Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Vancouver Art Events & Their Submission Deadlines


"A young visitor checks out some of the offerings at the Deer Lake Craft Festival." 
Photograph by Jennifer Gauthier, sourced from Burnaby Now

A happy Friday hello to all our artists, photographers and crafters out there! Although fall has only just begun, many local winter-themed art exhibitions and craft events are already underway in preparation...and whether you're a hobbyist or professional, we don't want you to miss out on any chances to sell or exhibit your work!

For the next two months, watch the submission dates for the following art and craft events in the Vancouver + neighboring areas:

SMTC Christmas Fair 2016 (Burnaby): SEPT 30

Winter Treasures Port Moody: OCT 02

ACT Art Gallery Ensemble 2016: OCT 17

2016 Deer Lake Craft Festival: OCT 28

Annonymous Art Show (North Vancouver): OCT 29

Plaskett Gallery 2017 Artist Call:  OCT 31

If there are any we have missed, let us know! We love being part of the art scene, whether it's admiring your works, or assisting with the behind the table stuff! Which ones will you guys be hitting up? For those of you who have been before, which would you recommend our artists to participate in, or our patrons to visit as their first event?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Get Ready for Etsy's Made in Canada 2016!

For an art lover, there's nothing better than browsing for a piece that is original, handmade, and bespoke ...and where better to peruse than at Etsy's Made in Canada Market 2016!

When? Saturday, September 24 & Sunday September 25, 2016, from 10am – 5pm

Where? The Pipe Shop Building, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

How much? $3 per ticket when bought online, $5 at the door, free for children under 12!

Mingle among local crafters and artists as they present their beautiful wares and art pieces for sale. Inquire personally regarding originals and prints, and get to know the some of the most talented creators in the Etsy Vancouver community. An extra bonus: goodie bags are given to the first 50 shoppers each day.

To grab a preview of some of the local artists and crafters, check out their exhibit page here!

Roxie the Raccoon 8x10 Print
Laura Uy, Art + Soul Creative
So cute!

Original Abstract Painting - Acrylic on Wood - 20 x 20 x 1" by Lola Maier

Lola Maier, theScratchedCanvas
Have arts and crafts of your own and wish to be part of the Made in Canada Market next year? Check out their vendor faq for their next upcoming event. For more information visit!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Anonymous Art Show Call For Submissions!

Anonymous Art Show 2016
November 18 - December 17, 2016
Opening Reception:
November 17, 7 - 9:30pm

North Vancouver Community Arts Council is calling artists for their famous annual anonymous art show! 

... fostering interest and pride in cultural heritage /

All the submitted artworks will be hung in lines like the picture above and none of them will have the artist's signature on the front or side of the work. The buyer will know the artist of the piece after the purchase. 

Have fun making art with 8 x 8" canvas or wood panels, you are not only creating your artwork and selling it, but also donating the half of your sale to NVCAC. How sweet is that? Artists, you are ahead of time this year if you are reading this blog article, because the deadline of submission is a little more than three months from today! 

Refer to the description of the submission process below that is an excerpt from


Deadline for submissions:  Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4:00pm

The artist remains a mystery until after the artwork is purchased.
The Anonymous Art Show is a great fundraiser and group exhibition that enables the community to support emerging artists.

All work is on unframed 8" x 8" x 1.5" canvas or wood panel. All works are $100, and the sale of each piece is divided 50/50 between the artist and the NVCAC, providing the artist an equal amount in royalties!  During this exhibition, artwork is sold right off the wall - we even wrap it for you, ready for giving!
Proceeds from this exhibition assist the NVCAC in funding many valuable programmes such as free community events and affordable art classes for all ages.
Opening night is a buzz of activity, so come early to choose your favourite work of art at a great price. The opening night is a fun event for art admirers and artists - with the thrill of buying art by a well-known artist or to discover a new favourite.
Relive the exhibition installation and opening night excitement from 2014 in the video below:

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335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC  V7M 2G3    Click for Map
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm | Thu 9:00am-8:00pm | Sat 12:00-5:00pm

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Past Years:
2015:  738 works of art created by 378 artists;  250 works sold.
2014: 672 works of art created by 300 artists; 232 works sold.
2013:  738 works of art created by 360 artists; 228 works sold. 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Canada Day: Canada Day 2016 Vancouver events!

Happy 149th birthday to Canada! What are you up to tomorrow? We brought some ideas for you to have fun on Canada Day in town.

Image: Canada Day revellers at Canada Place (Canada Place)


Canada Day Concert

This year’s Port of Vancouver Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver will be all about flashbacks to Expo 86, as Canada Place, built for Expo, turns 30 years old – and it’s all free.
The Canada Day concert will include Aaron Pritchett, Barney Bentall, Mo Kenney, Bear Mountain, Rococode, Twin Kennedy and Willa.
Other highlights will include a family-friendly licensed area, food carts, street hockey, and the traditional citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians.

  • Where: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding streets
  • When: 10 am to 6 pm


Canada Day Parade

Image: Canada Day Parade (Canada Place)
Canada Day Parade (Canada Place)
Once the daytime celebrations are finished, make your way to Georgia Street to enjoy the ever popular, free Canada Day Parade, featuring more than 50 entries that recognize diversity, multiculturalism and the special bond that connects all Canadians.

  • Where: Starts at the corner of Georgia and Broughton Streets, runs eastbound along Georgia, proceeding north down Burrard Street and ending at West Pender
  • When: 7 pm


Canada Day Fireworks

The city’s only two-barge, simultaneous fireworks show is set to light up the night sky in celebration of our nation’s birthday.

