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Little-Known Facts About Canada June 29, 2019

The Maple Leaf Flag Everyone is familiar with Canada’s red and white ‘maple leaf’. But Canada was already 100 years old before it got its flag! The National Flag of Canada was proclaimed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on January 28, 1965. It was raised on Parliament Hill for the first time a couple of weeks later, on February 15, 1965. Canadian Cultural Facts Surprisingly, the term ‘Eh’ is in the dictionary, and is…

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Inspiring Canadian Painters – Part I June 28, 2019

Emily Carr (1871-1945) Emily Carr, born in Vancouver, is Canada’s best known female painter. She spent her career painting themes related to the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. In 1898, Carr made her first of several trips to Ucluelet, to study the Nuu-chah-nulth people. In 1910 she travelled to Europe to learn the artistic trends of the period. She became a pioneering artist in Canada of the modernist and post-impressionist style. In later years, she…

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PTSD and Art June 26, 2019

What is PTSD? PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a psychiatric disorder resulting from a traumatic event. Terrifying experiences, such as war, abuse, or neglect, can leave traces that get stuck in our memories. When triggered, PTSD can causes symptoms such as re-experiencing the trauma, panic, or even memory lapses. Art therapy can be an important tool in addressing these types of issues. Common treatments for PTSD include talk therapy, or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).…

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Capilano Suspension Bridge – a Vancouver Landmark June 23, 2019

The Capilano Suspension Bridge, hanging 70 metres (230 feet) above the Capilano River, was first built in 1889. Over its 130 year lifespan, the bridge has attracted visitors from around the world. It has been the backdrop to a storied history, as well. In The Beginnings In 1888, Scottish civil engineer and land developer, George Grant Mackay, landed in Vancouver. He purchased 6,000 acres of forest on either side of the Capilano River, and built his…

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Henry Matisse June 22, 2019

Matisse – the Early Years Henri Matisse was born in northern France on New Year’s Eve, 1869. He never intended to become an artist, though. As a young man in Paris, he had studied law. After passing his bar exam with distinction, he took a job as a law clerk. A bout of ill health, however, changed the course of the artist’s life and career forever. While recovering from an appendicitis operation, his mother, Anna…

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Art For Home Sales June 21, 2019

Depersonalizing a home is a crucial step when it comes to preparing a house for sale. That because it makes it easier for prospective buyers to imagine how the house will look with their stuff. So most home stagers will ask the seller to take down family photos, kid’s artwork, and other nick-knacks strewn through any house. These items tend to distract the buyer from focusing on what’s important – like square footage and storage…

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Pop Art – Art for the Masses June 20, 2019

Pop Art can be called art ‘for the masses’. The artistic style known as ‘Pop-Art’ began in New York and London in the mid 1950’s. The term itself was coined by British art critic, Lawrence Alloway. It is a style characterized by the use of common, everyday imagery, and bold, vibrant colors. Common sources of Pop Art iconography included advertisements, consumer products, comic strips, and celebrity photos. As a style, its intent was to narrow…

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Gastown….One of Vancouver’s Favorite Tourist Attractions June 19, 2019

Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain, and barkeep, arrived in Vancouver in 1867, and opened the area’s first saloon. Known as ‘Gassy Jack’, Gastown, was named after him. Today, its one of Vancouver’s most popular tourist attractions. Even now, the district still retains its historic charm and independent spirit. And it has become a gathering place for stylish locals, and an attractive promenade for tourists to explore on foot. Located on the Burrard Inlet,…

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Pablo Picasso – the Father of Cubist Art June 18, 2019

Considered as the ‘father of Cubist art, most of the world knows him only as ‘Picasso,’ and His real name is a real tongue twister – Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso – a whopping 23 words! Picasso’s father, José Ruiz y Blasco, a painter and art teacher, was Picasso’s first major indluence. He began teaching his son…

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What Makes Art Valuable? June 15, 2019

What goes into making art valuable? Why is one work of art more valuable then another? Remember your piece needs to speak to you above all if you are going to hang it in your home. But if you are looking at art as an investment there are things to consider that make art valuable. Last year, a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting was sold at Sotheby’s for $110.5 million, making it the sixth most expensive artwork…

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