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Various positions held by appointment or election:
Founding Director, City of Richmond Community Arts Council, elected 1969
Member, Avenue for Arts (AVA), elected 2000 - 2001
City of Vancouver Public Art Committee, 2000-2001; elected Chair 2001
Architectural Institute of B.C., Associate 2001 -2016 (Associate Member)
Architectural Technologist Committee, AIBC, Member 2001-2003
Emily Carr Institute Alumni Society, elected Board of Directors, 2003-2005
Gallery Advisory Committee, AIBC, Member 2005-2006; elected Chair 2006
Communications Board, AIBC, Member 2006 - 2007
Patron Member, Alcuin Society
Corporate member, B.C. Historical Federation
Member, Savary Island Heritage Society
Member, Malaspina Printmakers Society
Vancouver International Writers Festival, 1994 - 2005
Vancouver International Jazz Festival, 1994-1997
Published CAD and 3D rendering articles in MultiCAD Magazine, Australia (1994-96); published multi-media article on Autodesk Press CD-ROM (1996); on-line articles "R.S. Sherman", "School Days", and "John Kyle" at Malaspina University College web site "The Home Room" (2000-2001); wrote articles for Stantec newsletter "Inform". Technical illustrations published in "Journal of Commerce", "Wellington Times", "Illinois Soybean Digest", "Agrisystems newsletter", "architectureBC", etc.
Selected as feature artist in Amphora issue 135, the journal of the Alcuin Society, published June 2004. Includes colour cover, illustrations throughout, and one page biography. Also includes 2,500 word essay "On the care and feeding of Antiquarian Booksellers". Pen & ink drawings featured in architectureBC in October 2004. Article on volunteering for Writers Festival published in Amphora issue 136. Two block prints Waiting and Shucking Shed, Lund published in Amphora 137, and articles 40 Years of Amphora in Amphora 140, Collecting Versus Entropy in Amphora 141. Series of articles The Digital Drawing published in architectureBC in 4 installments, 2004 - 2005. Article A Lighter Look at Hiring, architectureBC Winter 2006 issue.
Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950 nominated for:
Vancouver Heritage Award 2004
Melva J. Dwyer Award 2005
Vancouver Art Award 2005
Self published "Gary Sim AT.AIBC - Selected Graphic Works 1998 - 2004" as a limited edition publication of 50 copies, March 2004.
Self published "Gary Sim - Limited Edition Prints" as a "print on demand" publication, 2006.
Self published "Transient Moorage", limited edition of 5 colour copies of recent drawing series on vellum, 2007.
Produced limited edition block prints in 2004:
Lion's Gate 3
Otters on Savary Dock
Shucking Shed, Lund, B.C.
Produced limited edition block prints in 2005:
Snow on Elms
Produced limited edition block prints in 2006:
Produced limited edition etching in 2005:
Produced pen & ink drawings / watercolour greeting cards 2005:
Old Lane, East Vancouver
Produced limited edition block prints in 2007:
Gallery in Winter (commission for Burnaby Art Gallery)
Produced pen & ink drawings 2008:
First solo exhibition at Daily Grind Cafe, June 21 to July 30, 2004. Nine pen and ink drawings in the exhibition. Curator of the gallery space beginning June 2004. Four limited edition prints included in Eight B.C. Printmakers exhibition. Two person exhibition Viewpoints at AIBC Gallery September - October 2005, with 2 pen & ink drawings (Burrard Bridge, Old Lane) published in Vancouver Sun, September 10, 2005.
Solo exhibition of prints curated by Burnaby Art Gallery September - November 2007, at Prittie Library and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Two prints acquired for City of Burnaby Collection of Significant Works on Paper. Limited Edition Christmas card commissioned by Burnaby Art Gallery for Christmas 2007. 50 prints and original block provided to Gallery.
Self-published RAILWAY ROCK GANG in 2013, 198-page hardcover book, illustrated in colour throughout. Stories of nine years' work on BC RAIL rock gangs. Includes index, glossary of 800 terms.
Lectured on early Vancouver art & artists to Vancouver Historical Society, February 23 2017.
Current personal projects include "Looking For Maud", a narrative non-fiction biography; "Art and Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950", an art research project. Personal interests include pen and ink drawing, photography, art collecting and research, guitar playing, writing, bicycling, hiking, sailing. Volunteers regularly on committees.
