Visual Arts

Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
Image: E.J. Hughes, “Houses, Qualicum Beach”, 18 x 24, Watercolour, 2000. (Courtesy of Madrona Gallery)
An acrylic and collage piece entitled Lucy, years later, by illustrator Marcia Semenoff. The Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Other Favourite Songs exhibit runs July 6 to 25 at the Tillicum Centre. (Courtesy of Marcia Semenoff)

Artists showcasing work in Tillicum Centre storefront in Saanich

Island Illustrators Society members’ art for July 6 to 25 show inspired by music

An acrylic and collage piece entitled Lucy, years later, by illustrator Marcia Semenoff. The Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Other Favourite Songs exhibit runs July 6 to 25 at the Tillicum Centre. (Courtesy of Marcia Semenoff)
Elizabeth Laugharne, 98, plans to be on hand July 9 to discuss and sign copies of her newly-published book, Messages in Glass. (Courtesy Churchmouse Books)

Used book shop reopens in Oak Bay church, takes a crack at glass history

98-year-old author writes of church’s storied panes, some nearly as old as herself

Elizabeth Laugharne, 98, plans to be on hand July 9 to discuss and sign copies of her newly-published book, Messages in Glass. (Courtesy Churchmouse Books)
The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)

Greater Victoria not-for-profit arts groups to receive over $121,000 from CRD

Funding to support projects such as a community arts hub, choir program, mural festival and more

The Capital Regional District Art Commission is handing out $121,000 in its second round of grant allocations to local arts groups. (Photo by Pexels)
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting a celebration of art in July, virtual and in-person exhibitions happening. (Pexels)

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria switches gears with continued absence of Paint-In

July’s Celebration of Art includes virtual, in-person art events, fundraising appeal

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting a celebration of art in July, virtual and in-person exhibitions happening. (Pexels)
Artist Flo-Elle Watson displaying her painted white porcelain and flower hat at Sunday’s art show and sale on St. Ann St. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Artists showcase work on boulevards along Oak Bay street

St. Ann Street Boulevard Art Show and Sale features local designs in COVID-friendly outdoor space

Artist Flo-Elle Watson displaying her painted white porcelain and flower hat at Sunday’s art show and sale on St. Ann St. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)

Mural connected to basketball festival brings vibrancy to Saanich neighbourhood court

Artist brings art, Chinese culture and sport together with colourful piece

New mural at Horner Park basketball court showcases creativity in places where one might not expect. (Rachel Wada/We the West Basketball Festival/Twitter)
Fred Dobbs and Paul Olson do some weekend work on their pirate ship sand sculpture as part of the Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash event in Bullen Park. The full creation is due for completion and unveiling on Wednesday, June 30. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Swashbuckling scene emerging from sand in Esquimalt’s Bullen Park

Project a sequel of sorts to Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash in 2014

Fred Dobbs and Paul Olson do some weekend work on their pirate ship sand sculpture as part of the Township Community Arts Council’s Sculpture Splash event in Bullen Park. The full creation is due for completion and unveiling on Wednesday, June 30. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Rachel Rivera (left) and Claire Ouchi are a dynamic art duo known as the WKNDRS. The two painted the new road mural at Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Artistic mural at Uptown brings creativity, fun to summer shoppers in Saanich

Road installation the largest of its kind in Greater Victoria

Rachel Rivera (left) and Claire Ouchi are a dynamic art duo known as the WKNDRS. The two painted the new road mural at Uptown. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Kathy and Doug LaFortune stand next to the new welcome pole now gracing the front entrance of KELSET Elementary School in North Saanich. LaFortune completed the piece after suffering a stroke with the help of his wife and son Bear. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

KELSET school in North Saanich unveils welcome pole on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Carver Doug LaFortune completed pole with the help of his son, wife after suffering a stroke

Kathy and Doug LaFortune stand next to the new welcome pole now gracing the front entrance of KELSET Elementary School in North Saanich. LaFortune completed the piece after suffering a stroke with the help of his wife and son Bear. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Mural artist Paul Archer will soon begin work on a piece on the rear of a building at 100 Burnside Road West. (Gorge Tillicum Community Association)

Back of Burnside building in Saanich to feature mural of hope and positivity

Artist Paul Archer says subject will inspire memories, depict children’s future, sunshine, flowers

