Monday, July 11, 2016

Anonymous Art Show Call For Submissions!

... fostering interest and pride in cultural heritage /

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

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

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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Friday, May 20, 2016

Art! Vancouver 2016

Art! Vancouver, the city's largest fine arts fair, returns for its sophomore year to the Vancouver Convention Centre.

After last year's highly successful inaugural event, Art! Vancouver once again connects the international art community beneath the Sails, building on last year's success of 130 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees. This year, organizer Lisa Wolfin expects to attract more than ten thousand attendees. This event is the place to be for west coast art aficionados with over one hundred exhibiting artists showcasing all manner of styles and media. For collectors, it provides the opportunity to view the works of local up-and-coming and established artists, and to be among the first to get it on hot new art. Artists will have the chance to sell their work and meet potential curators and gallerists.

Kirsten Nash
An exciting event will make its return this year, the signature Face of Art Runway, opening night Thursday, May 26, where artists will represent both their art and personalities on the catwalk!

Matt Wayrynen
Photo Matt Wayrynen
The fair also features talks on fine art appraisals, by Jim Finlay, and the business of art, by Paul Constable, as well as numerous other artists and professionals of the art world.
Most importantly, Art! Vancouver will be the event to see and be seen in next weekend, so expect to mingle over some fine art with plenty of bars on hand.

Thursday, May 26 5pm-10pm - VIP preview & Opening Night Gala
Friday, May 27 11am-7pm
Saturday, May 28 11am-7pm
Sunday, May 29 11am-5pm

Check out Art! Vancouver for full event details.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The new Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in history. After more than a decade of research and planning for a new Gallery, they are moving forward with their vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum that enriches lives and plays a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia's reputation as a vibrant, creative, and desirable place to live, work and visit.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be a purpose-built art museum that creates and strengthens links between artists, contemporary and historical art, and diverse communities throughout the city, province and around the world. The Gallery will tie the past to the present, make visible. Vancouver's connections to other places in the world, and enhance Vancouver's reputation as one of the most important international centres for contemporary art production.

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