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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.

Gallery Summer Hours: Wednesday  Saturday 12 – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm.

    • Wednesday, June 26, 2024
    • Sunday, July 21, 2024
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    Peyman Hajian

    Cory Kinney

    Sharka Leigh

    Kathleen McCormick


    Our lives are intrinsically tied to the animals with whom we share this planet. Four North Shore artists explore our varied & sometimes quite personal relationships with everything from birds to bugs to bovines through dynamic wood sculptures, acrylic paintings & graphite drawings.

    Peyman Hajian is a West Vancouver wood sculptor who built a distinguished career as an artist and teacher in his hometown of Tehran, Iran. His work combines carving & inlay. Using driftwood, he contrasts textures - smooth, stylized carved birds represent the spirit of nature while the natural rough wood depict humanity's impact. Hajian’s birds signify his journey of embracing new horizons - just as birds fly freely he has found freedom of expression through carving their likeness.

    Cory Kinney, originally from Toronto and now based in North Vancouver, infuses his bold acrylic paintings with a pop art comic book aesthetic. Trips with his daughter to entomological collection at the museum revealed the diverse colours, textures and shapes of various bugs, beetles and butterflies. Kinney’s large-scale paintings, inspired by the insect kingdom’s adaptability and resilience to human-caused climate change, offer colourful symbols of hope for the future.

    Sharka Leigh is a visual artist from North Vancouver known for her unique compositions and detailed style. While she paints various subjects, her favourite is cows due to the close and affectionate bonds they create with both humans and other animals. Leigh visits local farms to take reference photos & meet her subjects. Each hyper-realistic and charming portrait captures the individual cow’s personality by focusing on their colours, expressive eyes and candid pose.

    Kathleen McCormick, a West Vancouver based wildlife artist, works primarily in graphite. An eagle monitor for Lighthouse Park, she has photographed the resident eagles extensively watching for changes in nesting behaviour and human interference. Based upon her photos, McCromick has created a series of detailed graphite drawings of juvenile and adult eagles in motion and at rest, evoking their majesty and highlighting their importance to our ecosystem.

    The artwork on display invites us to meet these beautiful & fascinating creatures, & consider our own relationship with the living world around us.

    Artists Talk Livestream

    Mon. July 8, 7 pm

    Join us for an engaging livestream conversation with the artists as they share insights into their inspirations & process, take a tour of the exhibition & answer questions from viewers live.

    • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
    • Sunday, August 18, 2024
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    'Our Distance Close'

    Patti Henderson, Katarina Thorsen

    'Glen Dr.'

    Amber Nordstrand

    'Will You Love My Heart?'

    Emily van Lidth de Jeude


    Take yourself to a moment, a place, a feeling that lives somewhere out of time & yet inside raw emotion - a state full of possibilities. The striking & evocative artwork on display presents us with intimate reflections on the past, the nature of memory & possibilities for the future; inviting us to take a journey into the heart of the artist.

    Patti Henderson & Katarina Thorsen have collaborated as artists for over 25 years. Their latest work Recapitulation is a series of intricate mixed media pieces combing photography, stitch, collage, text & painting to create absorbing & layered images. Recapitulation - retelling the main points of a subject - serves as a tool for introspection & growth. Weaving together snippets of memory into cohesive narratives through these ephemeral collages, the artists rewrite their own stories, reshaping old wounds into sources of wisdom & resilience - paving the way for growth & transformation.

    Amber Nordstrand 's hauntingly beautiful gouache & acrylic ink paintings of abandoned houses pay tribute to these silent, forgotten witnesses of the past. Her architectural portraiture blurs realism with a painterly touch, honouring the stoicism of all things left behind & documenting their quiet decay, reclaimed by time & nature. Nordstrand's work also highlights the never-ending development, housing inflation, & displacement crisis that lingers over the West Coast. By documenting these liminal spaces on the edge of existence, she hopes to spark discussion of ecological, economical & cultural change. 

    Emily van Lidth de Jeude's works on display are concerned with parenting - trauma, growth & hope - through striking, expressive portraiture. Detailed graphite drawings of children are encompassed in swirling masses of colour & texture in oil paint as they strive to grow into themselves; alternately they are delicately rendered on a christening gown surrounded by symbolic chains of generational burdens & hopes. As a parent herself, van Lidth de Jeude explores the roles & impact of parents, as both warnings & beacons of promise.

    Opening Reception

    Fri. Aug. 2, 5:30 - 7 pm

    Join us in celebrating these talented artists & their stunning work. Meet the artists, take in the beautiful artwork & enjoy the company of fellow art lovers.

    • Wednesday, August 21, 2024
    • Sunday, September 15, 2024
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    Eileen Fong

    Ronda Green

    Barbara Hirano

    Gloria O'Neil


    Jean Vanderley

    Five accomplished artists take inspiration from the earth as a symbol, subject & medium to create dynamic works of art.

    Ceramicists Ronda Green, Barbara Hirano & Jean Vanderley craft exquisite nature inspired vessels & sculptures from clay, while painters Eileen Fong & Gloria O'Neil capture breathtaking landscapes in vibrant acrylics.

    • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
    • Sunday, October 13, 2024
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    Grandfather's Medicine,
    James Groening

    James Groening, aka Blue Sky, is a Burnaby-based Cree artist from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Adopted by his white grandparents during the Sixties Scoop, Groening was raised disconnected from his Kahkewistahaw roots. After meeting his family & learning of his heritage, James was inspired to pursue a journey of reclaiming his Indigeneity. 

    Groening paints in the Woodland Art style with expressive designs & vibrant colours, depicting stories & legends from his rich cultural heritage.

    Led by artistic intuition & legends, Groening's artwork documents his journey of healing & growth, as he attempts to revitalize his cultural identity through art making & knowledge sharing.

West Vancouver Community Arts Council
Located at
The Silk Purse Arts Centre
1570 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC  V7V 1A1

Phone: 604-925-7292

E-mail: westvanartscouncil@shaw.ca

Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop Hours:

Summer Hours: Wednesday  Saturday 12 – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm

 

The West Vancouver Community Arts Council acknowledges that the lands on which we gather for cultural activities are part of the traditional ancestral territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.