Colouring Outside the Formline

From the first time I saw Steve Smith‘s work at the Vancouver International Airport, I knew he was not a traditionalist. In a documentary by Fred Cawsey about the artist and the installations at YVR, Steve says: “My interest isn’t really to do traditional native art … I’m trying to do native art in a way…

Anarchy and the Hong Kong Influence in Vancouver

Vancouver has one of the most culturally diverse populations of cities around the world with the asian population being one of the biggest. However, this isn’t well reflected in the art world and so I was pleased to discover the two exhibits on floor three at the Vancouver Art Gallery recently. Howie Tsui‘s show, “The Retainers…

5 Things I Love About Susan Point’s Show, Spindle Whorl

Strong women, it seems, are everywhere. It may just be that I need to see them now more than ever, and so my eyes are watching, waiting for the next bit of inspiration and reminder that I am a blessed species. With Women’s Day just last Wednesday the Susan Point Exhibit at the Vancouver Art…

Saturday Morning Update: Group Show at El Kartel

Well, it’s Saturday morning again blog followers. Coffee in hand? Great. Here’s a little update on my trip to El Kartel last Saturday night. The show was small but well curated. Because I love fashion and art I was looking for where the two came collide. Someone was paying attention to colour in the curation…

Saturday Morning “ArtDate”: Automatons at Visual Space Gallery

Good morning blog followers! I hope you’ve finished your run down Yuppy Lane, have changed out of your sweaty yoga pants into your Lululemon yoga pants, have your vanilla, soy, half sweet, double double thingy from Starbucks in hand because this is your first Saturday morning ArtDate – update, but about art, so … “ArtDate” (insert…

7 Super Cheap Art Things To Do In Vancouver Right Now

  What: Susan Point Spindle Whorl When: February 18 – May 28 Where: Vancouver Art Gallery This exhibit is a must see and on Tuesday Evenings from 5 – 9pm The Vancouver Art Gallery is always by donation, so you can pay as your budget allows. Have Kids? Check out Sundays at the Vancouver Art…

New at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  The most valuable purchase I have made since moving to Vancouver was to buy memberships to the Vancouver Art Gallery for myself and my son. When I brought the memberships home and showed them to my son he was interested. When I told him that the membership came with two extra passes and if…

Picasso at the Vancouver Art Gallery – What Is Great Art?

“The question my date asked was: ‘What makes a great artist?’” The question my date asked was: “What makes a great artist?” I was a little stumped. Four years studying art history hadn’t really prepared me to answer that question. I tried, with the typical caveats: “it depends who you ask”, “men were usually the…

MashUp With the Whipper Snapper

The complimentary tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery have been sitting in a cup on my desk for months now. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to go; it’s finding the time. It couldn’t be just anyone I went with, it had to be my son. That was the intent behind the gift. My coworker’s…

Blue Refuge: Joyce Ozier Dives Deep

I met Joyce for the first time when I came to the Fazakas Gallery for the opening of the Beau Dick show in October. She struck up a conversation and, being new to the city I was thankful for a friendly face; even if it was one I didn’t know yet. I immediately felt comfortable…

Christmas at the Lattimer Gallery

One thing I have really been looking forward to in the city is Christmas. Yes, there are things I will miss – snow, sledding, bundled up around a campfire with a hot whisky and Christmas in Hazelton – but now that I’m in the city I plan to take full advantage of what the city…

Interpretive Search for a Guinness at the VAG

Finding a date to an event in the city is as hard as … well, it’s as hard as finding an alcoholic drink at the Vancouver Art Gallery. And I should know; I spent the better part of a week on Tinder and the better part of an evening at the VAG discovering just that….