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Juliette and Friends

Presentation House Gallery
North Vancouver BC – Nov 22, 2008 – Jan 11, 2009

Dick Oulton, Women in Frame

Dick Oulton, Women in Frame (c. 1957) Left side of of stereo transparency. [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Nov 22-Jan 11] Collection of Lincoln Clarkes

Dick Oulton, Woman on Lawn

Dick Oulton, Woman on Lawn (c. 1954), left side of of stereo transparency [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Nov 22-Jan 11] COLLECTION OF LINCOLN CLARKES

Juliette and Friends is an exhibit drawn from several local photographic archives that highlights the liveliness and glamour of the Vancouver entertainment scene from the late 1950s to the mid-70s. The exhibit takes its name from a CBC production, Juliette and Friends. The show starred an important television personality of the time, Juliette Sysak, who was born in 1927 and made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975.

The exhibit also features recently found photographs from the Penthouse Cabaret Night Club on Seymour Street. This important early Vancouver landmark was a late-night entertainment institution. Interior scenes of the club, performances, dining, parties and celebratory moments reveal its rich life as an after-hours club, cabaret, and music venue. Glossy promotion portraits of showgirls and celebrities as well as photos taken by its owners, Joe Filippone and his brothers, capture such famous faces as Diana Ross, Jerry Lewis, Guy Lombardo, Liberace and Sammy Davis Jr.

Balancing the intoxicating mix of celebrities and stars are portraits by commercial photographer Dick Oulton. Oulton's photographs documented weddings, building sites, nightclubs, wrestling matches, hairdressing championships and promotions. The exhibition emphasizes his studio processes with a series of stereographic slides and portraits of female models who were likely his friends.


Mia Johnson

Dick Oulton, Jeanine Baudin, (c. 1966), c-print [Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Nov 22-Jan 11] courtesy of the Dick Oulton Estate

 Wed, Nov 19, 2008