Sunday, June 18, 2017

All About 65! (part one)

Well I turned 65 this year and wanted to do something special.  For my 60th we moved to Amsterdam for 6 months.  On my actual birthday I rented this cool old motor boat and 6 of us toured the canals, drank champagne and ate snacks.
How to top that one?  New York City of course!  I had 7 of my nearest and dearest with significant birthdays in 2017 (1 at 50, 3 at 60 and 3 at 65 and me).
So I put my organizing hat on and 12 of us came from Vancouver, 2 from Berlin, 2 from Amsterdam, 2 from Memphis, 1 from Florida and about 10 from NYC to make this great gang that hung out over 10 days with art, music, walks, sailing, eating, drinking and partying.

Everyone took care of their own accommodations so we had people in Brooklyn, Lower East Side,  Soho and we were in the West Village in a fabulous apartment with a spiral staircase to the deck, lent to us by a friend. 




Arnt barbecuing chicken and veg skewers
for a final dinner with the leftover gang


this is next door to our building

BROOKLYN
We started in Brooklyn at our very generous friend Michael's 5 story brownstone for a brunch and to make a plan of attack.  Our list of fun was so great that we ended up with most events having 10 to 20 people at each.  I had never been to Brooklyn and was pleasantly surprised with the neighbourhood feel, direct train from our stop in the Village and architecture.  Pauline, Simon and Michael hosted a delicious brunch and we hung out for quite awhile before taking a walk through Dumbo and then up onto the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. 

 Rina, Rob and Pauline

Monday, May 1, 2017

ART ABOUT TOWN!

This last month I have been getting out to a few galleries for the Capture Festival and also had an inspiration pass from the library and went with friends and family to museums, etc.

CAPTURE FESTIVAL 2017


I was so pleased to be a venue in this year's http://capturephotofest.com/  Two artists from the neighbourhood, Ross den Otter and Kiku Hawkes www.kikuhawkes.com created an installation in my two storefront windows.  It is up until May 30th so if you are in the hood please stop by.  Open 24 hours and does look great at night as well.  Here is a link to a video I did of it.. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSuCEuThsz-/ (click on the image for the video)
Here is a brief write up they wrote about the show:
"For some decades, Ross den Otter and Kiku Hawkes  artists and long-time residents of Strathcona, have documented the area’s built form. Their collaborative installation sites images of the area’s ethnically and economically diverse past within the context of its current iteration. A landscape of local, found materials frame photographs rotating at varying speeds, expressing time and space. These unique 3D objects, created through alternative processes, reanimate a rapidly vanishing world."
 
Ross and Kiku setting up the installation
I went with my photographer friend Sally Gooding sallygooding.ca to a few venues.
Ross den Otter was having another show all based on the selfie at his studio
www.pinkmonkeystudios.com  He sets up his camera but you pull the string (which is the shutter) when you want.  Who owns the rights to this photo? A thinker right!


 

We then headed over to The Flats and bumped into another photographer Jeff Cruz www.jeffcruz.ca from Calgary so the three of us went to several galleries together.
First up was www.galleryjones.com to see Danny Singer,  Mike Bayne and James Nizam

Danny's work is all about the Saskatchewan small towns and big skies.
They are made up of several photos stitched together.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

ENGLAND

NORMA

I have not done a blog post for quite a while.  The reason is my friend for over 40 years, Norma died in December.   One of the things we did together was talk about what I had posted last time whether it was travels or art.  I won't have that part of my blog posts anymore and has taken me this long to try to deal with that.  
Our friendship started in Panajachel, Guatemala with dancing at the Coco Loco and drinking rum out of a coconut.  I had to cross a river on a log to get home so if it was too late I would sleep at Norma's and that bonded us for life.  

She lived in Santa Fe at a Buddhist Centre and was a painter and sculptor.  I am lucky to have a few of her pieces.  Norma was a fantastic friend...I could call her anytime and talk about anything.  I visited her in Santa Fe several times and we always had such a great time.  Whenever anyone would visit her she made a list of things to do that she knew we would be interested in.  I loved her rooms at the Centre where we had PJ parties and made art, drives in the desert, visits to the Taos Pueblo, Spanish Market, Harry's Diner for pie, the old lady who ran the religious store, Mexican food, churches, graveyards, thrifts and of course visiting the many museums and art galleries.  We would have deep discussions as well as great belly laughs.  
On the days she worked she would drop me off in the neighbourhood she was working in and I would spend hours photographing so I have some lovely photo memories.  She was a gentle soul and I will miss her terribly. 

