Open Studio is a monthly program for young visitors and families inspired by contemporary art practices and CAG’s current exhibitions. Please join us for an art-making workshop and special performance with artists and musicians Charlene Vickers and Chad MacQuarrie. Offered twice this fall—once in November and again in December—participants are invited to watch Vickers and MacQuarrie perform and then take part in a mixed-media exploration inspired by their performance.
Charlene Vickers is an Anishinaabe artist based in Vancouver. Her painting, sculpture and performance works explore memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. She is the recipient of the 2018 VIVA Award. Recent exhibitions include a co-presentation with Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Lets’lo:tseltun, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art (2021); Rain Shadow, Nanaimo Art Gallery (2021); Where Do We Go From Here?, Vancouver Art Gallery (2020); Biennale nationale de sculpture Contemporaine, Quebec (2020); An Assembly of Shapes, Oakville Galleries (2018); Speaking with Hands and Territories, SFU Galleries (2018); and Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery (2016). International group exhibitions include the map is not the territory, Portland Art Museum (2019); Connective Tissue: New Approaches in Contemporary Fibre Art, MoCNA, Santa Fe (2017); From The Belly of The Beast, Grace Gallery, Brooklyn (2017); and If We Never Met, Pataka Art Museum, Porirua, New Zealand (2016). Vickers graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1994) and Simon Fraser University (Critical Studies of the Arts, 1998; MFA, 2013)
Chad MacQuarrie is a guitarist, musician and artist, active on numerous fronts of Vancouver’s music scene since arriving here from eastern Canada in 1995. With an emphasis on using jazz and rock styles to explore new forms of practice, MacQuarrie’s experience ranges across a variety of styles, including commercial, classical and traditional genres. These projects include work with Karen Foster, Assertion, The Now Orchestra, Benzene, Carol Pope, Doundounba and many more.