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GALLERY HOURS

Wednesday | 12pm – 5pm
Thursday – Friday  |  12pm – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday  |  12pm – 5pm

Admission is free

Welcome to the Art Gallery at Evergreen.

Serving the Tri-Cities for over twenty-five years, the Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE) engages visitors through curated exhibitions, activated by public programs and dynamic school workshops. The AGE focuses on contemporary art and ideas explored by professional artists working in all mediums. We believe that art is integral to the fabric of daily life and seek opportunities to connect people with artists and the creative process. 

Image: Installation View of Lyse Lemieux: So dawn goes down to day (detail), exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, Evergreen Cultural Centre, 2022. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography. 

Image Right: Jamal Tabasinejad, Arg-é Bam, 2020, straw with acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Tevik Zadourian. 

About the Exhibition

May 18 – July 21, 2024

Adobe buildingsuncommon in the wet, mild climate of British Columbiaare a fixture of Iranian desert architecture. This sophisticated and ancient architectural style uses sun-dried clay bricks to construct a diverse array of structures, from humble domes to vast citadels and intricate ziggurats.

The magic of adobe construction has captivated the imagination of two Iranian Canadian artists: painter Jamal Tabasinejad and ceramic artist Mitra Mahmoodi. Their joint exhibition delves into the artists’ shared fascination with adobe architecture, with a focus on representation in painting and abstraction in sculpture. 

VISIT THE ART GALLERY AT EVERGREEN:

Wednesday, 12 – 5PM | Thursday & Friday, 12 – 6PM | Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5PM

About the Artists

Mitra Mahmoodi is a Vancouver-based ceramic artist whose work is informed by an investigation of her Middle Eastern and Islamic heritage and an ongoing engagement with the landscape, architecture, languages and wisdom of that part of the world. Her journey with clay began in her late twenties, but it was only three years ago, following her graduation from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Arts + Design in 2021, that she began a full-time artistic practice. During this transformative phase, she refined her style, blending traditional techniques with a contemporary aesthetic. 

Mahmoodi received her Diploma in Ceramic Design from the University of Arts London, UK, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited at Centre A, Vancouver; Richmond Art Gallery; Medalta, the historic clay district in Medicine Hat, Alberta; Pangolin London; Ceramic Art London; Central Saint Martins, London; and Wedgwood Museum, UK. 

Jamal Tabasinejad is a Vancouver-based visual artist from Tabas, Iran. He works with a wide range of materials to create his painting and mixed-media artworks. With an artistic career spanning more than four decades, Tabasinejad explores adobe constructions, traditional Persian motifs and ancient iconography, with a primary research focus on the desert architecture of Iran.  

Tabasinejad studied art in the United States before returning to Iran, where he received an honorary doctorate recognizing his contribution to the field of Iranian architecture preservation through painting. He also authored the book Three Millennia of Art and Architecture in Iran. Tabasinejad is an expert restorer of ancient artworks and taught art for many years. In 2006, he immigrated to Canada, where he continues his art practice, travelling back to Iran to continue to document the country’s architecture. He has had many solo and group exhibitions, including in Tehran, Iran; Doha, Qatar; Belgrade, Serbia; and New York and Atlanta, US.

The artist would like to acknowledge the BC Arts Council with support from the Province of British Columbia. 

Upcoming Events & Public Programs

july 2024

thu25jul6:00 pmthu8:00 pm2024 Emerging Creator's Incubator: Pop-Up Showcase6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

september 2024

fri27sep6:30 pmfri8:30 pmTowards Truth and Reconciliation: Comic Workshop with Jordanna George6:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

october 2024

tue22oct10:30 amtue12:30 pmTea, Tour, & Textiles10:30 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-07:00)

VISIT THE ART GALLERY AT EVERGREEN:

Wednesday, 12 – 5PM | Thursday & Friday, 12 – 6PM | Friday & Saturday, 12 – 5PM

We acknowledge that Evergreen Cultural Centre Society operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation). We thank the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm who continue to live on these lands and care for them, along with the waters and all that is above and below.