16 Jun 2017

South Granville Art Walk

Tomorrow, on June 17th, South Granville will be holding its 6th annual Art Walk. It’s a chance to wander up and down Granville Street, pop into multiple galleries, listen to artist talks and nibble your way through different, local snacks. You can start south, at the Bau-Xi Gallery between 14th and

13 Jun 2017

Pictures From Here

There are not just pictures from here. These are pictures from artists who established our city’s reputation as a leader in photoconceptualism. This is the ‘Vancouver School’ that includes Roy Arden, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and extends to Christos Dikeakos, Fred Herzog, Sandra Semchuk, Cornelia Wyngaarden. These

11 Jun 2017

Corner Market Peonies

“Roses as big as cabbages.” So said Marco Polo when he first saw peonies. These glorious flowers – the 12th anniversary flower, seen to represent good fortune and a happy marriage – are now beautifully in Vancouver season. If you’re looking for some perfect peonies – nestled with other blooms or

09 Jun 2017

Ewan McNeil

Whether you’re looking for a beauty shot in your work day or an art exhibit that won’t stretch your ailing wallet, the Pendulum Gallery has mounted another free show: New Paintings by Ewan McNeil. Traditionally, McNeil has painted in black and white, playing with core architectural shapes. But “over the past year or so,”

06 Jun 2017

Secret Selfie Garden Maze With Strings

If you visit Oakridge, you might be surprised to see a flower garden maze, smack dab in the middle. Kids are winding through, seniors are resting on the vortex benches and selfies are happening all around. The Secret Garden will be up until June 26th. If you would like to see a little mall-garden entertainment,

04 Jun 2017

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

“What do you prefer, madam: an open or a closed coffyn?” “And what about the legs? Should we leave them hanging off the side for easy carrying?” These are not the questions of an old British madman. These are the questions of an old British pie-maker. The ‘coffyn’ was the

02 Jun 2017

4th Avenue Peacock

Proud as a peacock. Aristotle, Chaucer, Shakespeare, your judgy Grade Six teacher. Peacocks are rarely invoked in honour. ‘Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock – a stride and a stand.’ But, aren’t we just jealous of these feather-eyed creatures and their human-shaming courtship displays? Photographer Waldo Nell created quite a

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