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Climate Change and Art September 27, 2019

Increasingly, artists are using their work as commentary on the effects and threats of climate change. History is filled with artists using their voice to affect society.  For some, this means using empathy and emotion to try to reach people. For others, it’s an attempt to visualize for people what our future may look like if we don’t change course.  “Only 5 per cent of us speak about [climate change] with any regularity. We need…

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Counterfeit Art Fraudsters September 9, 2019

It has been estimated that as much as 20% of all the art in museums is counterfeit. Even while today’s digital technologies make it easier to spot, counterfeit art, especially the art of the masters, is big business. It’s a practice that probably started with the ancient Romans. Roman sculptors would often copy the works of the Greek masters, and pass them off as their own. During the Renaissance, with a quickly growing middle-class, the…

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The Vancouver Art Gallery September 2, 2019

The Vancouver Art Gallery was founded in 1931, and was then located at 1145 West Georgia Street. The 165,000 square-foot building was designed by Francis Rattenbury in 1905. The beautiful neoclassical building includes Ionic columns, formal porticos, a central dome, and ornate stonework. Rattenbury also designed the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, as well as the Empress Hotel in Victoria. In 1983, VAG moved to its current Hornby Street location, formerly the home of Vancouver’s provincial courthouse. Vancouver architect, Arthur Erickson, designed the renovations…

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The Art of the Neon Sign August 14, 2019

In the 1930s and ’40s gleaming neon signs were to be found everywhere. The colorful, eye-catching signage imparted an air of glamour and excitement. Neon signs became the rage, and ‘main street’ establishments everywhere advertised their presence in neon lights. Within only a few short years, major avenues were transformed with the artistic illumination of these colorful signs. Neon Becomes Kitschy Barely 30 years later, however, the medium had lost much of its glamour. The…

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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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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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Sam Siegel is getting noticed in the Vancouver Sun July 3, 2019

Vancouver painter, Sam Siegel was recently spotlighted in the Vancouver Sun!  Be sure to check it out.  Maybe you don’t know about his amazing gallery, Sams Original Art? Well, here’s what people have said in Google Reviews… **** “An empty wall in my house is now a focal point and every time I pass by it, I stop to admire this amazing art piece.” – Mirabela M. ***** “I love the art, the price and…

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Tattoo Artistry

Tattoos Gain Acceptance The tattoo is no longer quite the symbol of rebellion and subculture it once was. These days, one in five Americans has one. And that rate is considerably higher amongst millennials. Yes, in today’s culture, tattoos are quite popular. In fact, some tattoo artists, such as Nikko Hurtado, have close to a million Instagram followers. Meanwhile, the stigma around tattoos in the workplace is slowly fading in the business and corporate communities.…

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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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The Purpose of Art June 12, 2019

Like language, art is a form of expression. Its message may be symbolic or religious, historical or political. But the purpose of art is not simply to communicate a message, but more importantly, to elicit an emotional response, to ‘move’ us, in some way. Art can be pleasing or astonishing, informative or perplexing, offensive or inspirational. Cave Paintings Art is a uniquely human product, the earliest examples of which are cave paintings, such as those…

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