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SISTERS OF SAINTE ANNE STARTED FIRST ART CLASSES ON VAN. ISLE: ‘By 1873, they were providing art classes — surely the first on this island,’ Robert Amos @ timescolonist.com + Rockland Rosa Triplex

Published December 17, 2013 by goyodelarosa

Robert Amos: Sisters of St. Ann’s art offers a glimpse into Victoria’s past

 ROBERT AMOS / TIMES COLONIST 

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Woman in Green Hood, by Sister Mary Osithe of St. Ann’s Academy.

Photograph by: LYLE STAFFORD, Times Colonist

One thing led to another. I went to see an installation of artworks by the Sisters of St. Ann at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The sisters belong to a religious community based in Lachine, Que., and first came to Victoria in 1858 to teach aboriginal children. They arrived during the Fraser River Gold Rush to teach children of the settlers. By 1873, they were providing art classes — surely the first on this island — for their students and the wider community. By the time their school, St. Ann’s Academy on Humboldt Street, closed in 1973, the sisters had taught some 36,000 students.

After the academy closed, the sisters moved to Queenswood, where they lived until that property was sold to the University of Victoria. The academy became government offices, and an important portion, including the chapel, was preserved as a historic site managed by the Provincial Capital Commission. The archives of St. Ann’s were carefully preserved and are now housed at the Royal B.C. Museum with the Provincial Archives, under their own curator, Carey Pallister. Many other artworks created by and about St. Ann’s were placed in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The art on show at the gallery was made to serve many purposes. A naïve watercolour by Sister Mary Sophie in 1871 documents the original white clapboard schoolhouse. Paintings of a later period show the imposing new St. Ann’s seen across the waters of James Bay, for before the Empress Hotel was developed, the waters of the bay lapped the foot of Blanshard and Humboldt streets. Portraits in charcoal, done with great care in the French academic style of the era, represent the bishop and priests who directed Victoria’s Roman Catholic community.

These artworks speak of a time and context different from ours. An oil by Sister Mary Osithe shows nuns in long black habits standing on the wharf at sunset as a steamship takes the first missionaries of St. Ann’s to Japan. The story it tells, rather than the artistry, compels our attention. That said, Sister Osithe, of all the artists in this show, created work that rises above the context and stands as fine painting.

Sister Osithe came to Victoria to teach art at St. Ann’s early in 1895. Her skill with the brush was developed in her native Quebec under William Raphael and Edmund Dyonnet, both highly regarded and European-trained artists of the period. Large-scale portraits of her students, now beautifully restored by the Provincial Archives, show her talent. Landscapes of the period offer a fascinating view of Victoria. Her accomplished copies of devotional works by such masters as the Spaniard Esteban Murillo provided a focus for worship that was absolutely central to her practice. Sister Osithe was also an inspiring teacher, developing china-painting among the young women of Victoria, and was resident architect of the sisterhood, designing the Little Flower Academy in Vancouver.

An accompanying exhibit has just opened at St. Ann’s. There, I met Shelley Myhres, who curated the exhibit in the original building. Many paintings and craft works, ably interpreted, fill the “parlour” there. A cross among roses, intricately sculpted of white wax more than a century ago, has miraculously survived in its satin-lined casket. Created by Sister Mary Sophie, St. Ann’s first art teacher, it was sold to raise funds for the academy.

Beyond the parlour, the exhibit continues in the hall with work by contemporary sisters of St. Ann. Oils by the first archivist, Sister Margaret Cantwell, are joined by Chinese-style watercolors by Sister Marguerite Lalonde. Of particular note are the vivid and beautifully drawn florals by Sister Debra Freeman. After taking her vows, Sister Debra studied nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital across the street, itself part of a long, caring tradition of the sisterhood. Somehow, she found time to meditate on and share the wonders of God’s creations by painting watercolours that reflect peace and joy. With Sister Debra’s work, this exhibit of 150 years of the Sisters of St. Ann ends on a high note.

Don’t miss the chance to look in on the splendidly restored chapel just steps away.

Built in 1858 by Québécois priests in a style unique in Victoria, it is itself a glorious a work of art.

Art can be an act of worship.

You are invited to St. Ann’s: info@friendsofstannsacademy.com.

• Art and Soul: Art and Spirituality at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt St., 250-953-8829, stannsacademy.com, until Dec. 31.

