Vancouver, B.C. – TimberWest is honoured to announce its Presenting Sponsorship for the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Emily Carr: Into the Forest, opening May 13th. The Gallery will showcase forty-five of Carr’s iconic paintings from the 1930s collection dedicated to the West Coast forest.

“Emily Carr’s artwork uniquely captures the essence and natural beauty of British Columbia’s coastal forests,” says, Jeff Zweig President and CEO of TimberWest. “She depicts the rugged, organic beauty of our coast like no other. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are honoured to sponsor the Vancouver Art Gallery’s most recent exhibition Emily Carr: Into the Forest.”

Emily Carr is known internationally for her pivotal work of depicting the totemic sculpture of Indigenous cultures in British Columbia, and for producing emblematic Canadian landscape art in the first half of the 20th century.

“It is with great pleasure that the Vancouver Art Gallery is partnering with TimberWest on Emily Carr: Into the Forest as a first-time Presenting Sponsor,” says the Vancouver Art Gallery Director, Kathleen S. Bartels. “Emily Carr’s persistent belief in the beauty and spiritual vitality of the forest is imbued in her lively paintings from the 1930s, providing an illuminating consideration of the natural environment. She saw nature in ways unlike her fellow British Columbians and her paintings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we perceive our surroundings in the Province.”

The exhibit Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens Saturday, May 13th and will run until the spring of 2018.

Emily Carr Wood Interior, 1932-35

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Emily Carr
Wood Interior, 1932–35
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Emily Carr Trust, VAG 42.3.5
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

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About TimberWest

TimberWest has been operating proudly for over 100 years on the BC Coast. All the timberland under management is third-party certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. TimberWest is owned by two leading Canadian pension funds.

About the Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s innovative ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres, with special attention to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

MEDIA CONTACT

Monica Bailey, Director of Communications, TimberWest t: 250.716.3244 | e: monica.bailey@timberwest.com

Justin Mah, Communications Specialist, Vancouver Art Gallery t: 604.662.4772 | e: jmah@vanartgallery.bc.ca

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