Events & Exhibitions

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May 2022

What's Happening at Artful?

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  • May 6th Words From The Dead Book Launch 2-4 pm

  • May 7th Transitions Exhibition Celebration 7-9 pm

  • May 25th Balloons, Cartoons and Lampoons opens

  • May 27th Opening Celebration with Daniel Needham 7-9 pm

Sean Arthur Joyce

Ekstasis Editions Book Launch

The 40th Anniversary Island Tour “The Death and Resurrection of Critical Thinking” celebrates the founding of Ekstasis Editions at Artful : The Gallery on May 6th, 2-4 pm, with music and poetry by Richard Olafson and Carol Sokoloff, and the launch of Sean Arthur Joyce's Words From The Dead: Readings in the Covid Age. Joyce will be reading selected essays.


Richard Olafson founded Ekstasis Editions in 1982 and has published over 350 titles. Olafson began with small-edition, privately printed, exquisite hand bound books, to now publishing (often emerging) writers and poets abandoned by larger commercial publishing houses. Ekstasis Editions is the publisher of the highly regarded Pacific Rim Review of Books, the only remaining paper publication of literary discourse remaining in BC. 


Sean Arthur Joyce will be launching Words From The Dead: Readings in the Covid Age, a collection of essays critically addressing cultural stories, using literature, history and poetry as a lens to focus critical thinking. Joyce has dug deep with his inspired reading list which spans 5th century BC to current day; Lao Tzu, Karl Popper, Arnold Toynbee and John Ralston Saul. With over 10 published books to his name, Joyce has a long career as a Canadian historian, journalist, author, poet, and now essayist. 


Carol Sokoloff is a Victoria musician and soloist, whose warm voice and improvisation characterize her approach to the jazz standards of the American Songbook. In Victoria Solokoff performs jazz, swing and blues with Trio Espresso (along with musicians Kenny Seidman, Mike Cox, Alex Olsen and Kelby McNayre) and has been a regular at Victoria Jazz Fest and Herman’s Jazz Club. Solokoff is a Peabody Award winning broadcaster and journalist, who brought her background in publishing and broadcasting to Ekstasis Editions as co-manager in 1986. 


Join us for an Artful Afternoon. May 6th, 2-4 pm. 526C Cumberland Rd, Courtenay.

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Virginia Whitehead

Transitions: More Than Paint

Join artist Virginia Whitehead as she celebrates 

her exhibition, Transitions: More Than Paint 

at the gallery with a wonderful evening of

art, music and refreshments.

May 7th, 7-9 pm 

Balloons, Cartoons
and Other Lampoons

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Balloons, Cartoons and Other Lampoons opens at Artful : The Gallery

on May 25th with a solo exhibition of the work of Daniel Needham.


Daniel Needham has a wide range of artistic production which extends from sculpting in marble to painting on black velvet, including stops and investigations at most every point between. His exquisite craftsmanship elevates Needham’s disdain for the sacred… the level of sacred. Needham’s keen intelligence, sardonic humour, and acerbic perspective serve him well as he levels his gaze squarely at the sacred icons of culture. 

Balloons, Cartoons and Other Lampoons runs May 25th - June 25th.

Join us for an evening celebration of the exhibition on May 27th, 7:00 to 9:00pm. 

To learn more about Daniel Needham

visit his website at: