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SHEILA: Women, Art, and Production

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 6 – 9 p.m.

Please join us for the opening reception of an all-female group exhibition to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017, featuring work by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous multidisciplinary contemporary artists.

Artists: Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda, Matilda Aslizadeh, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Robyn Laba, Natasha McHardy, Yvonne Muinde, Joyce Ozier, Heather Passmore, Maria Anna Parolin, Rosa Quintana-Lillo, Sarah Shamash, prOphecy sun, Damla Tamer, Charlene Vickers, and Carollyne Yardley.

Panel talks facilitated by the artists, as well as individuals from the local arts scene and the DTES, will be held at Fazakas Gallery on each Saturday of the month, beginning on March 11th.

As well, an online auction will take place from March 8 – 31st to benefit Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Performance by Charlene Vickers (Anishinaabe Ojibwe), at Fazakas Gallery as part of the SHEILA Artist Talk Panel.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Along with the opening of SHE-I-LA, Fazakas Gallery will be hosting panel talks on each Saturday of the month, beginning on March 11th. These panels include an Artist Talk by the SHE-I-LA exhibitors, a panel discussion by the Art Mamas collective, and a Downtown East Side panel.

SHEILA Artist Talk
March 11th, 2 – 4 p.m.
Fazakas Gallery
688 E Hastings St

Participating artists will discuss their work in the exhibition. Featuring: Matilda Aslizadeh, Jenny Hawkinson, Natasha McHardy, Yvonne Muinde, Joyce Ozier, and a performance by Charlene Vickers.

Art Mamas Panel Discussion
March 18th, 2 – 4 p.m.
Fazakas Gallery
688 E Hastings St

Featuring: Gabriella Aceves-Sepulveda, Matilda Aslizadeh, Sarah Shamash, Heather Passmore, Maria Anna Parolin, Natasha McHardy, Damla Tamer, and prOphecy sun.

This group of Vancouver-based artist mothers will be presenting a unique collective and heterogeneous artist talk on motherhood and art practice and the intersections between reproductive and artistic labour. The panel discussion, in the form of an informal dialogue, will elaborate a utopian model for a feminist, women-centred, sustainable creation process that integrates life and all of its chaos into a viable and valued way of being and creating without being marginalized by and excluded from the male-dominated art system.

Art in the DTES Panel Discussion
March 25th, 2 – 4 p.m.
Fazakas Gallery
688 E Hastings St

Facilitator: Renae Morriseau, Actor and Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence at the Vancouver Public Library.

Featuring:
Savannah Walling, Associate Artistic Director, Heart of the City Festival
Haisla Collins, Community Murals and participant in Big Print Project
Kazuho Yamamoto, Former coordinator for DTES Small Arts Grants
Dalannah Gail Bowen – DTES Centre for the Arts/Quilt Project for Missing Women

Participant Biographies:

Renae Morriseau works to cultivate social justice and inclusiveness in utilizing the creative arts as a mechanism for change.  Since the early 80’s she has worked in the arts in Canada, United States and most recently, internationally with her singing group, M’Girl.
In theatre, she produced, wrote, directed and acted in a variety of Aboriginal stories contributing her music, dramaturgy and storytelling as well as teaching the to the next generation of thespians. Her recent work was to musically direct the Secwepemc community play, Tuwitames, in 2014. Later that year, she worked with Caravan Farm Theatre’s winter show in the 2014/15 season, Contest of the Winds, in which she musically directed, sang and acted.
Renae has just completed her work as Associate Director with David Diamond’s forum theatre production on Truth & Reconciliation called, šxwʔamət (Home) and is currently co-writing a play Weaving Reconciliation for the Vancouver Moving Theatre. The hope is that this production will go to stage in the late spring on 2018.

Savannah Walling is a Downtown Eastside resident, co-founder and Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. A theatre artist and playwright trained in dance, mime and music, she researches, writes/co-writes, and oversees multi-layered original productions interweaving localized content, accessible storytelling, spectacle and live music.  Highlights of community-engaged projects created with, for and about the Downtown Eastside include: In the Heart of a City: The Downtown Eastside Community Play, We’re All In This Together, East End Blues & All That Jazz, Bread & Salt, Storyweaving, The Big House and Against the Current.  Savannah is co-recipient of: British Columbia Achievement Award (2008); City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award (2009, Community Art), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) for contributions to Canadian culture. She is a first generation immigrant who is grateful to have found a home on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.

Haisla  Collins is mixed media artist of mostly Tsimshian, Nisga’a and Celtic ancestry working out of Raven’s Eye Studio in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, B.C. which is one of the poorest neighborhoods with a huge population of indigenous folks. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University, and has been actively teaching art and indigenous cultural traditions and creating community since 2010.
She is also part of this years BIG PRINT PROJECT in Chinatown. She is the former coordinator of the Aboriginal Artisan Program and Raven’s Eye Mentorship Program, and was the director of the Blessed Kateri mural project. She is one of the mural painters for Through the Eye of the Raven, the largest piece of public art in Western Canada. Haisla is a founder of Raven’s Eye Studio and a member of the Indigenous Women Artist Collective. She has also been involved in many public art projects and events, participated on art juries and been involved in orchestrating and participating in community environments. She is also a singer and harmonica player with the blues and roots band Nasty, Brutish and Short.

Kazuho Yamamoto has worked at Oppenheimer Park/Carnegie Community Centre from 2013 – 2016. She has led weekly arts drop-in at Oppenheimer Park, as well as was the coordinator for the Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show for 3 years. She was also the assistant and coordinator for Vancouver Foundation’s DTES Small Arts Grants. Currently, she works at Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCTs) as a Booking and Event Coordinator. With VCTs, she assists and works on the Theatres’ under-utilized space grant program, visual art program, and community engagement program.

Dalannah Gail Bowen has been living in Vancouver for the past forty-one years. She has been producing various music and community fundraisers for non-profit societies since 1979 including AIDS Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, World Peace Forum.
She has lived and worked in the downtown eastside for the past fourteen years; where upon her recovery from homelessness and addiction, she chose to live in service to the downtown eastside community. The creation of the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts  is a result of a vision had about creating opportunities for healing through art practices. Dalannah is also a blues, jazz and gospel singer who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2015. She has received many awards including Downtown Eastside Community Award, Thirty Inspiring Women of Vancouver, Power to Change Award, Vancouver’s 100 Powerful Women and the Indigenous Woman of Excellence Award.