Book Club at the CRAG
Thursday, January 30, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
CRAG Main Gallery
Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Meeting room, CR Public Library
Join us as we journey through the reading of Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, chosen to complement and enhance our exhibition programming from January to March. The initial meeting will consist of a meet and greet, exhibition tour, and book pickup. The group will reconvene in March to share our thoughts and experiences with the novel through discussion. The Gallery is happy to provide copies to the first 10 participants in the club.
Sanaaq is an intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in the mid-nineteenth century. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec.
MOVIE NIGHT: ATANARJUAT: The Fast Runner
Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 to 8:45 pm
Timberline High School Theatre | Suggested donation $5
This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers – making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind!
Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is “a powerful drama, not a documentary,” reminds the director Kunuk. “It demystifies the exotic, otherworldly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story.” The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. “We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed .. confronted evil and fought back.”
Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad . In the words of one movie critic, “If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!
In Inuktitut, with English subtitles. 2h 41m.
Evening Discussion with Curator Heather Igloriorte
Thursday March 5, 2020 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Main Gallery | $5
“Among All These Tundras” is a touring exhibition of 12 indigenous artists from the circumpolar world. The CRAG is the only touring venue in BC for this unique show exploring current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence.
The exhibition draws together a diverse range of artistic practices including film, video, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and mixed media. As described by the co-curators, “The artworks presented in “Among All These Tundras” invite viewers to contemplate relationships between textual and embodied Indigenous knowledge, humour and resilience, sovereignty and self-determination, and the collective responsibility to Arctic life and land.” They go on to explain, “Each circumpolar region and people represented has its own unique history of colonization and separate cultural, linguistic, and geographic attributes; yet they are joined together in a shared fight for autonomy and self-determination, and in love for their homelands.”
Join us in a discussion with one of the co-Curators, Heather Igloriorte, and hear her comments and insights to this intriguing exhibition.
Interpretive Talks with Curator Jenelle Pasiechnik
Monday, January 27, 5:00 to 5:30 pm
Monday, February 10, 5:00 to 5:30 pm
Monday, March 9, 5:00 to 5:30 pm
Enjoy an interactive and engaging walk through of ‘Among All These Tundras’ with gallery curator Jenelle Pasiechnik, where she will share in-depth information and stories behind the artworks, as well as bring the audience into an inquiry-based conversation about their own reactions and experiences.
Main Gallery | By Donation
2020 // Past Events
EXHIBITION OPENING // Among All These Tundras
Thursday, January 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
All are welcome!
EXHIBITION OPENING // Behind the Lines: Contemporary Syrian Art
Thursday, March 9, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
All are welcome!
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING // Campbell River Art Gallery Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm
AT ETERNITY’S GATE // A FUNDRAISER FOR THE CRAG
Join us on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Tidemark Theatre for a film screening of this about Vincent van Gogh’s troubled last days.
Academy Award (R) Nominee Willem Dafoe teams with painter, director, and Academy Award (R) Nominee Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) star in this film.
At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. Schnabel devotes much of At Eternity’s Gate to the act of creation itself, presenting the Post-Impressionist master’s artistic process as a visceral and internal experience while Dafoe, as Van Gogh, conveys the strenuous physicality of painting. The result is a kaleidoscopic and immersive film about being alive and reaching, through art, for the eternal — and about the beauty and wonder Van Gogh left behind, unaware of the profound impact it would have.
Tickets: $12 Admission, $10 Winter CRFF Pass Holders (+applicable taxes & fees) Direct link for tickets: At Eternity’s Gate Tickets
INTERPRETIVE TALKS // Hosted by Jenelle Pasiechnik, Curator of Contemporary Art
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 5:00 to 5:30 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:00 pm Location: Main Gallery By Donation
EXHIBITION OPENING // Slow Technology & Collage, sans colle
Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Three BC-based female artists, Emily Hermant, Ingrid Mary Percy, and Kelsey Epp examine themes of gender, knowledge-transmission and how technology affects human interactions in the exhibition Slow Technology. Each creates laboriously constructed artworks that are woven and sewn in textile and telecommunications materials.
