ANNIVERSARY GROUP ART SHOW

Our year-end exhibition was a look back at some of the artists who have previously displayed their work at the shop.

Once again curated and organized by Rita Minichiello of Vernissage Exhibitions and Len Budiwski, this eclectic collection was a great reminder of how fortunate we are to be a venue for local artists.  Thank you to each of the artists, Rita and Len and all of the customers who take the time to view and share their enthusiasm for these works.  All the best for 2017!

NOVEMBER ARTIST: RITA MINICHIELLO

NOVEMBER ARTIST: RITA MINICHIELLO

This collection, My Streets - Then & Now, is the long-awaited exhibition from photographer and Bean Art Program curator Rita Minichiello of Vernissage Exhibitions.  We could not be more appreciative of the creativity, consideration and commitment Rita has given us over many years.  At home, I pass by her Donuts & Coffee image countless times a day.  Reintroducing selections for her archives to our loyal customers is a great pleasure.

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JUNE/JULY ARTIST: PATRICK MCKAY

JUNE/JULY ARTIST: PATRICK MCKAY

This exhibition went up the night before Car Free Main Day and when I arrived early that quiet Sunday morning bracing for a festive, yet long and chaotic day, the beauty of these photographs was striking.  As a frequent ferry rider, while my mind was lured in by the familiarity of the scenes, I was duly enchanted to be so taken with their joy - equal parts adventuresome and ordinary.  Like seeing a child revel in a transit ride, while the commuter is left to feel a fool for being aloof, more than that, they are envious of the unfettered delight.

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APRIL ARTIST: SARAH STONEHOCKER

APRIL ARTIST: SARAH STONEHOCKER

It's been interesting to see over the past three years how the different work selected by Rita and Len have interplayed with the bustle of the shop and neighbourhood in general.  Sarah Stonehocker's serene black and white photos of Lake Manaro on the South Pacific Vanuatu island of Ambae feels so right at this time.  If her aim was to bear witness, that's been achieved with amazing lightness.  One feels deeply absorbed by the images - at an intimate promixity while at the same time leaving the scene captured undisturbed.  We are transported and immersed.  And then deposited back onto Main Street with the imagery still lingering.

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ILLUSTRATOR TERRI-LYNN PAPAGIANNIS

We are thrilled to have discovered Victoria-based illustrator Terri-Lynn Papagiannis!  After falling in love with her vibrant, cheerful and inspiring Instagram feed, we reached out to Terri-Lynn to see how she felt about creating an illustration of The Bean to help launch our 15th anniversary celebration.

Working from the foundation of a line drawing illuminated with watercolour, Terri-Lynn delivered a beautiful piece in ink and gouache that we think captures life at The Bean perfectly!

You can purchase work by Terri-Lynn on her Etsy shop and learn more about her work via her website.

If you're in Victoria, take a class!  The wonderful Poppet Creative hosts classes and events with an assortment of artists and a nice range of media - from watercolour and acrylics to leather-working and weaving.


THE BEAN'S CURATED ART PROGRAM

Under the careful watch of Rita Minichiello of Vernissage Exhibitions and Len Budiwski, over the last few years we have been spoiled with an art program that changes monthly.

We have also been remiss in profiling the artists and are - over the next few months - going to be looking back even as we look forward.  Below are the artists that have held exhibitions at The Bean.  Please check back to find their individual profiles.  You can learn more about our past artists here.

Mojgan Abolhassani
March 1 - April 17, 2015 - Spiritual Paintings   www.mojgan.com

Joyce Ozier
April 18 - May 30, 2015 - Abstract Painting

Tessa Mul
May 31 - July 11, 2015 -  Colour Photographs on panels

Graydon Wallace
July 12 - August 22, 2015 - Pop Art Painting  http://www.graydonwallace.com/

Jordan Houston
August 23 - October 3, 2015 - Photographs - http://hipsistercreative.com

Julia Di Sano
October 3 - November 14, 2015 - Mixed Media  http://www.ebiemporium.com

Len Budiwski
November 15 - December 31, 2015 - Sculpture/Photo Essay. Work with Nature

Shelley McDonald
January 1 - February 13, 2016 - Watercolour  www.shelleymcdonald.myartchannel.com

Tara Ahmadi
February 13 - March 26, 2016 - Abstract Acrylic on canvas  www.instagram.com/tarantism.art/

JANUARY/FEBRUARY ARTIST: RAMI KATZ

JANUARY/FEBRUARY ARTIST: RAMI KATZ

We are thrilled to have stepped into a new year surrounded by subtly and deeply personal portraits by filmmaker Rami Katz.  While devoting most of his creative energy to developing, producing and directing a range of documentary films, Rami's exhibition at The Bean provided a perfect opportunity to showcase moments from both journeys abroad and interactions at home.

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