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Vancouver Art & Life with Sam Siegel

So grateful to the magazine Boston Voyager for this article about me and giving me a chance to talk about my love of Vancouver: Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Siegel. Sam, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far. I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. From an early age, like most young kids, I especially enjoyed coloring and drawing. My 3rd…

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Sam’s Original Art and the Ronald McDonald House Charity

How can you not be in awe of the amazing charity work of Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charity? As they put it so well on their website. “Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon cares for families of children whose health needs take them far from home and keeps families together in a home away from home, providing comfort, compassion, and a sense of community when they need it most.” So when we got the chance…

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Home staging and art for real estate agents.

It is well known that staging can make a huge difference in the price of a home when it comes time to sell.   The right artwork is vital to staging correctly.  Art that is too big can make a room seem crowded, too religious or political and it can turn people off. When you stage a home the idea is to make the possible buyer feel at home, like they can picture themselves there. Landscapes tend…

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How much should you pay for original art?

Art can last a lifetime, or longer. Indeed, what is considered to be the ‘best’ art may often be cherished and enjoyed by many generations. Art by ‘the Masters’ is, of course, invaluable, and extremely costly. But what about the ‘art of the day’… the kind of art we might typically buy to decorate our condos, homes, and offices? Certainly, people have a need for affordable original art whose purpose is expressly to enhance the…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 5

What is Art – Part V… Art is, not surprisingly, deeply tied to historical and social events. No wonder then, that the ‘goal-posts’ for the definition of art are, like the seasons, ever-changing. But, as is often said, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are always, of course, grey areas of contention about what art ‘is’. However, we can generally agree that any definition will always include at least two…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 4

What is Art – Part IV… The 20th century, then, spawned a number of artistic ‘movements’, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Art Deco, etc., heralding a monumental change in the perception of what ‘art’ should be about. And, of course, each generation continues to add to, manipulate, and redefine the definition of art (by ‘art’, I mean ‘fine arts’… art that is created as image, simply to be contemplated, rather than be ‘useful’. Any artistic creation is,…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 3

What is Art – Part III… The 20th century heralded in what is generally known as the ‘Modern Age’. This change was, of course, reflected in all aspect’s of society. And indeed, with the invention of the telegraph, the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, motion pictures, and airplanes, the world suddenly became, in the blink of an eye, a much smaller, and fast-moving environment. The Industrial Revolution was all about how to produce…

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What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 2

What is Art? – Part II… In Part I, considering the question, ‘How do we determine what makes art valuable?’, I suggested that we go ‘back in time’ a bit, and examine the question from a historical perspective. In fact, prior to the 17th century, there was really no distinction between arts and ‘crafts’, nor any perceived difference between an artist or an ‘artisan’ (ie., ‘craftsman’). As it was then, what we now think of…

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What’s The Use Of Art?

What is Art? – Part I… Have you ever considered the subject of ‘art’? I mean, what is art, anyway? Certainly, there is good art and bad art. But then, who decides which is which? Honestly, often times, when visiting a gallery or museum, I really just don’t ‘get it’. Are they trying to pull one over on me, am I missing something? And even then again… who, or what, determines its value? After all,…

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