Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography

Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Sunday April 19, 2020 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby British Columbia V5G 2J3

The iPhone has both democratized and transformed photography and digital media, creating a rise in interest in traditional and historical photographic processes. Enthusiasts, artists, and professionals are seeking out and reviving historical techniques and methods. Perhaps this is a quest to bring a sense of uniqueness to the mechanical control in digital photography. What brings this group together is all four photographers produce images that have been made by hand once the lens-based images have been formed.

In conjunction with the group exhibition A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography, four Shadbolt Centre for the Arts artists/photographers who use alternative photographic processes will present a lecture and slide presentation, offering insight into the process behind their work. There will be time after this presentation for discussion and questions from the audience.

Ed Peck will introduce the use of Scanographs, a platen-based composition technique for creating high-resolution digital images without using a camera. As well, he will describe the process from the platen composition and processing to print-making.

Phyllis Schwartz will introduce the art of creating Lumen prints directly on both fibre papers and sheet film without the use of cameras. Using natural light, the movement of the sun, and organic materials to create her images, she will describe the process from the composition, the fixing process, and transformation into digital imagery. She will also outline the options for digitizing sheet film images, post processing, enlargement techniques, and printing process.

Ross den Otter will offer insight into how he approaches the integration of other media into the photographic process. His works are a hybridization of traditional art technique, printmaking, and photographic process where he blends paint, wax, and resins with modern and historical photographic processes occasionally using homemade camera.


Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Edward Peck, will be conducting a photowalk on March 29th, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. You can register for the walk through the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. You can access the web registration at the following link:

The course code is 537332.

Description: Capture the environment around coal harbour through new eyes. Practice and hone your photography skills while shooting outside with the guidance of a Shadbolt photography instructor. Suitable for students with a solid understanding of their DSLR camera's manual functions.

April 29 - May 24, 2020
No Reception

103-318 Wale Road, Colwood
Open: Wed thru Sun 11am - 5pm

View this show celebrating the return of spring with big bold floral artwork in a wide variety of media. The reception will feature live music by Riverbend, featuring Laurie Bryan, Candy Little and John Roebuck. Their unique blend of voices and musical styles creates rich harmonies and uplifting sounds.

Four of Edward Peck's Arrangement Series will be part of the show as well as four of Phyllis Schwartz's work from her illuminations series.  

Dahlia and Echinacea

Lumen Prints and Botanical Drawings
Maplewood House

Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Tickets for this workshop can be purchased HERE.

Location: Maplewood House
(399 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver)

April 5, 2020 TIME: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
AGES: 18+

PHYLLIS SCHWARTZ is conducting this lumen print workshop, the lumen print (photograms made without a camera) image making process will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will make photograms of plant materials, and discover how they leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper, leaving behind colourful x-rays. Participants will gather materials from the natural environment around Maplewood House, composing two images and developing two prints (8 x 10 inches). While prints are developing participants will learn and practice observational drawing and botanical drawing techniques. Celebrate spring with this fun and simple workshop. All materials are provided and included in program fee.

Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport 2019

Two works from Phyllis Schwartz and two from Edward Peck are on display at the Vancouver International Airport in the Domestic Terminal. So if you are passing through you will get a peek at four pieces that are also featured in the show opening November 1st, 2019 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery.

Formulation of Time

Available for Viewing and Purchase

Lipont Place, 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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Lumen Print Demonstration

Sunday January 26th, 2:00 pm to 4 pm

Place des Arts
1120 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC

Photography Without Cameras: A Lumen Print Workshop

Lumen Workshop: Port Coquitlam's Centre for the Arts


Thirteen Arguments

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.

In this hands-on workshop, participants made photograms of plant materials, and discover how to leave marks and traces on photosensitive paper. There were opportunities to participate in the entire process from 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.

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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