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Making A Scene! Victoria’s Artists in the 1960s

Gods of the Sun Dogs, Margaret Ellen, c. 1960

Gods of the Sun Dogs, Margaret Ellen, c. 1960

April 2 – June 27, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell

The 1960s marked the emergence of a vibrant contemporary art scene in Victoria. Events such as the BC centennial celebrations and Expo ’67 foregrounded regional and national artistic production, and the newly formed Canada Council for the Arts around a source of financial support to practicing artists. The politically charged spirit of the time, born out of war experiences and social justice movements, generated a desire for change and experimentation. This included artistic movements towards anti-hierarchial approaches inclusive of applied and non-Western art.

This show brought together ceramics, film, printmaking, painting, and sculpture to give visitors a glimpse of what the art scene of the 1960s would have looked like. Making a Scene! also highlighted the importance of growing institutions and movements of the 60s like the budding University of Victoria Art Collection, the birth of the Limners group, and the establishment of rights for First Nations artists.

View the exhibition website here

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Similar Exhibitions:

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.

The Attic Project

Design for Placemat, Eric Metcalfe, 1995

Design for Placemat, Eric Metcalfe, 1995

August 17 – October 31, 2000

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

A show of Eric Metcalfe’s painted ceramic vessels and gouache drawings. In addition to Metcalfe’s work, vessels from the John and Katharine Maltwood collection of what is called “Greek revival” or British Neo-classic style which they collected on their many travels abroad are displayed. Also included are several 5th century BC terra cotta jugs and oil lamps, all of which accompany and compliment Metcalfe’s “pop” interpretation of ancient Greek culture.

Visible Knowledge: Women’s World in Art

January 24 – February 18, 2000

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Lucia Sanroman

An exhibition in conjunction with UVic’s Women’s Studies Department presenting works by faculty and students. A celebration of the 20th anniversary of Women’s Studies at the University.

The exhibit presents pieces that embody the personal and professional growth, changes and challenges of these alumni as a result of being part of Women’s Studies. This is a multi-media exhibit featuring works in soapstone, ceramics, traditional and abstract painting and drawing to reflect the variety of experiences of the artists. The artists were chosen because their work represents different approaches to art making as a way of developing a personal, fundamentally female way of understanding, of creating knowledge, and ultimately of affecting reality.

Martin Honisch

May 2 – May 22, 1984

McPherson Library Gallery

An exhibition of Martin Honisch’s paintings.

About the Artist:

Honisch was born in the Sudentenland in 1942. He studied painting in Hamburg, Germany on a scholarship from the World University Exchange. He came to Canada in 1952 and began teaching ceramic art and printmaking.

World beauty can’t be defined by is a matter of personality. There is a higher beauty which is universal and eternal but art has little to do with it. Art is confined to this world and subject to the limits of this world.

-Martin Honisch, 1984