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Art Exhibition: TAM HARRINGTON | Fashion, A Complex Relationship

Illustrating the complex relationship between fashion and women’s oppression, exploitation, and empowerment, local artist Tam Harrington uses recycled metal and plastics to create wearable metal art and sculptures. Each piece in this exhibition portrays a time period or a woman that influenced the artist and contributed to the empowerment of all women. All sculptures and wearable metal art are made from recycled or found metal or plastic items that are traditionally associated with the feminine.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2pm – 4pm for conversation and light refreshments. All are welcome!

Art Exhibition: LINDA SUFFIDY | Strata

Fragile, intelligent and persistent, nature can teach us about survival as we look into deep time in both the past and future. With climate change and the global environmental crisis, Suffidy’s work is an expression of hope, illustrating the resiliency of ancient flora and fauna lineages. Sculptural carved paintings and the drawings derived from them represent these ancient species, which are simultaneously ancient fossils, contemporary objects, and artifacts for the future.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 17th, 2 pm – 4 pm. All are welcome!

Opportunity: Call to Youth Artists | SHOUT OUT 2024

Deadline to submit your artwork is March 10th at 4pm. Submissions forms and artwork can be dropped off at GPAG from 11am – 4pm on March 7th – March 10th. Please do not drop artwork off before March 7th.

Participate in Shout Out, our annual youth art exhibition featuring the work of artists aged 2 – 18. Artists can submit up to two pieces of artwork each, in any style, size, or medium, to be exhibited at GPAG from March 14th – March 31st.

Check out our website for more information, including submission guidelines and entry forms!

Opportunity: Call to Artists | Exhibit at GPAG in 2025

Deadline March 31, 2024.

We are now accepting applications for the Main Gallery and the Eve Smart Gallery. We accept submissions from both emerging and established artists working in all mediums and styles.

On our website under ‘Submissions’ you can find our exhibition policy, submission guidelines and entry form, and a sample artist-gallery contract; or you may stop by GPAG to pick up a paper copy. Before submitting your proposal please check the submission guidelines and requirements carefully. We accept digital submissions made via Google Drive, DropBox, or USB thumb drive. Please note that we do not accept submissions via email. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Art Exhibition: Laurence Belzile – Through the Gardens

February 9th – March 9th

Laurence Belzile
Through the Gardens
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, February 9th at 5pm

Through the Gardens invites contemplation on the poetic act of wandering through nature by delving into the evocative possibilities of abstraction. Laurence Belzile explains that gardens, with their myriad interpretations, parallel the indistinct nature of abstraction within her artistic practice.

Art Exhibition: John Down – Of Line and Landscapes

February 9th – March 9th

John Down
Of Line and Landscapes
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, February 9th at 5pm

As rainforests of the West Coast become increasingly threatened, Of Line and Landscape documents the intimate conversation between the artist and the surrounding natural landscape. John Down’s studio sits high atop a granite outcrop looking into the forest where he interprets and expresses the energetic company of forest, rocks, trees and sky in acrylic, charcoal and pastel.

Art Exhibition: EZMINA SAMAROO | Distant Shores New Horizons (oils)

In celebration of Black History Month, Distant Shores New Horizons tells of the artist’s journey from Africa to England to the prairies of Canada, ending with her settling on Canada’s west coast. Told through landscapes and seascapes, Ezmina Samaroo’s exhibition illustrates what it is like to leave behind all that is familiar to arrive at distant shores. The movement of peoples is a complex story, shared by immigrants, refugees and enslaved peoples of the world. Through Samaroo’s lens, it is a story not of despair and fear, but of courage, resolve and determination. An exhibition in Joe’s Lounge.

Meet the Artist | EZMINA SAMAROO

Meet the artist Ezmina Samaroo on Saturday Feb 3rd, 2pm – 4pm. Samaroo’s exhibition Distant Shores New Horizons tells of the artist’s journey from Africa to England to the prairies of Canada, ending with her settling on Canada’s west coast. An exhibition in celebration of Black History Month, located in Joe’s Lounge.

Born in Mombasa, Kenya with ancestral roots in India, Ezmina Samaroo spent many years in London, UK before finding her new home in Canada. Her artwork is inspired by the colors, sights, smells, sounds, and feelings of the changing landscapes and countries around her. Samaroo works primarily in oils whilst exploring a variety of other mediums. Her aim is to highlight the essence of the world as she sees it, through simplicity with a focus on shape, line and form.

