memories are malleabke

memories are malleabke

Memories Are Malleable An exhibition in kiln-formed glass bringing to light the incompleteness, the inaccuracy, the malleability of the human memory (Craft Council of British Columbia Gallery, Vancouver, Mar. 21-May 2)

Pilar Mehlis: Transmigrification

Pilar Mehlis: Transmigrification

March-April Exhibitions at Port Moody Arts Centre [Play]ground: A Space for Exploration, featuring artists from Vancouver Metal Arts Association, considers how play becomes an integral part of the creative process; Transmigrification by Pilar Mehlis explores ideas of both human and animal migrations through anthropomorphic forms; Flowerspeak by Sandra Yuen MacKay presents vibrant florals, filled with light (Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, Mar. 28-Apr. 25)

Old Shacks - New Context  by David Carey

Old Shacks - New Context by David Carey

March Exhibitions at Place des Arts Two diverse photography exhibitions on display: Old Shacks - New Context by David Carey and Myths by Xanthe Kittson (Place des Arts, Coquitlam, Mar. 29-Apr. 27)

Intersection and Interactions West Vancouver Community Arts Council present Sourour Abdollahi & Ellen Bang who explore themes of change & stability in dynamic abstract paintings (Kay Meek Arts Centre, West Vancouver, Apr. 2-28)

Imprint Juried Exhibition The Fort Gallery's 2019 juried exhibition contemplates the imprinted mark and its conceptual significance. 46 submitted pieces exploring this theme were reviewed; 12 artworks were elected (Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, Apr. 1-28), Writer's event with poet Susan McCaslin in conjunction with the exhibit's Apr. 26

Reclaiming our Roots is a show about tradition and the contemporary development of Indigenous practices as working Indigenous women artists with evolving creative practices. Indigenous Women Artists Collective is made up of eleven indigenous self-identified women who have worked out of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver since before 2013 (gallery gachet, Vancouver, Apr. 5-May 25)

There is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools Originally displayed at the Legacy Art Gallery in Victoria, the exhibition has been adapted with additional works from the MOV collection focusing on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the schools (Museum of Vancouver, Apr. 5-Dec 31)

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India

Moving Still: Performative Photography in India More than one hundred works examine themes of gender, religion and sexual identity. The presentation focuses on India’s early photography pioneers Umrao Singh Sher-Gil and Sawai Ram Singh II, who began their practice not long after the camera’s invention in the nineteenth century (Vancouver Art Gallery, Apr. 19-Sep. 2)

Views of the Collection: The Street The urban street has been an important source of inspiration for artists since the Renaissance, and remains a site for the production and enactment of culture in the world today. Part of a series presented on the Gallery’s fourth floor that comprise thematic perspectives on the Vancouver Art Gallery's collection (Vancouver Art Gallery, Apr. 19-Nov. 17)

qaʔ yəxw - water honours us: Womxn and Waterways Guest curators ReMatriate Collective reveal the unique connection between womxn and water in the matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast, with special attention to the roles of child-bearers, healers, and doulas (Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver, Apr. 10-Oct. 2)

From the Deck: View and Review

From the Deck: View and Review

From the Deck: View and Review Ian Penn This work arose from a process of observation and mark making from a small deck, using plain air studies for synthetic painting in studio, and then returning to the same space to draw again with more focus. Press replay. View and Review (Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at JCC, Vancouver, Apr. 11-28)

Transition In conjunction with the Vancouver Capture 2019 Photography Festival, the Burnaby Photographic Society will be exhibiting a print show with the theme of the exhibition is Transition, defined as a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another (Deer Lake Gallery, Burnaby, Apr. 11-May 4)

(Dis)Connect At the beginning of the twenty-first Century, communication and other technologies ensure that we are more connected to each other than at any other time in human history. Yet, many have argued, we are paradoxically more disconnected from our shared humanity than ever before. This condition is the focus of artists whose work is collected here offering insights from a number of different perspectives (Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, Apr. 12-Jul. 7)

Field Guides For Listeners Open Space artist-run centre presents a collaboration between sound artist Jenni Schine and visual artist Jay White which examines the relationship between art and science through studying the effects of salmon farming on the Pacific Coast of B.C. This ongoing project draws attention to salmon spawning and farming through Schine’s audio work and a graphic novel written and illustrated by White (Open Space, Victoria, Apr. 12-May 31)

Wildlife Exhibition The lens through which we view ‘wildlife’ reflect truths about the human condition and our own identity (Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Apr. 16-28)

Muse Exhibition Every artist has their muse. What drives a creator to the canvas? We encouraged artists to immortalize their inspirations for this exhibition. Subjects may vary and are open to people, places and things. (Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Apr. 30-May 12)

