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BC ARTISTS - THE GARY SIM DONATION (NEW)
January 23 - May 6 2018
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON
The National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives has approved a bibliographic exhibition at the Gallery, based on selections from books, exhibition catalogues, and ephemera that Sim Publishing has donated to the Library & Archives over the past twenty years or so.
Refer to BC ARTISTS - THE GARY SIM DONATION for more information about the exhibition.
SIM SOLO EXHIBITION AT McGILL LIBRARY - UPDATED
November 26 2017 - January 29 2018
McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby BC
The Burnaby Art Gallery kindly invited me to have a solo exhibition at the McGill Library, as part of their ongoing outreach series of exhibitions there and at the Prittie Library. Curator Bob MacIntyre and I have agreed on the exhibition title: "SURFACE TENSION - RECENT WORK BY GARY SIM." The Curator visited my studio and we agreed to exhibit all of my large pencil/pen & ink drawings.
Refer to SURFACE TENSION for more information about the exhibition.
VANCOUVER TRAIN EXPO 2017|
November 11 & 12 2017
Trial proof of second state of MOGUL 2-6-0
The Vancouver Train Expo was held at the Forum for two full
days this year, and the organizers hoped to attract a larger and more
diverse audience. In aid of this, they asked me
to do a linocut printing demonstration at the show,
printing a new image done from a recent Sim photograph of a narrow-gauge
steam engine at Whitehorse, Yukon. The prints were for
sale at a nominal sum, and as well, Railway
Rock Gang books, artwork, cards, stamps, and other Sim artwork were
available for purchase.
Refer also to show website at Vancouver
Hand-drilling stonework on the Gallery in Summer linocut.
Front and back cover image for The Summer Book
Mother Tongue Publishing: THE SUMMER BOOK book launch
Pencil drawing "View from Summit, Lighthouse Park"
|Vancouver Historical Society:
Sim lecture on EARLY ART & ARTISTS IN VANCOUVER
Thursday February 23 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Vancouver, Kits Point
Refer to EARLY VANCOUVER ART & ARTISTS for
|Burnaby Art Gallery: SEASON'S GREETINGS
Opening reception November 3 2016, 7 - 9 p.m.
Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Limited edition print Gallery in Winter was on exhibit in this winter/Christmas themed exhibition, which was open from November 4 2016 through to January 7 2017.
|Canadian Bookbinders & Artists Guild 2016 exhibition
July 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library, Georgia Street branch, downstairs
Sim Publishing was invited to participate in this annual exhibition again, having shown once before in 2014. See UPCOMING EVENT: C.B.B.A.G. EXHIBITION AT VPL JULY 16 for additional information.
|BC Historical Federation Annual Conference: REVELSTOKE REVISITED
May 26 - 28, 2016
Sim Publishing is a corporate member and sponsor of the BC Historical Federation. This umbrella organization helps out many of the groups throughout the province who are interested in our past, and they all deserve our support. Please refer to www.bchistory.ca for more information. Sim Publishing donated two copies of Railway Rock Gang and one framed print of Shucking Shed to the conference as door prizes.
|Burnaby Art Gallery: NEW ACQUISITIONS
February 4 2016, 7 - 9 p.m.
Burnaby Art Gallery, 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Two limited edition Sim prints were on display, and two Jack Wise artworks recently donated to the gallery. The exhibition was open from Feb. 5 to March 27.
|ALCUIN SOCIETY WAYZGOOSE
October 31 2015
Main Branch, Vancouver Public Library
The Wayzgoose is a letterpress printing fair, sponsored by the Alcuin Society. Numerous private presses are represented at the fair, and associated books arts such as marbling and paper-making are demonstrated throughout the day. Although Sim Publishing will not be represented this year (we printed and gave away keepsakes at the past two fairs), it is still a highly recommended event to attend. You are guaranteed to come away with keepsakes and inspiration.
|CIN CIN 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Sept. 10, 2015
Cin Cin Restaurant, Robson St., Vancouver
I was happy to receive an invitation to Cin Cin Restaurant's recent 25th Anniversary party. Chefs Andrew and Stefan and their team roasted and grilled food over big wood fires on Robson Street all day, and the resulting food was excellent! Bar Manager David W. and his team designed 6 cocktails for the evening, and wine and champagne flowed freely. Representing the Toptable Group's new owners the Aquilini family, Michael Doyle gave a short speech thanking everyone for contributing to the first 25 years. Bob Murphy's jazz quartet kicked up their heels in a number of excellent sets.
UPDATE: Bob Murphy passed away a few weeks after this event, marking the end of his extensive career as an excellent jazz musician. He will be missed by many players and listeners alike.
|MAYNE ISLAND TRIP (a holiday)
Miner's Bay, Mayne Island BC
I had never actually stepped foot on Mayne Island until I got off the floatplane to visit friends for a few days. From their home in Miner's Bay (just steps from the floatplane landing and the neighbourhood pub) we forayed all over the island.
