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Art guide for spring

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

Western Front is one of Vancouver’s oldest and most respected artist-run centres. The space has become a focal point for all artistic practices including visual and performance arts. Under the direction of Caitlin Jones, their annual auction is packed with incredible pieces. What is most exciting and distinct from the other auctions in Vancouver is the wide, and pleasantly surprising, range of prices that ensure there is something for everyone. With years of strong artist relationships behind them, the show has many notable pieces including Stan Douglas’ Untitled work and “Crisis in Nature and Science,” by artist Toril Johannessen. Estimates start at $350 - this is the perfect opportunity to buy your first piece or add to your collection.

Date: March 12, 2011

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2. Jack Shadbolt exhibition at Equinox Gallery

The Isman Collection is officially hanging at the Equinox Gallery on South Granville today. Rumor has it that you’ll be walking into sea of red dots – most (perhaps all?) of the work have been pre-sold, reinforcing the fact that you must see this exhibition. As an artist with international recognition, Shadbolt’s work proves to be a strong investment that does not appear to be loosing momentum anytime soon. Works by Shadbolt can be seen around the world including, the Tate Modern in London and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, but lucky for you – we’ve got our own gallery that is full of wide ranging works from this prolific artist.

Dates: March 11, 2011 – April 9, 2011

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3. New works by Dan Siney & Heather Martin at LES Gallery

The LES Gallery in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a great place to see some of the emerging talent that our city is producing and places it in relation to the global arts scene. Director, Lisa Giroday has a sharp eye and features two local artists in the latest exhibition at the LES Gallery. Unfamiliar with both artists, we personally are excited to see how two artists through different mediums portray imperfect patterns and the beauty that can come from them. 

Dates: March 12, 2011 – April 15, 2011 (Reception March 11th @ 7pm)

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4. Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at Museum of Anthropology

In conjunction with the dancers of Damelahamid, the Museum of Anthropology is highlighting the richness and diversity of traditional first nations dance groups from Coastal BC with their 2011 dance festival. The signature presentation is on Friday evening, but the exciting performances will continue throughout the weekend. This festival will act as a celebration of Indigenous cultures and traditions of the Coastal Peoples of British Columbia and surrounding territories. Damelahamid brings to the stage the riches of their traditions with dramatic dances and captivating narratives.

Dates: March 9, 2011 – March 13, 2011

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5. UNDERTHESUN, Roy Arden at the Contemporary Art Gallery

Well known Vancouverite Roy Arden is best known for his photographs of local scenes and subjects. UNDERTHESUN unveils to us another aspect of his work. The exhibition includes multi media works including; drawing, painting, collage, video and sculpture. Arden’s wide range of work varies from online blogs to handmade collages. His work depicting Vancouver is used as a main focal point in Vancouver’s Convention Centre where we can see that his efforts often focus on how we came to be in our present condition. This exhibit has already been on for a few weeks but is well worth seeing…perhaps even twice.

Dates: January 28, 2011 – March 27, 2011

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