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NEWS ARCHIVE - 2013


All text, photography and artwork is by GARY SIM unless noted otherwise.

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RAILWAY ROCK GANG AT VPL
ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT RADIO INTERVIEW
RECENT PRESS & PROMO FOR RAILWAY ROCK GANG
ALCUIN SOCIETY WAYZGOOSE PRINTING FAIR
ALCUIN SOCIETY ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK LAUNCH
RAILWAY ROCK GANG RADIO INTERVIEW
UPDATE TO SIM INFO ON ABCBOOKWORLD
SUPPORT THE WILDLIFE RESCUE SOCIETY PRINT SALE
18 DRAWINGS & PRINTS ACCEPTED AT BURNABY ART GALLERY
SIM ART TO RETURN TO LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK NEARING COMPLETION
GOODBYE FACEBOOK
BC ARTISTS A-Z INDEX
SEEN RECENTLY IN CHINATOWN
SAVARY ISLAND WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS POSTED
NEW DRAWINGS POSTED
SIM ART LEAVES LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION AT BURNABY ART GALLERY
A WALK ON THE SEAWALL
SIM ART SALON AT LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS POSTED
WEST END CAR EXPLOSION
BC ARTISTS RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
TWO-TONE BUILDING STARTS TO GET A MAKE-OVER
NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS NEARING COMPLETION
HMCS VICTORIA ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER HARBOUR
BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN OPUS NEWSLETTER
BC ARTISTS TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION
SIM PUBLISHING ARTICLE IN B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION NEWSLETTER
SIM PUBLISHING INVITED TO 2013 ALCUIN WAYZGOOSE
VISIT TO HMCS DISCOVERY TO SEE R.S. ALEXANDER MURAL
DAMIAN MOPPETT INSTALLATION AT "OFFSITE"
BEATRICE LENNIE SCULPTURAL WALK
VAN DUSEN GARDENS EDUCATION CENTRE "ART MOB"
LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT PUTS SIM ARTWORK IN PRIVATE SALON
SCULPTURE SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA EXHIBITION OPENING
BC ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION AWARD
BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN TIMES-COLONIST, VICTORIA BC
BIG POODLE ON MAIN STREET
VANCOUVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE APPROVED
A BELATED FAREWELL TO LYNN BROWN


January 15 2014: RAILWAY ROCK GANG AT VPL


Poster for the upcoming slide show & lecture at Vancouver Public Library.


December 17: ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT RADIO INTERVIEW

Stephen & Susan Tchudi, hosts of ECOTOPIA on Radio Station KZFR in Chico, California, invited me to talk to them on their program again, this time about art and the environment. The program was split in two, with Asa Mittman of the local university talking about prehistoric art and its relationship to the environment in the first half of the program. I was interviewed about what my perceptions were, and what I might personally do with my own artistic work to portray concerns about pollution, over-population, and similar issues. The interview is posted on the KZFR website:
    http://ecotopiakzfr.weebly.com/
Scroll down the page until you reach the interview, then click to listen.


December 7: RECENT PRESS & PROMO FOR RAILWAY ROCK GANG


BC History is the journal of the BC Historical Federation. Reviewed by K. Jane Watt.



BC Bookworld, Winter 2013-2014. Reviewed by Alan Twigg.



Bridge River-Lillooet News, November 20 2013. Reviewed by Wendy Fraser.



Alcuin Society digital newsletter, November 2013. Reviewed by Jason Vanderhill. Designed by Robert Reid.


October 5: ALCUIN SOCIETY WAYZGOOSE PRINTING FAIR


Pulling a keepsake off the linocut block.

On October 5 the Alcuin Society held their Wayzgoose letterpress printing fair at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library. The Society asked me if I would be interested in doing a linocut printing demonstration again, and of course I said yes! I designed and cut a linocut keepsake to print and give away at the fair, and spent the day printing them, chatting about relief prints, and giving tips and tricks for making good prints.

A link to photos of the event posted by the Alcuin Society.


The linocut printing paraphernalia.


Part of my display of lino blocks and prints.


