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Michelle Poirier

  • AR455
  • Person
  • fl. 1991-2006

Michelle Poirier gained media attention in 1991 when she filed complaints against her employers at the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs in Victoria, BC regarding her right to breastfeed her infant during work. At the time, Poirier was nursing her daughter during lunch breaks, and while many of her coworkers were comfortable with Poirier’s breastfeeding, a complaint was submitted from her department and the Ministry reacted by introducing a policy barring children from the workplace.

Against her initial reaction, Poirier decided to file two complaints with the BC Human Rights Council (which is now the Human Rights Commission) in 1991. The first complaint was that she was discriminated against in the service available to the public, in that she was not allowed to breastfeed her infant in a public space. The second complaint was that she was discriminated against in the terms and conditions of her employment. The Council initially denied Poirier a hearing for her workplace complaint, which led Poirier to request a judicial review of that decision. In August 1996 the BC Supreme Court brought down a decision in her favour. In August 1997, six and a half years of being in court, hearings for both complaints took place, and the BC Human Rights Tribunal ruled in Poirier’s favour: discrimination based on breastfeeding is a matter of gender, and as such is a form of sex-discrimination, and is therefore contrary to the BC Human Rights Code. This ruling aided the formation of a policy that requires managers to accommodate employees who want to breastfeed at work.

Friedmann, Gerhart

  • CA UVICARCH AR056
  • Person
  • 1929-1992

Gerhart Bruno Friedmann was born in Mannheim, Germany on January 10th, 1929 and grew up in India after his family fled the Nazis. He obtained a B.Sc. and an MA in Physics from Madras University (1947-1951) and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (1954-1957). In 1958, Friedmann began teaching part-time at Victoria College and working as a radiation physicist at the Royal Jubilee Hospital's Victoria Cancer Clinic. He was employed by the University of Victoria for 33 years and retired early in December of 1990. Friedmann's research accomplishments were in the areas of radiation physics and the application of physics to biological problems. Among the many committees on which Friedmann served were those on the proposed school of social welfare, on physical education and athletics, and on the place of professional schools. Friedmann's scientific and administrative talents were complemented by an interest in the arts, especially opera, film, and literature. He served on the executive of the Vancouver Island Opera Society, was a member of the board and executive of the Victoria Symphony Society, and participated for many years as a director of the Malahat Review. He was married to Margaret Friedmann, and had two daughters: Katheryn Anne and Alison Justine. Friedmann passed away suddenly in 1992 at the age of 63.

Itter, Carole, 1939-

  • Itter, Carole, 1939-
  • Person
  • 1939-

Carole Itter was born September 29, 1939 in [British Columbia??]. She is an artist and educator, whose sculptural installation, “The Pink Room: A Visual Requiem” was acquired by the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2007. Itter is also the co-author of the book, Opening Doors: Vancouver’s East End (1979). She is the mother of Lara Gilbert, and published her journals in I Might Be Nothing.

Rasmussen, Avis

  • SC515
  • Person
  • 8 May 1937

Avis Margaret Rasmussen was born in Sidney, British Columbia, May 8, 1937, to John Ernest Bosher and Grace Simister Bosher.

Even as a pre-school child, she demonstrated a talent for drawing and painting and pursued these activities with enthusiasm. She was educated at local schools and then entered Education at Victoria College in 1956 where she completed the program required to qualify for a certificate to teach school. In 1975 she earned a B.Ed. degree (art major) from the University of Victoria. In 1979 she received a BFA degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria. During this period she worked extensively with John Dobereiner on Painting and with Pat Martin Bates on Printmaking. Her third and final degree was an M.Ed (Counselling and Art) from the University of Victoria in 1982.

In 1959, she married Hans Rasmussen, a local businessperson and entrepreneur. She was married to Hans Rasmussen for 20 years and had five children. The children now live in many parts of Canada and the United States.

