Hot Art Wet City says Goodbye, Vancouver, with Bad People, and more

Folks at the 2016 CARDED! art party. Chris Bentzen/flickr photo.

Hot Art Wet City, one of the hippest galleries in the city, is closing. But there’s still plenty happening at the space on Main Street, at least until the end of this month.

From a final exhibit that features lurid, postcard-size art to the city’s most popular (and possibly only) amateur drawing night to an art-card trading show, Hot Art Wet City isn’t leaving quietly.

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Hot Art Wet City says Goodbye, Vancouver, with Bad People, and more

You want murals? Vancouver’s got murals!

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Murals are coming to Vancouver in a big way.

On Aug. 20, the Inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival will celebrate a series of new murals in the Main Street and Mt. Pleasant/False Creek Flats communities. The exhibition includes work by 35+ artists, both local and international.

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All-you-can-eat pancakes? Yes, and art – this Thursday!

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show features art, pancakes, and bodypainting.

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show features art, pancakes, and bodypainting.

Since its founding in 2009, the Pancakes and Booze art show has visited more than 20 cities across North America, including Vancouver. Now, the underground pop-up is returning this Thursday, July 14, with more art, bodypainting and pancakes at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender St).

As the title implies, the show is a chance to see some art while eating pancakes (and drinking booze, if you’re so inclined). Typically, the events also include a live art battle, audio and visual performances, and an an all-you-can-eat pancake bar. The idea is for local artists to “showcase their talent without the politics & stuffiness that is commonly found in traditional galleries,” say organizers.

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All-you-can-eat pancakes? Yes, and art – this Thursday!

Vancouver comics artists take over bus shelters!

Comics in Transit art by Nina Matsumoto.

Comics in Transit art by Nina Matsumoto.

Vancouver comics artists’ work is being seen by more people than ever before.

It’s all thanks to an initiative on the part of local publisher/collective Cloudscape Comics, working with the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Department.

Comics in Transit is a public art project that brings comics by local artists to transit shelters. Bus-riders and passersby can view work by some of the city’s most talented illustrators, including Colin Upton, Steve Rolston, and The Simpsons/Futurama comics artists James Lloyd and Nina Matsumoto.

In total, 20 giant-sized one-page comics will be going up before the end of October. Some are already installed, including Matsumoto’s, which is at the busy Dunbar & 41st stop.

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Vancouver comics artists take over bus shelters!

Beyoncé art show in Vancouver!

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Beyoncé! Art by Rob Levesque.

 

Beyoncé has everything – multiple Grammys, nice clothes, a family, a career, etc etc. But now she’s getting the ultimate tribute – a locally-sourced art show dedicated to her!

For Flawless, Vancouver artists (and non-artists) are banding together to contribute their own original pieces in a visual celebration of the pop music icon.

So what can we expect from Flawless? Judging from past, similarly themed shows in Vancouver, there’ll be some pieces ranging from “that’s rather odd” to “hmmm, interesting” to “wow, I didn’t know humans were capable of such things!” And don’t expect just drawings and paintings, either – past shows have featured work done in a variety of media, from drawings to paintings to sculpture to life-size replicas.

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Beyoncé art show in Vancouver!

Latin American art features the masks of Carlos Colín

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La Casa De Las Máscaras – House of Masks is a new photography exhibit that explores the mask-making culture shared by Latin America and Northwest Coast First Nations.

The exhibit features photographs by Carlos Colín, a Mexican artist living and working in Vancouver. The Fazakas Gallery’s collection of Northwest Coast masks makes it a fitting venue for La Casa de las Máscaras (House of Masks), which opens July 5.

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Latin American art features the masks of Carlos Colín

Art World Expo Celebrates Local and Unique Art in Vancouver

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The Telus World of Science is transforming into a circus-themed art world this Friday when the 4th Annual Art World Expo 2014 takes over the building. On May 2, 2014 join art lovers from around the city at Science World to enjoy live art performances, a body painting competition, and 100s of artists showing and selling their original work.

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Art World Expo Celebrates Local and Unique Art in Vancouver