

ORDINARY BEAUTY: Prints by L. LeMoine FitzGerald from the Burnaby Art Gallery Collection

April 30-June 7

Reception: Sunday, May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Lecture: Ian Thom, Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery Sunday, June 1, 2-4 p.m.

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The Seymour Art Gallery is delighted to present a selection of prints by the Group of Seven artist, L. LeMoine FitzGerald, on loan from the Burnaby Art Gallery. This exhibition will include a number of prints that FitzGerald made as correspondence cards for friends and acquaintances, many of which feature views of nature and cityscapes. FitzGerald excelled at picturing ordinary beauty in extraordinary ways.

Listen to a podcast about ORDINARY BEAUTY by Curator Dr. Hilary Letwin

Detail from L. LeMoine FitzGerald, Repro No.1, 1955, offset print on paper, 12.0 x 7.9 cm, Gift of Robert and  Margaret Hucal, Courtesy of the City of Burnaby Permanent Collection, Photography: Scott Massey

Start With Art: Our Celebrated Annual Exhibition for Children

April 2 – 27, 2014

Meet the artists and enjoy a puppet show, The Beanstalk, by Moth Orbit Object Theater at our special opening reception: Sunday, April 6, 2 – 4:30 pm

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Start with Art is an annual exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery.  This exciting exhibition, featuring 15 artists, aims to educate children in visual art and cultivate their love of art collecting. Established artists will exhibit artwork, offer advice for young artists, and share childhood memories about art-making.

We know some kids save up their allowance for this show, so artwork is priced in a kid-friendly range and is only available for purchase by kids 16 and younger. The purchasing and appreciation of art can be a very fulfilling experience, and this exhibition, displayed at “kids eye-view”, provides the opportunity for children to feel a sense of wonder and empowerment.

Participating Artists: Wryly Anderson, Michael Binkley, The Insect Collective, Shima Itabashi, Sean Karemaker, Meghan Leeburn, Anne Love, Caitlin McDonagh, Robin Reid, Sarah Ronald, Donny Sparrow, Minori Takagi, Mary Anne Tateishi, Liane Varnam, Kate Whitehead

BLUR: Lucida Lab Collaborative

March 5 – 29, 2014
Reception: Sunday March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: Sunday March 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

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Lucida Lab Collaborative is a recent collaboration of two Vancouver-based artists, Kristina Fiedrich and Annie Briard. Their partnership stems from a desire to have their perceptions confronted, mediated and sharpened by one another in order to find new possibilities for growth and transformation.Blur consists of a rich, interdisciplinary body of work comprising video, animations, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and assemblages. Each work is based on the collaboration’s guiding principles and desire to explore embodiment through the distortions and modifications of the crystal, as both form and metaphor.

The work conducted within the collaborative follows a strict studio-based methodology and set of rules which embrace distortion, reorganization, collection and getting lost.  The artists explain: “The focus of our recent work, both independently and collaboratively, engages with embodiment – the everyday attunement and experience of physicality – perception and the corporeal form. Through explorations of distortion, transformation and growth, we take up the representation and manipulation of the crystal and its habits as a means of examining bodily health, progress and metaphysical constructions of space.”

The crystal offers multiple viewpoints, refracted, distorted images, and divergent ideas. Alternatively, the crystal is also a means of focusing, narrowing and converging. Taking into consideration this dichotomous inward/outward lens, Lucida Lab embodies an evolution of growth, multiplicity and potentiality.

JANET WANG: archetypical

February 5 – March 1, 2014
The artist will be working on a site-specific piece in the gallery: Sunday February 9, 2-3 p.m.

Reception: Sunday February 9, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Janet Wang Invite Front FINALArchetypical examines the use of portraiture and its place in our digitized world through intimate and detailed egg tempera paintings layered on marble, glass, and even mirrors. The materials, construction, and presentation of the paintings are as important as the message of the work; they force the viewer to pause and consider the nature and construction of identity. By contextualizing contemporary portraiture through historical and literary allegories – archetypes such as the hero, trickster, and fool – this exhibition explores the politics of self and identity.

As the artist explains,”we advertise a notion of our self via selected snapshots and 140 character pithy updates; we answer rote questions of age, gender, and relationships on social media; we buy into virtual identities rather than actual ones.” Archetypical asks us to challenge our construction of ‘self’ in order to defy the superfluous categorization we subject ourselves to daily.

Wang problematizes not only modern modes of classification, but more ancient roles as well. She explains; “whether I seem to fall into the role of Martyr, Trickster, Fool, or Artist, I am challenging these patterns of behavior through adaptation of their physical manifestation.”

