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The Cheaper Show celebrates 10 years of offering art for affordable prices

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Jun 21st, 2011

While it is not uncommon to stand in line for hours to get tickets to see a great concert or our beloved Canucks, waiting hours in line for hours to buy art is still something of a novelty. This Saturday, June 25, art lovers are getting ready once again for the 10th installment of The Cheaper Show in Mount Pleasant.

What is The Cheaper Show? It's a one-night door-crasher-style art sale, founded a decade ago by local artist Graeme Berglund. The show has grown substantially over the last number of years and now features 400 works by 200 artists, with each piece selling for a mere $200. With nearly every piece selling well under market value, the organizers have put a limit of three pieces per person.

Wrapping up the Vancouver Biennale

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Apr 13th, 2011

Over the last two weeks, the Vancouver Biennale has been hitting the streets of Vancouver guerrilla style and wrapping things up (literally).

Surrounding some of our favourite pieces in police-like tape that state, "it’s not the same without sculpture,” the Biennale crew are hoping to draw attention to their Auction & Grand Finale at the Chan Centre on April 30th. Headed up by President, Barrie Mowatt, staff at the Vancouver Biennale plan to wrap this one up in style with a party they’re hoping you won’t soon forget.

Vancouver’s arts scene changing its look

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Apr 1st, 2011

This spring marks some big changes for the Vancouver arts scene. Multiple long-standing galleries are closing their doors, gallery row is getting some new life, new galleries are opening, we’re losing some of our public art and gaining gaming grants.

A new generation is finding its way amongst the already established, and it’s exciting. Like any industry, it goes in waves, and we wanted to highlight some of the noteworthy adjustments taking place.

Buschlen Mowatt Gallery  – Closing April 24, 2011

Vancouver Biennale creates blue forests to spread environmental awareness

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Mar 16th, 2011

It has been our experience that with all of the distractions available, you need to do something big if you want to get some major attention. Beware, because if you pull off the ever elusive big attention getting thing that we’re talking about, you better have something meaningful to say.

The environment has been a hot issue for many years, and various artists have tried to ignite a larger conversation about global deforestation and the overall state of our planet. But we feel a great place to have this conversation is outside on the streets (literally).

What would get you to stop and pay attention to one of the trees around you? What if you stumbled upon a group of blue trees – you would probably stop and ask why they’re blue and if they are real. The Blue Trees in question are very real and will come to life in three BC cities over the next few weeks. 

Art guide for spring

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Mar 11th, 2011

Private Preview for Western Front's 38th Annual Art Auction

Spring art season is upon us and there is not enough time in the day to see all of the fantastic events that are happening in Vancouver. Auctions, art exhibitions and performances are drawing crowds.

It’s exciting to see that our social calendar is full. We thought we would share a few of the events that we are particularly excited about that are happening now in Vancouver.

1. Western Front’s 38th Annual Art Auction

My first time... buying art

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Mar 3rd, 2011

Fiona Ackerman's oil on canvas, "Playing the Stage" 

We all remember our first time. You were probably as nervous as you were excited about this new milestone that was about to happen in your life. Soon you would be able to stand up tall, look yourself in the mirror and say: IKEA “art” is not ok. 

The beauty behind every piece of art is its story and everyone we’ve ever spoken with always remembers where, when, and how they bought their first piece. People don’t just become collectors overnight; cliché or not, it has to start with one step…or in this case, one purchase.

These are the stories we were told when we asked 5 people to tell us about the first piece of art they purchased:

Dan Jover, Chartered Accountant, KPMG

Stylish VAG fundraiser raises more than $1 million

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Feb 23rd, 2011

Featured piece is titled, "10716 135 A Street" by Brian Howell - Image courtesy of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Last Saturday night, some of Vancouver’s finest dressed in their best to help raise over $1 million for the Vancouver Art Gallery at the BLACK/WHITE Art Auction and gala. More than 70 works were auctioned off during this self-described “see-and-be-seen” event. They pulled out all the stops with live music, great food and an overflowing open bar to ensure that this auction would be one for the record books as the VAG is driving hard towards their goal of raising funds for the new art gallery site.

Being in attendance was a blast. For those who couldn’t make it, here are some of our favourite memories from that night, as we saw it.

1. What they wore

After speaking with someone at the VAG and confirming that, apart from the obvious tuxedo, the attire was not strictly black or white, it was fantastic to see Sara Spencer (the designer of decked out in a bright red dress that not only stood out in a sea of black and white but was turning heads all evening long. Everyone looked fabulous and it’s nice to see that: because this auction only happens every two years, people pulled out all the stops, right down to their Prada shoes.

Vancouver's unconventional centre and its art project

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Feb 18th, 2011

Jaakko Pernu's sculpture, Floats, located at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get a private tour of The Art Project at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This project is made up of various pieces ranging from large-scale sculptures to prints and installations, working together as part of a thematic whole to highlight British Columbia and its history.

We love that this art is a feast for the eyes for all of the convention goers and cruise ship visitors visiting Vancouver. But, what we love most is that it’s available for locals to tour for free as well. Here are a few of the pieces that we discovered while on our tour.

1. Candelabrum

What to do with your little Picasso

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Feb 2nd, 2011

Picasso's mother said that his first word was "Piz," the Spanish word for pencil. He showed his passion and skill for drawing at an early age, and by 13, Picasso was allowed to take an entrance exam for advanced art classes at the Barcelona School of Fine Arts: he had already surpassed his artist father's skill level.

Getting kids involved in the arts is a great way to enhance and nurture their imaginations and talents. It also has a powerful impact on their appreciation for arts and their own creativity, as they continue to grow. Being involved with the arts as a child also encourages future participation, increased self-confidence and goal setting as well as discipline, innovation and drive for success in other aspects of life.

So where do you go if you've got a little Picasso or Emily Carr on your hands? Here is a list of just a few places your kid can enjoy, as he or she learns about art:

1. Roundhouse Community Arts and Rec Centre: Doodleblobz program

Free admission: a look at Vancouver's public art

Kate Barron Merete Kristiansen
Jan 20th, 2011

Walking Figures, Magdalena Abakanowicz

This week Vancouver has been celebrating the developments of upcoming public art projects, like the new Terry Fox sculptures designed by Douglas Coupland that will be installed at BC Place. So we felt it was a great time to talk about the amazing public art that our city already has to offer.

Great cities are built for the people, and Vancouver is no exception. But, when was the last time you went for an art walk – or even stopped to admire a piece of public art in Vancouver? Sculptures, memorials, fountains and graffiti are everywhere, yet if you are not familiar with where to look then how would you even get started?

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