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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 Hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 12 - 5 pm & Sunday from 12 - 4 pm.

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    • Wednesday, September 20, 2023
    • Sunday, October 15, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.


    Faria Firoz

    'Bringing Gifts'

    Harem Tahir

    Testimony explores themes of hope, displacement, isolation, perseverance & finding one's voice through the lenses of being a refugee & immigrant with the impactful paintings of Faria Firoz & Harem Tahir.

    Faria Firoz is a Bangladeshi-born interdisciplinary artist whose surreal & expressive oil & acrylic paintings address the struggles faced by some immigrant women who come to Canada in abusive or unsupportive relationships, facing the added struggle of navigating unfamiliar culture, language & customs. Through sharing these images, Firoz hopes to give voice to these women & offer solidarity.

    Harem Tahir is a Kurdish artist from Iraq, whose childhood was spent in a refugee camp. His bold, realistic acrylic paintings explore the experiences of children displaced from their communities, surrounded by war & living with an uncertain future. Using art as a means of working through trauma, Jamal hopes his work will give viewers insight & understanding to other refugees.

    Artists Talk Livestream

    Watch a livestream conversation with the artists as they share insights into their artistic processes, inspirations & take a tour of the exhibition.

    Meet the Artists
    Sat. Oct. 14, 2 - 3:30 pm

    Join us in celebrating art & artists! Meet the artists, chat with them about their work, & celebrate the creativity in our community.

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2023
    • Sunday, November 12, 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Silk Purse Arts Centre, 1570 Argyle Ave.

    'Magic Dance'

    Janna Kumi

    'Purple Explosion'

    Sonia Mocnik

    Four artists with string connections to the North Shore illustrate & illuminate micro & macro perspectives on the natural work around us in their distinct styles & varied media. 

    Janna Kumi meticulously renders micro-level portraits of bark in graphite & coloured pencil with striking clarity & limited palette.

    Sonia Mocnik presents a series of expressive & vibrant watercolour studies of Oregon Grape plants that grow around the Silk Purse & Music Box.

    Arabella Young captures the essence of local forests & shorelines in oil paint & pastels through expressive colour & shapes.

    Sara Wiens has created vivid oil paintings of rocky shorelines, abstracted to illustrate the interplay of light, texture & shape.

    'Depths and Heights'

    Arebella Young

    'Lighthouse Park'

    Sara Wiens

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

Phone: 604-925-7292


Gallery/Art Box Gift Shop 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.