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What inspires you as a Vancouver Artist? December 31, 2018

What inspires me as a Vancouver artist is the beauty of the area. I love to explore the natural beauty of the area. The beauty of Kitsilano, the mountains of Whistler, the glory of Howe Sound all inspire.  I bring that beauty to my work. The Blog Art Vancouver asked local artists what inspires you as Vancouver artist?  Dominique Bieger: “What inspires me? Well, an art critic in Milan recently stated, after looking at my art collection:…

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Nature and art. December 28, 2018

Often times in our busy lives, we seem to take some of the important things for granted. The complex beauty of nature has inspired many artists whether it is the array of colors in a sunset or the natural geometry of a pine cone. Some take the beauty and transpose it into an entirely new medium such as a canvas, wall or sculpture; however, some artists actually manipulate nature and turn it into art. This is…

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Metamorphosis Vancouver Art Gallery December 26, 2018

A current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery takes its title from Franz Kafka’s novella about a man who wakes up to discover he’s turned into a giant insect. Rounding up 40 pieces from the gallery’s collection, the VAG’s The Metamorphosis is linked to Kafka’s famous 1915 story through the idea of change. “It’s a porous structure, from which we could pull these highlights from our permanent collection,” said co-curator Tarah Hogue. The exhibit is…

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Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus December 24, 2018

Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” was an immediate sensation, and went on to become one of the most famous essays ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897, almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business. Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia O’Hanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter: “Quite naturally…

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Vancouver Contemporary Art Galleries December 21, 2018

For over a decade, Vancouver has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. With a lively arts and culture scene. In recent years, Vancouver has become a cultural hub attracting major film production studios, earning the nickname ‘Hollywood North’. Vancouver has also developed a thriving public  Contemporary art scene with a programme that supports art-making in all its varieties. Needless to say, this has, in turn, created opportunities for a…

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The Bill Reid Art Gallery in Vancouver December 19, 2018

“Joy is a well-made object, equalled only by the joy of making it” Bill Reid (1920-1998) William Ronald Reid is a world-renowned Haida sculptor who has played a significant role in the revival of the cultural and artistic traditions of the Haida.  His mother was Haida from Skidegate, and his father was of Scottish and German origin.  Sophie Gladstone Reid. His father, William Ronald Reid, was born in Michigan of German and Scottish parents and was…

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New light show synchronized to music wraps North Vancouver’s art gallery December 17, 2018

The exterior facade of The Polygon Gallery at the Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver has undergone some changes. It now doubles as a new dynamic public art installation that uses light and sound. In a colourful display unlike any other in Vancouver. The show significantly improves the outside of the building. Having the effect of illuminating the whole place. Multi-coloured lights line the exterior the art museum as part of a new public art piece…

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Eyes on the Street December 14, 2018

As the stainless steel the sculpture shines in downtown Vancouver, and illuminates the area people take notice. The most significant component of the sculpture is 18 feet high, and the smaller one is 12 feet tall. Eyes on the Street They are positioned close to each other and inform each other, therefore influencing each other and mirroring each other. The artists were influenced by City Planner Jane Jacob who said, that “there must be eyes…

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Kitsilano Wings December 12, 2018

What was once a blank canvas on the side of building 1817 on West 4th Avenue, is now one of the city’s most beautiful murals. Kitsilano Wings Executive Director of the West 4th Avenue Business Association Jane McFadden, recognized a need for more artwork in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. So she approached artists Sandy and Steve Pell with an idea – to create a giant set of wings which would be an interactive public artwork. The…

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Parker Street Studios December 10, 2018

Like a time-lapse of ice splintering its way across a window pane, development continues to crawl to all corners of this city. Replacing the past with modern structures of cold steel and cold glass. It is why it is nothing short of a marvel that the creaky 100-year-old giant at 1000 Parker St. — a building that was once home to Restmore Manufacturing Co. That once made feather mattresses and iron beds and later, the…

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