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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: Thursday-Saturday from 12-5pm & Sunday from 12-4pm.

Plan Your Visit to learn how we are ensuring your experience is safe, comfortable & enjoyable through our COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, & how you can help us do so.

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    • Thursday, September 02, 2021
    • Sunday, September 26, 2021
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    A tokonoma is a recessed space or alcove found in a Japanese-style reception room, in which items for artistic appreciation are displayed.

    Multidisciplinary artist Pauline Lawson presents an interpretation of tokonoma through smaller works of art displayed on backdrops of painted canvas & fabric taking the place of the traditional alcove. The works on display include her 'Portal' series of small abstract watercolour & mixed media paintings presenting repeated shapes, colours & textures, & her series of tiny books hand crafted from elegant papers, found materials & vintage ephemera presented in thier own alcoves of hand-made shadow boxes. The repeated elements, tiny details & simple presentation invite viewers to study & interpret the stories each work tells.

    Watch the Virtual Opening for a lively & inspiring evening with Pauline as she discusses her artistic practices & inspirations.

    Plan Your Visit to learn how we are ensuring your experience is safe, comfortable & enjoyable through our COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, & what you need to know before visiting the gallery.


    • Wednesday, September 29, 2021
    • Sunday, October 24, 2021
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre


    Nanaimo-based artist Julian Growcott invites viewers to challenge their perceptions of traditional landscapes as a subject & reality itself. Born in England, Julian is a Graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design. His starkly focused modern landscapes are combined with surreal imagery, painted in acrylics & gouache with very fine brushwork & realistic details. Influenced by lucid dreams & childhood memories of England his subjects are as diverse as village streets, smoky factories amid pastoral countrysides & high-rise buildings, most with a backdrop of curious cloud formations. Some images look like one subject but on closer inspection are quite another.

    Virtual Opening Wed. Sept. 29, 7pm
    Join us for a an exciting live opening with the artist! We'll take a tour of the exhibition, hear from Julian as he discusses his inspirations & process, & take questions from viewers.

    Plan Your Visit to learn how we are ensuring your experience is safe, comfortable & enjoyable through our COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, & what you need to know before visiting the gallery.


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