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Coloring Books Are For Adults Too May 15, 2019

Colouring books are no longer just for the kids. In fact, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. This trend is reflected in the sales of colored pencils and crayons, as well as coloring books. The first commercially successful adult coloring books were published in 2012. However, it is just beginning to take off in popularity. Art Therapy, Adult Colouring Books and Your Mental Health Art therapy is recognized as an important and…

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Rare Matisse May Break Record at Auction. May 10, 2019

Heffel Fine Art Auction House hopes the auction of this Matisse masterpiece will boost interest in some of the Canadian art also available in the same auction. The piece, Henri Matisse’s ‘Femme assise sur un balcon’ (1919), will tour across Canada. And it’s expected to go for a whopping $3.8 million! “Canadian art really is undervalued internationally, and our star artists with their star pieces can stand on their own with the top artists in the…

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Interior Design and Art April 16, 2019

Wall Art is the Color Palette Choosing the ‘right’ color can be one of the hardest decorating decisions you’ll have to make. It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for the room. An easier approach might be, leave the paint chips behind, and focus on choosing some wall art instead. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use…

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Sam Siegel Paints Abstract Landscapes Inspired by the ‘Great Northwest’ April 3, 2019

Spring is here… Time to Explore! Abstract landscape artist, Sam Siegel, was born and raised in Vancouver. Sam says he likes to “re-imagine the spectacular vistas of the region to create my own abstract landscape vistas.” Certainly, many of his paintings display the undeniable appeal and magic of the ‘Great Northwest’. “Some of my most popular paintings, such as ‘Howe Sound’, ‘Burrard Inlet’, and ‘Road To Whistler’ are immediately recognizable to Vancouver locals and tourists…

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Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver March 30, 2019

Springtime in Vancouver is a time to celebrate. That’s when the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the gorgeous arrival of Spring! Fragrant pink confetti floats down to cover our sidewalks, streets, and lawns. And cherry blossom petals coat the city with the scent of Spring. Where Did They Come From? In the early 1930’s, the mayors of Kobe and Yokohama presented the Vancouver Parks Board with 500 Japanese cherry trees. In 1958, the Japanese…

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Children and art, allowing them to just create. March 11, 2019

Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colours. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, “What are you making?” and she shrugs. She hadn’t given it any thought. Little kids live for the moment — they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page, says Amy Yang, founder…

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Emily Carr -legendary female Canadian artist March 8, 2019

In the history of Canadian art, Emily Carr is an icon. Born in Victoria, she moved to San Francisco in 1890 to study art after the death of her parents. In 1899 she travelled to England to continue her studies. She spent time at the Westminster School of Art in London and various studio schools in Cornwall, Bushey, Hertfordshire, and elsewhere. In 1910, she spent a year studying art at the Académie Colarossi in Paris.…

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Art as Investment March 2, 2019

Did you know that art sales topped $60 billion in 2014, a 67% increase over 5 years? And, 75% of art collectors bought art for collecting purposes. So, is art collecting a valid investment strategy? The truth is, it depends. Collecting may not be right for everyone. And your knowledge about collecting, the art market, and investing all play a factor. Answering these seven questions will help you determine if art collecting is a smart…

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5 Benefits of Arts and Culture February 20, 2019

If you can count on one hand the number of times you’ve gone to a museum you’re missing out. The enriching world of culture is there to be enjoyed. The benefits are not as tangible as, say how exercising will help you drop 10 pounds, but the rewards are undeniable. The benefits of arts and culture are profound. Arts and culture Connects You To Humanity And The community You Live In By taking in a…

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Using art to sell a home February 19, 2019

There are many ways to use art to sell a home. Done right art can make a huge difference in the final selling price. But if you are going to use art to sell a home there are mistakes to avoid. 1.  Nothing too personal Remove any artwork that is too personal or offensive to buyers such as nudes, religious-or politically-themed pictures as well as anything else which might not be acceptable to the general… Continue reading