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Group of Seven Artist – Franklin Carmichael July 27, 2019

Franklin Carmichael was born May 4th, 1890 in Orillia, Ontario. And he remained there until his 20th birthday, when his interest in art led him to Toronto and into the Ontario College of Art. There he studied with two other noted painters: William Cruickshank and George Reid. His Early Years Group of Seven Following his studies, he took an apprenticeship at the Grip advertising agency, where he met Tom Thomson, Arthur Lismer, J. E. MacDonald…

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History in Art

The history of Western Art shows us that history is, in fact, in our art. The major art movements reflect the basic ‘feeling’, the prevailing ideas and events, of our times. Art is, after all, inherently visceral in nature. So it’s not surprising that the art of the day can tell us ‘what’s going on’ underneath the surface. Briefly, here are some examples of how art periods have reflected major events in human history. Prehistoric…

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10 Facts About Rembrandt July 22, 2019

He was one of the leading painters of the Dutch Golden Age. He is considered, today, to be one of the greatest masters of all time. His paintings are notable for their inky blacks, and dramatic use of light and shadow. Here are a few interesting facts about Rembrandt. The Early Years 1. The Dutch painter, Rembrandt, was born in the city of Leiden in 1606. His full name was Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn. It…

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Mary Pratt July 20, 2019

Mary Pratt was a Canadian painter specializing in still life, realist paintings. Much of her work focused on domestic scenes. For example, she typically did incredibly realistic paintings of plates of food, jars of jams, and other ‘kitchen’ related scenes. Pratt painted items she saw around her, with astonishing realism. A jar of currant jelly glowed from within. The aluminum foil holding a meal of fish seemed to have eerie qualities. The flowers she picked outside…

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How To Choose Wall-Art For Your Home July 19, 2019

Art can really pull your home together. And it makes people feel warm and welcome. But how it’s presented can make a big difference. Oftentimes, art is be used to complement the decor of other furnishings in a room. Or, on the other hand, art might function as the main feature of a room. Color, size, and style are the factors that determine how a painting functions within the room space. 1. Start By Measuring…

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Totem Poles July 17, 2019

Vancouver has some of the most stunning and spectacular scenery of any city anywhere. I don’t think many would disagree with that assertion. But you may be surprised to learn this interesting fact. The First Nations totem poles in Stanley Park are Vancouver’s number one tourist attraction! Totem Poles are monumental structures made to be used for a variety of purposes. Typically carved from the trunks of Western Red Cedar trees, they are derived from…

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6 Reasons To Support Local Artists July 16, 2019

Below are six reasons why you can benefit by supporting your local artists. 1. Good For Local Economy By buying from local artists, you are stimulating the local economy, which, in turn, supports more of your own favorite local businesses. 2. Enjoyable Way To Invest The first rule of investing in a local artist is… buy what you love. Art can be one of the most enjoyable ways to invest. Above all, you get to…

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The Marine Building July 11, 2019

In The Beginning The Marine Building is one of Vancouver’s precious treasures. It makes a dramatic and exciting backdrop as you look west down Hastings. It is one of the world’s great art deco buildings. Construction started in the spring of 1929, with a lavish ceremony. The groundbreaking ceremony, reported in the newspaper that “His Worship Mayor W.H. Malkin blew a blast on a golden whistle and with it set in motion the steam shovel…

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Mental Health and Art in Langley July 10, 2019

Here’s an interesting story from the Aldergrove Star about a project that helps people with mental health issues through the use of art. In a project they’re calling the ‘Art Project Roadshow‘, Coast Mental Health (CMH) is sponsoring a program designed to enable their clients a chance to express themselves through public art exhibitions. From May through October of this year, 16 of their patients will be exhibiting their artwork at 12 different public venues…

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Doris McCarthy – Canadian Landscape Artist

Canadian painter, Doris McCarthy was best known for her Canadian landscape paintings. Her paintings are noteworthy for their vitality, boldness and skillful explorations of hard-edged angles and forms. McCarthy’s work is now featured in many permanent collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The Early Years After graduating with honors from the Ontario College of Art in 1930, she followed the…

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