In Collage, sans colle, the work of eighteen contemporary collage artists from across Canada is presented under three separate themes in our hallway cases. Our first presentation looks at the broad reach of collage and is on view from March 1 to May 23, 2019. Presenting artists include: Lynda Gammon (Victoria, BC), Richard Kerr (Bromont, QC), Arthur Lipsett, Rhonda Pelley, (St. John’s, NL), Marie-Douce St. Jacques (Montreal, QC), Jacob Robert Whibley (Toronto, ON).
INTERPRETIVE TALKS // Hosted by Jenelle Pasiechnik, Curator of Contemporary Art
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 5:00 to 5:30 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:00 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Carly Butler: Anywhere Else & Dominique Petrin: Data Camouflage Strategies to Survive the Armageddon in Style //
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Join us for a public reception to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions! All are welcome!
OPENING RECEPTION // Horizon Felt and Sonny Assu: Territorial Acknowledgements
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Click here for more details: Press Release
Please join us as we celebrate the opening of two summer exhibitions on Thursday, July 12 @ 7:00 pm
GUIDED TOURS // Dominique Petrin: New Work and Anywhere Else by Carly Butler
Join us as of September 26th on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm for a Guided Tour with Stacey Oakley, Assistant Curator of Engagement. The tour last 30 minutes and is by donation.
DAILY GUIDED TOURS // Horizon Felt & Sonny Assu: Territorial Acknowledgements
Join us Tuesdays to Fridays at 12:15 pm for a Guided Tour of the exhibitions Horizon Felt and Sonny Assu: Territorial Acknowledgements with Stacey Oakley, Assistant Curator of Engagement. The tour last 30 minutes and is by donation.
Click here for more details: Press Release
EXHIBITION TOUR // Horizon Felt
Please join us Thursday, August 23 @ 5:30 pm for an Exhibition Walk-Through with artist Megan Dickie and curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon. By donation.
Please join us Saturday, July 14 @ 2 pm for an Exhibition Walk-Through with artist Scott Bertram and curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon. By donation.
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RIVER CITY ARTS FESTIVAL POP-UP // Join us for a free craft-making activity on July 21, 2018 in Spirit Square!
INDIGENOUS DAY POP-UP // Join us for a free craft-making activity on June 21, 2018 in Spirit Square!
PRIDE DAY POP-UP // Join us for a free craft-making activity on June 23, 2018 in Spirit Square!
OPENING RECEPTION: Paul Walde: Alaska Variations & Marlene Yuen: Coal, Gold & War //
Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Free craft-making activities for children and youth in our art studio with Amy Louise.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING // Campbell River Art Gallery
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm at 1235 Shopper’s Row, Campbell River
Leah Decter’s work focuses on the history and contemporary conditions of settler colonialism and systems of white dominance in Canada, through a critical white settler lens. Decter is a Winnipeg-based artist who has presented and exhibited her work across Canada and internationally. To read “In the wake: unsettling settler colonialism”, by Carla Taunton, PhD, click on this link: In the wake by Carla Taunton
Aja’sit: Opening Reception with Artists Amy Malbeuf + Jordan Bennett // Thursday July 28, 2016, 6:30 pm
The Campbell River Art Gallery is delighted to present contemporary indigenous artists, Jordan Bennett and Amy Malbeuf in a duo-exhibition titled Aja’sit from 28 July – 1 September 2016 in our Main Gallery. Aja’sit presents the two artists’ current works and how their practices overlap and challenge each other through the exploration of mobility and notions of place.
In addition to the Main Gallery presentation, the Discovery Gallery will feature artwork created during a three-day youth workshop where regional youth had the opportunity to work with the artists. This installation is an integral component to the overall exhibition wherein the processes and discussions explored through the arts-based workshop are expressed in a visual installation.
