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The History of Jericho Beach November 27, 2019

19th Century Jericho When Captains George Vancouver and Dionisio Galiano arrived in English Bay in 1792, Jericho Beach was the site of a native Musqueum Nation village (Ee’yullmough).  The wood used to repair those first European ships came, in fact, from Jericho Beach. “Jericho” refers to ‘Jerry’s Cove’, the name for the area at that time. It was named after Jeremiah Rogers, one of the first men to log that area in the 1860s.  A few of the original…

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Charles Marega’s Art November 26, 2019

Called “the greatest sculptor in Western Canada”, our beautiful city of Vancouver features several sculptures by Austria-Hungarian artist, Charles Marega. Those two lions at the south end of the Lion’s Gate Bridge were sculpted by Marega. The David Oppenheimer bust across from the park board office in Stanley Park was done by Marega (in honor of Vancouver’s second mayor). Or the statue of Capt. George Vancouver situated at the north side of city hall, that, too, is a…

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The Great Fire of Vancouver November 2, 2019

On June 13, 1886, most of the fledging city of Vancouver, officially barely two months old, was destroyed by a huge fire. At the time, residents had been clearing the forested areas, and much construction had already begun. The fire started when a sudden wind blew flames from a brush-clearing fire onto dry brush west of the city. The flames quickly picked up, and tore through the Canadian Pacific Railway lands (most of today’s downtown…

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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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A Brief History of Landscape Art August 17, 2019

Landscapes are one of the most commonly painted genres in the art world. The word landscape is derived from a Dutch word, landschap, for ‘tract of land’. It was not used to refer to a genre of painting, though, until the 1500s. The ancient Greeks and Romans decorated their walls with landscapes. But, prior to the 16th century, landscapes were generally never the subject matter of paintings. The 15th century masters did incorporate landscapes as a…

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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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Things To Do at Granville Island April 10, 2019

There’s plenty to see and do here on the Island, whether you are looking for art, food, gifts, or just some fresh air and great scenery.  A Bread Affair Start your tour at Bread Affair, for some of the most scrumptious breads and baked goods you will ever taste.  They use only the freshest organic ingredients from local farmers, and best of all, everything is made by hand.  Shop the Market Vendors, farmers, and butchers…

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Welcome to my sketchbook. March 4, 2019

Vancouver Artist Sam Siegel Hi, I'm Sam Siegel. Welcome to my 'sketchbook'. If you haven't seen my work, I am a Vancouver, BC artist. I paint abstract landscapes, and contemporary modern art. I also operate my own art gallery, 'Sam's Original Art'.  We're located at 1736 West 2nd Ave, near the city's famous 'Granville Island' marketplace. I started Sam's Original Art so I could make high-quality original art available to anyone. At our gallery, we… Continue reading
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Architectural Art February 27, 2019

Like sculpture, architecture is more than merely the creation of a form in space. Both mediums make use of shadow and light, in addition to form, to help define the viewer’s emotional experience. Only in the case of architecture, though, is the viewer intended to examine the artwork from both an ‘inside’, as well as ‘outside’, perspective. Of course, the ‘utilitarian’ nature of architecture adds an additional challenge that makes it inherently different from ‘pure’…

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The Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver an artist’s mecca! February 22, 2019

The Neighbourhood beginning . In the 1960s, beachside Kitsilano neighbourhood was Vancouver’s hippy hangout, drawing comparisons to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Today the Kitsilano neighbourhood still has plenty of culture. But its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals and families. Many who enjoy a modern version of that relaxed atmosphere. It is also the birthplace of the global yoga brand, Lululemon Athletica. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula, the…

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