My fabulous assistant Jen Hardy helping me "work the crowd."

A free door-prize draw was held, the winner had a choice of three framed, limited edition Sim prints that were on display. Thank you to the 37 people who entered the draw. The winner was Brian Golembioski of Vancouver, who selected the print "South Shore" as his prize. Congratulations!


September 28: ALCUIN SOCIETY ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR


The Alcuin Society / Sim Publishing table at the book fair

On September 28 and 29 the Alcuin Society held their Antiquarian Book Fair at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. I volunteered to man the Alcuin Society table, and was also allowed to put up a small display of Sim Publishing material, including the "hot off the press" Railway Rock Gang book. I also had a sale of books and exhibition catalogues from my collection that were available for very reasonable prices, with all proceeds to be donated to the Alcuin Society Fund. The final result was that Sim Publishing gave a cheque in the amount of $400.00 to the Society to help them out in their good work.

I was also interviewed and photographed by Rebecca Blissett of the Vancouver Courier, and one photo of me was posted on the Courier's web site along with nine other pictures that she took of the event. Google "Vancouver Courier Gary Sim" and you should be able to find the page.


September 26: RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK LAUNCH


The Author signing at the book launch

On September 26 the Railway Rock Gang book was officially launched at Le Gavroche Restaurant. Thank you to all of the people who attended. About fifty folks showed up to nab a copy of the book, enjoy the tasty food, watch the railway rock gang movie and slide show, and view the rock gang artwork and photographs adorning the walls of the restaurant. Time passed far too quickly, and I actually forgot to do a reading from the book that I had planned. It was a lovely fall day for a party, and everyone had a good time.


Book launch


September 24: RAILWAY ROCK GANG RADIO INTERVIEW

I met a friendly couple one morning this past summer while having breakfast and editing a draft of RAILWAY ROCK GANG. Stephen and Susan Tchudi struck up a conversation with me about what I was working on. It turned out that they have a weekly radio program on station KZFR in Chico, California, and they offered to give me an interview about the book and the work I did on the railway.

On September 24 I was interviewed over the phone, and spent an interesting 55 minutes talking to them about BC RAIL, the history of rail transport in British Columbia, and environmental issues concerning the railways. The interview has been posted online and is available for listening at the following website:
    http://ecotopiakzfr.weebly.com/
Scroll down the page until you reach the following item, then click to listen.


Screen capture of KZFR web page with interview

A link to event posted by Jason Vanderhill.


September 16: UPDATE TO SIM INFO ON ABCBOOKWORLD

The Editors at BC Bookworld, as you may or may not know, have spent years putting together a website with information on more than 10,000 BC authors and their writings. This has been a huge amount of work for them, done for free, simply from the love of authors and their work. I am perhaps someone who can most appreciate their project, as I have been doing the same for 17,000 BC visual artists for over 10 years.

I was added to their website in 2010, after I sent them a review copy of my digital project BC ARTISTS. Alas, they don't review digital writings, but they did have the courtesy to add my name as an author. Now that I have published RAILWAY ROCK GANG, I sent them an update. The results were posted almost immediately (thank you, Alan Twigg), and can be viewed at the following link (copy & paste into your browser) :
   http://abcbookworld.com/view_author.php?id=10195

I have personally enjoyed reading BC Bookworld for years, became a subscriber last year, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in BC authors and book news. I have placed a tiny advertisement for RAILWAY ROCK GANG in the next issue.


August 24: SUPPORT THE WILDLIFE RESCUE SOCIETY PRINT SALE

I recently found out that the Wildlife Rescue Society in Burnaby is having a sale of limited edition prints as a fundraiser. The prints were originally commissioned in 1991 and 75 sets were made, each set consisting of 18 limited edition prints, 6 sheets of information about the prints, the artists, and the printing techniques used, and a cover sheet.

Most of the sets were broken up, and 250 individual prints are available for purchase for the nominal price of $100.00 per print. These include works by a number of senior BC artists, including Pat Martin Bates, Ross Bollerup, Jack Wise, Robin Yeager, Toni Onley, and Pnina Granirer.