– See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/robert-amos-sisters-of-st-ann-s-art-offers-a-glimpse-into-victoria-s-past-1.591498#sthash.ckUouwtk.dpuf

BONNIE MacLEAN: NEO-GOTHIC PSYCHEDELIA: Three long-haired Pre-Raphaelite ‘stunners’ (one Muse holding red rose) transfix viewer in classic Big Brother + Holding Company, Pink Floyd, Richie Havens, Head Lights @ The Fillmore, rock dance concert poster in black, burgundy, gold by Bonnie MacLean @ The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) + LA ROSA

Published November 2, 2013 by goyodelarosa

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 On this day in 1967, Big Brother and the Holding CompanyPink FloydRichie Havens, lights by Glenn McKay’s Head Lights at The Fillmore, rock poster by Bonnie MacLean

ALEXANDRA FISCHER’S WAGNERIAN MAIDENS BIKE TO BIKETOBERFEST MARIN: Long-braided redheaded Druid damsel also points to MOONALICE concert in Fairfax, Cali., Sat., Oct. 12, 2013

Published October 11, 2013 by goyodelarosa

Photo: Alexandra Fischer's fantastic poster for Biketoberfest Marin this Saturday at 4:30pm PT in Fairfax, CA!!!

  1. Alexandra Fischer‘s fantastic poster for Biketoberfest Marin this Saturday at 4:30pm PT in Fairfax, CA!!!

FREEDOM + SOLUTIONS RALLY SEEKS ARTISTS: We Are Change Victoria presents 3rd Annual Freedom + Solutions Rally, Saturday, October 26, 2013, 12 Noon to 2 p.m., B.C. LEGISLATURE… New poster designs encouraged by wearechangevictoria.org writes Josh Steffler

Published October 9, 2013 by goyodelarosa

 

Pat Klugh

Cover Photo

hello good people of WACV! we need a few things done ASAP….for the rally coming up

1. We need handbills made up, one that says our next 2 film nights, our upcoming rally and our weekly meetings. the handbill wouuld be best in Black and white for cheap printing and better if there was 4-6 a page so one sheet which costs 0.08 can be given to many people, we can also print double sided pages for the same cost. If you get me the file done, I will print up 100 which could give us 4-600 by saturday to hand out.

2. We need some more posters made up, a few for the rally that also look good in Black and white, and for the next film night which is November 3rd and we will be screening “take back your power” which is a film about the dangers of smart meters. something creative like an all seeing eye or something….short slogans about smart meter surveillance….if we get these done, we can use the kitty to print them up.

I am not very skilled in poster making, I apologize for that, but we need to be able to get things done without having to have meetings all the time…I am hoping someone will read this and just take the iniative to make them and forward them to me…if we get a few awesome posters, we can print them all…

main priority is the handbills for the March against Monsanto to promote the good work we all do here…please if I can have them the sooner the better, I know we have amazingly talented people out there…if you want any info on what to put on the posters or handbills message me

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MUCHA PSYCHEDELICIZED: Electric green haired female muse, dayglo orange-red background, in fuschia frame, BIG BROTHER + HOLDING CO., JIM KWESKIN JUG BAND, Family Dog concert poster @ Avalon ballroom by Mouse + Kelley, 1966 @ The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) + LA ROSA

Published October 9, 2013 by goyodelarosa
On this day in 1966, Jim Kweskin and the Jug BandBig Brother and the Holding Company, Electric Train at the Avalon Ballroom, rock poster by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley
Photo: On this day in 1966, Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Electric Train at the Avalon Ballroom, rock poster by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

Alphonse Maria Mucha psychedelicized.

CLIMATE SKEPTICS 2010 (Part 1) Colour photos @ TripodGirl.com + LA ROSA: ‘Physicist Victor Velasco Herrera argued climate is influenced mostly by the sun.’

Published October 5, 2013 by goyodelarosa
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Physicist Victor Velasco Herrera argued climate is influenced mostly by the sun. 

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STEVE SEYMOUR’S PURPLE HAZE: The Collectors, Graeme Waifer at the Retinal Circus, rock postcards in three shades of purple @ The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) + LA ROSA

Published September 30, 2013 by goyodelarosa
The Rock Poster Society (TRPS)
On this day in 1968, The Collectors, Graeme Waifer at the Retinal Circus, rock handbill by Steve Seymour
On this day in 1968, The Collectors, Graeme Waifer at the Retinal Circus, rock handbill by Steve Seymour

September 27 at 9:00am

AMPHITRITE: ‘ancient goddess of the sea, a sailor’s goddess’: New 6 colour art print edition of 9 on metalic opal paper, signed, numbered by CHUCK SPERRY … Sold Out!

Published September 21, 2013 by goyodelarosa

AMPHITRITE

“Amphitrite” Art Print

32 x 21.5

Art Print Edition of 9

6 colors on metallic opal paper

Signed and Numbered

Sold Out – Thank You!

________________Back in the saddle, and happy to be back printing and feeling in top form with my newest Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros poster.

ESMZ played the America’s Cup Pavilion in San Francisco tonight and it was a beautiful night under the moonlight, with Coit Tower shining down on everyone from the top of Telegraph Hill.

