Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

Michael Tickner's Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

Michael Tickner’s Drawn To The Light | Pousette Gallery |Photo from ArtWalk website

It’s time for one of the most sophisticated block parties of the year.

This Saturday (June 20) is the annual South Granville ArtWalk. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect piece to hang above your mantle or are just curious about the latest in Canadian and British Columbian art, come on down: everyone is welcome.

Just south of downtown over the Granville Street bridge, the South Granville neighbourhood is an area of high-end boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. (The latter include the famed Vij’s restaurant, which is near the Stanley Theatre.)

Stretching over about 10 blocks, South Granville has the highest concentration of fine art galleries in Vancouver.

They feature a diverse range of art, including Canadian and international conceptual, European modernism and old masters, and photography. There are also two galleries devoted to First Nations and Inuit work.

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Hop through 16 galleries at South Granville’s annual ArtWalk

New exhibit blends personal history, myth and animal heads

Roselina Hung's Snakes and Ladders

Roselina Hung’s Snakes and Ladders (Orpheus & Eurydice).

Roselina Hung’s exhibit at Initial Gallery will strike a chord with people who like their art with a pop-art, postmodern sensibility.

For her new series Of Myth and Men, the Vancouver artist draws on her own personal history by inserting herself into scenes evoking Greek myth and even the Old Testament. Joining Hung in the paintings are other figures, meant to represent people in her life. But, to add a further element of absurdity to the tableaux, most of the figures are male – and wearing animal masks.

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New exhibit blends personal history, myth and animal heads

First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

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Meet Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. A B.C. Haida artist, Yahgulanaas is the creator behind Red: A Haida Manga, a 2009 groundbreaking graphic novel that combines Haida myth and Japanese storytelling. To celebrate the book’s publication in softcover, as well as a new solo art exhibit, Yahgulanaas will be at the Douglas Udell Gallery May 3.

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First Nations meets Japanese culture in Red graphic novel

Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12

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Broken City Lab, Make This Better, (2010-ongoing) Ripper’s Vallery, Windsor, Ontario. Courtesy of the artists.

The Canadian Art Foundation presents a gallery hop April 12. Art fiends and fairweather fans alike can take in a variety of exhibits, talks and tours – all free.

Stops along the way include the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as smaller locations like the Contemporary Art Gallery, Gallery Gachet and more. We have more details after the jump.  Continue reading:
Canadian Art Foundation Gallery Hop April 12

Bob Ross art show opens tonight

Bob Ross, the host of the PBS show The Joy of Painting, is the subject of a new art show opening tonight in Vancouver.

Bob Ross, the host of the PBS show The Joy of Painting, is the subject of a new art show opening tonight in Vancouver.

Bob Ross, best known as the genial host of the PBS show The Joy of Painting, is the subject of a new art show in Vancouver. Happy Little Clouds, named after one of the expressions Ross used in his show, opens tonight (Feb. 22, from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.) at the Fall Tattooing and Artists Gallery (644 Seymour St.).

The show is curated by Christina Chant. Previously, Chant has held art shows that paid tribute to Bill Murray, the Spice Girls and Snoop Dogg. Submissions are generally open to anyone, from amateur to experienced artists, as long as the pieces have something to do with the subject. Experimenting with different media is encouraged, making for some very interesting pieces.

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Bob Ross art show opens tonight

Vancouver artist’s first hometown show in nearly a decade

James Picard and some friends. Photo courtesy the Fazakas Gallery.

James Picard and some friends. Photo courtesy the Fazakas Gallery.

A newly opened gallery that prides itself on its eclecticism is a natural home to The Many Faces of James Picard.

The first gallery exhibition in the artist’s hometown in nearly a decade, The Many Faces of James Picard presents this multi-faceted artist’s work in his two favourite media, painting and sculpture.

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Vancouver artist’s first hometown show in nearly a decade

Vancouver street scenes in new showcase

On the Edge of the Sand They Danced By the Light of the Moon, 2013, David Wilson. Photo courtesy Marnie WIlson.

On the Edge of the Sand They Danced By the Light of the Moon, 2013, David Wilson. Photo courtesy Marnie WIlson.

When it comes to capturing Vancouver on canvas, David Wilson has few competitors.

The local painter’s vibrant street scenes give us a vibrant, young metropolis with dark corners and lushly coloured spaces.

This month, Wilson unveils his latest series of paintings, Construct/Deconstruct, at the Winsor Gallery.

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Vancouver street scenes in new showcase