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President: Alain Costaz

Heidi Bergstrom

Heather Atkinson

Avis Rasmussen




Ground Zero Printmakers Society is located in the heart of Victoria's Chinatown heritage district. Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month from 7pm - 9pm. Hands-on Mini Workshops alternate with business-at-hand meetings.

Facilities for Etching, Intaglio, Relief, small Water-based Silkscreen, and related mediums are available by the year, month, and week. GZPS has a library focusing on printmaking and related subjects, an archive of studio prints, and members’ original prints available for view and purchase.

GZPS has a longtime association with Xchanges Gallery and has held Annual Members Exhibitions in its gallery space.

New members are welcome all year round. Contact us for a studio visit, to receive detailed information or to register for hands-on workshops and classes.

Alain Costaz, BFA, GZP President/ Instructor
Alain Costaz image

The work of Alain Costaz explores a sense of place, identity, and emotional and physical landscape with a focus on the human figure. Alain holds a BFA from Concordia University. Alain’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.
Teaching art plays an important role in Alain’s practice. His teaching practice ranges from the diploma program at the Victoria College of Art, residence workshops at Red Deer College in Alberta and MISSA, and printmaking instruction at Ground Zero Printmakers.
Alain sat on the Board of Xchanges Artists Gallery and Studios for many years and is the President of the Ground Zero Printmakers Society.

Website: https://alaincostaz.weebly.com/

Victoria Edgarr, BFA, GZP Instructor
Victioria Edgarr image   Victoria Edgarr uses images metaphorically, showing an intertwining personal, actual, and mythological narrative.
An artist-printmaker for 25 years, Victoria (BFA) has worked extensively with etching, from wall sized monotype works to editions of miniatures. She also uses the artists' book form, ceramics, photography, poetry, drawing, etc. focusing her attention on materials and processes, allowing for freedom of imagination and image-making.
Originally from Montreal, Victoria Edgarr studied art at Dawson College and Concordia University (BFA '80.)  In her printmaking training at la Guilde Graphique, Victoria was influenced by the revolutionary practice of S.W. Hayter, of Atelier 17, Paris, in his fusion of artist and technician, his philosophy of art collaborating with materials, and his semi-automatist/surrealist approach to image-making.
Victoria is also part of 'CHLOE' with Alain Costaz.

Heidi Bergstom

Heidi Bergstrom’s work looks for meaning, symbolism, distortions of ‘reality’, imaginaries and disruption through painting, printmaking, video, photography, and multimedia installations, She finds inspiration in people, landscapes, ideas and theory, current issues and philosophy.
Heidi holds a BFA (Honours) from York University in studio arts and art history, and a Diploma in New Media from the Toronto School of Art. Heidi studied classical ballet at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Goh Ballet in Vancouver BC, and contemporary/modern dance with Constance Cooke in Victoria BC.
Heidi has many years of leadership and operational experience in the public and private sectors in performance measurement, as well as strategic, corporate and business planning, risk management, and organizational change management.
Heidi also sits on the Board of Victoria’s Xchanges Artists Gallery and Studios.

Website: https://studiohcanada.ca

Heather Atkinson

Heather Atkinson is a Clinical Counsellor with a degree in Rehabilitation Medicine from UBC.
She has had a private practice in Victoria BC since 1980 in Body-focused Psychotherapy.
As an artist, Heather works in mixed media, painting, photography, and printmaking with a focus on photogravure. She started painting with Jan Zach, one of the Victoria Limners and has studied with Mariam Thorn, Phyllis Serota, and at the Vancouver Island School of Art and Luz Gallery, as well as Ground Zero Printmakers. 
She has sat on many Boards in Victoria including Victoria CoolAid Society and the Gordon Head Garden club. Heather appreciates the sense of community at Ground Zero Printmaking Society and has joined the Board to support the growing involvement of members in the running of the studio.
Cindy Wright is a printmaker and mixed media artist working in exploratory methods, looking for new processes and materials to incorporate into classic techniques. A biologist and a paddler, her love and knowledge of oceans is often reflected in her subject matter. Her visual arts education is a combination of self-taught and community-based programming, as well as learning from other artists. She has exhibited in many GZPS and Xchanges Gallery shows where she is an active studio participant and board member.
Cindy holds an Honours B.Sc. from the University of Guelph (1990) and a M.Sc. from the University of Victoria (1994).

Avis Rasmussen

Avis Rasmussen is a painter and printmaker. Avis holds a BFA in Art Education at the University of Victoria. Avis has studied are with John Dobereiner, Dr. Pat Martin Bates and Noboru Sawai.
Travelling in the UK, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and across Canada Avis’s sketchbooks became the basis for her many relief print series, which were exhibited in Burnaby Art Gallery, Simon Patrich Gallery in Vancouver, Winchester Galleries and are still exhibited locally in Eclectic Gallery.
Avis participates in exhibitions interactively demonstrating relief printmaking in the Bowker Creek Brush-Up, Oak Bay Artist Studio Tours, and the Moss Street Paint-In.  Her paintings and prints are in 18 public collections and many private collections, including the Alberni Valley Museum collection.
Avis has been a member of Ground Zero Printmaking Society since 1997 and currently sits on the Board.

Website: http://www.oakbayartists.com/Avis_Rasmussen.html

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