  • Where: Coal Harbour and Dundarave in West Vancouver
  • When: 10:30 pm


Canada Day Jamboree (TO BE CONFIRMED)

If you’re looking to inject a little action into your Canada Day, head down to Strathcona Park for the free Canada Day Jamboree. There’s usually DJ sets and tons of great food and drink.

  • Where: Strathcona Park – 857 Malkin Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Noon to dusk


Canada Day on Granville Island

What starts with a colourful parade and ceremony soon becomes a cacophony of fun. This year’s attractions include a lively bazaar with music, dance and food, jazz concerts, large-scale woodcut printing using a steamroller as a press, and a cookout at The Lobster Man.

  • Where: All over Granville Island
  • When: All day long



More Canadian than maple syrup, Instant Theatre presents Canadiano!, the next great Canadian play. Based on your suggestions, Canadiano! will bust through the stereotypes to serve up a sweet slice of real Canadian life; hilarious, heart-felt, and touching.

  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $8


The Ultimate Canada Day & Night Boat Party

Whether you want to get a perfect tan on the day boat or dance under the stars on the night boat, this is your chance to celebrate Canada Day with a massive boat party, alongside 1,000 other (half naked) Canadians, who are clubbing their faces off to the sounds of 24 DJS.

  • Where: Plaza of Nations – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: “Sunny Ways” day boat boards at noon, docks at 5 pm; “Fireworks” night boat boards at 7 pm, docks at midnight
  • Tickets:, price not yet advertised


Canada Day Party with Nessly

Join Atlanta rapper Nessly, Cherchez La Femme, Shy Daughter, RHEK, and AKA Paradise DJs Christian Flores, Zach City & andishae at the Canada Day Jamboree After Party. Expect “drums that literally sound like theres a horse galloping on the track.”

  • Where: Republic – 958 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: 10 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: On TicketZone, priced $10 in advance plus fees

For a further reading on the events in North shore, Richmond, New Westminster, and Surrey, go to the link below:
17 Canada Day Vancouver 2016 events to show off your red and white 
by DH Vancouver Staff via Daily Hive 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Dr. Seuss: Secret Art Collection coming to Vancouver!

So I was casually browsing to see what's new in Vancouver art scene, then I came across an article from Daily Hive website stating that Dr. Seuss' Secret Art Collection is coming to Vancouver! I am so excited to actually see Dr. Seuss' mesmerizingly playful, humorous, and original works.

Image: The Art of Dr. Seuss and Liss Gallery

Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Collection

When: July 11-30, 2016

    Monday-Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
    Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
    Closed Sundays

Where: Pendulum Gallery – HSBC Building (885 West Georgia St.)

The exhibition will take place at Pendulum Gallery. I didn't recognize the gallery by its name because it was rather unfamiliar to me, but it was actually the one on the West Georgia right across the rear of Vancouver Art Gallery with a spectacular atrium hall that is seven stories high and is holding a gigantic minimalist pendulum on the ceiling. How could I not recognized the gallery by its name?

Below is the article by Cecilia Lu that I found on Daily Hive.
Image: The Art of Dr. Seuss and Liss Gallery

An art exhibit featuring the works of Dr. Seuss, the legendary children’s book writer and illustrator, is coming to Vancouver in July. For a limited engagement between July 11-30, Pendulum Gallery inside the HSBC Building downtown will play host to works from the illustrator’s Secret Art Collection.
The collection, hosted by Toronto’s Liss Gallery, includes some of those iconic children’s book illustrations, alongside decades of artwork that the artist created at night for his own personal pleasure. Among the wackiest are Seuss’ three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures, with names like The Carbonic Walrus, The Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and the Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast.

Famous for filling our childhoods with whimsical tales like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Theodor Seuss Geisel, the man behind the infamous pen name, also ventured into political cartoons, advertising and editorials. Enjoying a long, successful advertising career spanning many decades, Geisel had writing interests in three Academy Awards, and received a The Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody Award, and two Emmys.
Over 40 estate authorized reproductions, adapted from Dr. Seuss’ original paintings and sculptures, will be on display at Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art Collection, opening to the public on July 11.

Link to Dr. Seuss' Secret Art and Archive Works!

You can see as much as you know. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Seuss' Secret Art and Archive Works before going to the show, visit for the description and gallery of the collection. Hmm, I wonder if the gallery has a gallery store that carries Dr. Seuss prints and products...

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman (Dora Maar), 1938
oil on canvas
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
© Picasso Estate/SODRAC (2016)
Photo: Cathy Carver
Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Examining the significance of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses is the most significant exhibition of Picasso’s work ever presented in Vancouver. Beginning in early 20th-century Paris, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and personalities of Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his career. Picasso’s innovations in painting, drawing, print and sculpture are conveyed through recurring motifs such as the seated woman and reclining nude. The exhibition presents major works that dramatically altered the course of European art history.

Excerpt from

So I went to this exhibition last weekend, just few days after it was open to public. Although I was at Vancouver Art Gallery for MASH UP exhibition that was ending that day, I couldn't resist spending more time on Picasso's exhibition that was exhibited on the first floor of the gallery. 

The exhibition was quite interesting to see how Picasso was inspired and influenced by six women as he met and spent time with them. Picasso's visual approaches jump at least four different from one to another in drawings, paintings, print media, and sculptures to capture each one of the women's figure and soul. 

I would say my experience at the exhibition was 50 reading history of their relationship with Picasso and 50 gazing at the artwork and I highly recommend this one. Do not miss the chance to meet Picasso's girls while they are here! :)

Picasso: The Artist and His Muses
June 11 to October 2, 2016

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