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June 10 ,  2008
West Coast Art News

Police Recover All But Two of U.B.C.’s Stolen Artworks

    Police raids on several Lower Mainland residences have resulted in the recovery of most of the fifteen artworks stolen from U.B.C.’s Museuem of anthropology two weeks ago. Although at least a couple of the pieces have reportedly sustained some damage, Museum Officials and art lovers alike are breathing a sigh of relief now that the artworks have been recovered. There had been serious concerns that the thieves would melt down the stolen works, which consisted of 12 gold artifacts by the late B.C. Bill Reid and three gold necklaces by indigenous Mexican artists. The artworks were stolen from the University of British Columbia’s the Museum of Anthropology on May 26.

June 8,  2008
West Coast Art News

Victoria Artist David Ladmore To Hold Studio Shows in June

    Victoria artist David Ladmore will hold three consecutive weekend shows of his original oils, watercolours and etchings, at his studio at 103 Menzies Street, this month.. The shows will take place on the weekends of Saturday June 14th and Sunday June 15th, Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd , and Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th, from 10 - 5 each day. More information can be obtained at 250-361-3243 or www.davidladmore.com

June 4 ,  2008
West Coast Art News

Armstrong Gallery to Host 3-Artist Show

    The Armstrong Gallery in Vancouver will open an exhibit called “Art Phi in the Sky” this month. The show will feature the work of Canadian Artists Danny Chen, Peter Daniels and Angie Payne. The Opening reception will be on Friday June 6, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, and the works will be on display until July 15.

The Armstrong Gallery is at Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings St., in

Vancouver.May 30,  2008
West Coast Art News

Warhol Retrospective Opens at Victoria Art Gallery

“Bigger than Life”, a major exhibition of Andy Warhol paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and films, opened today at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The 157 piece retrospective includes portraits of Wayne Gretzky and Conrad Black and an account of a 1965 incident in which the director of Canada’s National Gallery classed Warhol’s work as “merchandise” for customs purposes, causing a media storm over the Gallery’s apparent slowness to recognize the New York artist’s work. “Bigger than Life” opened May 30, 2008 and will run until August 24.

May 26,  2008
West Coast Art News

Bill Reid Art Stolen From British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology

    British Columbia’s famed Museum of Anthropology has been devastated by the theft of 12 priceless pieces of art, most of them by B.C’s renowned Haida artist, Bill Reid. The theft took place over the weekend, at a time when the museum is undergoing a major renovation, and so far police have released few details. The stolen items include a gold box which is considered to be one of Reid’s finest pieces, as well as 11 other pieces of jewellery including gold bracelets, brooches, and cufflinks. Reid, who died in 1998 was an iconic Canadian Artist whose Haida sculptures grace many public buildings. His impressive “Spirit of Haida Gwai” dominates the arrivals level at the Vancouver International Airport, and the Canadian $20 bill carries images of some of his most important works.

May 23 ,  2008
West Coast Art News

Spring Auction Shows Continued Strong Demand for Canadian Art

    This years annual spring auction by Vancouver’s Heffel Fine Art Auction House, showed a continued strong demand for works by Canada’s most collectable artists. Paintings by the Group of Seven’s Frederick Horseman Varley and A.Y. Jackson sold for over a half a million dollars each, and Tom Thompson’s "Tamarack Swamp (Sketch 5)" sold for one million dollars. The market for Canadian collector art has been booming for the last dozen years or so, as has the art market around the world.

May 16,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery to Get a Bigger Home

    The Vancouver Art Gallery will be moved to a new home at the present Plaza of Nations site, on False Creek, it was announced today. But the move won’t be taking place any time soon. According to VAG director Kathleen Bartels, the Gallery plans to hold an international competition to design a new building for the site, with about twice the exhibiting capacity of the present facility, to be opened sometime in 2013 or 2014. Costs and Financing for the new project have yet to be worked out.

April 30,  2008
West Coast Art News

Emily Carr Institute Gains University Status

    The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design has just become Emily Carr University. British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell made the announcement this week from the institution’s waterfront campus in Vancouver. The Emily Carr Institute was founded in 1925 and was British Columbias’s largest art school (prior to becoming a university,) with over 4,000 students

April 24,  2008
West Coast Art News

Globe and Mail Notes Rapid Growth of  "Art Banking" among Canada's Nouveau-Riche.

