Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

This week, Post Everything focused on the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The AGGV opened it’s doors in 1951 in a historic 1889 mansion on beautiful Moss Street.

 

Among many of the summer events happening at the Gallery, this episode focused on two exhibits and the annual Moss St. Paint In. For the first exhibit, Silk Splendor, on until September 23rd, we caught up with Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art for the Gallery. Barry Till is an art historian and internationally recognized curator of Asian art and the Gallery itself is home one of Canada’s most important Asian art collections (http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/study_leaders/barrytill/).  The exhibit itself focuses on the Chinese textile collection from the last Imperial Dynasty in China from 1644 to 1911.

Boy’s Dragon Robe | embroidered silk, Qing dynasty, 19th century | Gift of Helen Jahnke, Courtesy of the Council for Canadian American Relations

The next exhibit features the work of Canadian artist William Kurelek. Kurelek is an important figure in the history of Canadian art and the exhibit of the Gallery is the first large feature of his work in 30 years. His career spanned almost three decades and the exhibit brings together his most important pieces of his career. We spoke with curator Mary Jo Hughes about Kurelek and his life, and with Tania Muir about various activities surrounding the exhibit such as URBANITE, a popular event returning on August 10th. Check out www.kurelek.ca for more information on Kurelek, a look at some of his work, a selection of audio from an interview with Kurelek from 1975, and The Maze, a 1970 documentary about his life. Make sure to check out this exhibit, ending on September 3rd, as this may be the last chance to see his work in this capacity for another thirty years.

William Kurelek | Manitoba Party, 1964 | National Gallery of Canada

 

Lastly, we spoke with Mary-Ellen Threadkell about the ever popular event: The Moss St. Paint-In. Celebrating its 25th year, the Paint-In is Vancouver Island’s biggest outdoor visual arts event. The event itself takes place on July 21st and takes up Moss St. from Fort all the way down to Dallas with 150 artists from Victoria and surrounding areas. Due to the City’s 150th Celebration, the Paint-In will be featuring events downtown in Centennial Square for the week leading up to the Paint-In. This event is one of our favourite summer events, and definitely not to miss!

Artist Russ Layton’s painting “Koi Faith” at the 2010 Paint In. Photo: Larry Pfister

 

Check out the episode below! For more information on the AGGV or any of the events, please visit aggv.ca.

Until next time!

 

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