The band was in good form tonight, and getting ready for their huge new pet project – “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Big Top” which is coming up on October 17 through 20.

My ESMZ poster is inspired by Amphitrite, ancient goddess of the sea, a sailor’s goddess, paying homage to the America’s Cup and the concert setting right on The Bay at Pier 29.

I realized my Edward Sharpe poster with 7 painterly layers of ink, intricate textures, and waves of heavy metallic silver and thick gold foam, suggestive of the sea but also implying waves of music washing across the listener.

I worked very intensively for two consecutive print sessions to complete this one; I’m very, very happy with the resulting print!

This one sold out before Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros took the stage.

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FORMER SAINT LOUIS COLLEGE IS “NATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT”: Gregory Hartnell concurs with architectural heritage experts John W. Veillette + Donald Luxton on preserving present Saint Andrew’s Elementary – Preschool in letter to T-C Editor, June 4, 2013

Published June 4, 2013 by goyodelarosa

St. Andrew’s building nationally significant

 TIMES COLONIST 

JUNE 4, 2013

Re: “Save art-deco building on St. Andrew’s site,” letter, May 31

Before it was known as St Andrew’s Elementary, the current art-deco building on the St. Andrew’s site was known as St. Louis College, run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland. I was a student there in the ’60s.

As a St. Louis College alumnus and a Jesuit-trained Catholic historian with a concern to see our Catholic architectural heritage preserved whenever possible, I fully concur with heritage expert John W. Veillette’s timely call to save this unique heritage school building.

Veillette notes that “it is given high marks in the survey of art-deco and moderne architecture in Victoria.”

That scholarly work was produced by another Victoria heritage expert, Donald Luxton, who wrote Capital Regional District Art Deco and Moderne, published in Victoria by the Hallmark Society in 1984.

It is my hope that the present owners pay attention to voices like those of these well-respected heritage experts, and that the Hallmark Society, St. Louis College alumni and St. Andrew’s Elementary alumni join them and other concerned citizens in encouraging the developers to save this nationally significant art deco- moderne school building to repurpose it for all Victorians.

Gregory Hartnell

Victoria

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UNEDITED ORIGINAL LETTER:

Last sentence mentioning bonus density trade of six storeys to pay for renovation of the school

was omitted by Times Colonist Editor

Gregory Hartnell, Catholic Historian

1357 Rockland Avenue

Victoria, V8S 1V7

Tel. 250 382 97 67

Victoria Times Colonist
Letters to the Editor
Re: “Save art-deco building on St. Andrew’s site,” May 31
  Before it was known as Saint Andrew’s Elementary-Preschool, the present ‘art-deco building on St. Andrew’s site’ was known as Saint Louis College, run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, and I was a student there in the sixties.
  As a Saint Louis College alumnus, and a Jesuit-trained Catholic historian with a long-standing concern to see our Catholic architectural heritage preserved whenever realistically possible, I fully concur with heritage expert John W. Veillette’s timely call to save this unique heritage school building.
  Mr. Veillette notes that ‘it is given high marks in the survey of art-deco and moderne architecture in Victoria.’
  That scholarly work was produced by another Victoria heritage expert, Donald Luxton, who wrote ‘Capital Regional District Art Deco and Moderne,’ published in Victoria by the Hallmark Society in 1984.
  It is my sincere hope that the present owners pay attention to voices like those of these well-respected heritage experts, and that the Hallmark Society, Saint Louis College alumni and Saint Andrew’s Elementary alumni join them and other concerned citizens in encouraging the developers to save this nationally significant art deco – moderne school building to ‘repurpose’ it for all Victorians.
  If ‘bonus density’ is needed to finance seismic upgrades and this repurposing to commercial office space, the surrounding apartment buildings should not exceed six stories.
 
Gregory Hartnell

Victoria

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MELANIE FURTADO OPENS HER NEW SCUPLTURE STUDIO: June 9, 2013, 1818 Government St., near Herald, next to pottery studio, noon – 4

Published June 1, 2013 by goyodelarosa

 

Sunday June 9th
12 – 4pm

#2002 at 1818 Government St
(near Herald, by the pottery studio)

Come see my new live/work sculpture studio in downtown Victoria, and enliven the space with your creative vibes 🙂

– see current and in progress sculptures –
– discover the process of clay sculpture creation –
– learn about moldmaking and casting –
– get your hands dirty by contributing to a collaborative art piece –
– eat snacks and chat about art & sculpting –
– enter my summer draw for a chance to win something cool –

Invite your friends by forwarding this email, or on the Facebook event! The more the merrier!

Contact me at info@melaniefurtado.com or 250-813-1607

Ps- Here’s a visual of the building!


Looking forward to seeing you there,

~Melanie

Contact:
http://www.melaniefurtado.com
info@melaniefurtado.com
250-813-1607

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