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Friday, June 20 - Tuesday, September 30
Touch Wood Exhibition - HELD OVER
VanDusen Botanical Garden, a place renowned for its collections of rare and endangered trees, celebrates the culture of wood with a very special art exhibit – Touch Wood. Curated by Celia Duthie and Nicholas Hunt of the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island, Touch Wood is a landmark exhibition of more than two dozen wood sculptures and installations by prominent B.C. artists such as Brent Comber, Michael Dennis, Alastair Heseltine and Martha Varcoe Sturdy to name but four of the more than 10 participants. As a reflection of VanDusen’s environmental mandate, all the pieces in the exhibit are constructed from wood that has been salvaged, recycled or scavenged.
Large sculptures and installations will be sited within the Garden itself, allowing visitors to enjoy the pieces surrounded by the beauty of the natural settings. As with past exhibits, visitors’ experiences and perceptions of the art changes with each visit as the light and surrounding vegetation changes with the weather, time of day or season. “The environment becomes part of the show. Because of the placement of the art, people see and experience the Garden in a new way.”
The show includes smaller indoor works exhibited in the Discovery Room of the Visitor Centre.
Brent Comber June 9 - July 8
Paul Burke July 8 - August 6
Richard Tetrault August 6 - September 3
Michael Dennis September 3 - October 1
Also in the Visitor Centre, and in partnership with the Craft Council of BC, the Garden Shop will feature a range of contemporary pieces made in wood by BC’s most skilled and creative wood turners, carvers and makers. Throughout the summer visitors will also be able to observe some of these artists working onsite.
All the pieces, from monumental to minuscule, are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support VanDusen Botanical Garden’s activities and programs. Join us for an extraordinary exhibit that explores the roots of B.C.’s soul. For more information: www.duthiegallery.com. Exhibition is free with admission to the garden.
Friday, June 27 - Tuesday, September 30
GardenShop, VanDusen Visitor Centre
Featuring works hand crafted by BC's most skilled and creative woodturners, carvers and makers, ShopWood will run in conjunction of TouchWood. ShopWood offers Garden visitors the opportunity to select wood craft to enjoy at home while supporting BC artists and the annual programs of the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association.
Daily until September 30th - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 - Monday, August 4
The Sculptors’ Society of BC Summer Exhibition
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Stanley Smith Rock Garden and Phyllis Bentall Garden. Enjoy striking sculptures in a lush garden setting at the Sculptors’ Society of BC's 38th Anniversary Exhibition. Diversity is the hallmark of the Society, with sculptures in a variety of styles and range of materials - from metal and lead crystal to glass to wood, marble and terra cotta. This is a rare opportunity to see works by internationally renowned artists in their home province. Daily demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. – noon; noon – 4:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibition is free with Admission or Membership to the Garden. More info: www.ssbc.ca, or email@example.com
Opening Reception Thursday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. Public is welcome, Admission or Membership to the Garden is required.
Monday, August 11 - Thursday, August 14
Summer Camp - Bogs to Beaches
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Members $255 / Non-members $275
Ages: 8 - 11
This camp will meet at VanDusen and go offsite. Fee includes a t-shirt and water bottle.
Explore the beaches, bogs, gardens and forests found in the heart of our super, natural city. With our home-base at VanDusen Botanical Garden, we’ll also visit UBC’s Greenheart Canopy Walkway, Stanley Park, the Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Camosun Bog. We’ll practice citizen science, build ‘crabitats’, learn about carnivorous plants and study tropical birds. Join us for an awesome week of science on-the-go!
TO REGISTER: Call 604-718-5898. All voice messages will be answered as soon as possible during office hours (Tues-Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Saturday, August 16
Vancouver Orchid Society Sale of Orchids and Companion Plants
Floral Hall, Admin Bldg.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Admission
Information: Margaret Prat 604-261-8474 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 23 - Sunday, August 24
Vancouver Dahlia Society Dahlia Show
Floral Hall and Cedar Room, Admin Bldg.
Saturday: 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 3:30 p.m. Admission by donation
Information: Betty Girard 604-431-8611 / email@example.com or
Richard Zuk 604-294-0237 / firstname.lastname@example.org