GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites

Joice M. Hall
January 20 to April 1, 2018


Joice M. Hall, Longhouse Site 5/SGang Gwaay (detail), 2017, acrylic on stretched canvas, 36 x 75 in.

Kelowna-based artist Joice M. Hall’s exhibition, GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Sacred Sites, is a painting installation inspired by 1600 digital photographs that she took during a two-week artist residency in Haida Gwaii in 2016. The 18-foot installation is a panoramic landscape that celebrates the ocean, forest, and marine life she saw while being guided around Gwaii Haanas by Parks Canada resource officers.

Hall was one of three artists that participated in the 2016 annual Artists in Gwaii Haanas residency program, presented by the Haida Gwaii Museum in collaboration with Gwaii Haanas/Parks Canada. Applicants for the residency are selected by a review committee consisting of representatives from the Haida Gwaii Museum, Gwaii Haanas/Parks Canada and local practicing artists of Haida Gwaii. The goal of this residency is to connect artists to Gwaii Haanas, and connect, through these artists, Gwaii Haanas to Canada and the greater world. As part of the residency program, GWAII HAANAS – Islands and Scared Sites was exhibited at the Haida Gwaii Museum in 2017.

A realist painter, Hall spent most of her career based in Calgary before moving to Kelowna in 1999. She studied at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary from 1960 to 1965. She has exhibited her work in galleries across Canada, and in Mexico. In 2010, the Kelowna Art Gallery organized a full-scale survey of Hall’s work, titled Surreal. Real. Ideal: The Art of Joice M. Hall.

Opening Reception
Friday, January 19, 7 to 9 pm
This is a free event, open to members and guests by invitation.
This event is held in conjunction with the opening for Gary Pearson: Short Fictions.

Tour and Talk with the Artist
Saturday, March 24, 2 to 3 pm
Join us for an exhibition tour and conversation with artist Joice M. Hall.

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