Silk Purse Arts Centre Exhibitions

Exhibitions of work by artists in our community, on view in the Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave. West Vancouver. Viewing Hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 12m-5pm, Winter Hours: 12-4pm

    • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    • Sunday, February 02, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre

    Artwork from the You Are Here 2020 Calendar featuring scenes of the North Shore by local artists: Jenn Ashton, Sahar Banisoltan, Tim Bennison, Miles Brook, Victoria Eftimova, Geoffrey Caofei Feng, Martin Henry, Danyne Johnston, Lucas Kratochwil, Shelley McDonald & Kim Rosin

    Theses stunning works of art were used to create a 2020 calendar that is being used as a promotional & fundraising tool for the upcoming North Shore Cultural Mapping Project, spearheaded by  North Van Arts. The North Shore Cultural Map will showcase the art & cultural diversity of the North Shore, including the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Learn more about the Cultural Mapping project.

    Opening Reception Thursday January 23, 6-8pm. Everyone welcome!

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    • Tuesday, February 04, 2020
    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    Artists Diane Akey, Aiden Fisher-Lang & Peter Winnett examine notions of happiness & ideals through explorations in pattern, media, rhythm & bold colours. 

    Akey's explorations in mark making & colour studies use a variety of media including acrylics, charcoal, paper & 'skins' created from stripping media from other paintings. These lively, emotive abstracts & portraits express the wonder & joy of creating while celebrating the artist's muses. 

    Fisher-Lang's work captures his love of colour while exposing the ideals that matter most to him through paintings in watercolour, acrylic & marker. Using geometric patterns & stylized iconography, Fisher-Lang represents versions his favourite locations & concepts like 'home' & community'.

    Winnett creates bold works incorporating labels from commercial goods into gestural figurative & semi-abstract oil paintings representing the archetypal 'Seven Deadly Sins'. Turning his eye towards our pursuits of happiness & material wealth, Winnett's work asks us to question our ideals, goals & methods of achieving them. 

    Opening Reception Tuesday February 4, 6-8pm. Everyone welcome!

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • Sunday, March 15, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre

    SPECTRUM is an exciting, annual exhibition celebrating the talented & diverse artists in our community! Following an open invitation, 25 established & emerging artists will showcase work in a broad spectrum of styles & media.

    For 2020 artists are responding to our call to have a Cultural Conversation on Climate Change. These works will explore the relevant themes of sustainability, industrialization, preservation & the effects of the climate crisis, while examining what the arts can do to impact & improve the future of our home.

    By creating an inclusive & level playing field, SPECTRUM shines a light on these gifted artists at varying stages in their careers; offering them the opportunity to exhibit (some for the first time!) & bringing them together to make new connections & strengthen the arts community.   

    Opening Reception Tuesday February 24, 6-8pm. Everyone welcome!

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • Sunday, April 05, 2020
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    Painters Emilie Nunez &  Julian Growcott invite us to wander through dream-like lands filled with enigmatic characters, mysterious wildlife & surreal scenes. 

    Nunez's vibrant & illustrative paintings take viewers on a journey through the cycles of re-growth shared by people & the land they inhabit. Focusing on the representation of women, Nunez merges portraits & BC’s landscape, highlighting their collective strength & resilience. These expressions of female narratives are enhanced through their relationships to the fairytale like forests, mountains & lakes from which they emerge & inhabit.

    Growcott paints starkly focused modern landscapes with surreal imagery. Influenced by lucid dreams & childhood memories of England; his subjects are as diverse as village streets, smoky factories amid pastoral countryside & high-rise buildings, most with a backdrop of curious cloud formations. Some images look like one subject but on closer inspection are quite another.

    Opening Reception Tuesday March 17, 6-8pm.
    Everyone welcome!

2020 Art Exhibitions

Cherry Blossoms: A Textile Translation April 7 - 26

CONNECT Silent Auction April 28 - May 3

Yeonmi Kim "Sewstainability"  May 5 - 24

Idiris Hudson, Pauline Lawson May 26 - June 14

North Shore Stroke Recovery Centre Art Therapy Program June 16 - July 5

Gina Leon, David Righton July 7 - 26

The Open Book Art Collective August 11 - 30

Edzy Edzed, Pierre Leichner "Feeling the Pull" September 1 - 20

Kirsten Chursinoff, Michael Ray, Wan Li Zhang September 22 - October 11

Laura Clark, Monica Nudelman October 13 - November 1

Kiranjot Kaur "Soverign Elevations" November 3 - 22

Hans Gray, Marguerite Mahy, Carrie Mishima, Riitta Peirone December 1 - 20

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