Go wild in the city with Rewilding Vancouver!

The Rewilding Vancouver exhibit looks at nature past, present and future. Photos courtesy Museum of Vancouver.

The Rewilding Vancouver exhibit looks at nature past, present and future. Photos courtesy Museum of Vancouver.

Vancouver is known for its natural surroundings. Between the city’s proximity to mountains, the rainforest, the oceans and all those natural habitats, we’re about as close to nature as an urban centre can be.

But a new exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver challenges some of our perceptions about that connection. By looking at the city’s history through a non-human historical lens, Rewilding Vancouver asks just how much European settlement has changed the area, what we’ve lost and what we’ve gained – and what the future might hold.

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Go wild in the city with Rewilding Vancouver!

Group craft show at Pendulum Gallery

Dominique Brechault work

Work by Dominique Brechault. Photo courtesy Circle Craft.

A new group show celebrates the 40th anniversary of a local crafts group.

Circle Craft 40 Years and Beyond features work by both long-standing and more recent members of Circle Craft, a cooperative formed in Victoria, B.C. 40 years ago.

Thanks to the Internet and sites like Etsy, as well as a new and growing appreciation for locally made and handcrafted artisanal products, crafts are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. In this way, Circle Craft is way ahead of the curve.

The show at the Pendulum Gallery in the HSBC Building (885 W. Georgia) is a showcase for members’ more ambitious work. The more functional items by Circle Crafters can be found at the coop’s store on Granville Island. It’s the grander works that are displayed at the gallery in the exhibit, on now until Aug. 23.

Exhibitors include metal workers, jewellery makers, textile artists, ceramics and woods crafters, and many more. More information on exhibitors can be found at circlecraft.net/content/pendulum-gallery-show.

Pendulum Gallery hours:

M-W 9 am-6 pm
Th & F 9 am-9 pm
Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Sunday Closed

Art Spiegelman at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Spiegelman Vancouver

Art Spiegelman’s The Bastard Offspring of Art and Commerce from Lead Pipe Sunday. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

Best-known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus, Art Spiegelman is one of the most respected comics artists/illustrators in the world.

In CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents a retrospective of Spiegelman’s 40-year career. The show marks the North American premiere of the exhibit, which has traveled from Angouleme to Paris to Cologne before landing here, where it will run Feb. 16 – June 9 2013.

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Art Spiegelman at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Know your Vancouver intersections!

Main & Hastings poster by Glasfurd & Walker for Intersections

Main & Hastings poster by Glasfurd & Walker. Photo courtesy Platform Gallery.

The Platform Gallery is taking street art to new levels.

The gallery has invited seven Vancouver-based graphic designers to each create a poster based on a famous intersection in the city. This got us thinking about our own take on these well-known crossroads…

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Know your Vancouver intersections!

Party at the Art Gallery? Hip Hop and Aboriginal Art at the VAG, this Friday Feb 24

Credit: Vancouver Art Gallery; BeatNation4 -Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011, acrylic on panel.

When making plans for your Friday night, the Vancouver Art Gallery might not be the first option to come to mind.  Except this Friday.

From 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. the gallery will be hosting one of its signature Fuse events ($17.50 for adults; free for gallery members).  Fuse transforms the gallery into a hip, edgy live performance venue with music, DJs, art (obviously) and more.  It’s geared towards an evening crowd and shows a side of the VAG few visitors ever see – the after-dark, let-your-hair-down side.

This Friday’s Fuse event is a really unique one: It kicks off a new exhibit called Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (the exhibit official opens on Saturday).   Friday’s Fuse party will feature Aboriginal DJs and projectionists Jackson 2 Bears and A Tribe Called Red, plus performance artist Skeena Reece and graffiti artist Dedos, who will be b-boy dancing.

In other words, this may be one of your few chances to hear turntables and hip hop mash-ups in the sacred halls that house Emily Carr and other masterpieces.

And if you can’t make it for Fuse, don’t worry.

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Party at the Art Gallery? Hip Hop and Aboriginal Art at the VAG, this Friday Feb 24