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Meet the Artists | Tam Harrington & Linda Suffidy

Meet the artists Tam Harrington (Fashion, A Complex Relationship) and Linda Suffidy (Strata) Saturday February 17th from 2 pm – 4 pm. We hope you will join us for conversation and light refreshments. All are welcome!

Tam Harrington is an artist and educator living on the Sunshine Coast. She is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice includes installation art, research, collaboration, assemblage sculpture and painting, drawing, photography, ephemeral art, fiber arts, and performance.

Linda Suffidy is a Vancouver based artist who has exhibited throughout the lower mainland, in Edmonton, Kelowna, Bulgaria, and Dubai. The enormity of time past and contemplating the countless generations of life that have come into being are themes explored in Suffidy’s artistic practice.

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: 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.

Meet the Artist | Hiroshi Shimazaki

Sundays to Feb 11th – 2pm – 4pm. Meet GPAG exhibiting artist Hiroshi Shimazaki (The World As I See It) to ask questions and hear about his watercolour work and process.

Shimazaki will be in attendance on Sundays throughout his exhibition from 2 pm – 4 pm to speak with visitors and answer any questions you may have. We hope you will join us!

Dates:
Sunday, January 21, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, January 28, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 4, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, February 11, 2pm – 4pm

HIROSHI SHIMAZAKI | Meet The Artist

Join us for the opening reception of Hiroshi Shimazaki’s exhibition The World As I See It on Saturday Jan 13th from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Shimazaki is a cultural geographer, a Professor Emeritus of international management, and self-taught landscape painter. Born in Tokyo and educated in political science, economics, and cultural geography in Japan and Canada, he has been a visiting professor/researcher at various academic institutions in Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Japan, Malaysia and Mexico. Landscape sketching is a traditional research tool employed in geographical enquiry and analysis; over the years, he has honed his artistic skills and developed many of these sketches into watercolour paintings. His brush is guided by a geographer’s mind, an artist’s skill, and a free spirit.

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.

PRESENT TENSE | Opening Reception

Join us on Saturday, Dec 2nd, from 12pm – 2pm for conversation and light refreshments at the opening reception of Present Tense!

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!

PRESENT TENSE MEMBERS EXHIBITION | Drop off November 23rd

Time to start working on your Present Tense submissions! Our popular annual GPAG members’ exhibition runs November 30th – December 23. We hope you will join us!

Submissions in any medium (one work per member) will be accepted November 23 – 26th, from 11am – 4pm. Please do not drop off submissions before November 23rd. Please read the submission guidelines carefully and fill out an entry form before dropping off your submission (available online or at the Gallery). Check out our website for more information and for guidelines. Entry to this exhibition is free and open to all current GPAG members. You can renew your membership online or in person at GPAG. We look forward to seeing your work!

Art Exhibition: CLAIRE DIBBLE | In An Altered Landscape

to Nov 26. Beginning at the source of the Columbia River in southeastern BC and ending 3.5 months later in the ocean at Astoria, Oregon, this photographic series in the Main Gallery documents the artist’s solo kayaking adventure paddling down the 2000 winding kilometers of the Columbia River. Photographic installations create the sense of being in, on, and under water. The artist’s hand built kayak, as well as video clips, photographs, and prints, offer the viewer a tiny window into the artist’s experience on this journey. In this exhibition and through her solo kayaking adventure the artist explores how we can find moments of awe, vulnerability, and connection to the natural world in the altered landscapes that surround us.

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: ED HILL, RUTH RODGERS, CHARMAINE BAYNTUN, CORALIE SWANEY | The Landing Artists

to Nov 26. Established in 1997, the Landing Artists were a group of local artists well known across the Sunshine Coast and beyond. At one time the Landing Artists had over 40 artist members and a gallery located just across the street from GPAG’s current location. In 2016 their gallery closed and in the summer of 2023 the group had their final official exhibition with all of the remaining Landing Artist members together. This exhibition in the Eve Smart gallery is a collection from four of those remaining Landing Artists who just had to do it one more time; Ed Hill, Coralie Swaney, Ruth Rodgers, and Charmaine Bayntun.

Call to Youth Artists | SHOUT OUT 2024 – Drop off days

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!

EDZY EDZED, PIERRE LEICHNER, BILL WESTWELL | A Mysterious Attraction

In this body of work the artists explore the force of gravity artistically. This mixed media presentation aims to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. These works are imaginative representations, however each of the works was made using gravitational force directly and some can be activated by it.

The works are informed by abstract expressionism, spin, and fluid art. An interest in art and science brought these artists together, sharing a curiosity about the visible and invisible world around us.

Meet the artists | A Mysterious Attraction

Meet the artists Edzy Edzed, Pierre Leichner, and Bill Westwell on Saturday, October 7th, 12 noon – 2 pm; Artist Talk at 1 pm. Please join us for conversation and light refreshments!

In this body of work the artists explore the force of gravity artistically. The works are informed by abstract expressionism, spin, and fluid art. This mixed media presentation aims to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. An interest in art and science brought these artists together, sharing a curiosity about the visible and invisible world around us.

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