Art Group Exhibition: Friends of the Gallery (FOG)

January 5 – February 3, 2024

Reception: Friday, January 5th (5-7PM)

The Friends of the Gallery (FOG) is our annual celebration of the creativity of our membership. This exhibition launches our new year, and features the work of members of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. The exhibition is a long-standing community event that has spanned more than 25 years. Its aim is to involve the broadest range of local artists, to acknowledge the role of the arts in our community, and to celebrate the extraordinary diversity in materials, forms and approach. Artists are invited to submit one piece of art they have completed in the previous year to be shown in this group exhibition.

PRESENT TENSE MEMBERS EXHIBITION

Our popular annual exhibition Present Tense features the creative work of GPAG members in all mediums.

Present Tense is a celebration of the creativity of our members, as well as a fundraiser for local artists and for GPAG. Members have been invited to submit one original piece for this show in the Main Gallery and up to four pieces of tiny art in Joe’s Lounge (formerly the library lounge). This exhibition includes paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, sculpture, fibre arts, wood work, and much more! Join us on Saturday, Dec 2nd, 12pm – 2pm for the opening reception.

Voting and Exhibition – Banner Project: Fantastical Food

November 24 – December 22, 2023
Banner Project: “Fantastical Foods”

The Banner Project brings together elementary schools across the Sunshine Coast to make work under one theme. Each year young artists develop their ideas for the banners in the classroom, and 20 final designs are selected to be hand-painted onto banners by artists, parents, students, and volunteers. Each year’s exhibition includes around 300+ submissions from across the Coast. This wonderful, intergenerational art-making project has been in place since 1994. The banners are installed in Sechelt’s Civic Square for all to enjoy.

This year we invite you to help select banner designs!
Ask for voting dots at the front desk: each person gets 3!

AGM + MEMBERS APPRECIATION NIGHT

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Members’ Appreciation Night, Monday, November 13th at 5:30pm. After the AGM, we’ll raise a glass to all our members and enjoy refreshments and canapés, plus a preview of our 2024 exhibitions. Not a GPAG member? Need to renew? You can join/renew online, or simply sign up that evening.

Art Exhibition: Cath Hughes – Re-Wildings

November 24 – December 22, 2023
Cath Hughes
Re-Wildings
Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, November 24th at 5pm

Re-Wildings is an exhibition of work by Cath Hughes developed in response to issues of climate change, and a questioning as to what this term might mean, both for civilization, and for us as individuals. How can we ‘re-wild’ ourselves and our planet, to find fecundity of our imaginations, our hearts, and our habitats?

Opening Reception + Artist Talk: John Down

Please come join us for the opening reception and artist talk with John Down.
There will be food and drinks!

Of Line and Landscapes- John Down
Exhibition Dates: February 9th- March 9th

Art Exhibition: Sketches For Investment Plans-Aileen Bahmanipour

Aileen Bahmanipour- For Investment Plans

Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, Nov 24th @ 5pm

Her creative process is entangled with images, how and why we make them, and how we interact with them. Since 2009 when the Iranian regime’s restrictions maximized Internet filters, her practice became obsessed with the diagrammatic imagery that was available to her through limited access to information. Perhaps because they were neutral, and not political at all. She recycles diagrammatic imagery to make new circuits and patent files of non-functional systems that blur the borders, and transforms these diagrams into different visual forms of study in systematic non-functionality and stupidity.

Art Exhibition: Sketches For Investment Plans-Aileen Bahmanipour

Aileen Bahmanipour- For Investment Plans

Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Friday, Nov 24th @ 5pm

Her creative process is entangled with images, how and why we make them, and how we interact with them. Since 2009 when the Iranian regime’s restrictions maximized Internet filters, her practice became obsessed with the diagrammatic imagery that was available to her through limited access to information. Perhaps because they were neutral, and not political at all. She recycles diagrammatic imagery to make new circuits and patent files of non-functional systems that blur the borders, and transforms these diagrams into different visual forms of study in systematic non-functionality and stupidity.

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Check website for hours.  A Co-operative Gallery consisting of 30 members with a very wide selection of local original art, fine craft, handmade and art cards for every taste and budget. Safety protocols observed. We run a guest artist program or, if you would like to become a member artist, applications are always welcome.

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