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Intrusive Thoughts: Self-Portraits by Riisa Gundesen 

Workshops and Events

January Schedule

Expressive Arts 
The New Day and Time
will be announced. 
Until now we are inviting you to join
WePress Open Studio Monday 2–4pm
Everyone Welcome

Jan 15
Volunteer Orientation      3pm

Jan 25
Intrusive Thoughts
self-portraits by
Riisa Gundesen

Opening night         6 - 9pm


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 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25th 6-9pm

Exhibition runs: January 25th to March 16th, 2019

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 recieved 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.

Stay tuned for the Spring Capilano Review launch featuring work by Riisa Gundesen at Gallery Gachet in March 2019!

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

Expressive Arts  - The New Day and Time will be announced. 

Until now we are inviting you to join WePress Open Studio

Monday 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


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, January 15th at 3pm

Contact: 604-687-2468 or or check out


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