The weekend of September 18th marked the season opening of art exhibitions in #yyj.

Photos of activities.

40 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC, September 2015

Curated by Michelle Jacques and Helen Marzolf (Director, Open Space Art Society) | Ker, Centennial and LAB Galleries | Organized by the AGGV in collaboration with the Open Space Art Society

A distinctive voice in the fields of conceptual, performance and mail-art, Anna Banana is a pioneer of participatory art practices. Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1940, she began her career as a textile artist in the 1960s. However, driven by a desire to have more direct interaction with viewers, in 1971, she declared herself the city’s Town Fool, organizing a variety of events aimed at engaging the public in creative endeavours.

At the time, Banana’s participatory initiatives would have been amongst the most avant-garde art being practiced in Victoria. While the Town Fool projects provided her with an opportunity to connect with local audiences, in order to reach out beyond the limits and limitations of her hometown, she began to produce and circulate her newsletter, the Banana Rag, in 1971. This connected her to the International Mail Art Network (IMAN), and artists in a range of cities, including Vancouver, Toronto and New York.

– See more at: http://aggv.ca/exhibitions/anna-banana#sthash.yIqQZYTY.dpuf

Anna Banana in front of exhibition entrance, Sept 18, 2015 at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Anna Banana in front of exhibition entrance, Sept 18, 2015 at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Carollyne Yardley with Anna Banana at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, opening.

Carollyne Yardley with Anna Banana at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, opening.

Carollyne Yardley with Dame Mailarta at opening night of Anna Banana, AGGV 2015 (photo courtesy of Dame Mailarta)

Carollyne Yardley with Dame Mailarta at opening night of Anna Banana, AGGV 2015 (photo courtesy of Dame Mailarta)

Carollyne Yardley with Pat Martin Bates, Sept 2015 Opening of Anna Banana, AGGV.

Carollyne Yardley with Pat Martin Bates, Sept 2015 Opening of Anna Banana, AGGV.

Bun Anus photo at Anna Banana exhibiton, AGGV Sept 2015. (Photo by Sandi Christine).

Bun Anus photo at Anna Banana exhibiton, AGGV Sept 2015. (Photo by Sandi Christine).

Tierre Taylor and Carollyne Yardley, Opening Night of Anna Banana, AGGV 2015

Tierre Taylor and Carollyne Yardley, Opening Night of Anna Banana, AGGV 2015

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Dame Mailart with Pat Martin Bates

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40 Years of Fooling Around with A. Banana at the Open Space, BC, September 2015

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My 3 Bananas @openspacevic #annabanana #Squirrealism meets #Bananology #yyjarts

My 3 Bananas @openspacevic #annabanana #Squirrealism meets #Bananology #yyjarts

#Anonymous #banana backside one of my three re-gifted items @openspacevic #mailart #annabanana @artgalleryvic #Squirrealism meets #Bananology

#Anonymous #banana backside one of my three re-gifted items @openspacevic #mailart #annabanana @artgalleryvic #Squirrealism meets #Bananology

Winchester Galleries Season Opening, Sept 19, 2015

Special Opening reception:
Saturday, September 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Formal Attire (black tie optional)
Bubbles and canapés
Karel Roessingh, piano;  Peter Dowse, bass

Winchester Galleries presents a stunning exhibition of international prints that were collected by a Canadian couple over the past five decades. Their interest in some of the greatest artists in the international canon and their tireless quest to acquire only the best work has enabled us to present a show of unparalleled quality.

Included in this unique exhibition are works by Karel Appel, Mary Cassat, Edgar Degas, Raoul Dufy, Sam Francis, George Grosz, Robert Indiana, Willem de Kooning, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Victor Vasarely and Andy Warhol.  Read more.

Glinda the Good Witch et al, at the season opening @wgalleries #canadianart #yyj #manray #helenfrankenthaler #toulouselautrec  #carollyne #carollyneyardley #Squirrealism #squirrel #artist #seattle #yyj

Glinda the Good Witch et al, at the season opening @wgalleries #canadianart #yyj #manray #helenfrankenthaler #toulouselautrec #carollyne #carollyneyardley #Squirrealism #squirrel #artist #seattle #yyj

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Robert Amos with Mary Ellen Threadkell

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Close up of Robert Amos hand drawn suit!

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Close up of Robert Amos hand drawn suit!

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