About Exhibitions

Exhibitions encourage public engagement, bridging cultures and building strong communities through the arts.

2019 Art in the Community
January - December 2019
North Vancouver

Kyle Parent: 1991

City Atrium Gallery

March 28 – June 3

The two pieces shown were topographical studies of important memories from Kyle Parent’s past. While memories can be retrievable, some of the less important details can be lost over time, so as to create less structured recall. The memories are non-linear but still function to influence his life. Kyle Parent is a teacher, a tailor, the son of a quilter, and a Vancouver-based textile artist. Kyle Parent’s work engages with the contemporary role of textiles, emphasizing the mindful use of fabric in our lives. He recycles found and remnant fabric for his work, mapping out small-scale studies and considered colour palettes, then he blends tailoring techniques with an improvisational responsiveness to the materials. 

Robin Gleason: What Will Happen to Summer?

City Atrium Gallery

June 5 – September 9

“What Will Happen to Summer? – a question I have often asked myself in my year spent in British Columbia and the American West. As temperatures rise and the fire season expands and intensifies, I wonder how our relationship to summer will evolve. This work stems from visits to burn sites where I collect and study fragments of charred bark, quiet remnants of violent events. I spend time with these compiled scraps, marveling in their details and complexities. Through gestures of drawing, printmaking, cutting and stacking, I attempt to mimic these forms with my own hand. This installation, it’s simultaneous strength and vulnerability, is meant to parallel the precarious nature of our current moment.” – Robin Gleason

Natasha Van Netten: Superpod

City Atrium Gallery

September 18 – December 2

Natasha Van Netten presented a collection of three-dimensional drawings, hand-made using basic materials. This work represented the current population of southern resident Killer Whales. This unique group of Orca have been a small population since numbers were first recorded in 1976—fluctuating between 70 and 99 members.  This installation echoed their fragility and highlights the value and importance of each individual within the group. Van Netten’s practice centres around cetology — the study of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki: Snow

District Foyer Gallery

January 30 – April 8

The natural landscape has enchanted Tatjana ever since she arrived in Canada in 1994. The journey of these paintings begin with an immersion in nature, where she hikes up mountains, walks through forests, or beachcombs in secluded coves. While there, Tatjana documents these journeys, taking photographs and making sketches. Back in the studio, she uses acrylic paint to concoct chromatic mixtures and organic forms, capturing the awe-inspiring scenes found in the great Canadian outdoors.

Carol Demers: Made By Fire Series

District Foyer Gallery

March 6 – March 13

“Whether I am hiking through the west coast forest with its tangled roots, mosses, and lichens clinging valiantly, or sitting on a rocky outcrop near the ocean’s edge just “being”, these are the “places” which fuel my art. The clay is of the earth, and my ceramic forms are very organic; coil-built then burnished. […] The sound of eagles calling, the rhythm of the water, the gentle crackle of vegetation underfoot, the smell of the earth, that’s all the inspiration I need.” – Carol Demers

Katie Rodgers: Skyviews

District Foyer Gallery

May 29 – August 5

“For me, the paintings represent an experience that I had at the time.  Each one is attached to a specific point in time, a temperature, sound and feeling. The paintings are also universal – using colours ranging from subtle tones to bold and including enough detail in the imagery to allow the viewer to reconnect with their experiences in those places.  The artwork is meant to remind the viewer of how they were affected emotionally by that time and space.” – Katie Rodgers

Ronda Green

District Foyer Gallery

May 29 – August 5

“I have explored just about every tangent of clay work but working on the potters weel continues to fascinate me. The spontaneity and responsiveness of clay in my hands is magic. Variations of forms, glazes, and surface treatments are never ending, one leading to another. I like them all but I am drawn to the textures of rock and the beauty of gems. I have travelled the world exploring culture and history through their pottery. I am interested in how pottery served their society, and the impact of historical technical advances.” – Ronda Green

Elisabeth Sommerville

District Foyer Gallery

August 7 – October 7

Elisabeth Sommerville’s childhood in Alberta and her Métis heritage engendered a close affinity with nature and a fascination with birds, particularly crows, owls and ravels. She has been creating original hand-drawn stone lithographs since 1999.

Anthea Cameron

District Foyer Gallery

September 11 – November 4

The vessels by Anthea Cameron were hand built and burnished with stone to achieve a smooth bone-like texture. No glaze was applied. After bisque firing they were placed in burning softwood sawdust, sometimes with salt or copper.

Catherine Fields

District Foyer Gallery

October 16 – December 9

“My passion to create abstract paintings is the way I have found to share my inner sense of the world. I paint intuitively, with gusto. Abstract work is liberating and is my passion. I see the world in colours, forms and shapes, and I apply acrylic paint freely onto the canvas. I also seek to evoke mystery and intrigue in my paintings. My emotions guide me into the painting and take over until I feel the work is complete.” – Catherine Fields

Bev Ellis

District Foyer Gallery

November 26, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Bev Ellis’ muse is nature, where beauty is found in brokenness. Burned out trees, and layers of peeling bark, bear a common thread of beautiful imperfection. Her sculptural and 2D art embraces the raw and flawed. She enjoys creating highly textured surfaces. Artistry and technique inform the intuitive processes of her multidisciplinary art practice.

Taehoon Kim: Finding My Father at Yongpyong

Lynn Valley Library

February 13 – April 29

As part of Capture Photography Festival, North Van Arts and North Vancouver District Public Library presented a series of works by Vancouver-based artist Taehoon Kim that capture a journey of personal and familial exploration through photography.

“From 1974 to 1993, my dad, Kwahn W. Kim, worked as the chief architect of Yongpyong Ski Resort: one of the host sites of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games […] When my dad retired, our family immigrated to Canada. Although I knew Yongpyong was one of my dad’s great accomplishments, he didn’t talk about his work much, and I didn’t ask him about it either. We lived the story many first-generation immigrants know too well — with fewer and fewer places to find common ground, we drifted apart in our new home country. He died in 2005 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. The hardest part of mourning was realizing I had barely known him. When Pyeongchang was named host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, I went to see the resort I had heard so much about growing up. I wanted to learn more about him by spending time in the place where he had poured his heart and soul. I hope to capture his spirit, presence and legacy.” – Taehoon Kim

Jennifer Lamb: Along the Edge

Lynn Valley Library

May 1 – July 8

Vancouver-based photographer Jennifer Lamb creates abstract in-camera multiple exposures, challenging the viewer’s imagination with intersecting transparent layers.

You Are Here 2020 Calendar Exhibition

Lynn Valley Library

July 10 – September 30

12 North Shore scenes visualized by local artists and featured in the North Shore Culture Compass fundraising calendar.

Exhibiting artists: Martin Henry, Shelley McDonald, Miles Brook, Tim Bennison, Kim Rosin, Geoffrey Caofei Feng, Lucas Kratchowil, Jenn Ashton, Danye Johnston, Victoria Eftimova, and Sahar Banisoltan

Art in the Park 2018

Lynn Valley Library

November 6, 2019 – January 13, 2020

Parks Canada, the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society (RVAS) and the Alpine Club of Canada are partners in this program. A group of 11 artists spent four nights in the Alpine Club of Canada A.O. Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park, exploring, photographing, sketching and, depending on their medium, producing works of art.