Arts Centre hosts The BC 150 Applied Arts Project opening this Friday

Jackie Pendergast and Peter Blackmore holding one of the banners in the BC 150 exhibition, which opens Friday, September 3 at 6 pm. Chrissi Meyer photo

By Chrissi Meyer

Over the next three weeks the Art Centre in Revelstoke hosts a travelling exhibition presenting applied arts as they were developed within British Columbia over the last 150 years.

1858 was the formal beginning of the province and the exhibition “reflects, acknowledges and celebrates” the achievements and spirits of B.C. and tries to pass on parts of its history.

The travelling exhibition includes presentations of stamps, currency, architecture, pottery, furniture, gardens, glass, jewellery, textile clothing and many other functional arts.The organizers of the exhibition expect and hope that the exposition will help to develop “a broader discourse among students, scholars, collectors, museums and all interested learning about origins and qualities of functional arts, designs and crafts so central to the spirit, culture and economy of British Columbia.” The exhibition will be of particular interest to anyone with interest in the history of B.C. and the development of applied arts.

At the same time the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre combines this exhibition with a display of functional art. This exhibit contains some works where the artists have used some unusual materials for articles of daily use.

The exhibition will open this Friday (September 3) at 6 pm . Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is by donation. The Exhibition runs until Friday September 24. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday afternoons 1 pm – 5 pm. For more information about the BC 150 Applied Arts Project please go

In the meantime, here are a few images to whet your appetite:

Cherie Van Overbeke prepares a glass case for the exhibition. Chrissi Meyer
All set up and ready to go: this is the interior of the main gallery as it awaits the opening day crowd. Chrissi Meyer photo
Andrew Stacey's Bench #2; Chain of Events, will help propel your imagination. Chrissi Meyer photo
Kate Tupper's Deception Candelabra may keep you guessing. Chrissi Meyer photo
Nancy Geismar's Tea for Two is one of a number of works in the simultaneous exhibition, Functional Art. Chrissi Meyer photo