The new exhibition, ‘You Are Here’ is proudly presented by The Hearth Gallery in collaboration with North Van Arts. Twelve stunning works of art were used to create a 2021 calendar as a promotional and fundraising tool for the North Shore Culture Compass and are the foundation for this touring exhibition.
How does Bowen Island fit in to the picture you may ask? The 2021 You Are Here calendar exhibition (now in its fifth year) first showed at North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley Library Gallery last November and then travelled to the Silk Purse Arts Centre in West Vancouver. The third leg of the journey has now landed the exhibition at the Hearth Gallery for the exhibit’s final showing.
COVID-19 has sent us all to places we never imagined and this project is no exception. The Hearth had planned a full roster of exciting exhibitions before the pandemic hit, and some of the artists decided to reschedule their shows, which left an opening.
Because I, as a North-Vancouver raised Bowen Islander, am one of the artists of the You Are Here project and because islanders’ lives are so connected to the North Shore, Jami Scheffer, executive director of The Hearth reached out to the North Van Arts Council to have Bowen Island added to the North Shore Culture Compass site and to the You Are Here art show tour.
Initiated by North Van Arts, the Culture Compass is an interactive, online map showcasing the art and cultural diversity and offerings of the North Shore. It is an ongoing project to compile a hub of cultural assets within the North Shore region, including the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and now Bowen Island.
The You Are Here 2021 Calendar features twelve dynamic scenes of the North Shore by local artists: Kathleen Ainscough, Tim Bennison, Enda Bardell, Miles Brook, Diana Zoe Coop, Chris Dalton, Lyza Del Mar-Gustin, Danyne Johnston, Ishrat Khan, Lorena Krause and Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki. Read the artists bios on display in the gallery and discover the inspirational stories and locations behind these works.
The show runs until March 22 at the Hearth Gallery and features many of the stunning artworks from the You Are Here 2021 calendar (some have sold) as well as additional artworks by the participating artists. Sales of the calendar directly support North Van Arts’ interactive database project, North Shore Culture Compass.
Visit the virtual gallery on The Hearth website, thehearthartsonbowen.ca, for a preview of the artworks in the show, to subscribe to our newsletter and to become a Hearth member.
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