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Sat-Mon, August 29-15, 2016, All Day | COMMERCIAL ALLEY: LIZ P DEMPSEY On Saturday, August 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Open Space, in partnership with the City of Victoria, will unveil a new installment of the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery featuring the works of local artist, Liz P. Dempsey. The opening will take place in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival's En-Masse Art Crawl.

Dempsey’s commissioned works will feature a four-panel installation of her hybrid human-animal figures. The quartet of panels captures the charged and raw energy of our surroundings on this beautiful island. Dempsey fuses mystical imagery within an urban and contemporary context.

Open Space invites everyone and all to the unveiling of Commercial Alley’s newest display of works by Liz P Dempsey on the evening of Saturday, August 29, 2015 in concert with the city-wide celebration of artistic communities in Victoria, the Integrate Arts Festival.

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Sat-Sun, April 23-November 13, 2016, Mon-Closed Sat. Sun. Tue. Wed. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thu. Fri. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | JOSH KLINE Freedom
Widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation, Josh Kline (American, b. 1979) focuses on the ways technological innovations affect politics, labor, and the human body. Josh Kline: Freedom examines politicians, protest movements, and surveillance tactics in our digital age. Employing sculpture and installation, Kline ruminates on the effects of economic downturn, the ongoing war on terror, and the visible and invisible means of control that corporations, governments, and police forces exercise today.

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Sun-Sun, May 8-January 1, 2017, | CITYSCAPE EXHIBITION PROPOSALS The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is currently accepting submissions for our Summer/Fall/Winter 2016 exhibition schedule at CityScape Community Art Space.

CityScape is a unique and dynamic space, and we encourage diverse and creative themed proposals to inspire and engage the community. To encourage and celebrate emerging and established artists while maintaining an inclusive environment, CityScape always exhibits group shows with 3 or more artists. Artists are welcome to submit individually or as part of a group. Individuals who submit a proposal need to outline a theme, idea or concept that NVCAC could use through an open call or by invitation to artists working within the theme.

Free Information Session on Proposal Writing:
Saturday January 16, 2016, 11- noon
Workshops located at CityScape Community Art Space. Registration required by 4 pm the day before the workshops. Please email or call Stefanie Wysota at 604 988 6844 or to register.

For full guidelines visit:

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Sat-Sun, June 4-September 4, 2016, Mon-Closed, Sat. Sun. Tue. Wed. -10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thu. Fri. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | CASE WORK Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture
This summer, the Portland Art Museum presents the first comprehensive exhibition exploring the sculptures and drawings of Allied Works Architecture, the celebrated firm based in Portland and New York City. Presented within an immersive installation designed by Allied Works, Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture features a cross-section of over 60 works made over the past 15 years, the majority of which have never been presented publicly.

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Sat-Sun, June 4-September 4, 2016, Mon-Closed, Sat. Sun. Tue. Wed. -10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thu. Fri. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | NATIVE FASHION NOW From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to today’s maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion. Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, this exhibition examines how non-Native designers adopt and translate traditional Native American design motifs in their own work, including Isaac Mizrahi’s now iconic Totem Pole Dress.
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Fri-Sat, June 17-July 30, 2016, 12:00pm-5:00pm | NATURAL SCIENCE BioArt is coming to Victoria! BioArt is a new form of artistic practice that uses scientific processes and materials for a gallery setting. Ontario-based artist Jennifer Willet presents NATURAL SCIENCE, a touring exhibition that connects science and art, while undermining traditional hierarchies between the natural and un-natural worlds. Victoria audiences will have the opportunity to view the existing research and to contribute to this growing collection of experiments by participating in algae workshop (Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2-5pm) and yeast workshop (Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 5-8pm) as well as the DIY LIFE: Art + Science + Ecology Fair (Saturday, June 25, 2016, 12-5pm, Fisherman’s Wharf Park). The workshops are by donation and open to all ages. Please email to register.
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Fri-Sat, July 8-30, 2016, 12pm-5pm | 1ST INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOR BIENNALE Join us for our opening reception of the 1st International Watercolor Biennale on July 7th from 7pm-9pm at CityScape Community Art Space. The exhibition will be on display for public viewing from July 8th - July 30th, Mon. - Fri., 12pm-5pm. Admission is free.

CityScape Community Arts Council is located at 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver B.C., V7M 2G3

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Wed-Fri, July 13-October 14, 2016, 8:30am - 5pm | KIM STEWART: A THREAD RUNS THROUGH IT Métis artist Kim Stewart's installation "A Thread Runs Through It" will be on display from July 13th - Oct.13th at City Atrium Gallery in North Vancouver's City Hall. Please join us on Tues., July 19th from 12:15 - 12:45pm for an artist talk with Kim Stewart as she shares her inspiration behind this installation and her explorations of Métis identity.
All Ages - Free Admission - Mon - Fri. 8:30am - 5:00pm
City Atrium Gallery - 141 W 14th St, North Vancouver City Hall

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Wed-Tues, July 20-September 13, 2016, | JENN ASHTON: SOUL FOOD Join us at the Opening Reception on Sat., July 23 from 2pm-4pm at the District Library Gallery in the Lynn Valley Main Library located at 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver

North Vancouver author and artist Jenn Ashton is quickly becoming known for her whimsical, brightly coloured pieces.

Working mainly in bright Acrylics, inks and collage, Jenn’s paintings are authentic and simple – and sometimes accompanied by a verse or rhyme that can arise as she creates a piece.

Jenn’s vivid works are designed to be accessible to everybody. She creates paintings that strive to uncover the naive child and deep down belly laugh that lives inside every person.

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Sat-Sun, July 30-November 13, 2016, 10am-5pm | APEX: ARVIE SMITH Portland artist Arvie Smith paints beautifully, with luscious glowing color and fluid brushwork. His large, ambitious canvases reveal a baroque sensibility. His adept use of flowing line and animated figurative compositions appear to draw inspiration from artists like Jean-Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Less romantic and more stridently political, Smith’s subject matter is drawn directly from his African American roots. The artist was born in 1938—when he was growing up he was colored, not black; Aunt Jemima was proudly emblazoned on pancake packages; and Shirley Temple was tap-dancing with Bojangles (Bill Robinson). In the 1960s there were riots in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles where he had lived, and when he lived in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury there were hippies and the dawning of “diversity.” Smith’s paintings mine a lifetime of change to debunk negative stereotypes. The paintings are brilliantly tough, ironically sexy, and illustrate shocking depictions of lynching and Ku Klux Klan persecution—all with a brilliantly sensuous, masterful touch.
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