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Opening Reception - "Impressions of Three"

Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford  V2T 6V6

Sat, Jan 10, 2015 - Tue, Feb 03, 2015

The Abbotsford Arts Council is pleased to present “Impressions of Three” at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford), a group exhibition featuring local artists Kathie Selinger, Ken Dawes and Jim Unger, to take place January 10 – February 3, 2015, with the opening reception to be held Saturday, January 10, from 6pm to 8pm. “Impressions of Three” showcases the work of three impressionist artists and how they each perceive nature and the world around them. Artistic mediums featured in the exhibit include acrylic paintings by Kathie Selinger and Ken Dawes and copper sculpture by Jim Unger. For additional information, please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at (604) 852-9358, by email at info@abbotsfordartscouncil.com, or visit our website at http://abbotsfordartscouncil.com/

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Interwoven Stories: Textiles, Costumes, Cultures - A Multicultural Fest

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street
Vancouver  V6A 4H5

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 - Sun, Feb 15, 2015

“Interwoven Stories: Textiles, Costumes Cultures – a Multicultural Fest” is an exhibition that celebrates the importance of cloth in cultures around the world and the meaning it holds for individuals. Textiles are incredibly intimate to our lives from birth to death. Stories are told on and embodied in cloth and people respond to this by continuing to make, use, collect, and adapt traditional textiles. Visitors will see similar materials and patterning processes that are used by widely dispersed communities – such as embroidery, indigo dye, and ikat weaving – but with expressions that are specific to one region or group of people. In creating this exhibition, we have been particularly interested to discover and share our lenders’ stories of family and cultural connections, travel memories, and experiences of living in other countries. In addition, we want to demonstrate how cultural beliefs and traditions are communicated and shared through textiles historically and today, both within and between specific cultural communities. Our objective is not to mount a comprehensive “world textiles” exhibition, or to display a complete survey of textiles from any particular country, but rather for viewers to gain a sense of the personal memories that are “wrapped up” in a piece of cloth. People feel connected to textiles from many different standpoints – as such, the exhibition includes favourite pieces of collectors, pieces that have historic or cultural significance, and pieces that show influences from other cultures. - Jean Kares, curator

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Nathan McNinch & Kevin Day - A Scanner Ubiquity

103-421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna  V1Y 6Z1

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - Sat, Mar 07, 2015

Ever wondered where all the personal information that we feed into the Internet ends up? So do Vancouver artists Nathan McNinch and Kevin Day. Their exhibition, A Scanner Ubiquity, on show at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from January 23 – March 7, collates samples of seemingly useless but readily available public information and turns it into works of art. Using kinetic sculptures throughout the gallery, their works examine, in various ways, everyday information and the use of that data in common applications. A participatory installation piece takes the form of several machines that retrieve physiological information (such as height and density) from the nearby audience; in real time, the data is then continuously printed on paper, creating something similar to a polygraph using the gathered information. The exhibition demonstrates the process by which human attributes become privatized and reduced to data and statistics, fully exploited in the information age. Can resistance be accomplished through induced obsolescence - by making the data non-functional through self-erasure, overabundance, translation, and exaggeration? Visit the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art between January 23 and March 7, 2015 to view the exhibition.

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'Full Circle' art show

Fort Gallery
Fort Langley  

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 - Sun, Feb 15, 2015

The Fort Gallery Artist Collective is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new art show. We are excited to present the alumni show 'Full Circle' featuring Suzanne Northcott, Nancy Crawford, Fiona Moes Pel, Susan Falk, Donna Usher, Myrna Pfeifer, Betty Spackman, Richard Forbes and Terry Nurmi. Visit the website for more information and follow us on facebook and twitter.

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Double Opening Reception for Two New Exhibitions

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art - 103-421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna  V1Y 6Z1

Fri, Jan 30, 2015 - Sat, Mar 07, 2015

Please join us for a double reception celebrating our two new exhibitions: A Scanner Ubiquity - Kevin Day and Nathan McNinch Ever wondered where all the personal information that we feed into the Internet ends up? So do Vancouver artists Nathan McNinch and Kevin Day. Their exhibition, A Scanner Ubiquity, collates samples of seemingly useless but readily available public information and turns it into works of art. Using kinetic sculptures throughout the gallery, their works examine, in various ways, everyday information and the use of that data in common applications. A participatory installation piece takes the form of several machines that retrieve physiological information (such as height and density) from the nearby audience; in real time, the data is then continuously printed on paper, creating something similar to a polygraph using the gathered information. Exhibition on show from January 23 - March 7. AND As Composed by Poets and Liars - Kelsie Balehowsky and Lucas Glenn Co.(Members' Gallery) As Composed by Poets and Liars is an exhibition of collaborative prints created by two recent UBCO graduates, artists Kelsie Balehowsky and Lucas Glenn Co. The series, incorporating Kelsie's photography and the Company's typography, explores the emotional, rhetorical, and personal connections that music can have with an audience. Just under ten images, varying in intensity and subject matter, refer to their own interpretive processes and at the same time express conundrums of personal truth and authorship. Exhibition on show from January 30 to February 21. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public

