23 Jul 2017

Monet @ The VAG

“It took me some time to understand my water lilies,” said Claude Monet of the pond in his Giverny garden. “I planted them purely for pleasure; I grew them with no thought of painting them. A landscape takes more than a day to get under your skin. And then, all

18 Jul 2017

Balenciaga

‘The King is Dead.’ So ran the March, 1972 headline in Women’s Wear Daily upon the death of the Spanish Master of Haute Couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Balenciaga, who was born in 1895, was a tremendous influence to great designers who followed: Chanel, Dior, Ungaro, Miyake. ‘Balanciaga alone,’ Coco Chanel said,

16 Jul 2017

From Moriarty To Hamlet

‘I have heard That guilty creatures sitting at a play Have, by the very cunning of the scene, Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaimed their malefactions.’ In the face of Andrew Scott’s soul-striking Hamlet, it would not have been surprising to hear guilty audience members

07 Jul 2017

Emily Carr In The Forest

“It is wonderful,” Emily Carr said, “to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada, but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.” ‘Go into the woods alone,’ Carr wrote in her journal.

27 Jun 2017

Take 6

If you’re pitch-sensitive and like a well-rounded a cappella sound with complex harmonies, you’ll be thrilled to know that Take 6 – the Grammy-laden group based in Nashville – are coming to Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre in April of 2018. The Take 6 concert is months away, yes, but this

20 Jun 2017

Branford + Nik @ The Jazz Festival

Nature and nurture have baked music deep into the bones of the Marsalis family. Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, Jason. Here they are ‘struttin’ with some barbecue.’ Marsali have been in and out of Vancouver at Jazz Festivals over the years. This year, it’s the oldest brother, saxophonist and clarinettist Branford

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,”

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