Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC – Sep 8-25, 2017
By Christine Clark
BOXCARSIX, founded in April 2016, is a group of emerging contemporary artists: Clare Thomas, Jenn Wilson, Fern Long, Jessica Jean Kuyper, Joanne Hewko and Mary Babineau. The six met while studying at the Vancouver Island School of Art and will be presenting works of abstract painting, figurative painting, paper-cutting, collage, sculpture and photography, curated by Wendy Welch.
Inspired by the legendary Limners of Victoria and determined to support one another, this new collective is named after the boxcars the Group of Seven rode on their painting trips. Thomas explains, “We all believe that by coming together as artists and working as a group, we can achieve more than if we were only working individually.”
Kuyper and Wilson both hold BFAs from the University of Gloucestershire, Thomas earned an MA in Art/Environment from Falmouth University, Babineau holds a BFA from UBC, Hewko has a background in design and architecture, while Long holds a diploma from Vancouver Island School of Art. As a group, BOXCARSIX has created the popular drop-in class Draw by Drawing, organized two group shows and completed a commissioned series of drawings for
St. Philip Church in Oak Bay, BC.