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Artists in Conversation

Artists in Conversation
Saturday 30 April, 3PM
1800 Store Street (wheelchair accessible)

Suggested donation: $2 – $20 

As part of Crossroads, the national touring exhibition of contemporary quilt and fiber art, the Victoria Arts Council is pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity to hear directly from five of the exhibiting artists.

Please join us Saturday, 30 April at 3PM for our informal Artists in Conversation series where Jo Allbutt, Natalie Skinner, Susan Teece from Victoria along with Paulette Cornish and Coreen Zerr from Nanaimo will discuss their work in the exhibit and the theme of Crossroads.

This event is by donation and open to the public. Provincial Health Orders will be in place; masks are still encouraged. Limited seating will be available; this is mainly a standing event that will last approximately 1 hour.

Crossroads continues through Sunday 22 May. 

Gallery hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 12PM-5PM


Jo Allbutt, Victoria, BC – Having only worked solo on all previous pieces, the artist made the decision to work with others to create a piece of art that represented the power of collaboration. Finding an improvisational group of 10 artists set this in motion.

Jo Allbutt, C for Jo (2020)

Natalie Skinner, Victoria, BC – Natalie Skinner has been a self-taught quilter for over 20 years. She lives on the west coast with her husband, two kids and dog.

Natalie Skinner, You Are Here (2020)

Susan Teece, Victoria, BC – Susan Teece has been stitching her whole life. Another favourite activity is her love of adventure in our beautiful part of the world. Teece’s inspirations come from years of sailing through the Gulf Islands and of visiting other parts of the world. She began her textile art business in 2005. The inspirations for new projects continually flows.

Susan Teece, Old and New (2020)

Paulette Cornish, Nanaimo, BC – Paulette Cornish a Canadian Contemporary Fibre Artist from Vancouver Island has been exhibiting her Art Quilts for more than 20 years throughout Canada and internationally. Paulette’s past works have focused on landscapes. Over the last two years, studio downsizing has led to a “Crossroad” for her. Coupled with a burgeoning fascination for computer/iPad design, she has undertaken a substantial change in technique and studio practices. Printmaking on her own fabrics, while using commercial paper & other mediums in her learning,she is going down a very different road from the past.

Paulette Cornish, My New Path (2020)

Coreen Zerr, Nanaimo, BC – Using nature toward a realistic voice, Coreen Zerr experiments with new techniques to incorporate reality into her pieces. Her works have been displayed throughout North America, winning numerous major awards, and juried into many Fibre art shows over the past 20 years, including “Best of Country” at the World Competition. As a highly regarded Fibre Artist and mentor, Zerr has taught her techniques extensively on VancouverIsland Coastal region as well as across Canada. As part of Crossroads, Zerr’s work “Into the Light” has been recognized as the Winner of Wonderfil Award of Excellence in Thread Work – 2nd place, Sponsored by Wonderfil Specialty Threads.

Coreen Zerr, Into the Light (2020)