The prints are professionally printed, and are an excellent investment at the price (I bought 18 of them). Please contact them at 604-526-2747. They are located in Burnaby at 5216 Glencarin Drive, on the south shore of Burnaby Lake. The prints are going fast so act quickly if you are interested! The money goes directly to support the amazing work that they do for injured wildlife.


August 22: 18 DRAWINGS & PRINTS ACCEPTED AT BURNABY ART GALLERY

Great news! 18 of my drawings and prints have been accepted by the Burnaby Art Gallery Art Rental Program. They are available for rental or for purchase, and include my latest series of large original pencil drawings, some original pen & ink drawings, plus two limited edition etchings and some limited edition relief prints.

The art gallery has almost finished the design of a new web-site for the Art Rental Program, and John Ramsey, program manager, gave me a sneak preview. It is, in my opinion, very well written, attractive, quite simple and easy to use, and it will make it very easy to access, review, and order art for rental and for purchase. When it goes live I will add a link.


August 20: SIM ART TO RETURN TO LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT

I have been invited to re-hang my artwork in the private dining salon at LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT, 1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver. A selection of original drawings and limited edition prints will be hung in the next couple of weeks. Thanks again to Owner/Chef Rob Guest for his ongoing support of my work.


August 15: RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK NEARING COMPLETION


Dust jacket cover design in progress

26 years after leaving BC RAIL for a career in architecture, and 18 years after writing the first railway tale, RAILWAY ROCK GANG is nearing completion! A full-colour hardcover book will be published in September. Please refer to RAILWAY ROCK GANG for more information about the contents of the book. Pre-orders are being accepted, please let me know if you would like to order a copy. All pre-ordered books will be signed and dedicated if desired.


July 27: GOODBYE FACEBOOK

Well, it didn't take me very long at all to get sick and tired of FB. Stuffed full of advertising, bloated with weird crap, and of course the US fascists and their PRISM program reading every word in case there's a terrorist in the crowd. Free is not free, the cost is selling yourself out for NOTHING in exchange for being used as a marketing tool. Moooooo! Same with gmail and google mail and hotmail, I don't like getting advertising in emails just because somebody can't bother to pay a few bucks a month for an email account ...


July 12: BC ARTISTS A-Z INDEX

Since posting the PDF file of the A-Z index from my BC ARTISTS project onto this website in late April, the file has been accessed more than 850 times. I've received emails from as far away as New Zealand asking or telling me about artists on the list, resulting in project updates from both new information and corrections to existing information. Funny, I see I didn't even post a NEWS item about putting the index on the web, I just updated the BC ARTISTS page and let people find it.


July 5: Seen recently in Chinatown ...


Keefer triangle

This crude and unattractive example of concrete forming and rough metal casting, apparently intended to give seagulls and pigeons a place to roost, is actually public art ... ! Even on a nice day it doesn't look like anyone cares to linger near its Maoist brutalism. This design was the darling of the local business improvement association, their "artist" was of the right race and had responded to the City of Vancouver's open call for a $100,000.00 public art piece on this triangle of land. This piece got shortlisted, mainly as a result of heavy pressure from the locals, but was not selected because it did not comply with the requirements of the competition: it could not be built for anywhere near the budget. It wasn't just that we all thought it was ugly.

Well, the locals went into a real snit and demanded that "their choice" be given the award. They pulled strings and had their boy at city hall accuse the public art committee of racism because we hadn't selected a Chinese artist for the commission. Their boy jumped up and down and went red or blue or white in the face as the case may be, and the whole mess was sent to a specially called in-camera (that means totally secret and you can't attend, even though it's a publicly funded project under discussion) council session at city hall to hash it out. What a waste of time! Apparently another $100,000 +/- was stuffed into the project so that this design could win the award because it now "fit" the budget. Thus this repulsive monument was built. Rock on! The squeaky locals get the fragrant grease. You can almost hear the tanks getting ready to roll in ...


A bit of summer in the city ...


