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Federation of Canadian Artists Landscapes 2020 Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that my painting, Gowlland Tod Arbutus has been juried in to the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) Show, Landscapes 2020.

To quote Tarin Mead, Fine Art Consultant at the FCA:

Members of the internationally renowned “Group of Seven”, founded our organization 79 years ago. Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, and A.Y. Jackson. Their depictions of Canada’s rugged wind-swept forest panoramas were eventually equated with a romanticized notion of Canadian strength and independence.

With Emily Carr as a member in the West Coast, our founders represent the most important Canadian painters of the early 20th century. The annual Landscapes Exhibition pays homage to the greats while continuing the Canadian tradition of landscape painting in the year 2020.

All the pleasure of strolling through the wilderness – none of the mosquitoes!

You can see the exhibition online, here:

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Pop Up Socially Distant Front Yard Art Show

I’ve had a request to see some of my work, and so long as I am setting it up on the front lawn, I thought I’d let you know and invite you in case you wanted to come by and see it, too.

On Monday Morning, May 18, from 9:30-noon, I will have a selection of artwork on display (prints and originals), available for sale, or just for a peruse or a chat with yours truly at a comfortable distance of at least 6 feet.

I’ll have my work set up out in the front yard at 1256 Montrose Avenue, not far from Cook and Hillside.

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Mike Lathrop’s Paintings on Display at the Ministry of Health Building in Victoria, BC

A collection of 8 of my paintings will be on display as part of a show at Gallery 5 on the fifth floor of the Ministry of Health building here on Blanshard Street in Victoria, BC.

This show is not accessible to the public, but if you are working in health care there is a good chance you might be on the way to or from a meeting on this floor.

My work will be there until October this year.

No artist can hope to claim universal appeal, but it gives me great satisfaction when I see someone connect with one of my paintings, and I see their shoulders loosen, just a little, for a while; perhaps even just a second or two.

During this time, it’s nice to know my work will be there for the people who are working hard to pull us through this pandemic. I’d like to think that at some point, in some small way, someone who is working long hours under tough circumstances might get a moment of relief from the stress of this moment through the experience of my work.

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2020 Mosaic Art Show at the Royal Jubilee Hospital

I am pleased to announce that several paintings of mine will be in a group show at the Jim Pattison Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital here in Victoria, BC.

This show is comprised of 6 artists. We met at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre studio, where we all paint. When I took up painting again in 2016, this was the community I found there. We don’t paint in similar styles, and most of the time we spend together we spend quietly at work. We do, however, draw inspiration from one another, and from time to time we give and receive valuable feedback on our works in progress.

Signing up at the studio was something I did at the time because I felt I needed a hobby, but being there, I found I just couldn’t get enough of it. Painting has grown in my life to become a bigger passion for me than I ever could have predicted. I’m now painting full-time.

I am so grateful to for my art practise. The studio, and these artists have been a big part of that for me.