Image: Installation view of Screenshots of Home (detail), Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2021. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.

The Art Gallery at Evergreen‘s Outdoor Exhibitions offer a safe way for Lake Lafarge visitors to engage with local artists.

 The Art Gallery at Evergreen (AGE) has curated a series of public-facing artworks on the exterior windows of the Evergreen Cultural Centre. These Outdoor Exhibitions are presented in conjunction with our exhibition programming and create opportunities for park visitors to engage with art in a low-barrier, safe public setting with limited health concerns and offer respite for park visitors and passersby.  

Prompted by COVID-19 preventative measures and to increase art access during a time of substantial stress, we reached our community by using the exterior building windows as a presentation space for artworks. Sponsorship funding from the City of Coquitlam has enabled us to continue our series of outdoor public-facing artworks throughout 2021.  

This Outdoor Exhibition series presents several exciting opportunities: to provide the community access to contemporary artwork in a highly used public space in the City of Coquitlam; to contribute meaningful artistic content to the AGE’s participation in community life outside the gallery walls; and to raise public awareness of the art gallery and the artists it exhibits. 

All that we carry by Angeline Simon

February 2022 – February 2023 

Lethbridge-based artist Angeline Simon mines her familial photographic archives for source material to create collages that span multiple time periods and geographies, fulfilling a human desire for connection and belonging. Grappling with the disconnection the artist feels to her Malaysian Chinese and German roots, All that we carry (2021) urges us to consider how culture and family history are altered or lost in the process of immigration.   

Angeline Simon is a multidisciplinary artist from Lethbridge, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2018 with a BFA in Art Studio. As a second generation Canadian, Simon explores familial narratives and the dynamics among contrasting cultures. Her physical distance from family members and lack of participation in both German and Malaysian Chinese cultural traditions motivates Simon’s investigation into her ancestral past. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions including Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, Edmonton; Contemporary Calgary; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Casa, Lethbridge; Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge; and the University of Lethbridge Dr. Foster James Penny Building. 

All that we carry is presented in partnership with TransLink for Capture Photography Festival. 

Hats’adän echo (Elder’s teachings) by Krystle Silverfox

September 01, 2022 – Ongoing

Krystle Silverfox, Hats’adän echo (Elder’s teachings), 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Hats’adän echo (Elder’s teachings) (2020) is a series of digital collages by Northern Tutchone interdisciplinary artist Krystle Silverfox, a member of the Wolf Clan of Selkirk First Nation. Two large-scale images from this series are installed on the windows of Evergreen Cultural Centre, visible both within the Centre’s lobby and outside the building. In this artwork, Silverfox layers and assembles archival photographs of her family with digital images and beadwork to create these dynamic compositions. This collision of source material and technologies entwines the past and present, foretelling a future thrumming with energy and possibility. As an urban Indigenous woman, Silverfox uses images of Pelly Crossing, Yukon, and Vancouver, British Columbiaboth locations with deep familial and cultural tiesto reflect the complexities of place and the ways that land and identity are interconnected. 

Krystle Silverfox is a Northern Tutchone interdisciplinary visual artist belonging to the Wolf Clan of Selkirk First Nation. She art is informed by Indigenous feminism, transnationalism, decolonialism, activism and her own lived experience. Working from these subjects, she draws from a variety of disciplines like sculpture, photography and painting to communicate her ideas. 

Silverfox has exhibited her work across Turtle Island. She is short-listed for the 2022 Sobey Art Award; has created commissioned work for Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, and public artwork for the City of Richmond; and was a finalist for the 2021 Yukon Prize for Visual Arts. She currently lives and works on the territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (Dawson City, Yukon). Silverfox holds a BFA in Visual Art and a BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby. 

Thanks to backlit panels behind the artwork designed by our amazing tech team, this exhibition is available to view all day long on our exterior lobby windows. 

Situated on the shores of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC) exists on the unceded, traditional and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the səli̓lwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) nations in the region known today as the Tri-Cities.