Wetsuits for rent at Jericho beach


Dance class at Robson Square


Blind Justice at the Law Courts


June 26: SAVARY ISLAND WATERCOLOURS POSTED

        

As noted elsewhere on this website, I've never posted all of my artwork, there just seems to be too much of it. I continue to add works along the way, and a chance conversation in the elevator at work today made me realize that I had never posted any of my Savary Island watercolour paintings. I painted these ones ten years ago, and have recently added them to my pending "catalogue raisonee" so it was fairly easy to grab the digital images and prep them for this web site. Please see links below for more information:
EDGE OF THE FOREST, SAVARY ISLAND
GREEN'S POINT, SAVARY ISLAND
TURNSTONES, SAVARY ISLAND
LOOKING NORTH, SAVARY ISLAND


June 21: NEW DRAWINGS POSTED

           

Taking a break from doing the series of large (and very time consuming) pencil drawings, I'm working on a series of small sketches of BC birds that I have seen in my travels. Some other birds, and perhaps some animals, will join the series. See links below for more information on the drawings done so far:
BALD EAGLE   OSPREY   HERON   ROBIN   YOUNG SEAGULL


June 20: SIM ART LEAVES LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT

Le Gavroche continues to make renovations and changes to their business, and as of June 21 all Sim artwork has been removed in order to facilitate the work. I would like to thank Owner/Executive Chef Rob Guest and Manager David Auer for inviting me to show my work in their restaurant over the past year, it was a lengthy and well-received exhibition. My drawings, prints and etchings received numerous compliments, and some sales resulted from the exposure.


June 9: JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION AT BURNABY ART GALLERY


In the Fireside Room, Burnaby Art Gallery

A celebration of John Koerner's art and life was held at the Burnaby Art Gallery on June 9th, in conjunction with the launch of a new book, and a panel discussion. Afterwards a catered reception was held on the gallery's large porch.

Continued at JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION.


June 8: A WALK ON THE SEAWALL


June 2: SIM ART SALON AT LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT


The front dining room set up for the Salon. Photo Kim Koch.
Artwork left - right: Looking Away, Queen Charlotte Harbour, Sombrio Point, Lund Harbour.

Sunday June 2nd was the day for a party at Le Gavroche Restaurant. I wanted to exhibit my new pencil drawings (see news item below), celebrate my award of the recent BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit, and make note of the 20 year period that I've lived in the same place. During that time almost every art work on this web site, every photo, and every bit of writing and research was created.

Continued at 2013 SALON.


The invitation.


May 26: NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS POSTED

See DRAWINGS for more images and information.

     


May 22: WEST END CAR EXPLOSION

See WEST END CAR EXPLOSION for photos and information.


May 14: BC ARTISTS RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

See BC ARTISTS AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT for more photos and information.


May 1: TWO-TONE BUILDING STARTS TO GET A MAKE-OVER

A major building restoration project is in progress on a well-known - dare I say "landmark" - high-rise building in downtown Vancouver. The photo above shows a suspended scaffold structure that will be lowered down the face of the building as each level's windows are replaced. Window seals on many of the glazing units have failed, according to news reports, so the entire glazing system on the top half of the building will be renewed. When complete, the entire building will apparently have only one colour of glass (and it won't look like this).


April 26: NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS NEARING COMPLETION



Snippets of two large new pencil drawings, one of Sombrio Point, Vancouver Island & the other of Queen Charlotte Harbour, Haida Gwaii. The waves smashing into the shoreline at Sombrio Point were the largest I had ever seen. The drawing is composited from a number of 35mm film photographs taken at the time, sometime around winter 1975-76. The drawing of Queen Charlotte (City) harbour is based on a 14 megapixel digital picture taken October 27, 2012, the day of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Refer to news 2012 for stories about that.


April 25: HMCS VICTORIA ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER HARBOUR


April 25: HMCS Victoria and attendant ships

I haven't seen a submarine in the harbour for quite a while, although I'm sure they have been around. This submarine is a "hunter-killer" class, covered in rubber anechoic tiles to help keep it undetectable underwater. It was purchased "used" from the British navy, and spent an unfortunately long amount of time in drydock being refitted and updated for Canadian service. The vessel is here taking part in a joint naval exercise that includes British and American ships.



