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Little Gems 2022

Victoria Arts Council
Little Gems
3-18 December 2022
1800 Store Street [wheelchair accessible]

Please join us Saturday 3rd of December at 3PM for our open house, which includes: VAC Annual General Meeting; the official unveiling of our BIPOC Artist Billboard Projects; and the reception of Little Gems Members’ Show + Sale.

Support local artists this year! Buy original works of art and cards!  Cash & Carry… all work purchased goes out at time of sale, and will be replenished throughout the exhibition.

The gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm throughout Little Gems.

Contributing artists in VAC Little Gems 2022 are:

Alison Bigg, Andrea Simmonds, Anne L McCarthy, Avis Rasmussen, Aviv Talya Dekel, Barbara Holland, Bonnie Helm-Northover, Carol Oliver, Catherine Fraser, Catherine Steele, Dave Skilling, David Martinello, Donald Rowe, Donna Law, Elizabeth Ashworth, Erica Mitchell, Flo-Elle Watson, Gary Chilibeck, Greg Robertson, Heather Keenan, Heather MacNeil, Heidi Bergstrom, Jane Coombe, Jane Francis, Joel Blaicher, John G. Boehme, Joshua Watts, Judy Taylor, Julia Serena Ready, Karen Hibbard, Kate Collie, Kathleen Schmalz, Kelly Langham, Kevin Harney, Laurel Rossnagel, Leroy Boris, Lisa-Scarlett Cruji, Lycia Trouton, Lydia Dagg, Lynne Raaflaub, M2 Creative – Marianne Goodrich & Maurina Joaquin, Maija Ksander, Mara Szyp, Marianne Goodrich, Michael Morris, Michel Desrochers, Miles Hunter, Nicole Mandryk, Nikolay Mingaleev, Pat Martin Bates, Paul Yewchuk, Randie  Feil, Regan Rasmussen, Rhonda Lee Usipiuk, Roberta Pyx Sutherland, Shelley M Hordiyuk, Stephanie Vandamme, Sue Hirst, Susan Salvati, Suzanne Underwood, Todd Lambeth, Val Hostetler, Victoria Edgarr, Wendy Thompson

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Community Day Without Art News Uncategorized

Day With(Out) Art ’22

Day With(out) Art Screening
Parkside Hotel Theatre
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC V8V 5B1
30 November @ 8pm
Free admission

Day With(Out) Art
An international day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis

For 2022, Visual AIDS presents Being & Belonging, a program of seven short videos from artists living with HIV across the world. From navigating sex and intimacy to confronting stigma and isolation,
Being & Belonging centers the emotional realities of living with HIV today. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The
seven videos are a call for belonging from those that have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.

In 1989, in response to the worsening AIDS crisis and coinciding with the World Health Organization’s second annual World AIDS Day on December 1st, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art. A committee of art workers (curators, writers, and art professionals) sent out a call for “mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis” that would celebrate the lives and achievements of lost colleagues and friends; encourage caring for all people with AIDS; educating diverse publics about HIV infection; and finding a cure. More than 800 arts organizations, museums and galleries throughout the U.S. participated by shrouding artworks and replacing them with information about HIV and safer sex, locking their doors or dimming their lights, and producing exhibitions, programs, readings, memorials, rituals, and performances.

Since 2010, Visual AIDS has worked with artists and filmmakers to internationally distribute videos to museums, art institutions, schools and AIDS organizations. To mark the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art in 2014, Visual AIDS distributed ALTERNATE ENDINGS, a program of commissioned videos by seven artists and collectives that was screened internationally and is available online to share widely

Each year since then, Visual AIDS has commissioned and distributed a video program for Day With(out) Art, coordinating screenings at over 100 venues around the world.

The VAC recognizes Day With(Out) Art annually through a partnership with VisualAIDS (NYC). This year we are proud to host the hour long screening Being and Belonging @ The Parkside Hotel Theatre, featuring: Camila Arce; Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes; Jaewon Kim; Clifford Prince King; Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas; Mikiki; and Jhoel Zempoalteca with La Jerry.

We hope to see you there. Seating is very limited so please call or email to ensure you will see the screening. arts@vicartscouncil.ca or 778-533-7123

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Calls to Artists Community News

UNTIL… a magazine

In March 2020, the Victoria Arts Council launched a new digital magazine as a way for our members to stay connected while practicing social distancing.

In Fall 2021 the VAC conducted an accessibility audit and as a result transitioned UNTIL from a PDF to a stand-alone website, now located at:

https://untilmagazine.wordpress.com

Below are links to issues of UNTIL…

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Issue 9: Queer Island, with Guest-Editor David Geiss

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Issue 8: Relationships, with Guest-Editor Lorilee Wastasecoot

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ISSUE 7: THE PREQUEL, with Guest-Editor Kemi Craig

Release date: November 2020

With the return of our digital publication, UNTIL, we’re taking stock of the past six months since we initiated this project… of course it’s a different world now. And with this revamped magazine, we look to play with time and space as a way of fumbling forward to what might (or should) happen next.

The Victoria Arts Council is proud to present the latest issue of our digital magazine, which “borrows heavily from speculative approaches to franchises, but also the possibilities of futurisms in its multifaceted forms.”

While curating this issue, we asked the community a number questions: What came before this? How does a deep dive into under-acknowledged histories allow for a better understanding of how to be now as well as how to be better for the future? Where do the lines of experience blur into what is felt, what is knowable, and what is needed? How does this location of an Island on which we find ourselves reinforce the possibilities of where we might end up next? Will your work be a re-imaging of this time and place? Perhaps you are an echo of cells and actions of the past millennia? 

This issue presents a number of talented artists, writers and thinkers whose work engages with these questions and more.

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Issue 6 of UNTIL is now live:

UNTIL Issue 6: For the Last Time features visual, literary, and performative works loosely gathered around notions of finality.

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Issue 5 of UNTIL on the theme of Memory is now live:

UNTIL Issue 5: Memory… features visual, literary, and performative works inspired by the prompt of Memory.

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ISSUE FOUR OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Four: Home features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members on the topic of what ‘home’ means and how our understanding of home has been reinforced, altered, or subject to various interpretations and permutations since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

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ISSUE THREE OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Three: Resilience features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members. Issue 3 also includes the 2nd installment of our Poetry in Public project, featuring the poem What to do when the world wants you dead, by past Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, KP Dennis.

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PREVIOUS ISSUES OF UNTIL MAGAZINE

ISSUE TWO OF UNTIL … is now live:

For the second issue of UNTIL…, we invited local artists to explore what being tender means to them, and whether they have been able to preserve that tender spot in their heart when life seems harsh in a time like this. Exceeding all expectations, we received such a wide variety of responses that challenged and broadened our preexistent understanding of the theme.

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The first issue’s theme is Interconnected. How do we nurture and sustain meaningful relationships during a period of time when we cannot physically interact? In what ways can we support one another? What role does art play in defining your “new normal?” How do we sustain our individual practices when all we want to do is be among our peers?

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