    The Globe and Mail has just published an informative article by David Parkinson, on the rapid growth of art collecting in Canada, and in particular, the emerging popularity of "Art Banking" among Canada's Nouveau-Riche.  (See Globe and Mail,  National edition, Apr. 24.)

April 23,  2008
West Coast Art News

Westbridge Art Auction to Support Book on "Unheralded B.C. Artists"

    On the evening of Thursday, April 24, Vancouver’s Westbridge Fine Art Auction House will hold a benefit auction to support the publication of a book on the “unheralded B.C. artists of the 20th century”. The sale will feature works by 30 artists including Robert Bateman, Jack Ackroyd, Diana Dean and Gregg Simpson. The auction is by invitation only, but those wishing to attend may contact the gallery at 604-736-1014. Further information can be obtained at http://www.westbridge-fineart.com/

April 23,  2008
West Coast Art News

Burnaby's Deer Lake Gallery to Present Over 40 Artists in a "Celebration of Spring"

    The Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby, B.C. will present a month-long show titled "Celebration of Spring", opening April 26. The show will exhibit the work of over 40 lower mainland artists, and will run until May 25. More information can be obtained at ArtByWendy.com

April 23,  2008
West Coast Art News

"Artswest" Spring Show Set for Sunday, in South Surrey

    Elgin Hall in South Surrey, B.C. will be the site this year's "Artswest" Spring Show. The annual event, this year presenting watercolor, acrylic and oil painings by over 20 talented local artists, will take place on Sunday, April 27, from 10a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 23,  2008
West Coast Art News

Saanich Arts Committee Sponsors Gordon Head Studio Tours

    The Community Arts Committee of Saanich, B.C.and local businesses will be sponsoring their annual Gordon Head Studio Tours on the weekend of May 3-4, 2008. Participating artists will welcome visitors to their home studios, where they will display their work, answer questions, and share techniques. Some will even be giving demonstrations.

April 23,  2008
West Coast Art News

Sidney, B.C. Glass Artist Opens New Studio and Gallery

    Sidney, B.C. Glass Artist Rick Silas has opened a new studio and gallery featuring his own unique glass sculptures. Mr. Silas' art, and his patented method for bending glass without heat, have been the subject several newspaper and television news stories, including The Discovery Channel's "Daily Planet", and his sculptures are becoming quite well known. The largest to date is an 26ft x 8ft x 1ft piece gracing the Dockside Green Development, in Victoria, B.C. More information is available at www.coldbentglass.com .

April 22,  2008
West Coast Art News

National Gallery of Canada opens "Canadian Painting in the Thirties", On-line

    National Gallery of Canada has opened a virtual treasure trove of on-line images and information about Canadian painting in the 1930's. Based on a major exhibition which toured Canada in 1975, "Canadian Painting in the Thirties" documents the rise of modernism in Canadian Painting and explores the social, economic and political factors affecting Canadian art at the time. This extremely rich body of images, information, and even on-line films and recorded interviews can be accessed at Cybermuse, the NGA's Art Education Research Site. (http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/)

April 20,  2008
West Coast Art News

Lower Mainland Artists Rempel, Ravenhall to Hold 3-Day Painting and Sculpture Show

    Vancouver area Artists Myrtle-Anne Rempel and Shannon Ravenhall will be presenting their paintings and sculptures in a 3 Day show and sale in Abbotsford on Mother's Day Weekend. The show will be held at The Penthouse at 1801-32330 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford May 8-11, 2008, and 25% of all proceeds will be donated to The Crystal Gala. More information is available at 1- 604- 850 -1200

April 17,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Artists to Receive $30,000 Audain Prize and $12,000 VIVA Awards

    Vancouver based photo-conceptual artist Jeff Wall has been awarded the $30,000 Audain Prize for lifetime acheivement in the visual arts in British Columbia, and artists Tim Lee and Kevin Schmidt have each won $12,000 VIVA Awards for achievement by mid-career British Columbia artists. The awards, announced this week, will be officially presented May 22 at the Vancouver Art Gallery

