Book Launch: City in Colour

Wong in color.pngTuesday, November 7, 2018 – 7 to 9 pm at 1644 Hillside Avenue — Join Bolen Books in celebrating the release of May Q. Wong’s new book, City in Colour, a collection of rediscovered stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were a people of diverse colour. It includes a story about Congregation Emanu-El, Judge Samuel D. Schultz, and Amelia Copperman. Meet the author, join in on a discussion about the unsung individuals of the city’s history, and pick up a signed copy of the book.

Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with fascinating stories, including:

  • the Kanaka, or Hawaiian Islanders, who constructed Fort Victoria, and members of the Kanaka community such as Maria Mahoi and William Naukana
  • three Metis matriarchs—Amelia Connolly Douglas, Josette Legacé Work, and Isabelle M. Mainville Ross
  • the Victoria Voltigeurs, the earliest police presence in the Colony of Vancouver Island, and who were primarily men of colour
  • Grafton Tyler Brown, now known in the United States as one of the first and best African American artists of the American West
  • Manzo Nagano, Canada’s first recorded immigrant from Japan
  • and many more

With information about various cultural communities in early Victoria and significant dates, May Wong’s City in Colour is a collection of fascinating stories of unsung characters whose stories are at the heart of Victoria’s history.

Calling All Artists 2017/2018 Opening Session Booked

Calling All ArtistsTuesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00 pm in Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary has been booked for the opening session of the 2017/2018 Calling All Artists series.  Artists of all media—writers, graphic artists, visual artists, fabric artists, mixed media, musicians, dancers—are invited to study with Rabbi Harry on a particular theme. This year’s theme is “What does it mean to be a tzadik (righteous one) and how do we attain it?”

We will explore Jewish mystical ideas of equanimity, joy, loving kindness, generosity, and different states of consciousness. The framework of our “call-out” is for students to learn and explore sacred texts over the course of about five months and to allow the learning to be their muse. Art as Midrash: what could be more exciting?

We invite participants to create, share and participate in a group gallery show in June 2018, around the time of Shavuot. No experience is necessary. We have the work of accomplished artists hanging side by side with absolute beginners.

Opening session: Tuesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00 pm. Cost: $60 for members, $85 for non-members, with possible additional costs to create a chapbook of the artists’ work.

Note: Pre-register through the office at 250-382-0615