Although the painted portrait is equally unreliable, unstable, and constructed, Wang confronts the viewer with her work’s physicality and structure. She points out this instability through illusion, creating whimsical moments within the artwork, and showing the viewer how the work was assembled. Her “modern mythological figures” change as the viewer moves, showing us that neither they, nor our own identities, are fixed.

Discovery: AIR

The annual juried ‘Discovery’ exhibition for new and emerging artists

January 8 – February 1, 2014
Reception and Award Presentation: Sunday January 12, 2 – 4 p.m.

Poetry Meets Art: An Afternoon of Poetry Inspired by the Artwork: Sunday January 26, 2 p.m.

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Winter Gift Gallery
November 19 – December 24, 2013
Meet the artists and enjoy homemade holiday baking at the reception:
Sunday, November 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

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We have assembled a wonderful group of artists to help inspire your holiday shopping. Buy from local artists and help support the arts in your community. Admission to our exhibitions is always free of charge.

From scarves to paintings, jewelry to pottery, we have your holiday gifts here – along with the perfect card to place on top!

Featured artists: Daniella Amit, Pavel Barta, Megan Bennett, Larissa Blokhuis, Josee Carriere, Tony Chotem, Penny Connell, Lina Cutnam, Liz De Beer, Karen Evans, Connie Goldhawke, Suzanne Goodwin, Jennifer Harwood, Jodi Heinhorst, Beryl Hickenbottom, Bruce Hodgson, Shima Itabashi, Heather Johnston, Chi Lee, Meghan Leeburn, Ben Lim, Barb Matthews, Hilary Morris, Sue Rankin, Tannis Turner, Charles Van Sandwyk, Liane McLaren Varnam, Chris Waldie, and more!\

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Bio/Graphic: Autobiography in Comics

October 9 – November 16, 2013
Curated by Sarah Cavanaugh and Luke Krienke
Panel discussion with Sarah Leavitt, Jason Turner and Colin Upton: Sunday October 20, 2 – 3 p.m.
Reception: Sunday October 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m.


Bio/Graphic: Autobiography in Comics examines the craft of telling personal stories through comics by showcasing the work of six Metro Vancouver artists. The artists featured in the exhibition – Sean Karemaker, Sarah Leavitt, Miriam Libicki, Megan Speers, Jason Turner and Colin Upton – come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and this diversity is reflected in the different themes, techniques and artistic styles evident in the original artwork on display in the gallery.

Vancouver artist Sean Karemaker’s vignettes of everyday life break the constraints of the traditional comic book panel. Spanning desolate landscapes and bleak cityscapes, Sean’s stories combine marker, acrylic, and gouache with hand-lettered text boxes.

Sean’s self-published comic is called Astronaut Journal for a reason: “I grew up in a small house in the woods, and my parents were sort of hippies, and we lived kind of off the beaten track. But coming to Vancouver… the social problems here were really overwhelming for me at first, and I felt kind of like a duck out of water, or an astronaut.”

Sparingly drawn in a simple yet accessible style, Sarah Leavitt‘s graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me is a heartbreaking account of her mother’s battle with progressive dementia. “I wanted to preserve as many of my memories about my mother as possible, including her illness,” Sarah explains. “At some level, I suspect it was also a way of trying to hold on to her, to keep her in the world even as she drifted away from me.

“Alzheimer’s does more than damage people’s memories. It affects language, movement, behaviour, everything. I wanted to record the experience and share it with other people — not as a book of advice or anything, but as a story… something compelling that would draw people in and have a strong impact.”

Since 2005, Vancouver-based Miriam Libicki has been writing, drawing, and publishing jobnik!, a comic book about her life in the Israeli Defense Forces during the second Intifada of 2000-2002. This series – now in its tenth issue – is rendered in soft pencil with hand lettering on illustration board, and the original artwork reveals guideline sketches and perspective lines in non-photo blue pencil. This work will be shown alongside her series of vivid watercolour-painted comics which explore her own identity and cultural history.

Megan Speers quietly broke into comics with her autobiographical book Wanderlust. Eschewing text, this story of a young punk finding her way through a city’s underground is told entirely in pantomime, via a series of woodblock engravings. The exhibition will display a series of the wooden blocks she carved alongside a copy of the limited edition, hand-bound book she printed from the woodblocks.

“I created this book as a way of talking about my experiences as a teenager being pretty broke and being a punk kid,” Megan says about the evolution of her book. “It was about my place within the system of being poor, being young, living in a small town where there weren’t a lot of resources for youth or things to do in general, because that’s what I knew.”

Drawing in a loose yet bold style in pen and ink, Jason Turner has been publishing comics since the late 1980s. In the year leading up to his 40th birthday, Turner chronicled each month of his life in a separate comic; this exercise resulted in a self-published set of 12 comics entitled Year 40.