|THE ART OF THE BOOK (lecture series)
May 14, 2015
Langley Centennial Musuem
Jane Watt from the B.C. Historical Federation asked if I would be interested in doing a talk and demonstration on artists' books, and the process of making prints for them. The event is one of a series of evening lectures titled THE ART OF THE BOOK. I agreed, and will be at the Langley Centennial Museum on Thursday May 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. demonstrating how I use my nipping press to make prints and assemble books. I will show some of the prints, folios, and books in progress that I'm working on. Wine and snacks will be available (by donation). More information on the series is available from the link above, and on the Langley Centennial Museum website. The lecture series starts April 9th and continues through to May 28th
November 9, 2014
One of the attendees at my January 2014 Railway Rock Gang lecture at Vancouver Public Library was Peter Mueller, the organizer for the TRAINS 2014 model railroad conference in Burnaby. He asked me to be the after-dinner speaker at the gala banquet that wraps up the weekend, and I have agreed. A modified slide show and talk was presented to an attentive audience, with a number of interesting questions asked afterwards. A goodly number of copies of RAILWAY ROCK GANG were purchased (ably assisted by my friend Jen) making it a good evening for Sim Publishing. We drove back to town in a dense fog that cleared up only when we reached the drive. My new 4-wheel dolly performed well hauling books and marketing material around.
|VANCOUVER ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
October 4 & 5, 2014
Robson Square, Vancouver
For two days a number of antiquarian book dealers had a room full of interesting and rare material. An extensive website for the book fair provided floor plans, a list of dealers, and information on selected items for sale. The event was well attended with an amazing assortment of rare and unusual publications for sale. I wandered away with a number of items, including two copies of an etching by Harold Thomas Faulkner Smith, re-struck by New Leaf Editions on Granville Island. The plate was drawn at least as early as 1932.
|SCENES FROM WESTERN CANADA EXHIBITION
September 30 - October 12, 2014
FCA Gallery, Granville Island
Two recent large pencil drawings (Queen Charlotte Harbour and The Sentinel) were juried into this exhibition, see also NEWS page. The well-attended opening reception was held on OCTOBER 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. My drawings received numerous positive comments, but alas did not win one of the exhibition prizes, were not purchased, and were not published in the FCA journal. Also, one frame had its glass broken (a small crack in the lower corner) which had to be replaced at my own cost, so the event was a financial loss in exchange for some exposure. Oh la.
|MALASPINA PRINTMAKERS SOCIETY :
September 5, 2014, 7 to 11 p.m.
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Sim Publishing donated limited edition print RAIN FOREST by Jack Wise (1928 - 1996) RCA to this event. The image was printed at New Leaf Editions in an edition of 75 in 1991. The print was editioned, titled, signed, and dated by Wise in pencil, and chopped with Wise's stamp in red. There is a New Leaf blind stamp lower right.
According to information issued with the print, the edition is "seven-block Japanese woodcut impressed eighteen times. Image is 14" by 10" (35 cm by 25 cm)." This information and an artist's statement by Wise were included with the print. The print was one of the early selections at the event. See also Malaspina Printmakers Society.
Note: photo of image has uneven lighting.
|B.C. CHAPTER OF CANADIAN BOOKBINDERS & BOOKS ARTISTS GUILD:
2nd ANNUAL BOOK ARTS FAIR
June 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sim Publishing was asked to participate in the second annual book arts fair at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library. There were a number of exhibits including handmade books, paper, paper marbling, and examples of related book arts. See photos on News page.
|B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
June 6 - 7, 2014.
Sim Publishing was a corporate sponsor of this conference for the second year in a row, and also had a table at the book fair. The conference was held in Cloverdale. See News 2014 page.
|SIM ILLUSTRATED LECTURE: EARLY ART IN VANCOUVER - 1890 to 1950
Thursday April 24, 2014.
SIM LECTURE CANCELLED, JOHN ATKINS TO LECTURE INSTEAD
|WINTER TRIP TO OTTAWA
January 22 - 25, 2014.
Visits to National Gallery of Canada, National War Museum, Ottawa Airport
|RAILWAY ROCK GANG SLIDE SHOW & LECTURE
Wednesday January 15, 2014.
Main Branch, Vancouver Public Library.
7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Alma VanDusen Room
|ALCUIN SOCIETY ANNUAL BOOK AUCTION
Saturday November 16, 2013.
University Golf Club, Vancouver.
|ART BOOK FAIR
Saturday/Sunday October 5 & 6, 2013.
Vancouver Art Gallery, downtown Vancouver.
Saturday October 5, 2013.
Vancouver Public Library, downtown Vancouver.
Sim Publishing will be demonstrating relief printing and giving away keepsakes.
|ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
Saturday September 28, 2013.
Robson Centre, downtown Vancouver.
Sim Publishing will be selling art books to benefit the Alcuin Society.
|RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK LAUNCH
Thursday September 26, 2013.
Le Gavroche Restaurant, 1616 Alberni, downtown Vancouver.
The launch party for this exciting full-colour 196-page book.
There was a book signing, art display, rock gang movie, and slide show.
|RAILWAY ROCK GANG
Tuesday September 24, 2013.
Radio station KZFR, Chico, California
A 55-minute interview about working on the railroad and environmental issues.
|JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION
June 9, 2013.
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby.
|SIM ART SALON
June 2, 2013.
Le Gavroche Restaurant, Vancouver.
|BC ARTISTS AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
May 11, 2013.
|MALASPINA PRINTMAKERS 101 PRINTS
October 28, 2011.
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver.
June 29 - August 26, 2010.
FCA Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver.
|MID-MAIN ART FAIR
June 13, 2010.
Heritage Hall, Main Street, Vancouver.
June 1-13, 2010.
FCA Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver.