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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Capture Festival

Formulation of Time

Opening April 6th 2019, 2 PM

April 6th through April 30, 2019
Monday through Friday 10am - 5pm

4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC

Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck use plant-based materials to create works of art that speak to issues of permanence and impermanence that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form, and the ephemeral.

Phyllis Schwartz uses hybrid camera-less process to create photograms that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. Plant enzymes and atmospheric conditions interact with creating alchemical results on the surface of the paper and sheet film, leaving X-ray like marks of shapes and interiors. These Lumen Prints are primal hovering on the cusp of poetry.

Edward Peck’s series, Arrangements, addresses the transitional processes found in nature and our esthetic manipulation of natural objects through the discarded floral arrangement. The moment we perceive beauty fades, the beauty is not lost what follows has its own striking beauty and relationship to the natural cycles around us. His hybrid photograph processed images work with the symbolism of flower arrangements exploring the beauty that extends beyond their symbolic use. 

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Workshop with Phyllis Schwartz

Photography without Cameras Lumen Printing
Saturday April 13th, 2019 11am- 3pm
Admission $15 per person two prints
Registration required: CLICK HERE to Register
Lipont Place, 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C3 (604) 285-9975

The workshop is participating in the 2019 Capture Photography Festival and is supported by London Drugs Printing Grant. In this workshop, the lumenprint (photograms made without a camera) image making process will be explained and demonstrated. Phyllis Schwartz explains, “In this hands-on workshop, participants will make photograms of plant materials, and discover how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper; the work will look like colourful x-rays.” There will be an opportunity to participate in the entire process beginning with gathering materials, composing two images and developing two prints (8 x 10 inches).

The workshop extends the concept of analogue photography as the pencil of nature. Schwartz rediscovered this process while studying the Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Lumen Prints are both photographic and x-ray like, producing both documentation of nature and artistic renderings of botanical specimens.

Phyllis Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, ceramics and publishing based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work at Emily Carr University consolidated these interests with a concentration in photography. She was the recipient of the Canon Photography Award. As a visual artist, she seeks detail, texture, and poetic elements. She uses photography to investigate and record what eludes the eye. Her photography has been exhibited and published across Canada and internationally; her works are in both public and private collections.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with exhibition Formulation of Time – Photography by Phyllis Schwartz, Edward Peck, Desirée Patterson and Sand Wan, which is on view from April 6 – 30, 2019 Monday - Friday 10am-5pm weekends by appointment. Also open during Art! Vancouver on the weekend of April 27 - 28, 10am-5pm.

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Natural Alchemy

March 22 - May 4,  2019

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 22, 7- 9pm 

CityScape Community ArtSpace
335 Lonsdale, North Vancouver

Natural Alchemy contemplates the forces and cycles present that help shape our environment. The earth is ever-changing, and the work in this exhibition documents the intersection where natural materials meet, how they affect each other, and how they can challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral.

Presenting artists Katherine Duclos, Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck, and Phyllis Schwartz incorporate organic and plant-based materials, as well as natural processes to help shape the outcomes of their compositions. Through painting, printmaking, installation and photography this exhibition highlights the beauty, connectivity and impermanence of the biosphere and geosphere, helping us to understand how growth, decay, and geological processes play a vital role in shaping our environment.

Past Events

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Mid Main Art, 9th annual

Sunday, June 9, from 11- 6 p.m.

At the elegant HERITAGE HALL,

3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7.

Both Phyllis Schwartz and Edward Peck's Work will be Featured

Showcase and sells original art from emerging and established artists in the greater Vancouver area. This wonderful group of established artists will showcase work from abstraction to realism creating stunning art, in a variety of mediums such as watercolours, acrylic, oil, photography, sculpture, and printmaking. The 17 artists featured this year are; Fran Alexander, Mariko Ando, Enda Bardell, Jodie Blaney, Lorn Curry, Caroline Dahlmanns, Jeanette Jarville, James Koll, Sharka Leigh, Sonia Mocnik, Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, Camille Sleeman, Elisabeth Sommerville, Kathy Traeger, Jeff Wilson and Grazyna Wolski. Free admission. For more information go to Register at Eventbrite


Just Released

Thirteen Arguments is a new photography book containing thirteen images form Phyllis Schwartz and thirteen images from Edward Peck that are part of a collaborative process of using organics in an abstract aesthetic dialogue.  To Order on Line Click Here.

Sassamatt Publications at Blurb feature exhibition catalogues, photographic records of artists residences, illustrated memoirs, ceramics history and psychology. Many of these publications are collaborations with our artistic community, and we look forward to collaborating with this diverse group of individuals.

Curatorial Projects

As curators, Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz engage local and international artists in conversations to develop exhibitions. They offer participating artists the opportunity to collaborate and develop a body of work for exhibition. This collective approach invites diverse artists to work together: creating opportunities for collaboration and conversations about artist practices, the creative process and community engagement. Out of this process, a thematic approach to each exhibition develops. 

Curatorial Projects

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