Emily and Her Menagerie
June 6th – 16th
“I can’t put a finger on what compels me to make these things, but I keep doing it anyway. Well, it is a good way to live and make a living. I’m quite happy about it!”
Join Joe Fafard in celebration of a successful career that spans more than five decades for an unforgettable show at Emily Carr House. This exclusive exhibit will focus primarily on Fafard’s extraordinary sculptures, which vary in size from small steel laser cuts to a life size bronze of Emily Carr riding a horse.
Fafard, an Order of Canada recipient, is accredited with transforming clay into a respected fine art medium and for contributing to the field of sculpture through his radical experimentation with both form and production.
This exhibition presents one of Canada’s most beloved and nationally acclaimed artists in a unique and temporary setting for an exclusive engagement. Lasting only 11 days, the public has an opportunity to view and purchase work by Joe Fafard. Using a space not originally designed for displaying art, but having a direct connection to one of Canada’s most loved historical artists,
Emily Carr, this “pop- up” exhibition is an innovative way of presenting Fafard’s work and bringing a distinctive, personalized art event directly to the community.
Tuesdays in July with Victoria Artist Gillian Redwood
Emily ‘Odds and Ends’ by Emily Carr
Tuesday 2nd, 9th, 16th or 23rd July, 2013
10am – 3.30pm
“Water was not wet or deep, just smoothness spread with light.” Emily Carr
“I’ve always been a fan of Emily Carr, and her style is similar to the way that I teach art,
with gesture, movement and spirit” Gillian Redwood
An opportunity to get immersed in the art of Emily Carr, and experience some
of the spirit of her artwork. Starting At Emily Carr House at 10am, enjoy an
exclusive Tour of the house.
Curator Jan Ross will give you a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the artist Emily
Carr, her life and her paintings. Refreshments will be served.
At 10.40am we will transfer to the Art Room at the harbourside Hotel Grand
Paciﬁc where Gillian will take you on a creative journey, to explore the style of
expressive drawing and painting.There will be a short break for Lunch and you
can complete your artwork to take home. Art Materials are provided.
All are welcome to take part in this creative day.
Cost $90 - Includes all Taxes, Private Tour of Emily Carr House, Transfer to
Hotel Grand Paciﬁc, Art Workshop and Art Materials.
To Book your place on a “Creative Emily” Workshop:
Gillian Redwood is a Professional Artist in
Victoria, with a Studio at Xchanges
Gallery and Studios in the city. She is Artist
in Residence at the Hotel Grand Paciﬁc
from Wednesday though Friday during the
month of July. You can see Gillian’s artwork
on display in the Hotel Foyer.
Graduating with a First Class Degree in
Art and Design from the West of England
College of Art, UK, Gillian continued her
art studies at St Ives School of Painting in
Cornwall, England. Emily Carr is said to
have visited the Artists’ colony of St Ives
while in London, England, spending her
time painting and drawing the woods and
beaches of this beautiful seaside town.
This unusual link with Emily Carr’s life and
the expressive style of her painting, has
established Gillian’s lifelong connection
with the artist and her work.
For further information visit:
‘Visions of Metchosin’ by Gillian Redwood
Come Join Us on October 19th
For a Book Launch of,
‘M.E A Portrayal of Emily Carr’
‘The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher’
Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher (1906-1994) was a sophisticated, spirited and classically educated artist, researcher, feminist, and writer, known as Emily Carr’s sketching partner and B.C.’s Special Consultant on the now famous painter but unrecognized for her own creative life. This exceptionally researched book reveals Edythe’s story as a B.C. artist and features over 100 rarely seen paintings, prints, and photographs. Schooled in Victoria by the Island Arts and Crafts Society’s traditionalist Margaret Kitto, Edythe embarked on further training at the California School of Arts and Crafts and the California School of Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1928 Edythe and her American friend Marian Allardt moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and at André Lhote’s studio. She also took French lessons and traveled widely with Marian in Europe. Upon returning to Canada in 1930, Edythe met and became good friends with Emily Carr, later documenting in detail their sketching trips together. Edythe Hembroff and Emily Carr, along with Ina D.D. Uhthoff, were the only women who participated in the controversial Modern Room exhibit in 1932. With her husband, Frederick Brand, a ubc mathematics professor, Edythe energetically promoted an appreciation of Carr’s work through exhibitions and instigated the acquisition of Kispiox Village by the provincial government in 1933.
During World War II, Edythe moved to Ottawa, where she became a translator of POW mail in the Department of National War Services, Censorship Section. After her divorce to Frederick Brand, she married Julius Schleicher, and upon retirement, they returned to Victoria where Edythe resumed painting, researching, and writing. She wrote M.E. A Portrayal of Emily Carr (1969) and Emily Carr: The Untold Story (1978) and, in 1981, organized a recreation of the Island Arts and Crafts Society’s Modern Room 1932 exhibit.
As part of her legacy, Edythe donated her art and archives to the BC Museum and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (aggv). She also created a pre-medicine scholarship for women at the University of Victoria and a trust fund with her husband for the aggv. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the aggv, the University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the BC Archives.