Bio

Bio

Louise Solecki WeirIn her art practice, sculpting figures and faces has always been her passion. She loves the tactile expressivity of clay and finds it immensely satisfying to take a lump of clay, one of nature’s most ancient and perfect art materials, and breathe life into it. Louise feels that her intensive training in dance has informed her interest in figurative work.

She trained in Fine Arts at Vancouver Community College, studied in Italy with the University of Georgia, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. She has travelled to England in order to attend master classes given by the Society of Portrait Sculptors’ Etienne Milner.  She has studied forensic reconstruction under Karen T. Taylor.

Currently she works on her own artistic practice and commissioned pieces, including sculptural garden works for Gardenstone and private portraits. Her bronze portrait bust and statue of Pope John Paul II can be seen at the John Paul II Papal Centre in Vancouver. Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia.
She has taught clay sculpting to all ages, both expressive and classical styles. Currently she teaches workshops from her studio and as a guest artist in classrooms and community centres.  In the Sculptors’ Society of BC she has held the titles of secretary, treasurer and vice president over the years.

Public Commissions

Bronze Bust of St. John Paul II, 4885 St. John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Bronze Statue of St. John Paul II, 4885 St. John Paul II Way, Vancouver
Chief Justice Allan McEachern, Law Courts, Vancouver, Unveiling June 22nd, 2017

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Kitsilano Community Centre, Vancouver BC
2011 Byng Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2010 “Portraits of Recovery”, Place Des Arts, Port Coquitlam, BC
2007 Jericho Arts Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
2006 Jericho Arts Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
1984 Winters Gallery, Toronto Ontario, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2017
Parker Art Salon, May 5-7
Cityscape Gallery with SSBC, April 28-June 3

2016
Leigh Square,July August, Sculptors Society of BC Exhibition, July 14 to Aug. 1
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver BC, Canada, July 29th to Aug 1st
East side Culture Crawl, 1000 Parker, Nov. 17th – 20th
Wood, Clay, Stone and Beyond, Sculpture Northwest Gallery, Bellingham, USA. Oct 7- Dec. 17th

2015
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver BC, Canada
SWARM 16, ACME Studios,  112 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada
East Side Culture Crawl, 112 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC.

2014
6th Annual H’Arts for the Homeless, The Imperial, Vancouver, BC, Canada
SWARM 15, ACME Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver BC, Canada
Artists in our Midst Studio Tour and Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada

2013
“Small Works”, Petley Jones Gallery,
“Tribute to David Marshall Exhibition”, Big Rock Sculpture Garden, Seattle, U.S.A.
Sculpture in Van Dusen Gardens, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Group Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada
Artists in our Midst Studio Tour and Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada
Bloedel Conservatory, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver BC, Canada

2012
Petley Jones Gallery with the MPA, Vancouver BC, Canada
“ArtSpacific” Juried Exhibition, Delta, BC, Canada
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver B, Canada
Byng Arts Community Show, Vancouver BC, Canada

2011
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Group Exhibition, Vancouver B, Canada
Flowers for Food, Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
Byng Arts Community Show, Vancouver BC, Canada
Artists in our Midst, Studio Tour and Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada
“For the Love of Art”, Scotia Bank, Vancouver BC, Canada
Autumn Brook Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010
“Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition” Place des Arts, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Perspectives on Identity, International Village, Vancouver BC, Canada
Autumn Brook Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
Byng Arts Community Show, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sheraton Landmark Wall Centre, Feature Gala Artist
Gallery Gachet, Vancouver BC Canada.

2009
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver B.C.
“Winter White” Laura Jewitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Byng Arts Community Show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artists in our Midst Studio Tour and Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada
Autumn Brook Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2008
Sculpture in VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver B.C.
Byng Arts Community Show, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Van Ypren Jewellers , Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artists in our Midst Studio Tour and Roundhouse Exhibition, Vancouver BC, Canada
Autumn Brook Gallery,

2007
The Sanctuary Gallery, Grace Church, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Burnaby Art Gallery, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver BC, Canada
Byng Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada

2006
VanDusen Garden, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Pendulum Gallery, Sculptors’ Society of BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2000-2003 Commissions from Gardenstone Statuary. Vancouver
1986 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1987 Weller Potovsky Gallery, Toronto Ontario, Canada
1988 Weller Potovsky Gallery, Toronto Ontario, Canada
1989 Weller Potovsky Gallery, Toronto Ontario, Canada
1985 Winters Gallery York University

Collections

Louise’s art is featured in a number of private collections in Canada including the Catholic Archdiocese in Vancouver as well as private collectors in the USA, England, Australia and the Netherlands.

Memberships

Sculptors’ Society of BC
FIDEM, Federation of International Medallists
MASC, Medallists Association of Canada
Registered member of the American Art Therapy Association

Education

2015 Master Class in Facial Reconstruction Sculpture with Karen T. Taylor, Texas State University
2014 Forensic Facial Reconstruction Sculpture with Karen Taylor, Scottsdale Art School, Arizona
2011 Master Class through the Society of Portrait Sculptors, London, England
2009 Master Class through the Society of Portrait Sculptors, London, England
2006 Medallion Workshop, Geert Maas, Kelowna
1997-98 Vancouver Art Institute, figurative and portrait classes,
1992-93 Capilano College Art Institute, North Vancouver, B.C.
1987-1989 Masters Level Diploma in Art Therapy Toronto Art Therapy Institute,
1982- 1985 Bachelor of Fine Art Degree, Honours, York University, Ont.
1981, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program (Cortona Italy)
1979-1981 Diploma in Fine Arts, Vancouver Community College,

Teaching

Kerrsidale Artists Group
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Private workshops in Studio
UBC, support for Next Gen U online programming, 2012
Byng Arts, 2012. 2013, 2014, 2015