Sooke Fine Arts Show 2021

Sunflower Reading

Three of our pieces are featured in the Sooke Fine Art annual show. The show runs from July 23 to August 23. It is billed as Vancouver Islands premier adjudicated art show and celebration of the arts. The show features all types of two and three-D art forms. There will also be online presentations from some artists, including one from Phyllis Schwartz on The Magic of Photography... without a camera. Her talk is on Sunday, July 25th, between 7-8 pm. There are many other interesting presenters as well as artists doing demonstrations.

You can see Phyllis Schwartz's piece by clicking here.

You can see Edward Peck's pieces by clicking here.

Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

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Propeller Art Gallery Presents Altered Images at Hand

Two of Phyllis Schwartz's hand manipulated works are featured in this show, which runs from April 28th to July 28th, 2021. A Zoom opening reception and artist talks will be held May 1 from 3-5 PM EST. Eventbrite Registration closes on May 1st @ 11 AM.

These two prints were not intended as mixed media photography or mixed media lumen prints. The original was a medium-format, sheet film lumen print of a daffodil composition, which had been left on a drying rack. Newspaper had been left on the silver-gelatin side of the print while it was still wet. When the newspaper was lifted some still remained over the lumen composition, both sides of the negative were then scanned and processed. This altered image was then passed through iPhone/iPad photo editing apps to complete the final work.

Phyllis's work emerges from a spontaneous and improvisational process, as a way to move away from object-based art. This printmaking process transforms everyday objects through a series of reimaginings. Each step of the transformation process allows her to alter and restructure the composition, striving for a composition that will allow the viewer to read into the composition their own experience.

L'Oeil de la Photographie - Article

The Eye of Photography a Parisian online Magazine featured Edward Peck's Arrangement Series in their April 10th, 2021 edition. The magazine features a diverse range of photographic arts. They reach 167 countries and have a daily readership of 200,000 people. Their editors are located both in Paris and New York. It is a bilingual publication and I regularly read through and view the latest publications. 

Bloom 12: Transplanted, 2021

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BLOOM 12 TRANSPLANTEDa Coast Collective ExhibitionEsquimalt Community Arts Hub's GalleryWorks by Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz are featured in this show.  Also available in the gallery gift shop are two Sassamatt Publications:  Collaborative Alchemy: Plant Based Visual Arts ($25) and Magic Realism ($20).  Location901 Esquimalt Road, BC. ReceptionSaturday, March 27, 2021 from 1 to 4 pm. Gallery and Gift shop hoursWednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. from The exhibition opens 24 March thru 16 April 2021.COVID protocols are in place.

A Smith Gallery "light"

October 2 to November 15, 2020

an exhibition juried by Richard McCabe, is showing at the A Smith Gallery with a Facebook Live Reception on 31 October (4PM/CST).

Active Pass Drama is included in this dynamic conversation of arresting photographic works. Saturday, October 31, at 4pmCST the A Smith Gallery will be doing a Facebook Live ArtWalk with the gallery directors. There are several ways to find the event on Facebook. Follow the A SmithGallery the gallery on Facebook, and a message will appear on your screen saying the live event has started. Or go directly to the gallery Facebook page at 4 pm and watch. To see the exhibition…. click here. To visit the gallery on-line store for purchase information…. click here. The evening light has been a special interest of mine this summer. My eye is drawn to how light settles on the edge of the Pacific Ocean horizon. At times, the horizon line is elusive, perhaps invisible, and without landmarks, it is nonexistent. Usually, there is a contrast between the sea and sky: the sea is calm and the sky offers a momentary dramatic flair as the sun slips over the horizon. Long ago, someone began to call camera work photography: writing with light. Often I experience my photography in that medium, but Active Pass Drama and other works from this series are painterly. These dramatic, painterly moments are ephemeral as light eases beyond an undefinable edge of time. The gallery catalogue is forthcoming.

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North Vancouver Arts' Rental Exhibition

Phyllis and Edward's work can be found for rent or purchase in this exhibition, which runs from September 11 to October 10. 2020. It is an exciting show featuring a lot of very talented artists working in a variety of different mediums. Edward's piece is featured in the poster below.

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Don't Take Pictures

Photograms Exhibition

Don't Take Pictures has mounted an exhibition of Photograms, and in this exclusive show, one of Phyllis' works is featured. The featured piece can be seen below. 

The exhibition is on view from August 19 — November 24, 2020

Photograms are known for their x-ray-like aesthetic, a photogram is a camera-less process in which objects are placed on top of unexposed light-sensitive paper and exposed to light. The objects render differently depending on the chemistry to create a one-of-a-kind photographic object. Encompassing processes like traditional silver printing, anthotypes, cyanotypes, and lumens, almost any photographic process and render a photogram.

Finn Slough Landscape

A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

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This exhibition was conceived to coincide with workshops and an artist talk on alternative photographic processes as a part of CapturePhotofest 2020. COVID-19 put a halt to the events, but we are pleased to offer the exhibition online. 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 and imperfection to the mechanical control in digital photography. “A Touch of Hand” showcases photo-based artists who produce images that have been created by hand either before or once the lens-based images have been formed; pinhole photography, mixed media, cyanograph, scanogram and lumen printing are some of the methods used. The artists value the knowledge and skill these processes demand as well as the direct contact it gives them with their image. As in life, the outcomes are not always predictable, but uncertainty nurtures possibility. In the climate of social distancing we crave a Touch of Hand.