April 5: An unusual heavy-lift vessel at anchor in Vancouver Harbour.


April 5: BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN OPUS NEWSLETTER

Chris Tyrell-Loranger, long-time writer in the Opus Art Supplies Visual Arts Newsletter, added a short review of BC Artists to his latest article in the April 2013 newsletter issue #291. The article on page 6 is titled "Artists Must Multi-Task" and I agree whole-heartedly with that.

Readers of these NEWS pages will remember my news items about Chris writing a chapter about me in his most recent book on art marketing titled "Making It! Case Studies of Successful Canadian Visual Artists." He is currently in final rehearsals for his latest venture, a live musical play titled KNOCK, KNOCK that he has not only written, but is performing in ... the play has a short run booked at the PAL Studio Theatre from April 18 to April 21 (the April 18 performance is already sold out).

The Theatre is at 581 Cardero Street (just off Cardero & Georgia), and tickets for Friday night, Saturday night, and the Sunday matinee may still be available from Brown Paper Tickets. The play is also being used as a successful fundraiser for the adjacent Performing Arts Lodge.


March 28: BC ARTISTS TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL FEDERATION

A letter has been received, informing us that the Sim Publishing project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS will be awarded the B.C. Historical Federation CERTIFICATE OF MERIT. The award will be presented at the Federation's annual conference in Kamloops on May 11. Thank you to the Selection Committee for this honour. Thanks again to Sheryl Salloum for the nomination (see news item below). A photograph of the award (and a happy publisher) will be posted when available.


March 25: SIM PUBLISHING ARTICLE IN B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION NEWSLETTER

The March newsletter from the B.C. Historical Federation has arrived, containing the first Sim Publishing advertisement placed with the Federation, as well as a short article on Sim Publishing. The article is an introduction of a new corporate member of the Federation (Sim Publishing) to the existing members, and is a new little "bonus" to receive.


March 24: SIM PUBLISHING INVITED TO 2013 ALCUIN WAYZGOOSE

Sim Publishing has been invited to present at the Alcuin Society Wayzgoose event this fall. A printing demonstration will be given, and original relief-printed keepsakes will be given away to attendees. Further details (date, time, location) will be posted when available. We hope to see you there!


March 22: VISIT TO HMCS DISCOVERY TO SEE R.S. ALEXANDER MURAL

Some time ago I met Renee Alexander, a calligrapher, and the daughter of R.S. Alexander, an early Vancouver artist. Renee showed me photographs of her father painting a mural during WWII at HMCS Discovery, the reserve naval base on Deadman's Island in Coal Harbour, Stanley Park.


The original main building, harbour beyond.

I finally got around to getting in touch with the naval base to see if the mural was still there, and if I would be able to visit to see it. The answer was yes on both counts, so I arranged for a visit with Renee. In all my life in Vancouver I had never stepped foot on Deadman's Island, so it was an interesting visit in a number of ways.


The original main building, front entrance.

I caught a taxi from the office, and got out at the seawall. The Commissionaire was waiting at the guard house, and gave me permission to come aboard. I walked over the bridge and stepped foot on the island for the first time. Master Seaman Brendan Richardson, the ship's Information Systems Administrator, met Renee and I at the front door and gave us a tour of the main building.

The mural is upstairs in a lobby just outside the Officer's Mess. It is in wonderful condition given not only its age (completed 1945) but also the fact that HMCS Discovery is on an island completely surrounded by a moist, salty, marine environment. The mural's colours are still rich and vibrant, possibly because the mural was painted in a location where it does not receive any direct sunlight.


Mural detail, right side.


Mural detail, center.


Mural detail, left side.


Robert Alexander painting the mural 1944 - 1945.
Photograph courtesy Renee Alexander

It was great to see this piece of art history at last. I had printed out copies of my R.S. Alexander biography from BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS, which includes the b&w photograph above, and gave copies to Master Seaman Richardson and Renee for their records. Apparently there were no records on board related to the creation of the mural, so they were happy to have a lot more information available on the artist and his work.


