Open Doors To Art

By Hilary Potosnak, AGGV Exhibition Facilitator

“Open Doors to Art” is a new recurring program that I am running at your Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The intention of the series is to clear away inhibitions and help expand the public’s experiences with the art on display by offering everyone a memorable and engaging experience with the works.

Students Say Something at New Extreme

Every year, the AGGV’s New Extreme Program pairs local artists with groups of youths at schools in a unique art mentoring program. This year, with invaluable support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, Lydia Beauregard, Raphael Divi, Kerri Flanagan and Cameron Kidd took on the challenge with amazing results that inspired both themselves and the groups of teens with whom they collaborated.

The Aesthetic Perceptions of Art

By Jon Tupper, AGGV Director

What’s really happening when people encounter art? How does it affect them? It’s a mystery researchers have pondered for centuries. Here at the Gallery, I think of visitors regarding Emily Carr’s towering west coast forests; or an intricate Japanese print; or the ghostly digital trees in an installation such as Kelly Richardson’s The Erudition, which appears in our current show Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest.

What’s with Art & Writing?

By Sherry Willing, AGGV Education Coordinator

Using Art as a Stimulus for Writing: Young Writers Summer Workshop, a learning camp for high school aged youth, ran the second week in August in collaboration with the University of Victoria Writing Department. Annabel Howard, a professional writer, and University of Victoria Writing Instructor, led this creative group of young writers.