NEWS ARCHIVE - 2004
December 2004 - Sim Publishing Christmas card PEACE issued
Sim Publishing produced a Christmas card for the 7th year in a row -
this year an image of the word Peace covered in snow, with a snowy / starry
sky beyond. A numbered limited edition of 80 cards was produced.
December 2004 - Eight B.C. Printmakers exhibition on display
The exhibition Eight B.C. Printmakers will be on view at the
Daily Grind Cafe Gallery, 1500 West Georgia Street, until
January 17th. After review of the proposed work, sixteen B.C. prints were selected
by eight B.C. printmakers - four 20th century,
and four current. The prints show a range of methods and type of print, including
woodcut, wood engraving, serigraph, linocut, and safety-cut blocks. There are
black and white prints, colour prints, and hand-tinted or painted prints. 20th Century
artists included in the exhibition are W.P. Weston, George Kuthan, Maisie Robertson,
and Gordon Kit Thorne. Contemporary printmakers are Michael Kluckner, Pat J. Davitt,
Andrea Taylor, and Gary Sim.
November 2004 - Upcoming exhibition: Eight B.C. Printmakers
The exhibition Eight B.C. Printmakers will be on view at the
Daily Grind Cafe Gallery, 1500 West Georgia Street, from December 6th to
January 7th. The exhibition will feature a selection of nineteen B.C. prints
dating from 1928 to 2004, by eight B.C. printmakers - four 20th century, and
four current. The prints show a range of methods and type of print, including
woodcut, wood engraving, serigraph, linocut, and safety-cut blocks. There are
black and white prints, colour prints, and hand-tinted or painted prints. Sim
Publishing will have five original prints in the exhibition. 20th Century artists
included in the exhibition are W.P. Weston, George Kuthan, Maisie Robertson, and
Alistair Bell. Contemporary printmakers include Michael Kluckner, Pat J. Davitt,
and Andrea Taylor. Contact information will be available for the contemporary
printmakers, as they have a number of print editions for sale that would make
great Christmas presents.
Sim Publishing continues to add information to this flagship project. Release 1.10
was just issued, now containing 900 web pages of information on Vancouver's
early art and artists. Sales of the project have picked up, and recent owners now
include Simon Fraser University Special Collections and the Vancouver Public Library.
Other institutional owners include the National Library and the National Gallery
Library, Ottawa, and the Vancouver Art Gallery Library. Sim Publishing would like
to thank everyone who has purchased the project or assisted in the huge amount of
research needed to produce it.
November 2004 - Amphora issue 136 published with Sim article
The Fall 2004 issue Number 136 of Amphora, the journal of the Alcuin Society,
has been published. The featured artist in this issue is well-known B.C.
artist Arnold Shives. An article by Gary Sim about 10 years of volunteering
for the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival is also published
in the issue. Thank you again to the Alcuin Society for your excellent support
of the book arts.
November 2004 - Sim Publishing donates 2 Limited Edition Prints to
Alcuin Book Auction
In support of the Alcuin Society and their work, Sim Publishing donated two
limited edition prints to the annual Alcuin Book Auction, held November 6th
at the University Golf and Country Club. Prints OTTERS
ON SAVARY DOCK and the new print WAITING were sold to appreciative bidders.
October 2004 - Parallel.AT Services Chooses Sim Design for Company Christmas Card
Parallel.AT Services Inc., an architectural drafting and design company, has
chosen one of Sim's Christmas card designs for their corporate Christmas card this
year. Production of the cards will commence immediately, to be sent to all
of the company's clients and consultants. Thank you.
October 2004 - architectureBC publishes three Sim drawings
architectureBC, the journal of the Architectural Institute of British
Columbia, published three pen and ink drawings by Sim in their Fall 2004 issue,
accompanied by a short article. Drawings Public Art on Alberni Street,
Nine O'Clock Gun, and Burrard Bridge are shown on page 15. Sim
is an Associate Member of the Institute, and would like to thank them for
the honour of having his work published in their journal. An article by Sim
on the subject of the "digital drawing" is being written for the upcoming issue.
THE NIGHT I HIRED SHANE KOYCZAN
This is a photograph that I took in 2004 at the writer's festival volunteer
party. Shane brought the house down with a couple of performances
during the festival, but a lot of the volunteers had not seen him
perform. I was asked to M.C. the volunteer party, and had the idea that
perhaps Shane would perform at the party. I got in touch with him,
and he was happy to do so. Discrete arrangements were made so that
it was a complete surprise. He arrived, and gave a long and
wonderful performance, and then stayed around to party with us.
It was quite a surprise to see him performing as part of the
2010 Olympic opening ceremonies!
October 2004 - Sim Publishing donates 3 Limited Edition Prints to Writers
By way of personal thanks to the 200 volunteers who help make the Vancouver
International Writers and Readers Festival such a success, Sim Publishing
donated three prints for door prizes at the Volunteer Recognition Party following
the Writers Festival. One print each of SHUCKING SHED,
PRICKLY, and OTTERS ON SAVARY DOCK
were drawn as door prizes at the party. As an additional treat for the volunteers,
Sim Publishing also hired award-winning poet Shane Koyczan to read to the volunteers.
