30 May 2017

Amy Van Wormer

If nosy neighbours peek into Amy Van Wormer’s Rubbermaid tubs, they might be alarmed at what they find: bottles of bright arterial blood, dark venous blood, liquid skin, solid skin, human hair, yak hair, alcohol and disembodied appendages.  Those brave enough to continue snooping will find folder after folder of disturbing

28 May 2017

Vancouver’s Hummingbird

With their colourful crowns, frenetically-beating wings, flower-probing bills and can’t-catch-me flight, hummingbirds have long inspired artists. American painter and naturalist Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) was utterly taken with these tinkerbirds, spending six full months painting them in Brazil. ‘A few years after my first appearance in this breathtaking world [1863], I was

26 May 2017

Tanja Gardner Q/A

Tanja Gardner is a talented Vancouver artist whose paintings are inspired by her long BC history and her European training and travels. Represented by the Ian Tan Gallery, Gardner has been active for years in supporting local charities with her art. Gardner offers her take on our Vancouver Q&A. 1. Specific

21 May 2017

Sunny Island Markets

The sun is out, the people of BC are on the move and island artisans, chefs and potion-makers are greeting them at markets all over the province. Saturday of the May Long Weekend was opening day for the Gabriola Island Market. 2017 brings an enthusiastic group with lots of Gabriola favourites along

19 May 2017

Vintage British Car Show

Name the best car ever created. Ask that question of car enthusiasts, then don your protective headwear and stand well back. The Discovery Channel asked 2,000 British drivers for their greatest car picks, and their survey said: i. Jaguar E-Type ii. The Mini iii. Porsche 911 iv. Volkswagen Beetle v. Aston Martin

16 May 2017

Yayoi Kusama

Speaking of the Seattle Art Museum, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors – the show that is creating such a stir after opening in DC – will be in Seattle from June 30th to September 10th, Vancouver’s closest opportunity. With five immersive infinity mirror rooms and more than sixty paintings, sculptures and works

16 May 2017

Popping The Question In Vancouver

Vancouver ranks #11 in most popular cities for Instagrammers to propose. This according to the UK’s Ingle & Rhode analysis of proposal hashtags and 250,000 photos. #Best Cities For Proposals 1.New York 2. L.A. 3. Seattle 4. Miami 5. Chicago 6. Toronto 7. London 8. San Diego 9. Orlando 10. Sydney

14 May 2017

Blackberry Port Cider + Scot Pine

Happy Mother’s Day to Mums and those celebrating their Mums. If you’re looking for a local tipple to end your Mother’s Day dinner, consider Black Applejack from the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse on the Saanich Peninsula, north of Victoria. Sea Cider was founded by Kristen Needham, Cidermaster and sixth-generation farmer.

12 May 2017

The Show @ Emily Carr

If you are interested in getting an early look at the next generation of young artists in Vancouver, start with the end of year show at Emily Carr University. On until May 21st at the Granville Island campus, you can see works from Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates. It’s a great

09 May 2017

Sunday @ SAM

In Vancouver, we are lucky to be able to pop down to Seattle – by car, by train – for the weekend. The Seattle Art Museum is a must-visit, with its striking range of exhibits. Some of the wonderful modern and contemporary works we saw this last weekend: Willem de Kooning. Woman.1943