Despite her career in teaching and substantial family responsibilities, Avis Rasmussen continued to paint and through an ambitious program of advanced education, study art and its creation. Over her long and still continuing career as an artist, Avis Rasmussen has produced hundreds of works ranging from monumentally scaled abstract expressionist oils on canvas to much smaller, intricately detailed woodblock prints and fluidly realized “plein air” watercolours. Much of this work has been sold through galleries (principally the Winchester Galleries). Over 150 of her works are represented in public collections. She is also extensively represented in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Professional Development:
2015 Taught 'Try Reduction Linocut--Picasso Did', Metchosin Summer School of the Arts—B.C., Canada
2012 Solo 'Plein Air' painting—Maine, U.S.A.
2011 Solo 'Plein air' painting—Rhineland, Germany
2010 Solo 'Plein air' painting—United Kingdom
2007–2009 Solo 'plein air' painting—France
2004–2005 Painting with Daniel Lang of NYC—Montone, Perugia, Italy
2003 Juried Residency at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture—Italy
1996 & 1999 Metchosin Summer School of the Arts. Studied under Leslie Poole and Zane St. Phillip—B.C., Canada
1992 Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop (juried), University of Saskatchewan—Saskatchewan, Canada
1985 & 1987 Metchosin Summer School of the Arts, Pearson College campus. Studied under Flemming Jorgensen (painting) and Noburo Sawai (woodblock)—B.C., Canada
1982 M.Ed. Counselling and Art (curriculum), University of Victoria—B.C., Canada
1979 B.F.A. (Distinction) in Painting (with John Dobereiner) and Printmaking (with Pat Martin Bates), University of Victoria—B.C., Canada
1975 B.Ed. Art Major with an illustrated book project, University of Victoria—B.C., Canada

Galleries:
1992–2016 Winchester Gallery artist—Victoria, B.C., Canada
Winchester Galleries: www.winchestergalleriesltd.com
1998–2015 Burnaby Gallery (Rental) artist—B.C., Canada
Burnaby Art Gallery: www.burnabyartgallery.com
2016–present Eclectic Gallery—Victoria, B.C., Canada
Kumf Gallery Toronto: www. kumfgallery.com—Ontario, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2019 13 Travel Paintings, Union Club, McGregor Lounge (April/May)—Victoria, B.C., Canada
2017 Avis Rasmussen & Alanna Sparanese, Eclectic Gallery—Victoria, B.C., Canada
2015 “New Plein Air Paintings,” Winchester Gallery—Victoria, B.C., Canada
2014 “Pacific Northwest Paintings,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2013 “New England Seascapes,” Winchester Galleries, 2260 Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
Artist-in-Residence at Oak Bay Beach Hotel (continuing)—B.C., Canada
2011 “Rhineland Paintings,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2010 “Paintings: London to Stratford-on-Avon,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
“Take Five Coast to Coast,” Bob Prittie Library, Burnaby—B.C., Canada
2009 “Normandy Paintings,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2008 “Paris, Provence Paintings,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2007 “Paintings from Provence,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2006 “Landscapes from Italy,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2005 “Recent Italian Paintings,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2004 “Montone (PG), Italy,” Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay—B.C., Canada
2002 “Ambient Italy,” 30 paintings at McPherson Gallery, University of Victoria—B.C., Canada
2001 “Jazz Expressions and Invited Sculptors,” Community Arts Council of Victoria—B.C., Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019 “Latitude 48,” International Exchange, Ground Zero Printmakers—Victoria, B.C., Canada
and Atelier aux Lilas—Paris, France
2018 “Strong Women, Strong World,” International Women’s Day, Victoria Arts Council Gallery
—B.C., Canada
2017 Winter Salon, Eclectic Gallery—Victoria, B.C., Canada
2016 Small Works, Eclectic Gallery—Victoria, B.C., Canada
2015 “Me, Myself and I,” Ground Zero Printmakers, Community Arts Council of Victoria—B.C., Canada
2014 “TD Moss Street Paint In,” Art Gallery of Victoria—B.C., Canada
2013 “International Womens’ Day,” Victoria Community Arts Council Gallery—B.C., Canada
“Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger,” Community Arts Council of Victoria—B.C., Canada
2012 “150th Visions of Victoria,” Ground Zero Printmakers’ Portfolio, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2011 “Convergence/Divergence Landscapes,” Legacy Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
“Elegance of Black,” Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2010 “Portals,” Ground Zero Printmakers at Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2009 “That’s Progress: 20th Anniversary,” Xhanges Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2008 “Travels with Avis,” 14 Reliefs at Bob Prittie Gallery, Burnaby—B.C., Canada
2007 “Word/Image,” Ground Zero Printmakers at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2006 “Strangers,” Ground Zero Printmakers at Atelier les Mille-Feuilles, Rouyn-Noranda—Quebec, Canada
2003 “Nine Artists,” International School of Painting and Drawing—Italy
2002 “University of Victoria Alumni/BFAs,” (juried), Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2001 “Cavities,” Salon de Refuse, Selkirk Properties, Victoria—B.C., Canada
“Print Indaba,” Victoria/Pretoria International Exhibition, Victoria—B.C., Canada
“UVic 20th Anniversary Womens’ Maltwood,” (curated), Victoria—B.C., Canada
“Micro Macro,” Ground Zero Printmakers / South African Exchange at Xhanges Gallery, Victoria—B.C., Canada
2000 “Print Indaba,” Victoria/Pretoria International Exhibition, Victoria—B.C., Canada
“Visible Knowledge: Women’s World in Art,” 20th Anniversary of women’s studies at the University of Victoria (curated), Victoria—B.C., Canada
“Celebration of the Body,” Comox Valley Art Gallery (juried)—B.C., Canada