|1998||"Small: The Art of the Miniature", VECC Gallery||End of the Run, Stave River (pen & ink)|
|2000||"Ode To Jack", VECC Gallery||No Butterflies Were Abused... (mixed media)|
|2000||"Small 2: The Art of the Miniature", VECC Gallery||Square Dance (mixed media)|
|2000||"New Fortune City", AIA Gallery, Seattle||Every Twenty-five Years in Vancouver (4 photographs)|
|2000||"Size Doesn't Matter", Glass Onion Gallery||Part of the Real History of the World (mixed media)|
|Part of the Real Map of the World (mixed media)|
|2001||"Black and White Show", VECC Gallery||Windy Day (pen & ink)|
|2002 Sept. - Oct.||"Architect As Artist", AIBC Gallery||Lifting 705 (pen & ink)|
|Public Art On Alberni Street (pen & ink)|
|Nine O'Clock Gun (pen & ink)|
|Looking Away, English Bay (pen & ink)|
|2004 April - May||"Made by Hand", AIBC Gallery||Seismic upgrade, Stave Falls (pen & ink)|
|Looking Away, English Bay (pen & ink)|
|2004 June 21 - July 30||Solo Exhibition - Daily Grind Cafe Gallery||Nine O'clock Gun (pen & ink, liquid acrylic)|
|Looking Away (pen & ink)|
|Lion's Gate (watercolour on laser)|
|Golden Ears (pen & ink, liquid acrylic)|
|Lifting 706 (pen & ink, colour pencil)|
|Stave Falls Roof (pen & ink)|
|Marega 23 (pen & ink)|
|Solstice Dragonfly (pen & ink, liquid acrylic)|
|Public Art on Alberni (pen & ink)|
|2004 Dec. 10 - 2005 Jan. 12||"8 B.C. Printmakers" - Daily Grind Cafe||Waiting|
|Shucking Shed, Lund|
|Otters on Savary Dock|
|Lions Gate 3|
|2005 Sept. 8 - Oct. 6||"Viewpoints" - AIBC Gallery||Waiting (print)|
|Shucking Shed, Lund (print)|
|Otters on Savary Dock (print)|
|Snow on Elms (print)|
|Green's Point (watercolour)|
|Sombrio (b&w photograph)|
|Ghost Chestnut (print, pen & ink)|
|Phoenix of Public Art (assemblage)|
|No Butterflies Were Abused (mixed media)|
|N'Oubliette 1 (mixed media)|
|N'Oubliette 2 (mixed media)|
|Thought Fragments (found objects assembled)|
|2006 January - June||Solo exhibition: Daily Grind Cafe||"B.C. Sketches" (drawings):|
|Vancouver Art Gallery|
|2006 May 29 - August 10||"Metropolis" - AIBC Gallery||Higher Rises (print)|
|2006 July - September||Solo exhibition: Daily Grind Cafe||"Transient Moorage" (drawings):|
|Eucalyptus, Barclay Park|
|West End Lane|
|Mike and Dave|
|Slide Mile 140.3|
|2006 December 1 - 31||Books & Printing: West Van Memorial Library||Prints and drawings:|
|Eagle's Eye (hand coloured print)|
|Lion's Gate 2|
|Slide Mile 140.3 (drawing)|
|Basking (hand coloured print)|
|Shucking shed (hand coloured print)|
|Adventures of Angleman|
|Snow on Elms (print)|
|2007 May||Mayworks: Arrowsmith Gallery, V.I.||Lifting 808 (hand drawn card)|
|2007 Sept. 18 - Nov. 20||Burnaby Art Gallery - solo exhibition||Coast Range - Ltd. Ed. Prints:|
|Otters on Savary Dock|
|Snow on Elms|
|2007 Dec. 1 - 2008 Jan. 4||Books & Printing: West Van Memorial Library||Prints and drawings:|
|Looking Away (block print)|
|Lifting 808 (pen & ink, colour pencil)|
|Coast Range (block print)|
|Flowers (block print)|
|Savary Haikus (artist book)|
|Cheakamus Salvage (pen & ink, liquid acrylic)|
|Wreck (block print)|
|Eucalyptus (pen & ink, liquid acrylic)|
"Gary Sim has been one of the Festival's most outstanding and long serving volunteers.
Gary has been a volunteer of the Festival for 10 years. As a volunteer Gary has done
many things for the Festival. He has escorted authors, co-ordinated the Great
Canadian Spelling Bee, performed (several times) at the volunteer appreciation parties,
worked with Festival's Writer Services Co-ordinator at the Festival's hospitality
suite and most recently persuaded Stantec, the company he works for, to become a
corporate sponsor of the Festival. He was also responsible this year for hosting the
readings at our volunteer party. (For those who didn't know or didn't guess, lots of
the Festival volunteers are wonderful aspiring writers and they get a chance to
express their talents at the party.)
These are the things he has done for the Festival. In his other life Gary has blown up mountainsides, scaled rocky cliffs and put himself in dangerous positions on behalf of BC Rail. He is a very talented artist and has an extensive knowledge of artists and their work. Maps fascinate him; he writes; he sings; he plays the guitar; he enjoys good food and he has incredible contacts in all aspects of his creative life.
Gary is very modest about his skills and accomplishments, so we wanted those of you who have perhaps worked with him as a volunteer or who have seen him around the Festival quietly "doing his thing" to know how valuable he is to our team and how much we appreciate his contribution.
Thanks Gary and we trust you'll keep us on your priority list of volunteer opportunities."
"Friend of the Festival: Gary Sim"
by Alma Lee, Creative Director, Vancouver International Writers Festival
Published in the Festival's Fall 2002 newsletter, and posted on Festival website.
"On the more positive side of the ledger this issue has represented for me the
discovery of a multi-talented new friend in the person of artist, researcher,
and writer Gary Sim. Initially I visited Gary's studio just to see the woodcuts
we might feature in Amphora #135. I took away a handful of great art
pieces to pass along to Stuart Isto for the issue in hand. Then, however, Gary
proceeded to get busy and cut an original piece of work involving the entrance
to the Lions Gate Bridge especially for the cover of the journal. Stunning! And
then, since I had taken him a few sample back issues of Amphora, I received
a wonderful piece of writing from him entitled "On the Care and Feeding of
Antiquarian Booksellers", written in response to an article he had read on the
future of bookselling in Amphora #134. Believe me it is a pretty darn
exciting thing to latch on to such a talented individual. I hope to feature more of
his artwork and writing in future issues."
From the Editor's Desk, Amphora Issue 135, June 2004
by Richard Hopkins, Chair, Alcuin Society publications committee
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