I left off my last post in Scotland and this is the second half of the journey when we headed to England.  I asked a couple friends who came from England about a place to visit other than London and both said York.  We got off the train in York and stayed for three days.  A lovely quaint walled city with the biggest church!


 staircase to the top of the wall
 view of the huge church from the wall
 we heard a choir rehearsing when we went in
 quaint
 old buildings with a bit of a sag
 love the timber work



Sunday, November 6, 2016

SCOTLAND!





Arnt and I went to Scotland and England this fall and here is my post about Scotland.  We flew into Glasgow and stayed with some friends who we had met in New York City at a diner 7 years ago.  Our stay there was so fun and informative due to the hospitality and knowledge of Trevor and Fiona.  Thank you, thank you to both of you so much! 

This post has lots of information for you history buffs.

GLASGOW

ARCHITECTURE, MUSEUMS AND SIGHTS

 One of the first things we noticed was all the chimneys on the buildings.  
There would have been a fireplace for each of those chimneys.

 love this building with all its details


the Doulton fountain outside the people's palace even had Canada...moosehead
for him and she has an axe and maybe wheat sheaves





 The University of Glasgow 1451
yep, almost 600 years old!!!

This is the Cloisters at the  University of Glasgow which connects
the east and west quadrangles and leads to the Hunterian.
Such a beautiful space.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Apparently Fall is coming!

Summer in BC!

SURFING:
 
We started off our summer with our 8th Annual Strathcona Surf Club contest.  It takes place in Tofino, BC and most of us camp at Greenpoint Campground.  A lot of the surfers come for the whole week and there are lots of beach and fire hangs, barbecues and surfing together.  This year we had 18 people in the water surfing and boogie boarding.  I won the trophy this year on my trusty Pipo!  Our judge of 7 years, Dori Harrison had a job in Whistler so our stand in judge was Rob O'dea who did a fabo job of filling in with side kicks Dustin and Angie on bino and photography duty.

the surf gang

PIPO handmade by Arnt Arntzen out of red and yellow cedar.

 the coveted trophy
 boards waiting to be ridden

 our lovely camp in the trees at Green Point
first year we have ever had rain but good thing the campsite comes with a dryer

Monday, May 16, 2016

MAY IS THE NEW SUMMER!



May has been almost summer with some hot days, bike rides, walking in the hood and barbecues on the deck.  Our water restrictions start soon as it is going to be a long hot summer.  Saw quite a bit of art and visited some studios over the last couple of months and been making art too.

THE HOOD

this is in our community gardern
 
my friend Lesia came to visit from Toronto and my bro Glenn and I took her to see one of the Ken Lum pieces in our neighbourhood, the scaled down Vancouver Special. 
The other is the EastVan sign.

a few of the houses in our neighbourhood






 we often take our boat ODIN into False Creek for dinner
last time we were there the "420" cannibis festival was 
happening and Sunset Beach was packed

 STUDIO VISITS

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring is trying to Spring!



Spring is coming to BC but with some rain.  But in all fairness that is what makes us green and lush!  It has been a great year so far:  

THE HOOD:  the neighbourhood I live in is going through some growing pains.  The major street that borders us has always been a bit blah with no grocery store, restaurants or galleries.  It is now going through a huge change with apartments being built supplying both market and social housing, industry and retail.  We will get more trees and wider sidewalks for pedestrians.  As always with gentrification there are ups and downs.  There will be more cars wanting parking, more people using our small parks but we now have a grocery, restaurants and galleries. 
The Astoria looking good in the morning light! photo by Arnt

apparently we needed to know this

this apartment building is getting a facelift and will still be rentals but probably cost more

 
 
ART:
We now have our four artists moved in: Lori Sokoluk: painter, mixed media www.lorisokoluk.com, Ray Ophoff: painter, Joan Tayler: jewellery and sculpture and Arwen Hunter: documentary filmmaker http://www.somethingsomethingstudios.com
Here is a link Arwen did about Lori  https://youtu.be/mB4VCCZcPMQ

I invited them to take over the two front windows to announce their arrival in the hood!

At their opening party Arnt and I finally bought these two wonderful oil paintings from Ray Ophoff.  We have been wanting them for a couple years now.




www.firstsaturday.ca is really growing with new artists in North Vancouver, New Westminster and Vancouver. In case you don't know it is an open studio event where you can visit artists working in their studios.  We received a very generous sponsorship from www.georgiastraight.com with ads and articles both online and in print. HUGE THANKS to Laura and staff!!!  Six artists in our building are part of it.
                                    These are some of the collages I am currently showing.



we had a great meeting to plan the upcoming year