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The Art of Jack Wise

Jack Wise, Mandala

Mandala, Jack Wise


June 8 – August 12, 2012

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Nicholas Tuele

Jack Wise’s work is deeply personal and spiritually profound. Known for his calligraphy, Chinese brushwork, and mandalas, which embody Buddhist cosmology or worldview, Jack Wise was a prolific artist and popular mentor and teacher. This exhibition features a selection of stunning and memorable paintings, prints, drawings and calligraphy by Wise, who spent a considerable part of his artistic career on the west coast. Most of the selected works are part of the permanent collections of the University of Victoria Art Collections and University Archives, given to the University in 2008.

Travels and Treasures: The Divine Inspirations of Katharine Maltwood and Treasures of the Turcomans

Turcoman embroidered textile, Iran, 1930s.
Turcoman embroidered textile, Iran, 1930s.

October 5, 2009 – January 30, 2010  March 5, 2010

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Bryn Dharmarante and Marnie Malinda Mandel

View the online catalogue:

Travels and Treasures – Catalogue

This exhibition showcases striking Middle Eastern textiles by Turcoman artists and sculpture by Katharine Maltwood. Maltwood’s sculptural work was inspired by her Asian and African travels. Also explore the Japanese influenced botanical illustrations of Elizabeth Duer.

The exhibition complements two views on foreign travel; The Divine Inspirations of Katharine Maltwood focuses on the renowned globetrotter and artist Katharine Maltwood and her travels to Egypt and Japan in the early 20th century. Treasures of the Turcomans exhibits the jewelry and carpets collected from an expedition made through Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the 1930s.

Katharine Maltwood obtained numerous works of art and was moved by the rich religious histories in the two regions. The show includes photographs and key pieces of sculpture that she acquired while in Egypt and Japan.

Treasures of the Turcomans features The Gastrell Collection of jewelry, textiles and carpets made by nomadic women and acquired by a British diplomat’s family whilst living in Iran and Baluchistan (northern India/Pakistan) during the 1930-40s.

Roots, Remakes, Reflections: Global and Canadian Kaleidoscope

August 10 – September 12, 2006

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Astri Wright, Professor in the Department of Art History, UVIc

This was an exhibit featuring works produced by nine Victoria visual artists. All nine artists are based out of Victoria, but have connections with Asia and beyond.

The artists included Yoko Takashima, Harumi Ota, Yumie Kono, Kris Tangri, and Tad Suzuki.

Similar Exhibitions:

Monochrome People in a Coloured Land

October 3 – October 30, 2003

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Sculptures, drawings and paintings by Kobita Sen, a B.C. artist originally from India. Her work is the manifestation of the process of uncovering an image and finding the essential underlying structure.

China and Beyond: The Legacy of a Culture

September 3 – December 24, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Kathlyn Liscomb, Professor in the Department of History in Art

Exhibition of the impact of Chinese culture on other parts of the world, featuring art objects from the Vancouver Museum, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, and private collections in British Columbia. The range of materials is diverse and this exhibit will include sculpture, ceramics, paintings, wood-block printed books and other objects made in China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Egypt, and Europe.

This exhibit was funded by the Community-University Research Alliance and also shown at the Vancouver Museum.

Journeys and Transformations: Four Japanese Artists in Victoria

August 13 – August 24, 2002

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

The expression of four Japanese artists’ perception of journey as a transformative experience and tool. Each of the artists have come to Canada for different reasons and works individually.

About the Artists:

Yumie Kono’s paintings and drawings probe into the essence of nature. Harumi Ota is a potter who works with in a variety of clays and glazes, both traditional and modern. Tad Suzuki is a painter whose icons are the empty spaces of the interiors and exteriors of the city. Yoko Takashima works in video installation, manipulating photographic and sound imagery.

The Legacy of Blue

November 19, 2001 – January 25, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

This multi-media exhibit, presented in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Asian Arts, will feature pieces from a variety of cultures and time periods. Selected items from the Maltwood collection will augment the CSAA’s travelling exhibition, coming together to celebrate the historical and cultural significance of the colour that changed the world. The exhibit will include everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary textiles and fashion design, and will highlight materials including cobalt, turquoise, lapis lazuli and indigo.

Photographs of India

January 6 – January 27, 1999

McPherson Library Gallery

This exhibition features photographs that illustrates the continuation of Jim Ganser’s love affair with India. A result of a 1992 trip to India with his 12 year old son, this selection of stunning vignettes of Indian life convey a powerful sense of the colour, heat, dust, rich history and teaming humanity of this subcontinent. Gasnser’s subjects include the gatekeepers at Humayan’s Tomb, a Bakery in Punjab, and the crowd scenes Diwali Festival, Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Ikebana: The Floating World

September 12 – September 18, 1998

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) demonstration and exhibit by Philip Sanders and his students.

Sanders started learning Ikebana in Toronto and after retiring to Victoria he continued to be active with the local Flower Arrangers Guild. His arrangements are made up by flowers and foliage native to Victoria as well as exotic plants from other parts of the world. His designs are showcased in unusual and often dramatic containers which he has been collecting for many years.

Western Architecture in Shanghai: The Work of Laszlo Hudec Between Wars

March 24 – April 24, 1998

McPherson Library Gallery

Curated by Lenore Hietkamp

Laszlo Hudec (1893-1958) was an influential Hungarian architect who escaped a Siberian P.O.W. camp and lived in Shanghai from 1918 to 1945. This exhibit displays his sketches, plans and photographs paired with archival material from UVIc Special Collections and contextual information about Shanghai.

His buildings included the home of D. V. Wood (Woo), now the Shanghai Planning Institute (1938); the Science Building/Labratory for Chiao-Tung University (1931); the Christian Literature Society Building (1930); and the Chapei Power Statio/Waterworks (1929).