Dorothy Doherty My work examines a variety of issues, including urban decay, global issues, and the beauty of the world around us, whether in man-made structures or the mysteries of nature. I hope to honour the materials I work with, reveal my process, and create work that stimulates the imagination and moves the soul.

Ed Peck Arrangements explores the discarded through the re-composition of spent bouquets; bouquets mark our rituals of goodwill. Bring out our desire to create beauty and symmetry as gifts, underscoring the best of our humanity. The symbolism of flowers, in combination with their fleeting grace, is a poignant reminder of our frailty.

Harry Armstrong Using ‘A Touch of Hand’ as a starting point these images explore the hand as the selector and arranger of objects; composing a scene to lead the viewer. Working within the tradition of a staged still-life, these images toy with the idea of the absurd by playfully juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated objects.

Olga Campbell I work in many mediums and am drawn to alternative processes. The alternative process can take an art piece and transform it into something else entirely, another reality. The multiple layers add a sense of history and mystery, things hidden, concealed, revealed. This selection includes Lumen prints which have been scanned and altered in Photoshop.

Phyllis Schwartz, I am a hybrid photo-printmaker who fuses organic and technological elements. Hybrid prints are photograms made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. My Lumen prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again, to make their own meaning from ambiguity.

Ross den Otter Modern photographic processes can control an image to a microscopic level. This degree of control, impossible historically, has created a quest for perfection where natural chaos isn’t a factor. Chaos can render a work less perfect or it can perfect it, it’s all perspective. The analogue photographic processes used for these works embrace the uncontrollable and chaotic.

A Touch of Hand: Alternative Processes in Photography

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Cancelled due to COVID

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.

Lumen Prints and Botanical Drawings

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.

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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.

Bloom 12, Coast Collective Gallery

April 29 - May24, 2020
No Reception 

Coast Collective Gallery103-318 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.

Opening Up

Lumen Print Intensive, Shadbolt Centre for the ARts

Saturday March 14 and 15, 2020

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

Photography without cameras! Lumen printing uses the sun's UV rays to fix images to photosensitive paper; this photographic process was used by Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Students make a handmade negative of plant materials using the lumen print process and then scan this negative into a digital file that can be transformed as digital art to make one or more prints. Workshop will be held rain or shine. Instructor: Phyllis Schwartz Lumen printing uses the sun's UV rays to expose images; this photographic process was used by Victorian botanists who sought a method of documenting their fieldwork. Students make a handmade negative of plant materials using the lumen print process and then scan this negative into a digital file that can be transformed as digital art to make one or more prints. Workshop will be held rain or shine. Meet in Studio 106. Instructor: Phyllis Schwartz

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Collaborative Alchemy: Place Des Arts Gallery

plant-based visual arts

January 10 - February 2020

Works by Edward Peck, Phyllis Schwartz, and Pierre Leichner

Opening Reception: Friday, January 10th, 2020, 7 - 9 PM

1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam, BC.

Regular Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 9 pm; Sat. 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm

For INFO: 604 664 11636, Place des Arts Event.

Pierre Leichner, Edward Peck and Phyllis Schwartz are artists whose practice contemplates the full cycle of natural growth and transitions that are in an ever-changing state. They use plant-based materials to create works of art that reflect states of permanence and impermanence. They are choreographers and arrangers who have manipulated natural materials into compositions that challenge the viewer to contemplate time, form and the ephemeral.

On exhibit are Phyllis Schwartz’ hybrid prints made by a contact printing process that leaves traces and shadows on photosensitive surfaces. Her lumen prints engage viewers on a primal level to look again and to make their own meaning from ambiguity.

Pierre Leichner uses plant roots and moulds in an exploration of our relationship with nature and the beauty of the life cycle. In Pierre’s work, the roots of plants become sculptural forms.

Edward Peck’s photography addresses the symbolism of flower arrangements and the transformation of meaning when they are discarded. He explores the beauty that extends beyond our utilitarian use of these obsolete floral arrangements.

Tri City Article

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Lumen Print Demonstration

Lumen Print Demonstration Sunday, January 26th, 2020

2:00 pm to 4 pm Place des Arts 1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC

Photography Without Cameras: A Lumen Print Workshop

Art Rental Exhibition: Cityscape Gallery

Opening Reception Cityscape Community ArtSpace | Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7 - 9 pm

Rent it, buy it, love it. Come and meet the artists and view 200 new works of original art from the 2020 Art Rental collection at the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 16 from 7 – 9pm

Discover the work of over 150 local artists in this salon-style show. Created using an impressive range of media – painting in oil, acrylic, watercolour, prints – linocut, lithograph, woodcut, photography, and mixed media, artists share their expressions of natural and urban, landscapes, seascapes, abstract, floral – and more!

Art Rental is a simple and affordable way to enhance your environment with high-quality original artwork from a local artist. Rental fees range from $10 – $55 a month.

Drop by and discover the work of local artists. You can rent and buy work right off the gallery walls. With over 450 original works of art available for rent and sale in the Art Rental collection, there is something for everyone! You can find out more about the Art Rental Programme here. 

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