Join us at the Opening Reception on Thursday July 28, 2016 at 6:30pm to welcome the artists to our community and to celebrate the exhibitions. Admission by donation. Snacks and beverages will be available.
(images from artists Jordan Bennett (top) + Amy Malbeuf (bottom)
The Gallery welcomes youth between 15 + 24 to a free art-making workshop July 25 (Mon.) – July 27 (Wed.) from 12 – 4 pm with exhibiting artists Amy Malbeuf + Jordan Bennett.
No art experience is necessary, lunches will be provided and there is no cost to participate.
This special opportunity, generously funded by the British Columbia Arts Council and the Campbell River Community Foundation, allows youth to work with professional artists, learn about their art practice and create their own artwork.Malbeuf and Bennett’s exhibition, Aja’sit, opens at the Campbell River Art Gallery on Thursday, July 28. The public is welcome to attend an opening reception at 6:30 pm to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.
MID-EXHIBITION RECEPTION + CURATOR TALK // Thursday May 19rd, 2016, 6:30 pm
Please join us to celebrate art and learn more about our current exhibitions by prairie-based artists, Amalie Atkins + Kiarra Albina. (IMAGE: girl in the reeds with a bolex, large format photography by Amalie Atkins, 2013)
AMULET (Kiarra Albina) is generously sponsored by Sandy Baker of RE/MAX Check Realty.
LIVE at the Campbell River Art Gallery! Saturday April 23rd, 2016, 7:30 pm
Named Vocalist of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards, Brodie Dawson has proven that breaking many of the established rules of the music industry and staying true to her own style works. Her latest single release, All This Time, has had an overwhelming response and was nominated for Best Roots/Folk Recording of the Year at the 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards – a tribute to her passionate songwriting and gorgeous voice.
Interactive cultural booths, entertainment, face painting, refreshments, take away art works.
The Reel Art Film Festival celebrated contemporary art and artists with a collection of innovative, award-winning documentary films //
CO-PRESENTED by Campbell River Art Gallery + Tidemark Theatre // Saturday, November 28th, 2015 @ the Tidemark Theatre
Films presented were:
KEHINDE WILEY: An Economy of Grace
DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Dupree, USA, 2014
BONE WIND FIRE
DIRECTOR: Jill Sharpe, Canada, 2011
TOUCH THE SOUND: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie
DIRECTOR: Thomas Reidelsheimer, Germany, 2004
DIRECTORS: Jennifer Baichwal + Edward Burtynsky, Canada, 2013
CULTURE DAYS 2015 //
Culture Days is a nation-wide celebration that raises awareness, and encourages accessibility and participation of Canadians in the arts and cultural life their communities with free participatory public events.
Together, the Campbell River Art Gallery and the Tidemark Theatre celebrated CULTURE DAYS on Saturday September 26 with ZINE-MAKING followed by an ART MIXER //
The public took over the Gallery and created pages for a zine, followed by painting, collaging and button making – accompanied by a dj and regional spirit / wine producers.
Thank you to Wayward Distillery House (Courtenay) + Southend Winery + Farms (Quadra Island)
ARTIST TALK @ 6:30 PM followed by reception.
Meet the artists Suzo Hickey + Terra Poirier, enjoy refreshments and make an art pin.
WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS // COMMEMORATIVE ART INSTALLATION
K’omoks First Nation Band Hall on July 31st – August 15th
Over the past few years, women, men and children, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, have gathered in living rooms, universities, community halls and penitentiaries across North America to bead, sew, quill, weave, paint, embroider, and create close to 2000 pairs of moccasin tops out of love, care and concern for missing or murdered Aboriginal women and their families. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women and girls and pays respect to their existence on earth. www.wwoscomoxvalley.com
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY //
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The Campbell River Art Gallery was pleased to participate in National Aboriginal Day in Spirit Square again this year.
