Sunday, September 23, 2007

Halloween Festivities

Welcome to the Haunted Museum
Halloween exhibition on display at the Museum from October 13-31, 2007

Why do we carve pumpkins, trick or treat, and bob for apples?
Find the answers to these and other creepy questions at the West Vancouver Museum this Halloween. Explore Halloween throughout the ages, from Celtic rituals and traditions to pop culture ghouls and legends.

Make boo-goo and other potions in our mad wizard laboratory. Other activities include ghost paintings, pasta skeletons, and monster crafts. Spooky stories from our own region (but not too spooky) and insight into local customs practiced on Halloween, topped off with a treasure hunt through the Museum.

Halloween Programs for children

October 20 10 - 12 pm for age 6-8 Program # 425924

October 20 1 - 3 pm for age 9-11 Program # 425925

October 27 10 - 12 pm for age 9-11 Program # 425926

October 27 1 - 3 pm for age 9-11 Program # 425927

Call 604-925-7270 to Register

photo: West Vancouver Museum

Monday, September 17, 2007

Where the Fraser Lowlands Meet

Geology Tour

Join Geologist David Cook on a guided bus tour along the northern margin of the Fraser River lowlands. We will stop at many sites along the route to view geological and glacial features. Learn how the present landscape was formed by the forces of plate tectonics, ice, and water.

This is an all-day event, so be sure to bring lunch and water. Wear good walking shoes, as there is a half hour hike along a well-groomed trail at one stop.

For more details, contact the West Vancouver Museum at 604-925-7179.

Saturday, September 22 9 am to 5 pm
Program Code 426467 $ 40 per person
The tour bus leaves from the Museum at 9 am

Call 604-925-7270 to Register

Picture: Sea to Sky Geology Tour offered by the Museum in Spring 2007.
WVM photo, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Upcoming Exhibit

The Painting of Jane Billaux
September 15 - October 27, 2007
Opening Reception: September 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Opening at the West Vancouver Museum on September 15, The Black Slip: The Painting of Jane Billaux is a recent acquisitions exhibition, featuring the work of artist Jane Billaux. Though born and raised in London, England, Billaux has strong ties to West Vancouver. She immigrated to Canada from England in 1934 with her husband, Hugh Clifford, and their young daughter.

Over the span of forty years, Billaux painted pictures evocative of both the times in which she lived and the artist’s solitary practice. Almost immediately, Billaux began exhibiting widely and prolifically in both Canada and the United States. Her work was consistently well received. Indeed, she won the Beatrice Stone Medal at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Annual B.C. Artists’ Exhibition twice, in 1939 and 1942.

The title of the exhibition alludes to an early self-portrait Women in the Mirror where the artist portrays herself in a black slip. Playfully posed before a full-length mirror, Billaux appears self-assured, every bit the young bohemian moving within London’s avant-garde circles. The painting palpitates with the artist’s quiet fearlessness, a combination of courage and conviction that would take her halfway across the world to follow her passion for painting.

Billaux painted slowly, carefully and, thus, left a small body of work. However, in this instance, quantity should not be confused with quality; what we are left with is remarkable in its clarity.

A short presentation about Jane Billaux and local landscape will take place prior to the opening reception from 3:15pm. For more information about the talk, please read the posting called Binning and Billaux: A Place In Art History.

Above image: Women in Mirror, c. 1929, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of

Binning and Billaux: A Place in Art History

West Vancouver is home to numerous artists drawn to its spectacular landscape and proximity to both the mountains and ocean. B.C. Binning, a key figure of modernism on the West Coast of Canada, created numerous lyrical drawings inspired by landscapes and scenes. Jane Billaux, who moved to Canada from England in the 1930’s painted local people and places over her long career.

On Saturday September 15th, join Museum staff and learn how landscape inspired these two artists:

  • 1pm Talk and Guided Bus Tour on Binning and local landscape ($ 10 per person)

  • 3:15pm Talk on Jane Billaux (admission by donation)

  • 4-6pm Opening reception of The Black Slip: The Painting of Jane Billaux

Please contact the Museum at 604-925-7295 for Talk and Guided Bus Tour on Binning and local landscape. Limited number of tickets for this talk is sold in advance.

Image: Painting by Jane Billaux. photo.