20th Anniversary Eastside Culture Crawl

EastsideCultureCrawl16From November 17 to 20, 2016, the Eastside Culture Crawl invites art lovers to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  East Vancouver comes alive for four-days of visual arts, design, and crafts, filling 78+ open studios, homes, galleries and garages from Columbia Street, to 1st Avenue, to Victoria Drive, and the waterfront. Expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and beyond, the Crawl introduces visitors to more than 475 participating visual artists in this year’s monumental event.

Tangible Interaction – Marshmallow Clouds

“This year’s festival represents a remarkable accomplishment; not just for the hundreds of vibrant and creative visual artists who have participated in the Crawl over the past two decades, but for our city as a whole,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director. “For the past 20 years, the Crawl has served as a vital and meaningful intersection between artistic creation and discovery, sparking impactful dialogue and sustaining a passionate engagement in the arts within Vancouver.”

Richard Retrault – Wall Woodcut

Created in 1997 as a place for artists to gather together, bond, and showcase their work, the Crawl has grown each year, becoming an iconic staple of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

“This is an opportunity for people to glimpse behind the scenes,” Rausenberg adds. “To witness the creation of new works, understand the inspiration and process behind a piece, and to experience firsthand the methods used to bring works of art to life. Now in its 20th year, the Crawl is a tremendous melding of the resilient and determined artists who have been with us since the beginning, and the youthful and vibrant new artists who shed an exhilarating light on our city’s great future.”

For art fans from across the Pacific Northwest, the Eastside Culture Crawl showcases an ever-expanding selection of determined and inspired painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and much more. Featuring the biggest line-up of artists, venues, and events in its decades-long history, the 20th anniversary edition of the Crawl will offer guests an expanded list of insightful juried exhibitions, evocative contemporary films, and engaging artist presentations.

For a full listing of the open venues plus the event listings of featured presentations, installations, and talks visit culturecrawl.ca

Friday Find – Picasso: The Artist & His Muses at VAG

This summer at the Vancouver Art Gallery, discover the most significant exhibition of the master of modernism, Picasso.

Picasso: The Artist & His Muses examines the relationship of his artwork and the six women who provided his creative inspiration. From the early 20th Century Paris through to his last year’s the exhibition delves into the evolution of this work in association with his life and loves.   Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, all the played a significant role in his personal life and development of his artistic endeavours.

The exhibition includes a wide variety of this work, from pencil sketches, prints, paintings, and sculpture.  It’s interesting to see some of his work evolve from more true-to-life sketches to the abstract Moderism style we are usually associate with Picasso.

Picasso: The Artist & His Muses is open until October 2, 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Visit vanartgallery.bc.ca for more information

Touch Wood at Van Dusen Botanical Garden

This summer, take a walk on the wild side. As you wander the natural beauty of VanDusen Botanical Garden stop and take a look at for the Garden’s latest art installation – “Touch Wood“, running June 20th until September 30th. Following on the successful run of last year’s “Earth Art” exhibition, “Touch Wood” is another opportunity for the public to experience the Garden in a different light. “The environment becomes part of the show. Because of the placement of the art, people see and experience the Garden in a new way,” says Garden Director Harry Jongerden.

Curated by Celia Duthie and Nicholas Hunt of the Duthie Gallery on Saltspring Island, the 24 wood and wood inspired sculptures by 10 prominent BC artists are dotted throughout the Garden’s 22 hectares. The Touch Wood Visitors Guide connects the dots as you roam the lush verdant grounds. The exhibit begins as soon as you arrive at VanDusen Visitors Centre, the Discovery Room features some of the smaller (and for sale) pieces of sculpture. Stepping out to the garden, visitors will see that most of the pieces are on a grand scale, Michael Dennis’ Council Of Elders features eleven 12ft high pieces, Steve Paterson & Janice Woode’s Last Of The Giants is a heavy steel recreation of loggers cutting a giant tree.  In keeping with the Garden’s environmental commitment, all pieces of the exhibition are created from salvaged, scavanged or recycled materials. The sustainability of the pieces can extend with those that are purchased as part of the proceeds go back to preserving and supporting the Garden.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street (at 37th Ave) in Vancouver. For information visit vancouver.ca/vandusen or phone 604.257.8335

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Fragrant Wood Gallery debuts new Balinese Collection

This week, Fragrant Wood Gallery debuts their latest collection, Western Canada’s largest curated collection of Balinese wood carvings is now on display in the clean, modern gallery.
The unique combination of ancient Asian techniques and themes contrasts with cool Western modernity of the gallery. “We want to reframe the perceptions of ancient art forms,” says Fragrant Wood Gallery manager and curator Estelle Fu. “Seemingly dated pieces become beautifully contemporary when fused with today’s crisp, minimal aesthetic.”  A relative newcomer to Vancouver’s South Granville gallery row, opening in 2011, Fragrant Wood is developing a niche as the city’s location for Southeast Asian Art.
This latest collection, comprised of intricately carved wooden sculptures and masks, alongside  vibrant paintings, is the product of many years of study and travel throughout Bali and the neighbouring region.  Each piece was privately acquired during numerous trips across Bali, Indonesia, including works by noted artists I.B. Oka, Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan, A.A. NG Suta Wijaya and A.A. GD Raka Cipta.  “Fragrant Wood Gallery has built close relationships with the artists we represent,” adds Ms Fu, “We can’t wait to introduce their beautifully timeless work to Vancouver’s most discerning collectors and admirers.”

Fragrant Wood Gallery is located at 2233 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sundays
Ph: 604 558 2889 Twitter: @fragrantwood1 Facebook: Fragrant-Wood-Gallery

Terracotta Warriors – BC Lions Society

Following Orcas, Bears and Eagles In The City, the BC Lions Society For Children With Disabilities / Easter Seals unveils Terracotta Warriors In The City, in partnership with the Royal British Columbia Museum.
From April until October 2012 watch for Terracotta Warrior sculptures to pop up all over the lower mainland.   As with the previous 3 edition of the “…in the city” program, the Terracotta Warriors are a collaboration of local artists who paired with a sponsoring individuals or organizations to create a unique design and apply it to the surface of the 7 foot fiberglass Terracotta Warrior. The Terracotta Warrior serves as the artist’s canvas and will be displayed in prominent public spaces around the participating cities in Southwest BC.  A “Terracotta Warrior Map” will be created and distributed throughout participating communities showing the location, sponsor and artist.
The BC Lions Society outlines a number of goals for the program:

  • To create an event that provides maximum exposure to sponsoring individuals or organizations, artists and the recipient charity
  • To invite tourists from around the world to visit our province
  • To produce an event that encourages the ‘Arts’, local businesses and individuals to come together in a spirit of community fundraising, benefiting the important work of the BC Lions Society’s Easter Seals Services for children with disabilities
  • To generate artistic creativity and showcase BC artists
  • To celebrate the cultural diversity of our province and promote civic pride
  • To capture the imagination of children, adults and tourists alike.

Unveiling of these “Warriors for a Worthy Cause” will be happening over the next weeks, watch for them on a street near you soon.