The McMillan Arts Centre is proud to host Canadian Legacy Exhibit May 2 – 27, 2017
Opening Reception is May 6, 2017, from 1-3 pm
To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Heine family of British Columbia is presenting a show to celebrate its combined total of 150 years of professional art. You may not know the Heine name, but if you are Canadian, chances are you have seen their work on Canadian coins and stamps, or in galleries, newspapers, advertising, books or magazines.
Creating work that ranges from original watercolour and oil paintings that hang in collections around the world, to illustrations, murals, coin designs and photography, the Heines have been part of the Canadian art scene for more than 60 years, starting with Harry Heine (1928-2004), and followed by daughters Caren and Jennifer, son Mark, and now, granddaughter Sarah.
While Caren and Mark have shown, toured and taught with their father on occasion in the past, “Canadian Legacy” will mark the first time that Harry’s three children will have ever shown together. It will also be the family’s first three-generation show – a singular event in Canadian art.
Summary biographies are below. For more details on artwork and artists, see the full story at “Canadian Legacy” Art Show: 150 Years of Art in One B.C. Family (click on ‘More’ on the top menu)
Harry Heine, RSMA, CSMA, NWWS, FCA (1928- 2004) was a world-renowned artist and considered one of the leading marine artists in Canada. The only Canadian ever elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in England, Harry exhibited regularly with the RSMA in London, in Mystic, Connecticut, and internationally. In a diverse creative career spanning more than 60 years, he was vice-president of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists, as well as a member of the Northwest Watercolour Society. Harry was made an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria in 1985, and an Honourary Alberta Artist in 1983, in recognition of his contribution to Canadian visual arts. His art has appeared in many applications across Canada, including a number of murals, and work for the Royal Canadian Mint. His long list of artistic accomplishments is in his full biography at www.mheine.com/harry-heine-reproductions.html.
Caren Heine, Harry’s eldest daughter, is one of the most esteemed botanical artists in Canada. She was the youngest artist to receive the prestigious designation of Associate Member (AFCA) from the Federation of Canadian Artists and is one of only 197 artists in Canada who hold that title. For the past four decades, Caren has been enthusiastically received in group and solo shows around the world, including the Society of Painters in Miniature in London, England. Her work has appeared in many publications and a variety of other applications, including four coins currently in circulation for the Royal Canadian Mint. Also an accomplished instructor, Caren has toured extensively, inspiring students worldwide. Her artistic accomplishments are listed in her full biography at www.cheine.com/bio.html.
Mark Heine, Harry’s son, was a graduate of the Applied Arts Program at Vancouver’s Capilano University and has been a professional artist for 34 years and an author for the past 11. His work for clients such as Disney, Sony, Microsoft and Starbucks has brought him more than 40 national and international awards. A succession of well-received group and solo exhibitions led to recent showings of his latest work in New York and Los Angeles, where he shared gallery walls with some of the most recognized artists in America. His work can be found in private and corporate collections around the globe and featured in numerous publications and applications. Mark’s work for Canada Post and various other countries is featured on 42 postage stamps currently in circulation. His “Sirens” painting series, many on display for the first time in this “Canadian Legacy” show, will illuminate his upcoming Sirens book, a work of fiction in the genre of magical realism. Mark’s artistic accomplishments are listed in his full biography at www.mheine.com/biography.html and his awards at www.mheine.com/cv.html.
Jennifer Heine, Harry’s younger daughter, has been working in both the applied and fine arts for 23 years. Her work, found in collections across Canada and the United States, is grounded in studies in art history, fine art and design at the University of Victoria, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Jennifer is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has had her award-winning work juried into a number of prestigious shows. Jen has also travelled extensively, is an accomplished instructor, and is currently Chair of the Richmond Public Art Advisory Committee in Richmond, BC. Her artistic accomplishments are listed in her full profile at www.ciphercreative.com/profile.html.
Sarah Heine, Harry’s granddaughter, is Mark’s youngest daughter. Just completing her first year at the University of Victoria, Sarah is starting out on her artistic path, exploring graphic design, lifestyle blogging, cooking and photography. For “Canadian Legacy,” Sarah will be showing some of her recent photographs.