Jason has been reading and drawing comics since he was a kid. “The first comic I ever finished was a slavish recreation of the Robert Altman Popeye movie with my own characters. I was obsessed with it and had a photo comic of the movie, so my comic was based on that. It was 30 pages or so. The comic is lost to the ages, unfortunately.”

Colin Upton was at the crest of a new wave of autobiographical comics in the late 80s and early 90s. Employing a wide range of media including acrylics, pen and ink, and gouache, he continues to be one of the most prolific creators working in the genre. The city of Vancouver has a major role in Upton’s stories about his encounters on public transit, and in the streets and alleyways of the city.

This exhibition was co-curated by Seymour Gallery curator Sarah Cavanaugh and guest curator Luke Krienke. Cavanaugh is excited about bringing this talented and eclectic group of local artists together for the exhibition and programs.  “Comics are a uniquely accessible medium for readers because you can’t help but be drawn into the narrative through the artwork”, she notes. Cavanaugh hopes that the exhibition will “inspire visitors to embrace the ‘do-it-yourself’ nature of comics and start to record their own stories”.


September 10 – October 5, 2013
Our annual fundraising exhibition and party – local art at $100, $200, and $300
Free Opening Reception and Party: Tuesday September 10, 7 p.m.

Art Party invite (side)‘ART PARTY!’ is a fundraising exhibition and evening event supporting the non-profit Seymour Art Gallery.  All original artwork by more than 50 established and emerging local artists will be sold at $100, $200 or $300.

At the ‘ART PARTY!’ kickoff event, enjoy live music by the incomparable DJ/violinist Michael Fraser who “tastefully pairs jazz violin improvisation with funky aged gypsy disco beats”. If that’s not enough, come for the silent auction, munchies, good refreshments, and bad dancing!

Luke Parnell: Transformation and Renewal
July 30 – September 7, 2013
Guest-curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
Artist Talk: Sunday, August 11, 2 p.m.
Reception: Sunday August 11, 3 – 5 p.m.
Carving Demonstration: Sunday, August 18, 2 p.m.

Luke Parnell_LRWorking in the artistic traditions of his Nisga’a and Haida ancestors, Luke Parnell integrates his training in traditional Northwest Coast carving techniques, styles, and imagery, with the skills and knowledge learned from his Western mainstream university art education. Through the use of narrative and recognizable Northwest Coast iconography Parnell comments on complex issues such as repatriation of cultural remains, cultural identity, and the survival and transformation of native culture and its interface with non-aboriginal cultures. As he explains, “My methodology is to protect cultural knowledge but still create art that is not devoid of meaning. I’ve done that by showing that my work is part of a lineage and not a break from ‘tradition.’”

For his exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery, curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Parnell showed three works. Phantom Limbs, 2010, a major installation of 48 carved basswood figures in Plexiglas boxes arranged in a grid on the floor of the gallery, is a reference to the repatriation of Haida remains from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to their ancestral grounds on Haida Gwaii.  Epistemological Conundrum, 2013, is a totem pole whose carved images question the value and relationship of traditional aboriginal versus Western educational systems. The newest work, a wall relief and mask that feature the trickster character Raven, is based on the imagery of a Haida mortuary pole and addresses the topic of how Western interpretations of Northwest Coast iconography and visual language have transformed its meaning.

Originally from Prince Rupert, BC, Parnell earned a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design and a Master of Applied Arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His traditional training was a three-year apprenticeship with Master Tsimsian carver Henry Green. Parnell teaches at the college and university level and is currently teaching at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His art was featured in the two-person exhibition, past now at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, ON in 2010, and he has been included in many group exhibitions, including those at the Vancouver Opera (2013), the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (2012), and Emily Carr University (2012).  Parnell has been honoured with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (2013) and received the Winsor Gallery Graduate Student Award for 2012 at Emily Carr University.

Troy Gronsdahl: The Knot
July 3 – 27, 2013
Artist Talk: Sunday July 7, 2 p.m.
Reception: Sunday July 7, 3 – 5 p.m.

Troy Gronsdahl: The Knot

The Knot is an exhibition that juxtaposes projected video with a pair of text based works and a full scale wooden reproduction Deep Cove’s iconic lifeguard chair. The installation considers the artist’s relationship to the landscape; a site of personal significance complicated by histories of colonization and settlement.

Troy Gronsdahl is an artist and cultural worker based in Saskatoon, Canada. Gronsdahl maintains an active interdisciplinary art practice, producing music for national and international release under the moniker soso, and exhibiting visual art at the local and national levels. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University through their low residency graduate program.

