26 Feb 2015

Sinclair Clock Tower

For some, the Sinclair Centre may trigger chilling passport office flashbacks. Please do not let me look down and miss my number. The building is, however, one of our few historic landmarks, with its earliest section – the Edwardian Baroque Post Office – having been designed by architect David Ewart and built

26 Feb 2015

Second-Hand Stills

Never mind the streak-free mirror balls and the carefully-draped overcoats. Some of the most interesting store displays are well away from the windows, tucked into the back-corners of second-hand shops. Here’s one of many on Main Street.

26 Feb 2015

Land Of Giant Letters

On the Streets of Sesame, giant letters pop up in the most unusual of places.  Upper case D and lower case d are headed out for a song-filled canoe ride. A 1970’s R is hoisted awkwardly up onto the top of a New York hotel. Big K and Little k are spinning

21 Feb 2015

Kelsey Adair

When Kelsey Adair was a competitive snowboarder, she spent a lot of time in buses: Whistler, Seattle, Kelowna. To pass the time, she and her fellow boarders would crochet toques to sport on the slopes. “Looking back , they were pretty ugly, bright hats.” Having studied fashion at John Casablancas,

19 Feb 2015

Beatty Street Mural

It has been a controversial site. The original block-long mural, in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre area, was painted over blue, prior to the 2010 Olympics. Many, including Vancouver artist Vincent Dumoulin, were less than pleased with the erasure. The public reacted and a new team of artists – headed by

19 Feb 2015

VAG Office Supplies

You see it as you walk from the Eaton’s/Sears/Nordstrom building towards the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is arms and legs outstretched – to music? In struggle? – and it is entitled Dancers. This mixed media mural on the exterior walls of the VAG is the work of Office Supplies Incorporated,

17 Feb 2015

Amartei Armar

With the Oscars less than a week away, all bets are on. Well in the mix are Birdman for Best Picture, Michael Keaton for Best Actor and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Best Director. For young filmmakers like Amartei Armar, every new filming detail and behind the scenes is an opportunity

14 Feb 2015

Ilanna Barkusky

The snowboarder soars off the jump, body and board angled down like a dagger. The surfer is cutting into a wave that looks eager to swallow him whole. There is such life in athletes who are pushing at the edges and photographer Ilanna Barkusky is poised with her camera, craning for

12 Feb 2015

Stadium Portraits

If you’re heading to Nat Bailey stadium for a baseball game or to Riley Park for assorted sports, you’ll see the paintings of  famous baseball players looming over you: Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Smokey Joe Williams . These are the work of Jennifer Ettinger, a sports artist. Ettinger

12 Feb 2015

Culinary Love Affair

If you’re wandering around Gastown, you might notice a particularly striking mural spinning out the tale of a love affair between a baker and a chef. It was finished in 2012 and, fittingly, adorns the exterior walls of The Baker & The Chef sandwich cafe. This 320 Cambie Street painting is the work