“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

       More of me comes out when I improvise. The only real influence I've ever had was myself.” Edward Hopper.

 

     "Freeing yourself from limitations that curtail thought, and restrict imagination is the most important part of the creative process. To be         innovative one must break with convention in order to  be free to improvise."

 

Exhibition Experience:

 

Group Exhibitions:

July - August 2015, “Trigger Drawing the Line” QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC.

July - Aug 2014  “Regenerations”, QAF,  Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC

Nov - Dec 2013  “AOM Collective” Havanna Gallery & Restaurant, Vancouver BC

July - Aug 2013 “Transgressions” QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC

April 2012 - June 2013    Arts off Main Gallery, Vancouver BC

July - Aug 2012 “ Random Acts of ., QAF, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Ctr, Vancouver BC

Sept - Oct 2011,   “Connecting the dots” Gallery 560, 560 Seymore, Vancouver BC  

November 2010:    Eastside Culture Crawl, Portside Studios, Vancouver BC

Aug – Sept 2010:   PNE Container Art, “Living in a box”, installation piece, PNE Vancouver BC.

June 2010:   Open House, paintings, Portside Studios, Vancouver, BC

November 2009:    Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio,  Vancouver, BC

July 2009:   Faerie Tales, Queer Arts Festival, painting, Roundhouse,  Vancouver, BC

June – July 2009:    Mad Pride, “Avalon Hotel” painting, Gallery Gachet,  Vancouver, BC

November 2008   Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio,  Vancouver, BC

July 2008:   Gender Twist, Pride in Art, portrait of David Remier, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC

June 2008:   Vancouver Perspectives in Paint, Yaletown Gallery, “Avalon Hotel” painting, Vancouver, BC

November 2007:  Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio,  Vancouver, BC

November 2006:  Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings,the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC

July 2006:   Joy along the Continuum, paintings, Roundhouse, Vancouver, BC

November 2005:  Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC

November 2004:  Eastside Culture Crawl, paintings, the Onion Studio, Vancouver, BC

 

Teaching Experience:

July 2015 : The Boys Club Network Summer Camp, Templeton Secondary School. Mix media painting. Forty students between the ages 13 to 17 who are enrolled in a painting course where students can express themselves through art. This summer program runs for 4 weeks for 125 hours in total, the program is designed to assist these young men who are at risk, to find greater understanding of the issues confront them. The painting course is part of this program.

 

Dec 2013 - March 2014: Course; Stagecraft at Templeton Secondary School. Twenty students enrolled in a course that is part of the Theatre Temp program where students learn the art stagecraft for an actual theatrical production titled, “After Juliet”. Students learned a variety of techniques, including the basic elements of set design, scenic painting,  and props etc.

 

Feb 2013 - April 2013: Course; Stagecraft at Templeton Secondary School. Fifteen students enrolled for the production of “THIS”.

 

July 2012: Course: Painting the urban landscape” Queer Arts Festival, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Vancouver BC. Four students enrolled for 3 sessions , 9 hours in total. Where students begin to work from pleinair sketches taken from street locales located nearby. Students are encouraged to develop their compositions into a painting. Some additional instruction was given after the workshop to those students who asked further instructions.

 

Curatorial Experience:

Responsible for overseeing the arrangement, cataloguing, exhibition, maintenance and installation of the artwork. Instrumental in developing thematic concepts that form the basis for the exhibition theme. Coordinates and facilitates the jury through the selection process. Provided instruction about the artists and their work for gallery docents and interprets the collection of artefacts or works of art in order to inform, educate and inspire the public.Conducts gallery tours for our VIPs during the run of the exhibition

 

Curatorial Exhibitions:

July – August 2012: Queer Arts Festival, “Random Acts of Queerness”. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 31 artists from across Canada, the United States and overseas, in recognition of the 100th birthday of composer, artist and philosopher John Cage

July – August 2011: Queer Arts Festival, “Games People Play” Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 29 artists, both local, national and international where artists were asked to queer the idea of game playing.

July – August 2010: Queer Arts Festival, “Queertopia”, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Center, Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 23 artists, both local and national, where artist were asked to imagine the ultimate Queer community. What would this look like, how does it feel?

November 18 – December 14, 2009, Eastside Culture Crawl, “Crawl Salon”, Chapel Arts Vancouver BC. An exhibition of 30 participant ECC artists.

November 20 – December 1, Eastside Culture Crawl, “Crawl Salon”, Chapel Arts Vancouver BC.

An exhibition of 38 participant ECC artists.

 

Published Works:

Buster Winter Folly, published July 2014; Author: Kristin Shumacher, Illustrated by Jeffery Austin Gibson

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Film & Theatre:

Set Designer, Scenic Painter,

2014 “Man up”, Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School

2014  “After Juliet”, Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School

2013 “ Loudest Silence”, Set designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School

2013 “this”  Set Designer, Theatre Temp, Templeton Secondary School

1999, “So Weird”, Axium Entertainment Services Canada, scenic painter

1997-98, “Sleepwalkers”, Mandeville Productions BC LTD., puppets, props, masks

 

1996,“Copain Copain”, Theatre La Seizienne, Vancouver BC, production manager

1995,“Le Petite Prince”, Theatre La Seizienne, Vancouver BC, construction,

1996, Jessie Award for best Set Design Young Peoples Theatre

1994,“Bremen town players”,  Caravan Theatre, Vernon BC, production manager

1994,“Pigasso’s place”, M3D Film Prod. Inc. Kusher-locke Ent. BCTV, Burnaby BC, puppet wrangler

 

Education:

1992, Emily Carr, Vancouver BC, mix media painting

1989, Architecturally Bent Neon and Glass Works, Toronto Ontario,

1980-84, Ontario College of Art, Toronto Ontario, bachelor of fine arts, painting

1978-80, Langara College, Vancouver BC, 2 year fine arts diploma

 

Volunteer Experience:

2014 -                   Queer Arts Festival

                             President. Installation Manager for QAF 2013 exhibition for Transgressions

2008 -                   Frank Theatre Company Screaming Weenies Society

                             Treasurer

2006 – 2011         Queer Arts Festival

                             President, Sponsorship Committee Chairperson, Jury Committee Chairperson

2004 – 2010         Eastside Culture Crawl Society

                            Treasurer, Crawl Salon Committee Lead

                            Duties: Coordination and preparation of operating budgets. Events Co-coordinator for the Crawl Salon.

 

The Pride in Art Society hold an annual 3 week multi-disciplinary arts festival in Vancouver since 2006. This 3 week summer festival is one of only a few in North America that promotes, celebrates and showcases LGBTI (queer) artists and their work.  www.queerartsfestival.com