Forms of Nature: Pavel Barta & Mary-Jean Butler
June 4 – July 1, 2013
Artist Talks: Sunday June 9, 2 p.m.
Reception: Sunday June 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

Forms of Nature

Forms of Nature is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of North Shore artists Pavel Barta and Mary-Jean Butler. Inspired by the local landscape, these artists use the mediums of sculpture and oil paint, respectively, to interpret natural forms and environments.

Pavel Barta was born in the Czech Republic and now lives and works in North Vancouver. He creates stone, bronze and fiberglass sculptures that can be found in galleries and as public art installations across Canada.

West Vancouver artist Mary-Jean Butler’s oil paintings reflect the rugged landscape of British Columbia’s mountains and coastline. An education in both fine art and graphic design plays a strong role in the stylization of her work. Her artist studio is situated amongst the trees, cliffs and water shown in the landscapes she paints.

Liana Sipelis: BC 5×3
May 7 – June 1, 2013
Artist Talk: Saturday May 11, 2 p.m.
Reception: Saturday May 11, 3 – 5 p.m.

Liana Sipelis: Lucky

BC 5×3 is a collection of photographs taken by photographer Liana Sipelis while she travelled through British Columbia: Tofino, Merritt, Bella Coola, Vancouver, and Mount Seymour in North Vancouver.  There are five groups of three images, and each triplet is distinct due to place, time of day, and the colour palette of the area.  These groupings explore emotive environments, intense colour fields, textures, and multiple possible readings afforded by abstraction.

Liana Sipelis is a photographer and architect based in Deep Cove, BC. She uses a medium-format Hasselblad camera and is primarily self-taught. Her design background influences her interest in photographic abstraction and she prefers strong graphic images. Her work has been exhibited in the Monochrome (2007), Nocturne (2007) and Vancouver (2008) group shows at the Exposure Gallery, as well as in the Photography 2012 group exhibition at Artworks gallery in Vancouver, BC. For her first solo show, she presented her ice images in Atmospheres at the Artemis Gallery in North Vancouver.  Sipelis is a practicing architect with a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University.

Start with Art
April 10 – May 4, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday April 9, 6 – 8 p.m. Meet the artists and enjoy popcorn and candy!
Free original puppet show: Sunday April 21, 2 p.m. “The Dream Tree” by Flying Pig Puppet Company

SWA 2013_web Start with Art is an annual exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery brought back each year by popular demand. This exciting exhibition aims to educate children and cultivate the love of art and art collecting. Established artists will exhibit artwork, offer advice for young artists, and share childhood memories about art-making.

We know some kids save up their allowance for this show, so artwork is priced in a kid-friendly range and is only available for purchase by kids 16 and younger. The purchasing and appreciation of art can be a very fulfilling experience, and this exhibition, displayed at “kids eye-view”, provides the opportunity for children to feel a sense of wonder and empowerment.

Featuring artwork by: Wryly Anderson, Michael Binkley, Tania Gleave, Shima Itabashi, Peter Kiss, Anne Love, Ron Love, Robin Reid, Rosalind Rorke, Bennett Slater, Donny Sparrow, Mary Anne Tateishi, Gaye Tyson, Liane McLaren Varnam, Sande Waters, and Alison Woodward.

Les Manning: Common/Opposites
March 5 – April 6, 2013
Artist Talk: Sunday March 24 2 – 3 p.m.
Reception: Sunday March 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Les Manning Cypress Basin_web

 In a bold departure from the practice which the internationally renowned ceramist developed and refined over the last two decades, the 19 sculptures in Common/Opposites combine Les Manning’s expertise and skill as a ceramist with passion and playfulness. Manning’s new works show a rich emotional and metaphorical register while drawing deeply upon his personal experiences and knowledge of Canada’s lands. Juxtaposing forms, textures and colour, Manning evokes the monumental reach of modernism as an artistic endeavour. Playful references to the humble objects of everyday lighten his sophisticated and contemporary appreciation of the more base aspects of nature, to reveal the rich and contradictory poetry of our ordinary world.

Les Manning was the Director of the Ceramic Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 20 years, and has contributed to ceramics world-wide as a teacher, lecturer, conference and symposium participant and organizer, as well as Vice President of the International Academy of Ceramics, founding member and Vice-President of the Alberta Craft Council and first President of Canadian Craft Council. His work has been shown around the world, and is held in private, corporate and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Les Manning is the Senior Artist in Residence at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medicine Hat Historic Clay District, Alberta, and received the Order of Canada in 2012.

The exhibition Common/Opposites was curated by Joanne Marion and its tour organized by the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta.