Victoria, BC Canada – June 2001


Emily Carr
The Royal BC Museum is putting on a special exhibit in celebration of Emily Carr’s art and life and will run from June 1, 2001 through April 7, 2002. Carr was an artist and author and considered by some to be an eccentric. The exhibit will draw on the large, publicly owned collections of the museum, the B.C. Archives, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It will include her collection of paintings, sketches, diaries, letters, and manuscripts.

Tanoo, a 4 x 6 foot oil on canvas from her 1912 trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands, is a centrepiece of the exhibit, one third of which is made up of her watercolours. Another piece, Sombreness Sunlit, an oil on canvas from the 1930’s interprets the quietness of an old-growth forest penetrated by shafts of sunlight. Sea and Sky is a famous Carr sunset preserved despite the artist’s use of gasoline-thinned oil paint on newsprint glued to cardboard.

The exhibit incorporates objects from the museum’s collections, such as First Nation’s artefacts collected during Carr’s travels, historic photographs of the scenes that she painted, and Carr family heritage that has been saved by Royal B.C. Museum historians.

Carr House
Emily Carr was born in 1871 at Carr House, 207 Government St. (open for tourists), went to San Francisco at the age of 21 to study design, returned to Victoria in 1893 and began painting. In 1899 she went to England to study at the Westminster School of Art, returning to Victoria in 1904 and three years later journeyed to Alaska to sketch totem poles. She later travelled to France, and eventually ended up back in Victoria, building a studio and an apartment. She had several exhibitions of her paintings.

She produced more than 80 oil paintings, watercolours, and sketches over a 50-year period. She is best known for bold and bright paintings of aboriginal sites and nature, but also produced pen and ink drawings, cartoons, and pottery.

For a woman living in her times, she was very independent, not caring whether others liked her artwork or not. She spent her life travelling and painting, looking for the relationship between God and nature.

Emily Carr and the Elephant
Her documents and journals reveal her inner turmoil. She visited a medium, spent time in a caravan she named the Elephant, and didn’t invite visitors to sit down. She had a weakness for pets of all kinds: a monkey, several dogs, a white rat, parrots, cats, squirrels, and a chipmunk.

Carr started her writing career at the age of 70 and won the Governor General’s Award for Klee Wyck. She later wrote the Book of Small and the House of All Sorts. Other books were put together from her diaries and journals after her death.

She travelled on her own during an age when few women did such things, restlessly searching for artistic training, inspiration and the subject matter that “…is surging through my whole being, the wonder of it all…”.


Letting you in on a little secret of the locals, here’s a favourite walking spot for thousands of us: the Ogden Point Breakwater, a purpose-built 1913 former ship docking point. The breakwater, stretching 2500 feet (762m) into the ocean, is popular for viewing as well as walking. Start your walk from the Inner Harbour and circle around the waterfront of James Bay until you reach the breakwater, or follow the waterfront walkway from Beacon Hill Park. Tourism or your hotel will be able to direct you.

At the far end of the breakwater is a small lighthouse to let ships know it’s there. Sticking out as far into the water as it does, the Breakwater is a great place for watching sailboat races, marine life, sunsets, and the view across the strait to Washington’s Olympic Mountains. Beware though, there are no railings so it’s not a safe place for small children. There are also times when the weather is too stormy and the waves too aggressive – there have been incidents of people being swept off into the icy waters. Not likely to happen in the summer, though. Right next to the breakwater are the docks for cruise ships. Victoria gets a lot of them stopping during the summer months. If you haven’t seen one up close and would like to, find out their schedule from tourist information, and plan your walk for when they dock.

Quirky Stuff
Cape Beale on a remote part of Vancouver Island, 10-km southwest of Bamfield has the oldest manned light station on the BC coast. The area is known for its extreme weather with winds of more than 160 km per hour.

Events

  • from June 2
    National Geographic Theatre Imax
    Alaska: Spirit of the Wild
    A nature spectacular.

    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

  • Earthly Gestures June 1 – Sept 2
    The work of four artists relates to man and the earth. Copper, glass, basket making, and other materials are used.

  • Painted Visions of Nova Scotia June 8-Aug 19
    Seagull, fishing villages, and other Nova Scotia scenes by artist Joe Norris.

    Bastion Square Festival of the Arts
    Bastion Square
    Daily from 10:30am – 5:30pm.
    Juried BC artists and craftspeople selling their unique creations. See them working on site. Music and entertainment. Monthly antique & collectibles fair. Historic tours.
    Tel. 250-413-3144

  • June 2
    Dance Unlimited Evening of Dance
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    1pm & 7pm. Tickets are $13, with $3 off for seniors & children under 11, available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 2-3
    Oak Bay Tea Party
    Willows Beach, Oak Bay
    The biggest Tea Party in the world.

  • Sundays June 3 – September 9
    Harbour Ferry Ballet
    On the Water in the Inner Harbour.
    Watch the Harbour Ferries dance to the music of the Blue Danube.
    Performances at 9:45am.
    Tel. 250-708-0201

  • June 9
    A Night of Improv
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    7pm & 9:30pm.

    Tickets are $42.75-$52.75. No discounts, reserved seating, available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 9 – 24
    Cadillac Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race 2001
    Several areas on Vancouver Island.
    The 580nm race begins in Nanaimo’s Harbour on June 9th as the city prepares to welcome some of the biggest and fastest Canadian and American racing yachts on the West Coast. The fleet will then proceed north in a series of 10 challenging point to point legs to circumnavigate Vancouver Island finishing back in Nanaimo fifteen days later.
    Tel. 250-7554-9236

  • June 9 – 10
    Victoria Conservatory of Music Garden Tour
    Various Gardens throughout Victoria.
    Also featured: a tea garden with musical entertainment by Conservatory students and a sale of rare and unusual plants. Two-day pass, with a map allows you to visit the gardens at your leisure from 10am – 5pm daily. Tickets available at the Conservatory, Munroe’s Books and The Blethering Place Tearoom in Oak Bay. $20.
    Tel. 250-386-5311

  • June 10
    Bjorn Again
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street.
    8pm.

    Tickets $42.25 available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 15
    Centrepoint Celebration
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    7pm.
    Tickets are $11.50, with $2 off for children under 12 and seniors; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 16
    The Greatest of These
    Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, University of Victoria. Louise Rose and the Victoria Good News Choir.
    8:00pm.
    Tickets $15.00 adults, $12.00 students/seniors; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 20
    Matthew Good Band with Treble Charger & Copyright
    Memorial Arena, 1925 Blanshard Street
    7:30pm.
    Tickets are $35.50, no discounts; available at Tourism Victoria. Reserved seating, general admission on the floor.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 22 – July 1
    Jazzfest International
    Various Venues
    Features over 50 performances in jazz, blues and world music with over 200 musicians.
    Tel. 250-388-4423

  • June 22 – August 11
    Ten North
    Starfish Glassworks
    630 Yates Street
    Ten North is a group of Canada’s leading artists presenting their work.
    Tel. 250-388-7827

  • June 21
    The Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    8pm.
    Tickets are $42.75 & $40.75, with $2 off for students and seniors; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 22
    Kaeshammer, Duskin & Butler
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    8pm.
    Tickets are $33 – $38; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 23
    John Pizzarelli Trio
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    8pm.
    Tickets are $28 – $38; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 23 – September 4
    Summer in the Square
    Centennial Square
    Free lunchtime entertainment every Monday through Friday at noon. Other highlights include Saturday community performances, and the return of free dance instruction followed by Dancing under the Stars will feature some of the regions best swing, salsa and big bands. Sunday nights mark the return of Concerts under the Stars, broadcast live at 7pm on 100.3 the Q.
    Tel. 250-595-1829

  • June 24
    Irakere
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    8pm. Tickets are $33 – $38; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 24
    Chantal Kreziazuk
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    7:30pm. Tickets are $31-$36; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 25
    Olodum
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    8pm.
    Tickets are $31 – $36, reserved seating; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 27
    Joshua Redman plus Paul Pigat
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    8pm.
    Tickets are $33 – $38; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 28
    Roy Hargrove Quintet with Chris Millington
    McPherson Playhouse, #3 Centennial Square
    8pm.
    Tickets are $33 – $38; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 29
    Buddy Guy
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    8pm.
    Tickets: $37 – $45, reserved seating; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250- 386-6121

  • June 30
    Bela Fleck and the Fleckstones
    Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street
    8pm.
    Tickets are $30 – $38,reserved seating; available at Tourism Victoria.
    Tel. 250-386-6121

  • June 30 – July 8
    Folkfest
    Ships Point Parking Lot, 900 Block Wharf St.
    Dozens of free performances. Focus is on professional and amateur multicultural entertainment, food and festivities.
    Tel. 250-388-4728

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