Emerge Show and Silver Bowerbird Gallery

Emerge:  Discovering Resilience and Inspiration

The pandemic continues to impact the very core of our personal and collective consciousness, from basic daily activities to government agendas to the examination of historical and cultural injustices.  Everyone has discovered new ways to cope with the lockdowns, rules and restrictions.  From launching and rebranding an online presence, to holding Zoom classes and virtual art tours, music, theatre, dance and fine arts creatives have rebounded from what started out as a confusing, and for some, a frightening period.

Silver Bowerbird Gallery & Studio, tucked above Hitec-Brazen at 479 4th St. Downtown Courtenay, will be mounting a juried show March 10 – April 30, 2022 to celebrate the way artists have emerged out of the pandemic’s hold to be inspired, more resilient, stronger and to continue their journey in new ways or new directions.

Margaret McKenzie, owner, facilitates Expressive Art classes for individual or small groups.  The pandemic acted as the catalyst for this endeavour which began as outdoor classes in Margaret’s driveway.  Neighbours and friends showed up and discovered that anyone can “Make Art”.  It was a breakout from the pandemic lockdown and visiting restrictions.  With easing of restrictions in time for Fall weather the classes are now taking place in the Gallery.  Artists paint, draw, write poetry, weave rope around natural products, upcycle treasures from workshops and the thrift stores, do stamping, lino block printing and sculpting. Eco-Art using only nature’s gifts is the new focus for this year.  See the website for more information on classes:  www.silverbowerbird.ca

The Gallery is home to art by Jim Morris, Margaret’s late partner, along with screen prints and carvings by Vancouver Island First Nations Artists:  Bruce Alfred, Peter Dawson, Loretta Antoine, David Robertson, Charlie Joseph and others, Bill Maximick and Lawrence Lowe screen prints, as well as Margaret’s mixed media net paintings, acrylics and assemblages.  Margaret is presently working on inspirational mixed media pieces by custom order.

As an artist how has your resilience and creativity inspired you?  What has kept you going during the pandemic – Your Foundation – to emerge stronger, brighter – able to thrive in this new paradigm?

Submit your work

Submissions are now being taken for the show in March.  DETAILS AND SUBMISSION FORM ARE HERE.

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