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Feb-March 2015 Exhibition at the Smithers Art Gallery

Central Park Building, 1425 Main St, Box 122
Smithers  V0J 2N0

Tue, Feb 03, 2015 - Sat, Mar 14, 2015

The Smithers Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2015 proudly showcases the work of three local artists: Sherry Nielsen & Dawn Remington (Main Gallery) and David Mio (Mini Gallery). Nielsen and Remington had a lot of fun working together on this show, sharing through their paintings their passion for the mountains and rivers of the north in “This Place We Call Home”. Mio’s first-ever exhibition in a public gallery, “Expressions”, showcases works in which he captures on canvas the expressed beauty of a landscape, the expressed mood and personality of a portrait, or the expressed energy and movement of the human body. Opening Reception: Friday February 6th, 7-9pm. Come along and meet the artists – all welcome, free admission and open to all members of the public. Appetizers are provided. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-4pm.

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Gallery Reception: A Tale of Two Countries

Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware Street
Abbotsford  V2T 6V6

Sat, Feb 07, 2015 - Tue, Mar 03, 2015

The Abbotsford Arts Council is pleased to present local artist Serena Trinder at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford) in a solo exhibition taking place on February 7 – March 3, 2015, with the opening reception to be held Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 6pm to 8pm. Serena’s exhibit titled, “A Tale of Two Countries,” explores man’s changing relationship with his environment. “This collection of works is meant to evoke memories of wonder and joy and take the viewer on a journey as they travel through the beautiful landscapes of transatlantic cousins, Canada and Britain,” says Serena. Having moved to Canada from Dorset, England in 2010, Trinder now lives in Mission, B.C. She creates work inspired mainly by landscapes and architecture, strongly influenced by the great European stained glass windows, which she visited during her childhood. While in England, Serena sold private work and illustrated books. Since arriving in Canada, she has exhibited in several private galleries throughout the Fraser Valley and held two exhibitions at the Mission Arts Centre. In 2013, she was awarded the Muse Award in the Visual Arts: Emerging Artist category.

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When a Tree Falls

Storefront Studio 1144 - 4th Avenue
Prince George  V2L 3J3

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Storefront Studio in Prince George opens new exhibitions during Canada Winter Games. Guest artist Joanna Smythe has created two new works, When a Tree Falls and Winged. These works explore the romaniticized and constructed way we interpret our relationship with the environment. Winged is a kinetic sculpture made of cast paper from local high-grade pulp, and When a Tree Falls uses three-dimensional objects from the forest to create a two-dimensional image.

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Tony Wilson & A Day's Life Band - Multi-media performance and CD release

Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street
Vancouver  V6B 3L4

Fri Feb 13, 2015

On Friday February 13 Tony Wilson, hailed as “unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene”, brings to Pyatt Hall a multi-media performance of Tony Wilson & A Day’s Life Band. This presentation merges the music of the A Day’s Life Band, a collection of some of the finest musicians and improvisers in Canada; narration by musician/artist Chad MacQuarrie; dance by Kokoro artistic director Barbara Bourget; projected images by artist & photographer Zoée Montpetit; and sign language interpretation by Maggie Harkins. Wilson’s 2012 novella, A Day’s Life, is a raw fictional account of a day in the life of a crack-addicted musician who lives and busks on the streets of the DTES. While writing the book, Wilson composed the music, inspired by the plight and lives of the homeless and drug addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This performance marks the official CD release of the novella’s companion music on the Drip Audio label. From the project’s genesis Tony has envisioned this unique multi-discipline interpretation. He regards the opportunity to include sign language as a way to show sign language as an art form little known to the hearing public, and naturally the signing, along with the visual elements (projections and dance), mean the performance can be enjoyed by the hearing impaired. In addition, the subject matter of the text, dealing with various social issues that plague the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, will be presented in a unique way. There are no moral outcomes here; just the story itself which leaves the audience to make their own decisions on the lives lived by the homeless and drug addicted.

