18th Mar, 2011

Emily Carr – BC’s Legendary Artist

As a new comer to the island – I’m not entirely sure how common Emily Carr is in Victoria. But I have noticed that people are talking about her more and more and I have a feeling that there is some sort of a link to this spurt of talk.

This fall a $40,000 bronze statue was placed on the Empress’s grounds of Emily Carr with a sketchpad and with her griffin dog and monkey on her shoulder made by Barbara Patterson (creator of the “Famous 5 Monuments”). Significantly enough, it was put into place during Women’s History month.

All year round – the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is holding a Emily Carr exhibition called “On the Edge of Nowhere”, where they dive into Carr’s artistic career and all the mediums she has worked with, her influences and inspirations, and spiritually. It also goes into her personal experience and connect with the West Coast.

Also – the Royal BC Museum is holding an exhibition as well on Emily Carr called “The Other Emily : Redefining Emily Carr”.  A show that goes into even more depth on her personal life before fame. You can also view over a dozen of some of her rare sketches and drawings, manuscripts, letters, diary entries. View archival photos pertaining to the time and the history of Emily Carr’s life along with period clothing and artifacts. There also some fun activities and workshops to take part in with this exhibition. This definitely sounds like something you don’t want to miss out on – I know I won’t!

So take advantage of our seasonal special that is still on which is 33% of regular rack rate – pay in advance, no refunds.



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