April 14,  2008
West Coast Art News

Seymour Art Gallery Presents "Serious Women Don't Do Flowers"

    An exhibition of floral paintings by 13 British Columbia women artists will open at the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver, April 15. Provocatively titled "Serious Women Don't Do Flowers", the exhibit will on display until May 11. The Seymour Art Gallery is a non-profit, community gallery located at 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. 604-924-1378

April 5,  2008
West Coast Art News

"Art in the City" Show and Sale To Be Held at Vancouver's West End Community Centre

    Vancouver's West End Community Centre has announced its third annual "Art in the City" visual art show and sale, to be held May 9, 10 and 11, 2008 (Mother's Day weekend). The show offers original paintings, prints and other visual art by established and emerging artists from Southwest Coastal British Columbia. Admission is free, and a painting by Jody Billingsley entitled "Vancouver Showers" will given away as a door prize. The West End Community Association is at 870 Denman St., Vancouver. Further information is available at 604 275-8333

March 30,  2008
West Coast Art News

Upcoming at Vancouver's Havana Gallery: Renewal: Revisited An exhibition of paintings by Lori Goldberg

    The Havana Gallery in Vancouver will present an exhibition of paintings by Vancouver artist and art teacher, Lori Goldberg. In her work Ms. Goldberg strives to interweave the ordinary with the extraordinary. Her personal journey is to seek for truth and live her life completely from a place where her paintings are offered as testimony and a marking of that journey. Opening reception will be on Sunday, Apr. 13 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the show will run until April 26, 2008. The Havana Gallery is at 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C.

March 15,  2008
West Coast Art News

Sculptor Convenes "Symposium in the Company of Ideas" on Hornby Island Estate

    Reclusive sculptor and intellectual Jeffrey Rubinoff is inviting a select group of experts from various professions to a 3 day symposium which will seek, among other things, to "integrate the diverse historical forces of modernity with the essential identity of abstract art". The symposium will be the first of a series held on Mr. Rubinoff's estate on Hornby Island, B.C., where he will soon be opening an 85 - hectare Sculpture Park featuring his own work. More information is available at http://www.rubinoffsculpturepark.org/

March 6 ,  2008
West Coast Art News

Helen Pitt Gallery to Present "Ground Zero Redux"

    Vancouver's Helen Pitt Gallery will bring together the work of Vancouver Artists Julie Andreyev, Martha González Palacios, Nick Lakowski, Gwenessa Lam, Jeremy Isao Speier, and Marlene Yuen, in a show Titled "Ground Zero Redux", opening on March 8. The show will feature photography, drawing, digital video projection, text and bookwork, assemblage, painting and kinetic sculpture in a exploration of "the complex conceptual, narrative and material trajectories of the term 'Ground Zero'.” The Opening Reception will be on March 7, 2008, at 8 p.m., and the show will run until April 5. The Helen Pitt Gallery is located at 102-148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC. (Ph. 604 681-6740)

March 6,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Olympics Will Showcase Canadian First Nations Art

    The Vancouver Olympics Committee has signed two new agreements with Canadian First Nations representatives to showcase First Nations Art at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The first is an agreement with the Four Host First Nations Secretariat to market first nations art from across Canada under the Olympic logo. Under this agreement, half of the royalties paid for use of the artworks will go into a fund for aboriginal youth programs, and the other half will be paid directly to the FHFNS. The Four Host First Nations Secretariat represents the Lil'wat, Musqueam, , Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, on whose traditional lands the Olympics will take place. In a second and separate agreement, Vanoc contracted with the Nunavut Development Corp., to have 1200 Inuit artists supply hand-made“inukshuks” to be sold as souvenirs before and during the games. “Inukshuk” is the traditional Inuit rock sculpture figure representing humanity, and is the official logo of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

March 3,  2008
West Coast Art News

Sonja Kobrehel Show Opens at Vancouver's Brittania Art Gallery

    Vancouver's Britannia Art Gallery will present the work of Artist Sonja Kobrehel in a show called "Color-Texture-Whimsy", March 5-29, 2008. Opening Reception will be on Wed. March 5, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and will include a live performance by Voices Rising Ensemble. There will also be an Artist Presentation on Sunday March 9, at 2 p.m. in the Gallery. The Britannia Art Gallery is in the Britannia Community Centre at 1661 Napier St., Vancouver, B.C. (Ph. 604 718-5800)