With Love and Gratitude: The Encaustic Art of Nancy Joan Crawford Encaustic painter and teacher Nancy Crawford, who passed away in Sep. 2018, constantly reinvented herself as an artist, moving from painting and drawing to photography, collage and calligraphy; then finally bringing it all together in her encaustic painting (Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, May 1-26) Opening reception May 3; Artist Talk by Nancy's sister Cindy Wilkers May 23; Closing reception and 4th Friday event May 24

May/June Exhibitions at Place des Arts Connections, watercolour and ink by Mary Kate Woodward; My Mother’s Home, photography by Rita Hernandez; Blending Tradition and Innovation, painting by members of the Fraser Valley Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (Place des Arts, Coquitlam, May 3-Jun. 1), Opening Reception May 3

Emily Carr University of Art: The Show features artworks by more than 300 graduating Design, Visual Arts and Media Arts students, and installations which will be exhibited throughout the entirety of ECU’s campus, offering unprecedented access to the building’s interior spaces (Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, May 4-19)

Spirit of India & Tender Formations Two exhibitions at PMAC feature work by South Asian artists. 
Spirit of India: Celebrating culture by showcasing the work of 26 South Asian artists living in our community. 
Tender Formations: Julia Nygra, Ceramic Artist in Residence 
Stories of love passed down by family have inspired her collection of traditional and contemporary Indian pottery (Port Moody Arts Centre, May 2-May 30) Opening Reception May 2;
Artist Talk with Julia Nygra May 22

Amanda Strong: anaamakamig (under the ground) This exhibition goes behind the scenes to explore the world of Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (2018), the newest stop-motion animation film by Indigenous artist Amanda Strong and includes the elaborate puppets, sets and storyboards that tell the story of Biidaaban, a young gender fluid Anishinaabe maple harvester and their friend Sabe, a 10,000-year-old shape-shifter) Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, May 4 - Jun. 30) Opening Reception May 7

shadows, strings and other things at moa

shadows, strings and other things at moa

Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets
MOA presents this enchanting exhibition with a broad array of puppets from 15 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas which illustrate the role puppets have played around the world in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values (Museum of Anthropology, UBC, May 16-Oct. 14 )

AIMAE: The Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition We present an entire show of artwork delivered in envelopes from around the world. This exhibition is about experiencing the emotions of others, opening ourselves to the diversity of “home”, and maybe finding something unexpected 
that we have in common (Federation of Canadian Artists, Granville Island, May 27-Jun. 16)

Landscapes Exhibition A blazing horizon at dawn or dusk, lush foliage in the summer and a serene blanket of white in winter – landscapes take many forms with the passing of time. Artists divided by country, culture or decade are united in their love for and unique expression of their favourite landscape (Federation Gallery, Granville Island, Jun. 17-30)

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Art Vancouver International Art Fair Now celebrating its 5th anniversary, young and experienced artists from British Columbia and from across the world will unite to exhibit fresh, contemporary work (Vancouver Convention Centre East, Apr. 25-28)

4th Friday: Writer's Event with Susan McCaslin The Fort Gallery is pleased to host poet Susan McCaslin who will read from her most recent book on Thomas Merton, concurrent with the gallery’s 2019 juried exhibition Imprint.
Her talk explores how Merton’s union of words and silences has the capacity to imprint wisdom on the minds and hearts of engaged readers (Fort Gallery, Fort Langley, Apr. 26)

Blooming Art Event Pacific Arts Market features the lovely work of over 40 local artists and craft people. This event highlights Floral Pieces as we embrace Spring and Art (Pacific Arts Market, Vancouver, Apr. 27)

North Shore Artists Guild’s Annual Event

North Shore Artists Guild’s Annual Event

NSAG Spring Art Sale returns with over 400 original artworks by local North Shore artists on exhibition at the West Vancouver Community Centre Apr. 28th featuring a wide variety of works from over 100 established and emerging artists who live and work in North and West Vancouver (West Vancouver Community Centre, Apr. 28)

Poetry & Art in the Gallery: Celebrating Ten Years Together The Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in collaboration with Pandora’s Collective, the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library, and the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant invite you to celebrate ten years of collaborative work of artists and poetry in the gallery (Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at JCC, Vancouver, Apr. 30)

Craft Council of BC’s annual fundraiser

Craft Council of BC’s annual fundraiser

The Earring Show 2019 The Craft Council of BC brings you year 6 of their annual fundraiser where our guests can purchase any of the specially-selected earrings from artists from across North America. All funds raised from the event go towards CCBC, its programs, and to help promote contemporary craft to BC and Canada (CCBC Shop & Gallery, Granville Island, May 5)


Crafted Vancouver-Made To Be Discovered 25 Days in May. Designed to celebrate the vitality of our hand-crafted world, Crafted Vancouver brings together exceptional local, national & international artisans & designers, studios, galleries, museums, showrooms, shops & luxury retail making, exhibiting or selling fine craft-based work (Various Venues, Vancouver, May 6-30); includes
REEL Crafted Film Festival 2019 (May 24-25)


West of Main Art Walk Presented by Artists in our Midst, the Art Walk celebrates art in the Vancouver community.
Roundhouse Exhibition and Gala A one day gallery show and sale with works from 70 talented local artists,
Meet the Artists during the Evening Reception (Roundhouse, May 9)
West of Main Art Walk Explore, purchase and engage with artists in their studios over one weekend including some of our larger hubs such as Kits Neighbourhood House, where there’ll be 13 artists (Vancouver West Side, May 11 & 12)

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya

Vancouver Art Gallery Heller Lecture The eighteenth annual Heller Lecture will be delivered by Canadian multi-disciplinary artist Vivek Shraya. The best-selling author and Polaris Music Prize nominee will speak to the exhibition Moving Still: Performative Photography in India and will address ideas of migration and diaspora as well as gender identity (Annex Theatre, Vancouver, May 15)


MOA’s Shakeup: Preserving What We Value Explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures of MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. (Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver, Dec. 2, 2018-Fall 2019)

Mat Holmstrom: Mount Delectable Glimpse into the ever expanding world of the artist with works on canvas, paper and sculpture created in a rich colour palette and using metallic paints (Michael Wright Art Gallery at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, Jan. 10-Apr. 29)

Clarissa Argueta: The Endless Braid and Venus Soberanes: The Books of Life and Other Curiosities Argueta’s colourful acrylic portrait paintings are inspired by her ancestral heritage, the indigenous civilizations in the Ancient Americas and contemporary Latin America, while Soberanes’ presents a series of whimsical art-object assemblages, books and shadow boxes inspired by themes of impermanence, memory, consciousness and dreams (The Outlet at Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam, Jan. 10-Apr. 29)

Blanketing: Jesse Campbell presented by Open Space (Open Space Arts Centre, Victoria, Jan. 15-Dec. 14)

Counternarratives: Watercolour paintings by Archibald Fairbairn (1888-1979) His sublime watercolor paintings document the beauty of totem poles and communities during the early 20th century (Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver, Feb. 13-Jun. 2)

French Moderns: Monet to Matisse Visitors will find paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists such as Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Manet, Matisse, Morisot, Renoir, Rodin and others in this exhibition focused on France as the centre of international modernism (Vancouver Art Gallery, Feb. 21-May 20)

Affinities: Canadian Artists and France Looking at the significance that French art and culture has held for Canadian artists over the past 120 years, this exhibition of works focuses on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the twentieth century (Vancouver Art Gallery, Feb. 16-May 20)

Samson Young: It's a heaven over there The work originates from Young's archival research on Won Alexander Cumyow, the first person of Chinese descent born in Canada (Centre A, Vancouver, Feb. 23-Jun. 1)

Mowry Baden

Mowry Baden

Mowry Baden This Governor General’s Award-winning artist is known for his participatory sculpture and installation works, many of which have been commissioned as public artworks by cities across North America. From seat belts and reconfigured industrial devices, to purpose-built rooms in which ping-pong balls ricochet off the walls, this career survey exhibition promises to take viewers out of their everyday experience (Vancouver Art Gallery, Mar. 9-Jun. 9)

The Girls Are Coming!: A visual voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth In 1862, the screw steamer Tynemouth set sail from Dartmouth, England to Victoria, B.C.. It carried 292 passengers including 60 young women. These “girls”, some as young as 12 years old, came to British Columba to marry settlers and American prospectors. They endured 99 days on board this Bride Ship through violent storms, subhuman living conditions and even mutinies. Presented bu Vancouver Maritime Museum (Mar. 9-Jun. 16)



Displacement See contemporary works from the Vancouver Art Gallery Collection that use “displacement” as a tool to elicit viewer reactions ranging from empathy and understanding, to the unexpected and disruptive (Vancouver Art Gallery, Mar. 9-Jun. 9)

WOrkshops  & EVents

Life Drawing Drop In Every Thursday (The ACT Maple Ridge)

Pricing Artwork Workshop How is pricing best determined for an artwork? In which ways is a print priced differently from a painting? Which factors influence how much a collector might be willing to spend? This workshop will use group activities and case studies for participants to discuss pricing approaches for artists (Culture Crawl Office, Vancouver, Apr. 24)

