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Intrusive Thoughts: Self-Portraits
by Riisa Gundesen

The Capilano Review Launch

Workshops and Events

March Schedule

Expressive Arts New day and time coming soon.

We invite you to join
WePress Open Studio
Mondays 2–4pm
Everyone Welcome

Mar 4
WePress Open Studio   2-4pm

Mar 11
WePress Open Studio   2-4pm

Mar 16
The Capilano Review
Launch                        7-9pm

Mar 16
Intrusive Thoughts
by Riisa Gundensen 

Last Day of Exhibition

Mar 18

WePress Open Studio   2-4pm

Mar 19
Volunteer Orientation      3pm

Mar 25
WePress Open Studio   2-4pm


Accessibility Info

Front door - 32" width

No steps
Door - 35" width

Toilet clearance:

8'' left side

29'' front

Support bars on left and behind toilet

Our full accessibility audit is available here.

In order to create a space where folks with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils) and smoke far away from the entrance to the space.
For info on how to support people with multiple chemical sensitivities, visit this resource put together by Peggy Munson.

Workshops with

Lookout Society

As part of our partnership with the Lookout Society, Gallery Gachet is enjoying hosting regular workshops with residents at First Place Residence.


Thank you to our sponsors!!


Intrusive Thoughts:

Self-Portraits by Riisa Gundesen 

On display until March 16th

Intrusive Thoughts is a solo exhibition featuring self-portraits by Riisa Gundesen. This exhibition explores feminine representation, the abject, and mental health. In the context of Riisa's work, the abject denies the viewer the anticipated pleasure of looking at the feminine body by showing mental and bodily functions that are often hidden or repressed. Riisa illustrates compulsive scratching, picking, and over-grooming in her self-portraits through the use of texture, paint, and ambiguous figures. At the same time, she uses rich and energetic paint colours to draw the audience into her paintings and evoke feelings of intrigue, alarm, and empathy. Together, Intrusive Thoughts investigates the possibilities of the abject as a metaphor for lived experience with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and depression. 

Riisa Gundesen is a visual artist based in Edmonton. She received her BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 2012, and her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. In the context of contemporary figurative painting, her work deals with femininity, mental illness, and the abject. Gundesen currently teaches visual art at the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.

For more information contact Micaela Hart D’Emilio 604 687 2468 | or visit

Expressive Arts

New day and time coming soon.

We invite you to join WePress Open Studio
Mondays 2–4pm Everyone Welcome

The Expressive Arts Group began as a program through the West Coast Mental Health Network. There are about 30 participants, who meet on a drop-in basis every Monday afternoon to paint, make collages, use mark-making tools, do print-making and/or sculpture. No previous art experience is necessary to participate in the group. We operate on the belief that engaging in creative activities is physically and emotionally healing. We provide art materials, instruction (if needed and desired) and support in an inclusive, accessible and safe atmosphere. Free.
If you are interested in attending, please call 604-687-2468


The Capilano Review launch featuring work by Riisa Gundensen at Gallery Gachet in March 2019!

Saturday, March 16th, 7 - 9pm
The Capilano Review is celebrating the launch of their Winter 2019 Issue! Join us from 7-9PM on Saturday, March 16 at Gallery Gachet for snacks and readings while surrounded by feature artist Riisa Gundesen's solo exhibition Intrusive Thoughts. We'll also have issues for sale and we might even give away a subscription or two. Plus—it's your LAST CHANCE to check out Intrusive Thoughts as the show closes after our launch!

Tawahum Justin Bige
Leanne Dunic
Riisa Gundesen

We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl'il'wətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We also recognize this acknowledgement itself as both necessary and insufficient—a starting point, not an end point. 

-ASL interpretation available upon request: please email by March 1
Volunteer Membership Program

Our program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills.

Our next Volunteer Orientation | Tuesday, March 19th at 3pm

Contact: 604-687-2468 or or check out


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