Exhibition openings, special events abound at Greater Victoria Art Gallery in June

A busy month at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria gets started with a unique opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the AGGV.

On June 1, join AGGV marketing specialist Ellen Manning for Communities and Collections: The Art of Marketing Culture from 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you’re curious about ‘dark social,’ content marketing or industry secrets, expect a dynamic beginners workshop with fun activities, and take home a useful resource guide with lots of tips and free tools of the trade.

As there is limited space available, register for this admission-by-donation event by emailing your name and phone number to visitorservices@aggv.ca.

On June 3, there is an all-day public open house for the new exhibition, “With wings like clouds hung from the sky.” Meet artist Karen Tam, enjoy 1930s-inspired piano music performed by the artist and try your hand at Chinese brush painting with Victoria-based artist and teacher, Andy Lou. Both artists will be in attendance from 1 to 4 p.m.

June 6 is the popular monthly admission by donation day. Chief Curator Michelle Jacques will lead a tour of “Close to Home” from 2 to 3 p.m. Opening two days later is the perennial favourite Small Summer Works Show and Sale. This is your chance to see, or take home, the small works of local artists. It runs until Aug. 31.

June 10 offers another all-day public open house for the new exhibition, “Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr.” It is also the day to celebrate the launch of an exciting new app celebrating Carr, Activating Emily. The launch takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery.

The Activating Emily app is a fun and educational way to experience Carr’s work and stories in new ways. It features ethnobotanist Cheryl Bryce and local artist Judith Price and is available for free download on iTunes.

Mirror with Memory opens with a free public open house on June 17. The exhibition explores the 75th anniversary of the uprooting, dispossession and exile of 22,000 Japanese Canadians from the coast of this province through the creative lens of the Hayashi/Kitamura/Matsubuchi photo studio, which operated in Cumberland BC from 1912 to 1942. The photos in this exhibition capture lives, families, working conditions, friends and history, describing a community that was thriving and hard at work and speak to the vital contributions of Japanese Canadians to British Columbia’s social fabric.

This month’s Family Sunday happens June 18 starting at 2 p.m. when the gallery hosts an afternoon of hands-on art-making for the whole family. The cost is included with admission.


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