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Welcome to the Art Gallery at Evergreen. 

Serving the Tri-Cities for over twenty 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. 

Header image: Installation view of Gwenessa Lam and Hyung-Min Yoon: Trace, Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2020. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography.

Main Image: Erika DeFreitas, On Pincushions and Lace (les pâles se sont ouverts), 2017, digital inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. Title Treatment by Victoria Lum.

Erika DeFreitas: close magic
February 13, 2021 – April 25, 2021

An image, less than a memory but more than a feeling, lingers. A woman runs rosary beads between her fingers. A mother and daughter laugh hysterically to the point of tears. Two hands intertwine. These simple yet vivid vignettes reveal something akin to muscle memory, where intellect and biology falter and intuition and magic take over.

This solo exhibition focuses on lens-based artworks by Erika DeFreitas, many of which feature her mother, whom she has been working with as a subject for more than a decade. The collection of photographs, video, and works on paper illuminates recurring themes in her practice such as loss, inheritance and finding ways to make the impermanent permanent.  DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based artist whose practice includes the use of performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, works on paper, and writing.  

Curated by Katherine Dennis.

Erika DeFreitas, an earnest weight in the crease (still), 2017, single channel video. Courtesy of the artist.

Erika DeFreitas, Her body is full of light often, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

About the Artist:

Erika DeFreitas is an artist whose practice includes the use of performance, photography, video, installation, textiles, works on paper and writing. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture, the body, documentation and paranormal phenomena, she works through attempts to understand concepts of loss, post-memory, inheritance and objecthood. DeFreitas’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at such galleries as Gallery TPW, Toronto; Gallery 44, Toronto; and Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg. Group exhibitions include the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Koffler Gallery, and Art Gallery of York University (all Toronto), among many others. She is the recipient of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2016 Artist Prize and 2016 John Hartman Award and was longlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award. DeFreitas holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in British Columbia. 

Erika DeFreitas: close magic is part of the 2021 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibition Program.   

Visit our New Exhibition Microsite

 As an extension of our gallery exhibition Erika DeFreitas: close magic, we’re launching an exhibition microsite that expands on the different themes explored in the show.

Erika DeFreitas begins making her artwork by looking inward to her connection to family, her Guyanese heritage, and her Catholic background. Using her body to intuitively explore these relationships, her works capture a particular moment or gesture that is rich with historical references.

This online exhibition platform acts as a compilation of the artist’s influences and process. There are loose ends and unresolved meanderings, references to art history that confront the Western gaze, and repetitive gestures all connecting back to the complexities of the human experience.  Click on the button below to learn more about artist Erika DeFreitas and how she considers themes of loss, ritual and inheritance in her art practice.

Image: Sketchbook documentation featuring a reference image of Andy Paiko’s artwork, “Reliquaries.” Courtesy of artist.


Family Days (from Home!)
Sponsored by Prospera Credit Union

Looking for a fun, free and engaging way to spend time with your family? Join us for family-friendly tours of our current exhibition and take part in a fun art-making activity!

AGE Youth Committee

The AGE Youth Committee is a group of visual arts loving volunteers who support the Art Gallery at Evergreen by helping to create engaging content for younger gallery visitors.

Recent projects include a zine publication, field trips to Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Equinox Gallery, bookbinding and embroidery workshops, and ongoing input on gallery programming. All projects are led by AGE Youth Committee members, with facilitation from our gallery staff. Our goal is to provide our youth committee with the tools and resources they need to make desired programming possible.

Interested in joining the committee?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator: