Polygon Gallery anchors Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver

The Polygon Gallery
Photo: Ema Peter Photography

After nearly 30 years of planning, The Polygon Gallery has opened to the public on the Waterfront at Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver.  Since 1976, the Presentation House at 3rd and Chesterfield has been a community art space that for the last three decades has had a focus on photographic arts.

Now in its new space next to Lonsdale Quay, the stunning $20million gallery provides an anchor to the evolving Lower Lonsdale precinct.  The Polygon Gallery joins the new residences, bistros, restaurants, pubs and shops that have replaced the industrial spaces that were North Vancouver staples for decades.  The Patkau Architect designed Gallery is constructed to the highest standards for sustainable building.  The Gallery is a bright, open, light-filled space, with a fully-glazed ground floor and exterior cantilever, jutting over the boardwalk offers shelter from the weather.  The new building’s lower floor boasts a welcoming Gallery lobby and gift shop, a café, and a multi-purpose exhibition and event space. 

The second level features four exhibition spaces and a large exterior terrace overlooking Burrard Inlet, which, even on a recent dreary night, the sparkling skyline of Greater Vancouver, and the city’s busy harbour create a magnificent work of art of its own.  While the exhibition space is vast but feels intimate to not overwhelm the art within, the all white interior is a blank canvas to highlight whatever work fills the space.  

The Polygon Gallery’s inaugural exhibition N. Vancouver, is on display until Spring 2018.  N. Vancouver honours the Gallery’s home with photographic works capturing its rich and varied history from Coast Salish village, to industrial port city to the emerging urban metropolis of today.  Pieces reflect the industrial port, concrete grain terminals, docks and rail yards, all set against lush coastal mountains and natural beauty of the Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh territories. The most ambitious project in the Gallery’s history, N. Vancouver features commissioned works by more than fifteen artists, including Andrew Dadson, Gabrielle Hill, Althea Thauberger, Stephen Waddell and Tracy Williams, paired with existing work by Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Fred Herzog, Curt Lang, and Jeff Wall, among others. 

Polygon Gallery Now Open

The Polygon Gallery is located steps from Lonsdale Quay, at 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver.
The Gallery is open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays)
Admission is by donation.

MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

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1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

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credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Picks of the Week – April 19, 2017

Can you believe Spring is already a month old?! Let’s see if we can find some Spring activity in the picks of the week

Sing: Singer/Songwriter John Mayer share his guitar and voice with the audience at Rogers Arena tonight

Laughs: The Arts Club Granville Stage welcomes the return of the moms, Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty is another hilarious and touching edition of the Mom’s the Word series.

Rock: Classic British rockers The Zombies play the Commodore Ballroom on Friday

Improv: Laugh your chaps off at Western World, the new show at Vancouver Theatresports League, their take on HBO’s Westworld

Wine: Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival welcomes more than a dozen of the regions local wineries to Harrison Hot Springs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Angels: The acclaimed Angels in America: Part 1 onstage at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until Sunday

Blues: Vancouver’s The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer bring the blues to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

90s: Saturday night, there’s a time warp at Abbotsford Event Centre with I Love the 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt n Pepa, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Young MC, All 4 One

Blooms: Until May 10th, take in the explosion of colour a the Abbotsford Tulip Festival 

Photos: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city throughout April.

Cherries: It’s your final week to experience the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival  before the petals drop for another year

Picks of the Week – April 12, 2017

Let’s hop to it and celebrate the Easter Long Weekend with these picks of the week;

Improv: Laugh your chaps off at Western World, the new show at Vancouver Theatresports League, their take on HBO’s Westworld

Glass Slipper: Broadway across Canada brings Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday

Live: Thursday, Matthew Presidente performs a solo set of “Every Single Sin” live at XYYVR

Stage:  See the Canadian docu-play, The Watershed before it closes at The Gateway Theatre this weekend.

WhitecapsCascadia: The Vancouver Whitecaps haven’t started the MLS season as strongly as we’d like but Friday afternoon they kick off their Cascadia Cup campaign against Seattle Sounders.

Doggiestyle: The incomparable Snoop Dogg brings his rhythm and rhymes to the Rogers Arena stage on Friday

Angels: The acclaimed Angels in America: Part 1 continues at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage through April 23

Dirty: Saturday night, Amorous Production gets Down & Dirty on Davie with a night of live performances by Mizzy, Freeman Young, Emcee Kavi, Sam Chimes, Dapper Harlots hosted by Matt Pagani and Emily Roop at XYYVR

Desert: Can’t make it to Coachella this weekend? The Biltmore Cabaret offers Nochella their own take on the desert music fest this Saturday.

Photography: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city throughout April.

CherryBlossomsBlossoms: The 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival continues with events and blossoms throughout the City until April 23rd.

Get some Spring in your ski at Whistler Ski & Snowboard Festival

Take a spring festival to the top of a mountain resort and you have the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival.  The 2017 festival runs April 7 – 16, 2017, combining the renewal of spring and the best of mountain snow culture.

The village of Whistler is always a lively location but during ten day festival the vibe is electric.  When visitors aren’t taking to the slopes for the premium spring skiing that this exceptional winter has set up, the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival brings art, music, photography, film presentations, ski and snowboard competitions, nightlife and more to the village, making for exciting apres-ski sessions.

The Olympus 72Hr Filmmaker Showdown is always a hit. The competition challenges filmmakers to create a 3-5 minute short film from scratch.  Shot within 100km radius of Whistler over the course of 72 hours, edited on site with the results shown during the festival.  The concurrent Olympus Pro-Photographer Showdown welcomes five of the world’s top action photographers to showcase their work in another festival competition.

Throughout the festival, some great music acts visit the village to entertain the masses in the FIDO Free Outdoor Concert Series or the Kokanee Freeride Club Series.  The acts to look out for include; Virginia To Vegas, Walk Off The Earth, Willa, Busty And The Brass, The Funky Snow Monkeys, Swollen Members, Kyprios, Keys N Krates, Busta Rhymes, Ozomalti and many more.

Even without all the extras provided by the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler has plenty to entertain, pamper and play.

Get information and tickets about the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival online

4th Annual Capture Photography Festival Returns

The Capture Photography Festival returns to Metro Vancouver April 1 – 28, 2017 for the fourth year.  Celebrating photography and lens-based art Capture Festival features over 100 free exhibitions, public art projects and events throughout the lower mainland. All events are open to the public with an aim of increasing awareness of the cultural importance of photography in all of its forms.

The non-profit, Capture Photography Festival, is the largest in Western Canada and the first of its kind in British Columbia.

This year’s Feature Exhibition, opening Capture on April 1st, Song of an Open Road, is presented in partnership with Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) running at the CAG until May 15). Taking its title from a poem by Walt Whitman, the group exhibition is presented across multiple platforms, both inside and outside of the gallery.

Robert Arndt, Pursuit, Plunder & Fleece, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver.

Capture also presents major public art projects again this year. Works include a large scale, site-­specific piece installed on the facade of the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation by artist Alex Morrison.

Capture Canada Line Project – 2016

The Capture Canada Line Project, in partnership with Canada Line InTransit BC, will show photo-­based artworks from multiple artists on the theme On and Off the Road installed on the exteriors of seven Canada Line stations, from Waterfront to Marine Drive.

The Capture Billboard Project, presented in partnership with Pattison Outdoor, is a series of large-scale public art installations by Barb Choit, Anne Collier, Annette Kelm, and Evan Lee placed on 17 billboards throughout Vancouver.

If the public art projects and Feature Exhibition aren’t enough, Capture Photography Festival also presents photography at 70+ venues throughout the city, including over 100 different exhibitions, tours, films.  Other events include the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair (in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair), a weekly Speaker Series with artist talks and panel discussions each Tuesday in April at Inform Interiors, as well 2017 Capture also introduces the new Open Program, an unjuried, open-call opportunity for photographers and lens-based artists to exhibit in the Festival in venues throughout the community

Capture Photography Festival runs April 1 – 28, 2017, visit capturephotofest.com to plan your itinerary and see what’s on during the Festival.

Richmond & Capture Photography Festival No 3 Road Artist Call

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Amanda Arcuri, Evening West Dyke Trail, 2013 No. 3 Road Art Column at Aberdeen Canada Line Station, Richmond, BC

This spring the city was filled with the creative and artistic works from Capture Photography Festival.  One of the highlights that brought awareness of the Festival and allowed everyone to enjoy the works was the Public Installations like those all along the Canada Line.

Carrying on in the footsteps of those projects, the City of Richmond Public Art Program is collaborating with the Capture Photography Festival to seek photography-based submissions for the No. 3 Road Art Columns at Lansdowne and Aberdeen Canada Line Stations.

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit their ideas on the theme Growing and Rising.  The Public Art Program encourages artists residing in British Columbia to submit a proposal for new work that considers the ongoing relationship between the natural landscapes of Richmond and the City’s rapidly growing built environment.

There is the opportunity for six artists to be be selected for this project, enclosing the columns of the elevated SkyTrain Stations. Each successful artist will receive a fee of $1,500 CAD to produce four (4) print-ready digital artwork files.

The deadline for Submissions is Monday, October 3, 2016 with the 
two part exhibition taking place  February–July 2017 (part 1) and August 2017–January 2018 (part 2)
For details on how to apply,  visit the City of Richmond website and download the Artist Call Application Form.