Mural artist Paul Archer will soon begin work on a piece on the rear of a building at 100 Burnside Road West. (Gorge Tillicum Community Association)
The Fearless Sisters Rising mural, located at the University of Victoria’s McPherson Library, was imagined and created by Indigenous artists Brianna Bear and Nicole Neidhardt and the Sisters Rising network. (Courtesy University of Victoria)

Greater Victoria residents invited to blessing of Indigenous mural celebrating solidarity

University of Victoria library home to mural, ceremony streaming Friday, June 4

The Fearless Sisters Rising mural, located at the University of Victoria’s McPherson Library, was imagined and created by Indigenous artists Brianna Bear and Nicole Neidhardt and the Sisters Rising network. (Courtesy University of Victoria)
A collaborative totem project led by artist Carey Newman (at microphone) is unveiled during a ceremony at Oaklands Elementary School in Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Collaborative totem project unveiled at Victoria’s Oaklands elementary

Legacy Totem Pole Project led by Carey Newman a nearly three-year project involving students

A collaborative totem project led by artist Carey Newman (at microphone) is unveiled during a ceremony at Oaklands Elementary School in Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Victoria artist Mark Heine with a painting from his Sirens series. Two pieces from the series will go to the moon later this year. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)

Victoria artist’s paintings bound for galactic gallery on the moon

Two of Mark Heine’s paintings will make the lunar leap aboard the Peregrine Lander in December

Victoria artist Mark Heine with a painting from his Sirens series. Two pieces from the series will go to the moon later this year. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
Mural on the south side of Wildfire Bakery on Quadra Street, a project initiated in 1995 by local artist Peter Allen and others. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Mural styles in Victoria run the gamut

Create your own mural walking tour around the city

Mural on the south side of Wildfire Bakery on Quadra Street, a project initiated in 1995 by local artist Peter Allen and others. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Working at the Legislature control room is Simon de Laat’s current job and requires a great deal of technical know-how. (Photo by Ian Battle)

Audio-visual mastery has put Island man on the front lines of politics and pop culture

DeLaat’s resume includes Super Mario, the B.C. Legislature, David Suzuki and international hockey

Working at the Legislature control room is Simon de Laat’s current job and requires a great deal of technical know-how. (Photo by Ian Battle)
Victoria mural artists Joshua Lundrigan (from left) and Paul Archer join Rob Chyzowski, co-owner of Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner in front of an Archer-designed mural that went up on Thursday at the Inner Harbour restaurant. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Positivity rules with new outdoor mural from Victoria artist

Paul Archer teams with Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner for patio project

Victoria mural artists Joshua Lundrigan (from left) and Paul Archer join Rob Chyzowski, co-owner of Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner in front of an Archer-designed mural that went up on Thursday at the Inner Harbour restaurant. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Steve Smith’s image of two sibling adolescent grizzly bears playfighting in the Chilko River in the B.C. Interior earned him best of show at the prestigious Lion’s Gate Celebration of Nature club competition for 2020-21. (Photo by Steve Smith)
Steve Smith’s image of two sibling adolescent grizzly bears playfighting in the Chilko River in the B.C. Interior earned him best of show at the prestigious Lion’s Gate Celebration of Nature club competition for 2020-21. (Photo by Steve Smith)
Tomo Vranjes, a Greater Victoria musician and longtime fan of late rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, joins artist Paul Archer behind the latter’s Fort Street gallery. Archer, whose airbrushed paintings of rock greats have made him many connections in recent years, painted a likeness of Van Halen following the guitarist’s death last month from cancer. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Victoria artist’s king-sized tribute to Eddie Van Halen draws on personal connection

Paul Archer had an up close and personal day with the legendary guitarist in 1980

Tomo Vranjes, a Greater Victoria musician and longtime fan of late rock guitar icon Eddie Van Halen, joins artist Paul Archer behind the latter’s Fort Street gallery. Archer, whose airbrushed paintings of rock greats have made him many connections in recent years, painted a likeness of Van Halen following the guitarist’s death last month from cancer. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Performing arts productions of all kinds, incuding theatre, are eligible for the 2020 Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards, the nomination deadline for which is Aug. 24. (Photo by Jason King/Langham Court Theatre)

Greater Victoria artists, performances and behind-the scenes volunteers to be honoured

Third annual regional arts awards gala happens online Oct. 3, nomination deadline Aug. 24

Performing arts productions of all kinds, incuding theatre, are eligible for the 2020 Greater Victoria Regional Arts Awards, the nomination deadline for which is Aug. 24. (Photo by Jason King/Langham Court Theatre)