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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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History in Art July 27, 2019

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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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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Greer’s Beach becomes known as Kitsilano November 8, 2018

Greer’s Beach was a favorite camping spot in early Vancouver. The name angered the Canadian Pacific Railway who had been given the beach in 1885 as part of a 6,000-acre land grant. The problem was the beach was named for Sam Greer. He claimed he had purchased the beach and 200 acres of land off. Aboriginals in 1884. Greer fought the C.P.R. for decades over his claim, and consequently, in 1891 he was jailed for…

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