Relief Print Workshop Gain an introduction to relief printing using lino and/or speedycut blocks which can be used over and over to create a unique print or repeat design. A simple and straightforward method of creating prints that look amazing. (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, Apr. 26)

Waterfalls in Watercolour In this workshop from North Van Arts, artist Marney-Rose Edge shares her techniques for capturing falling water over rocks (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, Apr 27

pARTy@PdA: Perspective and Prosecco Artist Rebecca Blair will teach the basics of drawing 3D buildings using the techniques first developed by the Renaissance masters. Learn while enjoying a glass of bubbly Prosecco and complimentary Italian-inspired tidbits (Place des Arts, Coquitlam, Apr. 26)

Visual Reference Sources with Liza Visagie One of the best ways to learn the subtle complexities of painting is to watch someone paint (Dene Croft Studios, North Vancouver, Apr. 27-28)

Print It! A Brief History of Printmaking Beginning with printmaking’s emergence in the Renaissance, we will briefly examine this art form’s use as a revolutionary discourse and force in creating dramatic social and political change (Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, Apr. 29)

Representational Painting in Acrylic
This three day workshop from FCA will apply the use of a design process in organizing and completing a painting, with composition as a focus (BC Alliance for Arts + Culture Boardroom, Vancouver, Apr. 30-May 2)

Drawing Fundamentals & Community
In this introductory level drawing course, from North Van Arts students will be introduced to a variety of techniques and materials while practicing a more conscious, positive approach to drawing with opportunities to discuss what it means to be a mindful artist (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, May 1-22)

Plein Air Paint Out - Cypress Mountain with Jane Appleby Join the FCA Host and your fellow plein air painters to capture the beauty of Cypress Mountain (Cypress Mountain Lodge, West Vancouver, May 8)

The Lulu Series: Art in the City explores the relationship between art and our urban environment. Artists, planning experts, design enthusiasts and curious people from across Metro Vancouver are invited to attend the following three inspirational evening talks in Richmond:
Vance Harris / Public Art: A Catalyst for the Transformation of Architectural Process (Richmond City Hall, May 9)

Mixed Media Workshop A one day workshop from North Van Arts that introduces a range of techniques: Painting, plastering, image transferring, collaging, stenciling and embossing (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, May 11)

Photographing Your Artwork Workshop An in depth, hands-on workshop teaching very basic ways to document your artwork, flat or 3 dimensional. Points covered: lighting, camera angle, camera lens, types of files, size of files, post-processing and portfolio images vs. social media images (Culture Crawl Office, Vancouver, May 15)

Marketing For Artists Workshop Whether self-represented or working with a gallery, artists are increasingly expected to work towards generating buzz for their work. This workshop will introduce marketing tools & approaches including websites and social media strategies, while highlighting how to increase press coverage for work (Culture Crawl Office, Vancouver, May 22)

Cedar Bark Hat Workshop Join master weaver Jessica Silvey in this two-day workshop from North Van Arts and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker board (plait) and twine methods of cedar bark weaving using locally harvested red cedar bark (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, May 11)

Artist Talk with Julia Nygra: Tender Formation PMAC’s ceramic Artist in Residence shares her process, her journey. and the stories of love that inspired this collection of traditional and contemporary Indian pottery (Port Moody Arts Centre, May 2-May 30)

Core Drawing Skills Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your skills and confidence to tackle more ambitious projects (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, May 29-Jun. 1)

Plein Air Painting at Kitsilano Beach with Caroline Dahlmanns Join the FCA Host and your fellow plein air painters to spend an evening painting sunsets at Kits Beach (Vancouver, Jun. 1)

Golden A-Z of Acrylics with Shari Pratt This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics (Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Jun. 3)

Introduction to Acrylics This course from North Van Arts will examine the characteristics of acrylic paints as a medium, basic colour theory, colour mixing, composition layering and brushwork (Maplewood House, North Vancouver, Jun. 6-27) 

Intro to Stained Glass Workshop
In this workshop from North Van Arts attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher using the copper foil method. Students will learn how to cut glass, use a glass grinder, and learn how to solder ((Maplewood House, North Vancouver, Jun. 8)

Grant Writing Success: A How-to for Winning at the Grant Game Writing a successful grant application can often be a challenge both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. This workshop is for those who need some guidance (Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Jun. 24)

The Federation of Canadian Artists Retreat, 2019 takes place in beautiful Bamfield. In the company of our Master Instructors, you'll spend your days creating, painting and developing your skills, while painting en plein air. (Sep. 3-8, 2019, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre)

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