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Vancouver Chamber Choir - The Lover's Art

Ryerson Church (Kerrisdale)
Vancouver  

Fri Feb 13, 2015

Start your Valentine celebrations the night before. The music is calculated to give you a lift, with lovesongs and some lifesongs. Certainly some wonderful poetry. Featured guest artists are duo-pianists Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas. Repertoire: Johannes Brahms (Neue Liebesliederwalzer), Alice Parker (Songstream), Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Suite), Carl Orff (Lovers' Excerpts from Carmina Burana).

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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Presents: Shakespear In Love (Deloitte. masterworks IV)

Theatres in Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon (see website)
Kelowna  

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 - Sun, Feb 15, 2015

Come with us to a land of fairies. Actor Maureen Thomas and the OSO bring Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream to life through the magical score of Felix Mendelssohn. We also explore the tragic side of Shakespeare in Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture in our annual side-by-side performance with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. Program: Christos Hatzis, The Night is Full of Noises Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream Guest Artists: Maureen Thomas, Actor Carmen Harris, Soprano Mia Harris, Soprano KSS Women's Chorus Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert Sponsor: TD Friday, February 13, 8:00pm Kelowna Saturday, February 14, 7:30pm Penticton Sunday, February 15, 7:00pm Vernon

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Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Lover's Art

Ryerson Church (Kerrisdale)
Vancouver  

Fri Feb 13, 2015

Bring your sweetheart and all your friends to our Valentine's Eve concert. The music is calculated to give you a lift, with lovesongs and some lifesongs. Certainly some wonderful poetry - from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Stephen Sondheim. Featuring duo-pianists Linda Lee Thomas and Terence Dawson. Repertoire: Johannes Brahms (Neue Liebesliederwalzer), Alice Parker (Songstream), Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story Suite) Carl Orff (Lovers' Excerpts from Carmina Burana).

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Migrant Bodies Project

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street
Vancouver  V6B 2G6

Wed Feb 18, 2015

A public sharing of work developed by dance artists from Vancouver, Montreal, France, Italy and Croatia through the Migrant Bodies Project, an international choreographic research project which aims to use artistic and cultural tools to open up a civil reflection on migration in European and Canadian societies. Free admission.

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WordStorm

The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace St.
Nanaimo  V9R 5B7

Tue Feb 24, 2015

WordStorm! WordStorm - Nanaimo's popular Spoken Word and Open Mike event takes place at The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace Street, Nanaimo on the last Tuesday of the month. Come just to listen and be entertained, or sign up for Open Mike and be part of the entertainment. Everyone is welcome! On February 24th, WordStorm's featured performers will be: Andrea McKenzie Raine, Andrea Routley and Lorne Daniel. Reservations are recommended. Consider coming early for dinner or a snack at The Vault 250-591-0776. For WordStorm itself, doors open at 6:30 and the program begins with Open Mike at 7:00. To reserve for WordStorm, email David at ascentaspirations@gmail.com

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12 Minutes Max Studio Showing

Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street
Vancouver  V6B 2G6

Wed Feb 25, 2015

The Dance Centre’s 12 Minutes Max series showcases innovative new works lasting twelve minutes or less. Four emerging artists - Julia Carr, Dario Dinuzzi, and Natalie Gan in collaboration with Francesca Frewer – will give an informal studio showing of works they have developed at Scotiabank Dance Centre, with mentorship and critical feedback from a panel of guest curators: Corey Philley, Kathryn Ricketts, and George Sipos.

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Chinese Henan Woodblock New Year Prints Exhibition

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum, 555 Columbia Street
Vancouver  V6A 4H5

Sat, Feb 28, 2015 - Sun, Apr 12, 2015

Chinese woodblock prints is one of the most important art forms among Chinese folk arts. Chinese people love to celebrate the Spring Festival (Lunar Near Year Day) by putting up the New Year woodblock prints on walls which express their spirits, emotions and happiness. Henan Province is the birthplace of Chinese civilization and has a special significance in Chinese history. During Xia Dynasty (c. 2070 – c. 1600 B.C.E.) to Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127 A.D.), more than twenty dynasties either established their capitals at or moved their capitals to this region where the civilization flourished. Henan, the political, economic and cultural centre of ancient China for thousands of years, is also the birthplace of Chinese New Year woodblock prints. The Henan woodblock prints are rich in content. Most of them were created based on folklores, myths, legends, theatre characters, common life and auspicious patterns. Its exquisite compositions, vibrant colors, bold but delicate strokes, embody the simplicity and openness of Henan people. The exhibition is in both English and Chinese. Opening Reception: Saturday February 28th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00pm (free and open to the public) Exhibition dates: February 28 – April 12, 2015 Tuesday – Sunday 11am-5pm $3/adult, $2/senior or students. Free on Tuesdays. Members free. Organizer: Chinese Henan Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage Co-organizer: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, Kaifeng City Museum, Anyang Museum

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