The Officer's Mess. Model of HMCS Ontario in foreground.

We completed the visit with a tour of the Officer's Mess, which is quite a magnificent club room, where one can easily imagine the hundreds of naval stories that have been told there over the years. There are numerous naval paintings on display, including a magnificent large oil on canvas of the British battleship HMS Hood in First Narrows during its visit to Vancouver in the 1930s. Many thanks to HMCS Discovery for permission to visit.


The bridge to Deadman's Island, downtown and West End beyond.

There was an arctic front blowing from the northwest, and large dark clouds were moving around dumping isolated snow showers on selected parts of Vancouver including English Bay. It cleared up and I walked back to the office, a bit of a brighter view below.


Downtown and West End from Coal Harbour.


Mar. 9: DAMIAN MOPPETT INSTALLATION AT "OFFSITE"

One of the ongoing series of installations by various artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery's satellite outdoor gallery space in the 1100 block Georgia Street.


Feb. 23: BEATRICE LENNIE SCULPTURAL WALK

I am very fond of the sculptural work by early Vancouver artist Beatrice Lennie. There are a number of her works available for viewing around Vancouver, although they are typically hard to find if you don't know where to look.

In 1940 she was commissioned to do two sculptural panels flanking the main entrance of the new Shaughnessey Hospital's main entrance. That entry is now enclosed in an interior courtyard where it is not easy to find.


View of original hospital main entry with Lennie sculptures to the left and right of the doors.


Detail, panel to right of the doors (Doctor and soldier).


Detail, panel to left of the doors (Nurse and soldier).


Heritage plaque added as part of Vancouver's 125th anniversary.


St. John Anglican church on Granville St. - Lennie reliefs.


St. John Anglican church - Lennie relief over door (detail).


St. John Anglican church - Lennie baptismal font.


Feb. 23: VAN DUSEN GARDENS EDUCATION CENTRE "ART MOB"


Education Centre viewed from across the pond.

Following the opening of Van Dusen Garden's new visitor centre on Oak Street, the Parks Board announced plans to demolish the 7,000 square foot "Education Centre" that is nestled into a hillside at the back of the park. It is currently used as an administration office.


View of interior.

Heritage Vancouver would like to retain the building, and is working to see if it can be saved and re-purposed. An "ART MOB" event was held on Saturday for those interested in the building. As luck would have it, we were able to tour the inside of the building. It is quite an amazing structure, and it would be a great pity if it were to be demolished. It is in excellent condition, despite a general lack of maintenance on the building.


Looking out from inside.


Dedication plaque.


Feb. 20: LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT PUTS SIM ARTWORK IN PRIVATE SALON


View of Le Gavroche private dining salon. Artwork from left to right:
Nine O'clock Gun, Garibaldi, Mt. Waddington & Scimitar Icefall, The Descent.

The relocation of my artwork took me by surprise a little. The owners had mentioned that they were going to redecorate but didn't say when. I went over for lunch last Monday only to find the restaurant closed for renovations. However, the new location of the artwork in the private dining salon gives a much closer and more intimate view of the artwork than in the former upstairs location. Refer also to Le Gavroche for additional information.


Feb. 16: SCULPTURE SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA EXHIBITION OPENING

The exhibition by the SSBC titled "CELEBRATION OF NATURE - FLORA AND FAUNA" opened today at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. The show runs until March 17, 2013.


Patinated bronze sculpture by Alexander Schick


Sculpture by Claire Murgatroyd

I found out a week later that the Conservatory was recently in danger of being demolished, but has apparently been "saved" from that fate. It seems that the current Vancouver Parks Board doesn't have much respect for the unique buildings in their portfolio (see also Van Dusen Education Centre news item above). Perhaps they wanted to put up an 80 storey tower to "punctuate the skyline" of the park and help "make ends meet" ... ?


View of the geodesic dome.


