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Eight Prints: A 1959 Print Portfolio by Artists from Victoria

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Eight Prints: A 1959 Print Portfolio by Artists from Victoria

May 3-July 11, 2016
McGill Library

Presenting an exhibition of eight prints from a portfolio by Victoria artists from the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. These works are by eight of the 12 Point Group members and predates their official assembly. Tony Emery, who wrote the short, accompanying essay for this portfolio, went on to become the Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery from 1967 to 1974.

In 1954, German Expressionist artist Herbert Siebner immigrated to Victoria. Many artists were attracted to the West Coast at the time because of its lifestyle and environment, the opportunities to teach, and the burgeoning modern art scene. Victoria, however, was relatively isolated from the rest of the country. As a result, artists in the area came together to form their own communities, and in 1960, Siebner established the Point Group, a circle of 12 artists who exhibited together at Don Adam’s Furniture Shop on Front Street. The group held its last exhibition in 1962, and many members went on to form another influential artist collective called the Limners in 1971, following the arrival of artist Maxwell Bates to Victoria.


Artist Talk with Avis Rasmussen
Sunday, April 24, 2-4pm, Burnaby Art Gallery

Avis Rasmussen, painter and printmaker, majored in painting with John Dobereiner and studied printmaking with Dr. Pat Martin Bates, University of Victoria. At the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts (80s), Rasmussen studied painting with Flemming Jorgensen and Japanese woodblock with Noboru Sawai where, in 2015, she taught a workshop, Try Reduction Linocuts - Picasso Did.

In 1992, Rasmussen was juried into the Emma Lake Artists Workshop, University of Saskatchewan and was accepted into a residency in 2003 at the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, in Italy culminating in a group exhibition. Burnaby Art Gallery exhibited Travels with Avis and Take Five Coast to Coast in Bob Prittie Library as well as Jazz linocuts and watercolours in rental until 2015.  

With the Ground Zero Printmakers of Victoria she exhibited in Pretoria, South Africa and 
Hastings, New Zealand and continues to participate in local and travelling shows. Her work is represented by Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC and in many public and private collections.

Image credits (left to right): 
Herbert Siebner, Figure Group, 1959, serigraph on paper, 73/100, 31.8 x 49.7 cm. From the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. BAG AN 1990.17. Photographed by Harry Booth. 8 Prints Portfolio, serigraph on paper. From the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. Photographed by Harry Booth.