Feb. 3,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery Adds to Jeff Wall Collection

    The Vancouver Art Gallery has purchased two new works by Canadian photographic artist, Jeff Wall, according to a statement by V.A.G. director Kathleen Bartels. With the newly acquired pieces, Concrete Ball, 2002, and War Game, 2007, the gallery’s collection now totals nine major works by the internationally known Vancouver-based artist. Wall is best known for his large-scale framed and backlit photo-transparencies, and is one of group of conceptual and photo-conceptual artists that have brought international attention to the Vancouver art scene over the last two decades or so.

Jan 26,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery presents “Paradise”and “Küba”by Kutulug Ataman

    “Paradise”and “Küba”, two video installations by Kutulug Ataman, will be opening February 9, 2008, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery in co-operation with galleries and arts associations in California, New York, Great Britain and the Netherlands, “Paradise”is a 24- channel video portrait of Californians describing their encounters with the place they call “paradise”. This new piece of Ataman’s work will be paired with his 2004 Carnegie Prize-winning installation ,“Küba” portraying another utopian community in Turkey. The “Paradise”and “Küba” exhibit opens February 9 and runs until May 19, 2008, at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia

Jan 24,  2008
West Coast Art News

Three-Artist Show Focuses on “Brush, Line and Colour”

    Vancouver artists Wendy Mould, Becky McMahon and Kathy Johnson present a month-long show at Delta’s Firehall Centre for the Arts starting February 1, 2008. The show will be called “”Brush, Line and Colour”, in reference to the artist’s individual choices of style and medium. Ms. Mould is a well-known British Columbia miniaturist, while Becky McMahon paints with Chinese brushes on rice paper, and Kathy Johnson works in acrylics. Opening reception will be on Thursday, February 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the show runs until Feb. 29. The Firehall Centre for the Arts is at 11489 84 Ave, Delta, British Columbia

Jan. 24,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery to Present Pictorialist Photography, 1845-1945

    An exhibition of late nineteeth and early twentieth century pictorialist photography will open at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 2, 2008. The show, titled “TruthBeauty, – Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 ”, the show will feature over 150 of the finest photographs by the most renowned pictorialist photographers of the era. The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and is Curated by Alison Nordstršm . It will run until April 27.

Jan. 17,  2008
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery Will Manage New “Shangri-La” Public Art Space

    The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery have undertaken a new public art project, a public gallery to be opened in the new Shangri-la hotel and condominium project in downtown Vancouver. Under an initial 5-year contract, the V.A.G. will manage and curate the new art space, which will open when the Shangri-la project is completed, some time in late 2008 or 2009. City Council approved the project January 15.

Jan. 14,  2008
West Coast Art News

Maple Ridge Art Gallery Presents Chinese Literati Painter

    The Maple Ridge Art Gallery will be presenting the work of Vancouver Artist Tony Yin Tak Chu in an exhibit called “Mountains and Rivers”, beginning on January 15, 2008. The exhibit will consist of a series of paintings on canvas, wood, and paper scrolls which seek to express in a contemporary manner the aims of Chinese Literati Painters of the Song Dynasty, using subject matter from British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, where the artist lives. The opening reception will be held Saturday, January 19, from 2 to 4pm., and the exhibit will run until March 1. The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is operated by the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Arts Council and is located at 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C. Further information can be obtained at 604-467-5855.

Nov 26,  2007
West Coast Art News

Child given painting worth $475,000

    Ottawa resident Kaileigh Richter was understandably thrilled when a painting given to her as a child sold for $475,000 at the recent Heffel auction of Canadian Art in Toronto. The piece, called "Woodland Interior, Algonquin Park" by Tom Thompson, was found behind some furniture by Ms. Richter and her mother as they sorted through her late grandmother’s estate, twenty-four years ago. Richter was only 10 years old at the time, but liked the painting, so her mother gave it to her. It was originally given or sold to Richter’s grandfather by Thompson himself, when the two worked together in an advertising agency in 1915. Tom Thompson was considered the “eighth member” of Canada’s Group of Seven, and his paintings are now among the most highly-valued examples of Canadian collector art.