Public Collections:
Keyano College—Fort McMurray, Alberta
University of Prince Edward Island—Charlottetown, P.E.I.
University of New Brunswick—Saint John, N.B.
York University, Goldfarb Collection—Toronto, Ontario
York University, Lassonde School of Engineering—Toronto, Ontario
Dunlop Gallery—Regina, Saskatchewan
Royal Military College—Kingston, Ontario
Government House (Official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia)—Victoria, B.C.
Penticton Art Gallery—Penticton, B.C.
Mary Winspear Centre—Sidney, B.C.
Alberni Valley Museum—Port Alberni, B.C.
Victoria Conservatory of Music—Victoria, B.C.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel—Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Hospitals Foundation—Victoria, B.C.
Brentwood College School—Victoria, B.C.
Burnaby Art Gallery—Burnaby, B.C.
Pearson College of the Pacific—Metchosin, B.C.
University of the Fraser Valley—Chilliwack, B.C.
University of Saskatchewan—Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
University of Victoria—Victoria, B.C.
Wilfrid Laurier University—Waterloo, Ontario

Private Collections:
Canadian, British, European, American

Publications:
“The Chapbook Project,” article in Visually Speaking, the B.C. Art Teachers’ Association online magazine. 2019
“20/20 A Celebratory Exhibition,” Winchester Galleries Ltd. Victoria, B.C. September 2014, Avis Rasmussen p. 88 (bio and art work).
“A Passion for Art,” The Active World of Avis Rasmussen by Natalie North. TWEED Magazine, summer 20114.
“A Painter’s Trajectory,” Living Artfully: Reflections From the Far West Coast. Editors: A. Sinner & C. Lowther, Key Publishers. 2012.
“That’s the Life of an Artist,” by Robert Amos. Times Column, September 2011.
“In Your Face,” Art Gallery of Ontario Highlights in Art Matters, p. 26. Self-portrait, woodcut. Fall 2006.
“Avis Rasmussen: Landscapes from Italy,” by Brian Grison. Review in Focus Magazine. December 2006.
“Site Specific: Jazz Trio in St. John the Divine,” Artichoke Magazine. Linocut. Fall/Winter 2000.

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