Quiet Places - Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Quiet Places - Artist Talk & Opening Reception

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Craft Council of BC/Carousel Theatre

1411 Cartwright Street

Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8


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Three artists unified their practices to develop links between ceramics, encaustic painting, printmaking and bookbinding.

About this event

Join us for the artist talk 6pm @1411 Cartwright St., then come across the street to the CCBC Gallery (1386 Cartwright St.) for the exhibition opening from 7-8pm.


These three artists are developing links between ceramics, encaustic painting, printmaking and bookbinding. They seek to discover a unified contemporary use of conventional materials in both an unconventional and traditional practice. Their cultural and personal narrative is concerned with the substance of things, the nature of each medium, its structure and feel. Each are exploring ideas of containment, wholeness and hope. Rather than despair over the loss of or destruction of the environment, while realizing that much more can be discussed, they choose instead to celebrate the physical properties and mythical histories to remind viewers of the constant beauty and strength inherent in the world of trees.

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The Artists

Bev Ellis, Debra Frances and Sue Gordon are three Western Canadian artists with many years of experience between them. Ellis, a notable BC ceramic artist, Francis, an experienced Manitoba bookbinding artist and Gordon, a painter/printmaker using encaustic medium have recently begun combining their talents and expertise to build unique book sculptures. While creating a symbiotic understanding of how each element is crucial to the final result, the artists discuss form, content and meaning. They separately form ceramic covers, wood inserts and encaustic paintings and prints. These are then bound into functional books. All three artists use materials sourced from places meaningful to them. Land, trees, seas and skies become books which contain their combined efforts to remind the viewers of their own experiences with the Canadian landscape.

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