Nov. 27,  2007
West Coast Art News

Place des Arts Gallery Features 20 Works by Alice Rabinowitz, AFCA

    Vancouver artist Alice Rabinowitz (AFCA) (formerly Ruskin) is currently featured in a solo exhibit at the Place des Arts Gallery in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The show, called 'Solitude", consists of approximately 20 works on paper, each accompanied by an interpretive haiku. It runs until December 8, 2007.

Nov. 26,  2007
West Coast Art News

December Art Show by Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver

    The Vancouver chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists will be presenting its "Spilsbury Medal Show" at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island, from December 4 – 23, 2007. The show will consist of works in various media by the Federation's, Active (AFCA) and a Signature (SFCA) members.

Nov. 26,  2007
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Auction House Posts Second Largest Sale Ever

    Vancouver's Heffel Fine Art Auctions has posted its second highest sales ever in its annual fall auction in Toronto. The sale, which totalled over $19 million in Canadian Art, included five paintings that sold for over a million dollars each. Lawren Harris's "Grey Day, North Shore, Lake Superior" sold for $1,782,500 and his painting "Houses" sold for $1,380,000, David Milne's Snow Patches, Boston Corners, NY sold for $1,437,500, and two of Tom Thomson's paintings, "Northern Lights" and "Wild Cherry Trees in Blossom" sold for $1,150,000 and $1,006,250, respectively.     Heffel Art Auctions, a division of Vancouver's Heffel Art Gallery, hosts Canada's largest and most prestigious auctions of Canadian high-end collector art. The company holds two live auctions each year, a spring auction in May in Vancouver, and a fall auction in late November, in Toronto.

Nov. 26,  2007
West Coast Art News

Two Vancouver Fibre Artists to Exhibit at Vancouver East Cultural Centre

    Vancouver Fibre Artists Martha Jablonski-Jones and Judy Villett will be presenting a joint exhibit of their work at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre from December 11, 2007 to January 10, 2008. The show will be called "Re-connection" and it will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, as well as for one hour prior to all evening performances. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre is at 895 Venables St. in Vancouver. Their telephone number for event and other information is 604 251-1363.

Nov. 26,  2007
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Artist Ken Lum Wins Hnatyshyn Arts Award

    Vancouver conceptual artist Ken Lum has been awarded a $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist at this year’s Hnatyshyn foundation Visual Arts Awards in Ottawa. Mr. Lum is one of a group of conceptual artists who have been giving Vancouver a reputation for creative conceptual art since the late seventies. The Hnatyshyn Foundation was founded by the late Right Honourable John Hnatyshyn, Canada's twenty-fourth Governor General. It is a private foundation operating programs funded by government, corporate, institutional and private donations.     Complete information about the Hnatyshyn foundation Visual Arts Awards can be found The Hnatyshyn Foundation's website, at http://www.rjhf.com .

Nov. 22,  2007
West Coast Art News

Three Vancouver Artists in RBC Competition Show

    The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design is hosting an exhibition of works by this year’s finalists in the RBC painting competition, held in September. This year’s $25,000 first prize was won by Vancouver Artist and ECIAD graduate, Arabella Campbell for her painting “Physical Facts Series No. 6, while honorable mention prizes of $15,000 each were awarded to Calgary artist Chris Millar and Toronto’s Melanie Authier.     The show includes the works of all three of the prize–winning artists, as well as works by Vancouver artists Eli Bornowsky and Angus Ferguson and Winnipeg’s Shaun Morin, also finalists in the competition.     The works will be on display at the ECIAD art gallery in Vancouver, until Dec.1. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am - 5 pm., and admission is free.

