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Must-Sees This Week: August 13 to 19, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art opens “Debutantes and Scamps,” an exhibition of new work by Megan Dyck on August 14 at 8 p.m. The last few weeks of August also offer a chance to see some great shows before they close: “Still Life: Looking at the Overlooked” at Trépanier Baer Gallery, which closes August 15, and the Nickle Galleries’s “Ron Thom and the Allied Arts,” which closes August 21.


At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, “Treasures of the Chinese Scholar’s Studio” looks at the influence of the literati, or the cultured, educated tastemakers whose influence over painting, calligraphy and other forms of art-making left an indelible mark on Chinese art history. The show, curated by Barry Till, opens August 14.


Trinity Square Video launches an ambitious series of commissioned projects in “Peripheral Fixation” on August 19 at 7 p.m., including pieces by John Boyle Singfield, Jenn E. Norton, Zeesy Powers, Tobias Williams and others. Boreal Collective, a group of Toronto-based photographers, launch a show at O’Born Contemporary on August 14. Walter Scott takes his beloved Wendy comics into the performance realm with A Home Underground: A Wendy Meta-Fiction, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art on August 16 at 3 p.m.


The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art kicks off in Vancouver this week, with related programming throughout the city. On Main Gallery at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts opens “MIMMiC: Disruption,” a three-day exhibition with artist demos, featuring the premiere of Paul Wong’s Wave Cycle and three works-in-progress by Evann Siebens, Sammy Chien and Adam Myhill and Christine Wallace, runs from August 16 to 18. Geronimo Inutiq’s media work ARCTICNOISE, which responds to Glenn Gould’s The Idea of the North by appropriating Gould’s piece and adding images and sound material from a variety of sources, opens at Grunt Gallery on August 17. The summer group show is taken to something of an extreme at Wil Aballe Art Projects, where “Quoting the Quotidian,” which features no fewer than 17 artists, opens on August 13 at 7 p.m. Vintage and contemporary photographs of Vancouver by Greg Girard open at Monte Clark Gallery on August 15 at 2 p.m.


At the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, “Encounters With Music,” which brings together artists as diverse as Marc Chagall, Joyce Wieland and Michel Fortier, closes August 23. Robert Achtemichuk leads a talk at the Homer Watson House and Gallery on August 13 at 12 p.m.


The town of Warkworth is filled with art installations this weekend for the second annual iteration of Sunday Drive Art Projects’s rural festival. With a line up including Dean Baldwin, Basil AlZeri, Sean Martindale, Onyeka Igwe and Felix Kalmenson, the festival kicks off on August 15 with a bus that heads from Toronto to Warkworth and back.

Campbell River

“Like the back of my hand,” featuring West Coast landscape paintings by Suzo Hickey and “Are you sure?” by Terra Poirier open August 13 at the Campbell River Art Gallery.


Donald Browne Gallery opens “RAIDS,” a group show themed for the Fierté Montréal Pride Celebration featuring artists including Suzy Lake, J.J. Levine, Christine Major and others, with a vernissage August 13 at 5 p.m. Darling Foundry’s exhibition by Lieven de Boeck (which features a sky full of flags and a floor full of basketballs) and Hajra Waheed’s quiet, tributary “Asylum in the Sea” close on August 23.


The Ottawa Art Gallery’s “Female Self-Representation and the Public Trust: Mary E. Wrinch and the AGW Collection” closes on August 16. Cube Gallery’s group exhibition of summery landscape paintings, “Hidden Gems,” closes August 30. The exhibition for the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts at the National Gallery of Canada closes August 30.


Although new shows aren’t opening until September, the end of August is a great time to visit the Beaverbrook Art Gallery‘s current slate of exhibitions before they close. “Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery” closes August 23;  Harold “Doc” Edgerton‘s exhibition “Freezing Time” closes August 30; and “Phantom Presence: Contemporary Photography in New Brunswick” closes August 30.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit


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