New art show opens at Portals in early April

New art show opens at Portals in early April

An exhibit of artworks titled Your Daughter is in Good Hands by Chemainus artist Shannon Peck is opening April 3 at Portals Gallery at the Island Savings Centre.

Four years in the making and 30 years into her search, this exhibit highlights more than 45 pieces of Peck’s textile works that provide a moving perspective to a life transformed by adoption and privacy legislation.

The idea is to “bring the viewer face to face with the artist’s struggles with rejection, shame and identity,” she says.

While the exhibit is based on Peck’s adoption history, it parallels the common experiences of hundreds of thousands of other adoptees whose struggles with a sense of loss are as real today as they were in the mid-1900s.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the artist is planning a dialogue session and textile workshop to engage other adoptees and birth parents in their experiences.

The art exhibit officially opens on Monday, April 3 and runs through Tuesday, April 25, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

For more information on the exhibit and workshops, visit