People enjoyed tours of the Rande Cook exhibition inside the Gallery and supported Walking with our Sisters by purchasing t-shirt, pin and cards.
Mr. Turner (2014) at the Tidemark Theatre
Tuesday March 24 at 7 PM
Director: Mike Leigh
The Campbell River Festival of Film presented a special screening of the award-winning film Mr Turner March 24 as a benefit for the Campbell River Art Gallery.
15 March 2015
CREATE YOUR VERY OWN SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMIC! //
with Sarah Leavitt
A workshop for everyone, regardless of experience, knowledge or drawing ability! This dynamic, hands-on workshop was a quick exploration of the wonderful world of autobiographical comics, including a series of writing and drawing exercises that allowed participants to create their very own short autobiographical comic.
Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s My Mother and Me has been published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany and France to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, Globe + Mail, Die Welt the Guardian). Her prose and comics have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and the UK. She is currently working on a graphic novel set in mid-19th century BC.
Leavitt was a featured author/artist at the Words on the Water Festival March 13 + 14, 2015.
Richard Calver: A Life in Print (2015) // at the Campbell River Art Gallery
Saturday February 28 at 1 PM, Admission by donation
Directors: Ken Blackburn + Marjorie Greaves , 40 minutes
The life and work of Quadra Island artist Richard Calver is the focus of a new documentary film that was screened at the Campbell River Art Gallery.
Over 100 people attended the film, met Calver and saw a selection of his work. The documentary gave viewers a glimpse into Calver’s creative process and inspiration. Calver met renowned artist Sybil Andrews in Campbell River and soon started creating his own linocut works. Inspired by Andrews, he learned the intensive process of creating linocut prints and he carries on the legacy of Sybil Andrews.
DORIS RITCHIE: THE COLLECTION + SALE // 17 January – 6 February 2015
Well-known local artist, Doris Ritchie, created a great body of work that includes watercolours, drawings and portraits of the island landscape, flora, and people. The Campbell River Art Gallery has gratefully accepted the generous donation of more than 240 original works from the Ritchie estate that was sold in support of Gallery initiatives. We commemorated this artists’ work by exhibiting the collection of paintings and selling the unframed artworks over the course of the three-week exhibition. Thank you everyone for attending!
Opening Reception: Saturday January 17, 1 -pm
HERB + DOROTHY // A Film + Art Fundraiser
Friday, 24 October 2014 at the Tidemark Theatre
The incredible true story of a postal worker and a librarian who built a world-class art collection.
Our fundraising event featured a screening of the award-winning film and was accompanied by a special exhibition of selected works from the Campbell River Art Gallery Permanent Collection.
Special Thank You to our Community Sponsors: South End Winery + Campbell River Festival of Film.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY // Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Campbell River Art Gallery and the Campbell River Arts Council were pleased to participate in National Aboriginal Day 2014 with renowned cedar artist Wayne Bell who demonstrated his cedar weaving skills to the public in Spirit Square. Among his many achievements, Bell has been teaching cedar bark weaving for 30 years in the Vancouver and Campbell River School Districts.
SEWING ACTION (official denial) trade value in progress with Leah Decter + Jaimie Isaac // May 16, 2014
Thanks to those who joined us for an interactive visual art project with artist Leah Decter and curator Jaime Isaac from Winnipeg. The project consists of a 12 x 14 foot composite of Hudson Bay blankets, created in response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s September 2009 statement “we… have no history of colonialism” in Canada. Together, we addressed truth-telling and reconciliation by wielding pens, needles and thread, sewing community responses onto the blanket. This community project has been touring the country for several years and May 2014 marked the first tour of Vancouver Island. The Art Gallery is pleased to have hosted Jaimie and Leah as they lead this important community-building circle in Campbell River.
Special Event Partner: Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre at Algoma University, Sioux Lookout, Ontario