Nov.22,  2007
West Coast Art News

“Christmas In Miniature” at West Vancouver’s Silk Purse Gallery

    West Vancouver’s Silk Purse Gallery will once again present its annual “Christmas in Miniature” art show and sale, from Dec.10 to Dec 21, 2007. The show will feature miniature works in all mediums by over 50 Vancouver artists, offering affordable collectable art as a unique gift suggestion for the Christmas season. Opening Reception is on Monday, Dec. 10th from 2-7 The Silk Purse art gallery is located at 1570 Argyle Avenue, in West Vancouver, BC . It's website is at http://www.silkpurse.ca/

Nov. 22,  2007
West Coast Art News

Buyers Bid High for B.C. Artist Brian Jungen

    An aboriginal mask by British Columbia artist Brian Jungen proved to be one of the biggest hits at the Sotheby’s/Christies fall auction of Canadian Art, held Nov. 19. The mask, titled Prototype for New Understanding #5, and made almost entirely of the component pieces of deconstructed Nike running shoes, was quickly bid up to more than five times its high end presale estimate, selling finally to a New York collector for $163,500.00 The piece and is a well-known example of Jungen’s work, which in recent years has brought him acclaim and a waiting list of buyers around the world. It was rumored to have been consigned to the sale by Vancouver novelist Douglas Coupland.

Nov.22,  2007
West Coast Art News

British Columbia Potters Guild Planning Ceramic Art Show

    The Potters Guild of British Columbia is planning a two-tier ceramic art show called "BC in a Box - Fingerplay" for the spring of 2008. Ceramic artists from across the province are being invited to participate, and all accepted entries will be exhibited in an inaugural show to be held at the Blackberry Art Gallery in Port Moody, British Columbia, in March. An award for excellence and a People’s Choice award will be presented, and fifty of the works will be juried into a travelling show, which will tour the province.     Complete information is available at the Potters Guild of British Columbia website, http://www.bcpotters.com/ .

Nov.18,  2007
West Coast Art News

North Vancouver Artists in “Anonymous Art Show”

    North Vancouver’s Cityscape Community Art Space will host this year’s “Anonymous Art Show”, - a group exhibition that will include both emerging and established two-dimensional artists working strictly on unframed 8” x 8” x 1½” back stapled canvas. The paintings will be sold anonymously artist’s names will appear on the back of each canvas. This is a major fundraising event for the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Each painting will be priced the same at $100. Fifty percent will go back to the artist and the balance will remain with the Arts Council. The exhibition will open on November 29th and continue until December 15th giving the community an opportunity to purchase original art in time for Christmas.     Cityscape Community Art Space is at 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC (604) 988 - 1931

Nov.18,  2007
West Coast Art News

Silk Purse Gallery to Present West Vancouver Artists Jefferson, Chamberlain

    The Silk Purse gallery in West Vancouver will present the works of West Vancouver artists Cathi Jefferson and Andy Chamberlayne, from Dec. 4 – 8, 2007. Jefferson, a clay artist, and Chamberlayne, a photographer will aspire to link their art in a deep connection with the beauty of the natural environment.     The opening reception will be on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 pm.     The Silk Purse art gallery is located at 1570 Argyle Avenue, in West Vancouver, BC. It's website is at http://www.silkpurse.ca/

Nov.18,  2007
West Coast Art News

Bowen Island Artist to Exhibit Works on Mylar

    Vancouver area artist Titania (Bowen Island) invites everyone to the Bowen Island Library on Saturday November 17th to celebrate her new show of paintings – Presence. The exhibit is a collection of her British Columbia Landscapes and florals painted on translucent mylar. Her works will be on display until Saturday, November 30, 2007.

Nov.12,  2007
West Coast Art News

Silk Purse Gallery to Exhibit Vancouver Artist Mary Farris

    West Vancouver art gallery The Silk Purse will feature the watercolours and pastels of Bowen Island artist Mary Farris, in a show called Artantartica, opening on the evening of November 20, 2007. The Vancouver artist’s works will be on display until December 2, 2007.

Nov.10,  2007
West Coast Art News

Will Origami be Accepted as Fine Art in Vancouver?

