We might give our sub-zero Canadian cousins the ol’ T-shirts-and-daffodils routine, but it’s the time of year when even diehard Vic fans can be grappling with a serious case of the blahs.
Consider the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) your antidote. Tucked away in one of the city’s leafiest neighbourhoods, the gallery is stacked with seasonal happenings, making it an ideal place to while away a chilly West Coast afternoon.
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The AGGV may be known for its world-class Asian art, Emily Carrs and contemporary collections, but beginning January 31, the AGGV heats things up with some sultry Sunday jazz. The Jazz at the Gallery afternoon concert series features West Coast musicians such as Roy Styffe (Victoria) and Miles Black. With just four shows to choose from, get your tix early ($35 including gallery entry).
Rock New Classes + Exhibitions
Want to learn how to make moccasins, or take on an art project with your kids? The gallery offers a range of high-interest winter activities and classes.
Think you know watercolour? Think again. The Water + Pigment + Paper exhibition (January 30 to May 23) will transport you to colourscapes well beyond the season’s shades of grey. The January 29 opening reception is free to the public (8-10 pm).
Get Groovy at URBANITE
The next URBANITE — the enduringly popular 19+ series fusing art, beats and bevvies — is March 18 and takes its inspiration from the Water + Pigment + Paper show. The event promises a unique spin on an old fave. Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10 am.
How Cool is This?
An “Art is for everybody” mantra means more than lip service in our fair city. Thanks to community partnerships, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Household Access Pass is available for borrowing from the Greater Victoria Public Library. The pass provides free general gallery admission for two adults and up to four children (special events not included).
Seriously, what better to chase away the winter doldrums than a perfectly curated dose of art?
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street
*Image: Jack Shadbolt, Dog Among the Ruins, 1947, watercolour, carbon pencil on paper, Colin Graham Fund – Canada Council Matching Funds, 1980.069.001