Eastside Culture Crawl at 1000 Parker Street

The Crawl was literally crawling with art lovers this year – young and old, seasoned and new. I found myself halfway between these extremes somewhere, walking up to 1000 Parker Street to check out the highest concentration of artists’ studios in the Crawl. There are a purported 141 studios in the Parker Street Studios Building…

Journey to the Centre – An Art Meditation

This image is of a Susan Point sculpture in the rotunda at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The power of art can come, in part, through how it is set into space. I chose this image both for the art and how it interacts with the space it is in. This image is enough on its…

The Benefits of Art Meditation

“Art is Life”, “Art is Change”, “Art is Essential”. How many cliché art phrases have you heard in your life? Probably enough to convince you that art is not really your thing. How many philosophical commentaries on art have you passed over.  Perhaps enough to make you believe that art is something for academics to contemplate….

Inner Balance in the Quest for Creativity

Attending the Susan Point show, Spindle Whorl at the Vancouver Art Gallery got me thinking about the balance of Masculine and Feminine in the quest for creativity. Point so beautifully blends the two elements in her work. She has such a design eye and has ventured into her art career with a drive for success….

The Creative Sweet Spot

  You know the feeling. You’re doing something and you’re completely oblivious to time passing, someone saying your name, the fact that you have to pee … all completely irrelevant and ignorable compared to that sweet, sought-after feeling of being completely in the groove. But it’s not the groove itself that I’m going to talk about…

Does Vancouver Repel Creative People?

Does Vancouver repel creative people? This was the discussion of the debate held by Urbanarium City Debates on January 18, 2017 at UBC Robson Square. Yes, UBC has a downtown location – for those of you new to Vancouver like me. The stage was set – literally – and on the pro side was Sandy Garossino…

What a Couple of Northern Rapper Kids Taught Me

It was like going down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. The night started out as dinner with a couple of girlfriends from up North. Loud stories and belly laughs were abundant to the point of disturbing the well-mannered ladies at the table next to us. Fortunately for us the nice people at East is…