    The Pendulum Art Gallery in Vancouver is currently showing a large exhibit of Origami art, in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Origami Conference, being hosted at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Vancouver artist Joseph Wu, who organized the exhibition, has been considering the possibility of such a show for a number of years, but has only recently come to believe that origami is ready to be accepted as fine art in Vancouver. Undaunted by a chilly reception from Vancouver art galleries, Wu says that over the past 10 years origami has been coming into its own as a fine art form around the world.     The current exhibition consists of 150 pieces from local and international artists, and is well worth seeing. It will continue until November 17 at the Pendulum Gallery, on the main floor atrium of the HSBC Building, at Hornby and West Georgia, in downtown Vancouver

Nov.6,  2007
West Coast Art News

Seymour Art Gallery presents Vancouver Artists Sonja Kobrehel and Jason Marlow

    North Vancouver's Seymour Art Gallery will be presenting a joint exhibition of works by Vancouver artists Sonja Kobrehel and Jason Marlow, from November 13 to Dec 9, 2007. Seymour Art Gallery is a non-profit, community gallery located at 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. 604-924-1378

Oct. 30,  2007
West Coast Art News

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Photo-Conceptual Artist, Roy Arden

    The Vancouver Art Gallery is currently presenting an exhibition of photographic conceptual art by Vancouver artist Roy Arden. Mr. Arden is well known on the Vancouver art scene and has been exhibiting his large photographic pieces internationally for decades. He is a pivotal member of a group of photographic artists who have been making Vancouver a hotbed of conceptual art since the 1980's.
    The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, and guest curated by Dieter Roelstraete of the Antwerp Museum of Contemporary Art, and consists of 120 photographs, five video works and an internet art project. It runs until January 28, 2008.

Oct. 30,  2007
West Coast Art News

Welcome to the Vancouver Art Show

    During a recent creative sabbatical in Mexico I came to realize that there were two things noticeably absent and very much needed on the Vancouver art scene.

    Firstly, we needed a well known public place where both established and emerging Vancouver artists could display their work prominently and attract visitors to their own websites, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, - at a minimal cost. And secondly, we needed a magazine to promote interest and provide news, information and editorial perspectives on Vancouver art and Vancouver artists, with the national and international art world as a backdrop.

    The web was the obvious place for such a show and magazine. They would be accessible all the time from practically anywhere, and the overhead costs would be minimal. The biggest costs would be for design and production, - and those I could handle myself until the show had become established.

    I began working on the Vancouver Art Show in the fall of 2006, and ArtShow Magazine in the spring of 2007, and by then I knew I had taken on a formidable task. VancouverArtShow.ca had gone through three complete changes of format, and its target area had grown to include everything within a 3 or four hour drive of Vancouver, which meant the entire Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island. Also, to address the needs and interests of as many visitors as possible, I had added a comprehensive guide to Vancouver art galleries, a Collector’s exchange, and an Art History Chart with an interactive guide to art history resources on line.

    VancouverArtShow.ca is designed to overcome the problems that have frustrated the vast majority of art websites to date. The large artist-directory-type websites with their complex hierarchies of categories, long lists of names and postage stamp-sized thumbnails are esthetically uninviting, and difficult if not impossible to browse. You have to click through so many pages and categories before you get to see some actual images that people just get “click fatigue” and give up. You practically have to know the name of the artist you’re looking for ahead of time, and if you knew that, why wouldn’t you just Google the name and go straight to the artist’s website yourself?     The artist’s own websites are often beautifully done but they get insufficient traffic because they don’t carry enough weight to place highly in search engine results. The traffic they do get comes from all over the world. It’s flattering to the artist, perhaps, when someone from Ireland or Kuala Lumpur stumbles upon your website while looking for something else, and stops briefly to admire their art. But really, what good does it do? Artists in Vancouver need web visitors from the Vancouver area, because those are the people who are potential buyers of their art. VancouverArtShow.ca is designed to attract attention to artists living in Vancouver B.C., the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, and direct interested viewers to their individual websites.     By showcasing independent artists as well as galleries, VancouverArtShow.ca hopes to provide the art-conscious public with the largest and most diverse selection of art possible, bolstering the vast but neglected “middle market for art”, where good paintings can be bought for under three thousand dollars, often directly from the artist, and people can buy beautiful signed archival quality prints that will last for generations, without having to re-mortgage their homes to do so.

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The Stuckist Revolt
The Marriage, by Eamon Everall

    The worldwide Stuckist Movement is challenging the "Soulless cynicism" of Post-Modernism and Conceptual Art, urging a return to figurative painting.
     ArtShow Magazine's Stacey Allison traces the movement's history from the early 1990's to the present.

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