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Pop Surrealism and Steve Chmilar

Artist: Steve Chmilar

Artist: Steve Chmilar

I went to the Moss Street Paint in last weekend, and was most impressed by Steve Chmilar’s work. I have posted an image to the left. Steve sent our an email to his guestbook fans and directed us to this link filled with artists from the Surrealism Pop Art Lowbrow art movement. 

Beinart International Surreal Art Collective One of my favourites is Mark Ryden, one of the most celebrated artists of the Pop Surrealism movement.

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2009 · July 25 – August 3, Victoria, BC

Sooke Fine Arts Show 2009 · July 25 – August 3
SEAPARC Leisure Complex – 2168 Phillips Road · Sooke, BC · Canada

The 2009 Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for both well-known and emerging artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to showcase their work. Along with the 7,500 annual visitors who attend the art show, the show draws hundreds of art patrons from British Columbia, and throughout western Canada and the United States.

Bowker Creek Brush-Up ~ 5th annual!

July 18 ~ Sat July 18, 12 noon – 4:00 pm: 22nd Moss Street Paint In! Over 125 artists showing/demonstrating their work!
Bowker Creek Park ~ Sun Aug 9, 11-4:30 Info:
Bowker Creek Brush-Up ~ 5th annual! presented by Oak Bay Community Artists Society. Artists/environmental groups/art demos & sales.

You’re invited – First annual Paint and Pastry art show

For Immediate Release

(Victoria: July 7, 2009) A feast for both your eyes and mouth await you as Amica at Somerset House and The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria team up to present the first annual Paint and Pastry art show showcasing five local artists as well as the delicious pastry treats created by Amica’s Executive Chef Robert Kroeger.

“This is a chance for the public to stimulate both their minds and taste buds while overlooking one of the finest vistas in this part of the world, from the retirement residence of Amica at Somerset House,” says Moira King, Amica at Somerset House Community Relations Manager. “This innovative event aims to showcase the artistic talents of some of our creative residents along with those of the community at large.” 

Featured artists include Bob Sivertson and Pierrette Alarie Simoneau, two very talented Amica at Somerset House residents, and Victoria Sketch Club artists Barbara Lover, Verna Linney and Ray Goldsworthy, all members of the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. 

The 15-piece collection will feature a captivating selection of their works in acrylic, water colours, oils and pen, and ink. These works can be viewed, appreciated, discussed with the artists, and purchased.

“This collaboration with Amica at Somerset House is providing these artists with a wonderful opportunity, not just to forge partnerships with other local artists but also to enhance their profile in the community,” comments Sarah Rostami, Assistant Curator at the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria.

The public is welcome and admission to the exhibit is free, as are the pastries! Amica at Somerset House is located at 540 Dallas Road. This event takes place on Wednesday, July 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. 

About Amica at Somerset House

About The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Media contact information:

Moira King, Community Relations Manager Sarah Rostami, Assistant Curator

Amica at Somerset House Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

250.380-9121 250. 381-2787

Will Calder, Artist


This is an exhibition by a remarkable elderly man who paints like a young man.

* His work is astonishing and he is selling at very low prices: almost every painting is $200 or under. 

* He is showing approximately 40 paintings.

* See the paragraph & image in the July edition of FOCUS magazine 

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, G-6 1001 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C.  V8W 2C5

381-2787 | Fax: 383-9155 Email: | Web:

July 23-29

Will Calder – remarkable paintings by a remarkable senior

No Opening Reception

Monday-Friday: 10-5

Saturday & Sunday hours: 11-4


Whisky Dinner, Companions of the Quaich

Tasting notes from Companions of the Quaich dinner

Bulleit Bourbon

Nose: Like Canadian Rye, lemon, fruity, butter, pound cake,
Taste: minty, leather, sweet
Finish: mild pepper, dry, astringent

Knob Creek 9yo Bourbon

Nose: Light, brown sugar, floral, grape, plummy
Taste: soda, fizzy, wood, lacquer, grape, maple syrup
Finish: floral finish

Classic Cask 21 yo Kentuky Straight Rye Whisky

Nose: Vanilla, lemon, mint
Taste: floral, plum, raisin
Finish: hot pepper ending 

Overall I liked the Bulleit Bourbon the best out these three. For more information about a Whisky Dinner club in your area, visit

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