August 26 2004 - National Gallery of Canada acquires Gary Sim Limited Edition print
Sim Publishing received word today that the National Gallery of Canada has acquired
a copy of limited edition print SHUCKING SHED ( #5 / 30),
produced by Gary Sim in August 2004. This is the first artwork by Sim acquired by
a major gallery, and it is with great pleasure that we announce this acquisition by the
National Gallery of Canada.
August 21 2004 - Gary Sim listed in Artists in Canada
Sim Publishing notes that Gary Sim has been listed in the National Gallery's
database, Artists in Canada. A preliminary listing was posted some time ago, and
will be updated in the near future following a recent donation of artwork, ephemera,
and information about the artist. Artists in Canada is "a bilingual union
list that identifies the location of documentation files on over 42,700 Canadian
artists. Includes brief biographical information on the artist, such as dates and
place of birth and/or death, and artist technique". It is a primary reference tool
and finding aid for information on Canadian artists.
August 21 2004 - Sim Publishing donates collection from Shadbolt library to
National Gallery of Canada
Recently, following the death of Doris Shadbolt, art curator and wife of noted
Canadian artist Jack Shadbolt (1909 - 1998), a large number of books and exhibition
catalogues from the Shadbolt estate "came onto the market" in Vancouver. Sim
Publishing disapproves of the break-up of such libraries, and is disappointed that
there is no institution in Vancouver or Canada that is apparently willing to take on
the burden (if you will) of acquiring such collections in their entirety for
posterity. Given the opportunity, though, Sim Publishing
acquired about 100 books and exhibition catalogues from the collection, and
immediately sent a list to the National Gallery Library for potential donation. The
Library's Bibliographer returned a list of 25 publications that the Library either
did not have, or needed additional copies of. All but one of these publications
were donated to the Library on August 21, with another couple of additionally
acquired volumes added to the donation.
The donation included exhibition catalogues and ephemera with many attributions to
the Shadbolts from other artists, as well as catalogues of exhibitions of Jack
Shadbolt's work, or exhibitions that Doris curated. There were also a few early art
books used by the Shadbolts as reference material.
Hundreds of books and pamphlets were not acquired by Sim Publishing. They included
a large number of literary publications, including many by George Woodcock, a good
friend of the Shadbolts. There were also many nature and bird books, books on native
art, books on artists in Canada, Europe, and the United States, and art exhibition
catalogues dating from as early as the 1920s. Taken together, the collection provided an
excellent overview of the work, sources, inspirations, acquaintances and associates of
the Shadbolts. Broken into pieces, the former collection provides only limited meaning
about them, and it is a shame to have had this happen. Given that it did happen,
though, one might like to know that a number of the publications are still available
for purchase at Pulp Fiction books, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver.
August 14 2004 - Amphora Issue No. 135 published with Sim as Featured Artist
The June 2004 issue of Amphora has been published. Sim, as the featured
artist in this issue, is proud to have the journal's second colour cover, a
reproduction of his artwork Lion's Gate 2, an image of the east lion
on the Lion's Gate bridge, Vancouver BC. In addition, there are nine other
artworks by Sim published in the issue: Lion's Gate 3,
Burrard Bridge, Prospect Point Lighthouse,
Nine O'Clock Gun, Lawn
Bowlers, Savary Island Black Turnstones, Otters
on Savary Dock, Marega 23, and Looking Away. Also included in
the issue are Sim's first published poem, and a 2600 word
article on Antiquarian Booksellers. Rounding out the
"sim special" edition, as the Editor calls it, is a biographical page About the
Artist, and a very complimentary paragraph about Sim by the Editor Richard
Hopkins in his column From the Editor's Desk. Thank you very much
for the honour of selecting Sim (me) as a featured artist in your journal.
July 27 2004 - Sim Publishing purchases antique press
Taking a leap of faith, Sim Publishing put in an absentee bid on an old hand press
that was up for auction in Victoria BC at Lund's Auctions, having only seen an
online image of the press. After successfully purchasing
it, and having it delivered to Vancouver, the press turned out to be in excellent
working order. Subsequent printmaking has become much easier and with a much
higher success rate. The plate on the press is 12" x 10", which covers the majority
of block prints being produced by Sim Publishing to date.
The cast iron press weighs 60 pounds. The manufacturer is not known, although there
is a logo cast into the crossbar, a diamond with either a hexagon or a hexagonal G
inside it. Any information about the maker, manufacturing location, and date of
this press would be very much appreciated.
