ART SHOWS & GALLERIES:
One unusual show was "Through the Trap Door" curated by Paul Wong and produced by Rick Erickson. When I saw the advertising I thought that is brave as they described it as "like the old warehouse shows we used to have" That would be hard to match as they were at a certain time in Vancouver and were sooooo much fun! Edgy art, art in crazy places like stairwells, tons of people (over the fire allowance I am sure), music and of course drinks. Well they pulled it off...was up for 5 days, in the 1965 Gallery and in the old storage lockers under VIVO Media Arts Centre. And it did feel like the old warehouse shows. For more information and some visuals check out this article.
www.winsorgallery.com is showing Martha Sturdy's new work, resin on steel called Breaking, until June 7, 2014. I highly recommend you see the video interview http://hotartwetcity.com/martha-varcoe-sturdy/ produced by Windsor Gallery in collaboration with Chris Bentzen of www.hotartwetcity.com before you see the show. In 3 minutes it gives a bit of insight into Martha's art practice and this new body of work. She had me with that beautiful blue colour! It is a very Canadian show to me as the "ice paintings" are something we have all seen whether in a frozen puddle, lake or back east in the form of icebergs off of Newfoundland.
|Photo courtesy of Winsor Gallery|
|Brendan Tang, ceramic artist is also an artist at Jones|
Edward's large format photos are beautiful but because of the subject matter is troubling.
|farm water systems...up in the top left corner is a farmhouse|
|farms that look like an abstract painting|
|factory in China|
|Andy Petterson from his Africa series|
The North Van Art Crawl nsartcrawl.ca had some of my favourite artists with assemblage artist Isabelle Procter being number one.
|Sally Gooding visiting Doris MacDougall|
I was invited as a guest by one of the committee members to attend the artists appreciation night put on by the http://vghfoundation.ca/artprogram/. This program takes art donated by artists and hangs it in the hospitals in their corridors both public and private and offices. They have an amazing collection of 1200 pieces. Next time you are at Vancouver General Hospital stop and take a look around. As most of you know I have been going to the hospital for physio twice a week for 5 months and one of my favourite pieces by www.torriegroening.com sits right outside my therapists office.
The highlight of the evening was an artist talk by Ian Wallace http://www.canadianart.ca/artist/ian-wallace/ which was funny and very informative about his process and his new body of work. He will be having a show of his new works of 5 panels 8' x 4' at the The Apartment Gallery in Chinatown http://theapt.ca sometime this year.
|this and the one below are by Alan Wood who donated to VGH but these pieces are at Winsor|
Thomas had slides about his work creating clothing for clergy (not sure if that is the right term). I am an athiest but love churches so was great to hear about the workings of that church. He also does some set design for the church. He machine and hand sews and also hand prints on the fabric. He had some of his work as well as some antique pieces from his collection. Beautiful!
He worked with Sheila on the Indigo Quilt Project which involved over 100 volunteers to create a whole room of quilted and hand dyed panels to decorate the room downstairs and to help with the acoustics. More details through this link.
|Thomas made these|
|the three on the right are from his collection|
|Indigo Quilt project|
|Indigo Quilt Project|
|water colour paper painted and woven for Show & Tell|
Some shows I am involved in are:
1. Multifaith Calendar 2015 One of my Laos photos was selected to be in the calendar.
2. Maritime Museum Victoria mmbc.bc.ca Field Trip Project. June 19-Sept 8
(a mobile, participatory, interactive art exhibition installed within Japanese school backpacks)
3. Instagram photo project which will take place in Prague and Berlin. I will be posting at least one photo per day for the three weeks I am there, May 31 to June 18, 2014. Check on my progress at:
http://instagram.com/arntzenvalerie or follow me on instagram at arntzenvalerie.
4. www.firstsaturday.ca is growing wonderfully. We have 25 members and website is getting more traffic.
NEWS AND NOTES:
1. had two gentlemen arrive at my studio door looking at the windows, Arnt's sculpture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cornell and of course photography. They are coming back to attend First Saturday.
2. Went to the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster for an evening of big band...the two bands playing were Urbana and Impressions. More information on where they are playing next can be found at http://arokismusic.org/ The Columbia Theatre is a fantastic venue newly renovated, tiered seating with tables lit with candles and they serve food as well.
3. Visited the Brittania Mine www.britanniaminemuseum.ca They also had a fantastic art show put on by Jeanne Krabbendam www.jeankrabbendam.com and her students.
|Karli and I all helmeted up|
4. One final note which I am really chuffed about is Joyce Woods www.joycewoods.com was inspired by my blog, especially the Amsterdam posts and has moved temporarily to Ireland to work in film and paint! So pleased.
That is all for now...thanks for stopping by!