The Drift – Art on Main St. This Weekend

Quilted wall-hanging by print- and quilt-maker Julie McIntyre, one of The Drift's featured artists

This weekend, October 1 – 3, 2010, is The Drift: Art on Main, a FREE annual art walk and open studio tour along Vancouver’s trendy Main St. that features over 85 local artists.

The Drift kicks off Friday, October 1, with a salon-style group art show at the new Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village (accessible via Canada Line). Then, on Saturday and Sunday, you can “drift” in and out of shops, galleries and studios along Main Street from Industrial Ave. to 33rd, meeting local artists and seeing art in all media, including paintings, pottery, glass, fashion, and even furniture.

Along with the art shopping, The Drift also offers a range of weekend activities: art competitions, live music, kids activities, sewing and spinning demonstrations, and more.

The Drift: Art on Main runs October 1 – 3, 2010. Download a Drift Map of participating shops and galleries here.

Have memories of The Drift to share? Please comment!

South Granville, Part III: Vancouver’s Gallery Row

South Granville's Gallery Row. Photo © Dana Lynch

Love to spend the day looking at art and want to do it for free? You can on South Granville’s Gallery Row.

As you may know, I’ve been paying homage to my (now) old neighbourhood, South Granville (Granville St. from the Bridge to W 16th Ave.) in a series of posts on the things that make that district so unique. First, I wrote about the restaurants, then about the shopping. Today, I’ll write about the art.

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South Granville, Part III: Vancouver’s Gallery Row

Cycling Around Vancouver to See Outdoor Bike Art

Transported Through Time. Mosaic at Smithe & Burrard Streets.  Vancouver, BC. Photo by J.Chong

Transported Through Time. Mosaic at Smithe & Burrard Streets. Vancouver, BC. Photo by J.Chong

There are enough outdoor public art installations for free viewing  just within the City of Vancouver. In fact, over 500 different permanent outdoor public art pieces.

For  the  art theme of bikes and cycling, there are 8 outdoor pieces all located right by major signed bike routes in Vancouver. In this recent article that I wrote  on Vancouver’s outdoor bike art,  there are more photos, locations, summaries and web links.  It is possible to see all these bike art installations but you might need to give yourself a few hours.  You will get a good fitness ride by going up and down a few hills.  Thankfully most of these art installations are along bike routes with light car traffic or by paved bike paths.

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Cycling Around Vancouver to See Outdoor Bike Art

Visceral Bodies & Visions of British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery

From Visceral Bodies at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Spring 2010 is an amazing time at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG). Not only is their current headliner Leonardo da Vinci (Mechanics of Man), they have the eye-popping contemporary exhibit Visceral Bodies and the extensive, two-floor exhibit of local masterworks Visions of British Columbia, too.

It’s no surprise the VAG saw record-breaking attendance during the Vancouver Olympic Games!

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Visceral Bodies & Visions of British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Leonardo da Vinci: Mechanics of Man at the Vancouver Art Gallery

folio 4v
The muscles of the shoulder, 1510-1511
pen and ink with wash, over traces of black chalk
29.2 x 19.8 cm
The Royal Collection © 2009 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Like the rest of city, the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is pulling out the big guns for the Olympics. Current exhibits include the two-floor Visions of British Columbia, which displays highlights from VAG’s rich, permanent collection, CUE and Visceral Bodies, two exhibits that showcase the gallery’s commitment to cutting-edge, thoughtful contemporary art, and, of course, the biggest gun of all, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mechanics of Man.

Though he’s best known for his world-famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, da Vinci was a true renaissance man, as much a scientist and inventor as he was an artist. In Mechanics of Man, da Vinci creates the perfect marriage of science and art in a series of groundbreaking anatomical drawings that, even five hundred years later, are among the greatest ever made.

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Leonardo da Vinci: Mechanics of Man at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Cultural Olympiad 2010

Talking Stick Festival is just one of 200 events that are part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

An unprecedented celebration of the arts and popular culture in honour of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad 2010 kicks off its incredible 60-day festival Friday, January 22.

Encompassing nearly 200 events—many of them free—that range from the Aboriginal Talking Stick Festival to one-man plays, Francophone comedians, music festivals, operas, symphonies, art exhibits, dance marathons, and more, the Cultural Olympiad is a non-stop feast for the eyes, ears, body, and spirit. It’s the perfect prelude and accompaniment to the 2010 Olympics.

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Cultural Olympiad 2010

Art of Craft at MOV January 14 – April 11, 2010

Installing From Here to There by Jenny Judge at MOV's Art of Craft. Photo by Kirsti Wakelin

Presented in conjunction with the 2010 Cultural Olympiad, the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) newest exhibit, Art of Craft, showcases 173 spectacular fine craft works from Canada and the Republic of Korea.

The stunning exhibit celebrates the “exuberance, inventiveness and refinement of fine craft” with a wide variety of works, ranging from delicate, embroidered tissues to powerful, geometric light fixtures.

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Art of Craft at MOV January 14 – April 11, 2010