July 24 2004 - Gary Sim to start new day job August 9 2004
After 3-1/2 years of work in the Vancouver architectural office of Stantec, Sim has
accepted an offer of employment with Parallel.AT Services. He will take
up the position of Production Manager with Parallel, a position he lost when Stantec
acquired another architectural firm in 2003. Parallel offers a variety of services
to architecture firms, developers, retailers, and private clients, including
architectural drafting, site surveys, and project management. It will be a
challenging position, but one well suited to Sim's 16 years of experience in
architectural and engineering offices as a draftsman, CAD Manager, Network
Administrator, Job Captain, and Production Manager.
July 24 2004 - Michael Kluckner posts Gary Sim information on his web site
Michael Kluckner has been compiling information for his upcoming publication
Vanishing British Columbia, and posting it on his website at
Vanishing B.C. I sent
him some information about interesting locations that I came across during my
days of working on the B.C. Rail rock gang, and Michael was kind enough to
post the information on his web site, including a photograph of my old trusty
Toyota pickup truck at Tumbler Ridge.
July 23 2004 - Artichoke magazine book review of Art & Artists in Exhibition
Paula Gustafson, Editor of Artichoke magazine (Writings About the Visual
Arts) has written and published a very complimentary book review of Sim
Publishing's flagship project, Art and Artists in
Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950. The review is in the Summer 2004 issue
of Artichoke, on page 47. Thank you, Paula.
EDGE OF THE STORM
A photo taken in 2004 while walking over the Georgia Viaduct from
Main Street to downtown. Although it was a nice sunny day in
Vancouver, there was a huge black storm system moving in. This
photo is resized but not retouched.
July 2004 - Conservation Proposal Accepted by B.C. Museum of Mining, Britannia BC
Gary Sim recently teamed up with Andrew Todd, Conservator, and Letia Richardson,
Art Historian and Writer, to put forward a proposal for conservation of the major
historic sculpture Spirit of Mining, by artist Beatrice Lennie (1904 - 1987),
currently in the collection of the B.C. Museum of Mining at Britannia BC. The proposal
was presented in early July, and immediately accepted in principle. The team is now
beginning discussions with Museum staff regarding the project, which will need to
have funds raised in order to proceed. The project intends to not only conserve and
repair the sculpture, but to use the work as an educational opportunity, and to
publish a book about the project and the place of the sculpture and its artist in
the art history of British Columbia. Anyone interested in supporting this project
is encouraged to contact one of the three team members for more information.
June 21 2004 - Gary Sim Solo Exhibition Opens At Daily Grind Cafe
Nine original pen and ink drawings by Sim are on exhibition at the Daily Grind Cafe,
1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, from June 21 to July 30 2004. All works are
for sale. The Gallery is open during Cafe hours, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily,
Monday to Friday. All drawings are archivally matted in OPUS exhibition frames.
Subject matter includes architecture, nature, and public art. One drawing in this
exhibition is the original for the cover of Amphora Issue 135 (see above / below),
and three other drawings are published in the issue.
May 2004 - Gary Sim to curate art exhibitions at the Daily Grind Cafe
A proposal by Sim to the owners of the Daily Grind Cafe, 1500 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, has resulted in his appointment as the Curator of their gallery wall.
A series of exhibitions was quickly arranged, and includes the following artists:
Gary Sim, pen & ink drawings, June 21 - July 30 2004 (inaugural exhibition)
John Steil, watercolour crayon drawings, August 3 - September 10 2004 (see photo above)
Famous Empty Sky, Party of the Century collage, September 13 - October 15 2004
Arlene Byrne, Australian landscape diptychs, October 18 - November 26 2004
Jane Clark, landscapes, November 29 2004 - January 7 2005
Branislav Vrbaski, Vancouver photographs, January 10 - February 18 2005
Maud Sherman, Places to Sketch, historic watercolours, February 21 - April 1 2005
Aaron Zacharias, paintings, April 4 - May 2005
The Gallery is open during Cafe hours, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, Monday to
Friday. Information about the artists and the artworks will be available.
May 2004 - Gary Sim Selected as Feature Artist in Amphora 135
Following two months of correspondence and reviews of submitted material, the
Editor of Amphora, the journal of the Alcuin Society, selected Gary Sim
as the feature artist for the June issue of Amphora, Number 135. The Alcuin
Society presents the prestigious annual Canadian book design awards, holds the annual
Antiquarian Books Roadshow at the Vancouver Public Library, and publishes numerous books
and ephemera in addition to holding seminars and other special events related to the
promotion of "finely wrought books among booklovers around the world."
The selection is a great honour, and includes the design for the colour front cover,
numerous images printed throughout the journal, and a one-page artist's biography.
In addition to this, the Editor selected an article by Sim on "the care and feeding
of antiquarian booksellers" for publication in the same issue. Recent feature
artists published in the journal include Jim Rimmer, Michael Kluckner, and Andrea
Taylor. Amphora is available through membership in the Alcuin Society, or
by direct order from the Society's web site at www.alcuinsociety.com for
$15.00 per issue. Most back issues are available for purchase.