Feb. 8: BC ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION AWARD

BC ARTISTS has once again been nominated for an award. Vancouver author Sheryl Salloum has submitted a nomination for the B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. The Certificate is awarded to a "group or individual who has made a significant contribution to the study, project, or promotion of British Columbia's history."

Firstly, I would like to thank Sheryl for making this nomination, and for spending the time to put together the nomination letter and supporting material. We both hope that the effort is not in vain!

Sheryl Salloum is the author of UNDERLYING VIBRATIONS: The Photography and Life of John Vanderpant, published by Horsdal & Schubart Publishers, Victoria, BC in 1995. In 2011 she wrote THE LIFE & ART OF MILDRED VALLEY THORNTON, published by Mother Tongue Publishing, Salt Spring Island, BC. This was the "fourth book in The Unheralded Artist of BC series." Sheryl is currently working on a biography of BC Artist Sonia Cornwall, who lived at the Onward Ranch in 150 Mile House.

I purchased a copy of UNDERLYING VIBRATIONS a number of years ago, as Vanderpant is one of my favorite historic Vancouver photographers. I got to know Mona Fertig, owner of Mother Tongue Publishing, when they were starting their series of "unheralded artists" books. I was able to help with research on the first book on sculptor David Marshall, who I knew, and have helped out as much as I can with the subsequent books in the series. This included the book on Mildred Valley Thornton, on whom I had compiled a fair bit of information. Mona, Sheryl, and I became friends, and we frequently use each other as resources for our diverse projects. I greatly appreciate their friendship and support, and highly recommend their publications to readers interested in the art history of British Columbia.


Feb. 1: BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN TIMES-COLONIST, VICTORIA BC

Long-time Victoria arts columnist Robert Amos has written a positive review of Sim Publishing's project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS. The review was published in the TIMES-COLONIST newspaper February 1st. An on-line version of the review is available at the following link:

    CD of BC Artists is a Labour of Love

Mr. Amos is himself an artist and BC art historian, and is included in the BC ARTISTS project for his exhibitions of artwork on Vancouver Island, as well as for writing the book Artists in Their Studios. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, and is in the midst of digitizing and transferring some of his collection of art ephemera to the University of Victoria Library and Archives. For more information please refer to his home page:

    Robert Amos home page


Jan. 21: BIG POODLE ON MAIN STREET

A new public art poodle by artist Gisele Amantea has been getting a fair bit of press since its installation on Main Street this winter. Above and below are two views of it, seen from across the street on a foggy day. It looks a bit lonely more than anything ...


Jan. 5: Vancouver Historical Society Lecture on Vancouver's art history approved

My friend Michael Kluckner is a Director of the Vancouver Historical Society (VHS), and he suggested that I put forward a proposal to give a lecture on the history of art in Vancouver. I wrote an outline of my proposed talk and forwarded it to the VHS for their deliberation. I found out this week that the proposal is accepted, and that I have been booked to give my talk on the 4th Thursday of April, 2014.

The talk will be at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. I'll post more information in a year or so when the date approaches. The VHS lecture series is very popular and usually has a full house, so mark your calendar and get there early!


Jan. 4: A belated farewell to Lynn Brown (1939 - 2012)

I dropped by my friend's store Salmagundi West to say hello, but it wasn't open yet. I was looking in the window and noticed this photograph of her in the window, which I thought was a little weird ... a closer look provided the unfortunate news that she passed away last fall, and the photo was part of a memorial display. I hate it when friends die without telling you.

I got to know Lynn 10 or 12 years ago, we kept running into each other at Westcoast Estates auctions. Over the years we had a lot of fun as we bid on various auction items, usually trying to get them for the lowest price possible. The auctioneer started ribbing us about our bidding, and she and I started referring to ourselves as "bottom feeders." Luckily the things that I was bidding on were usually not the things that she was bidding on, so we weren't competing.

Although she was single when I first met her, she later started a relationship with Gerald Giampa, the noted (and notorious) letterpress printer. They seemed to get on well together, although Lynn would occasionally refer to him as a "rogue." Unfortunately Gerald passed away June 24, 2009. A memorial article about him by Jim Rimmer was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Amphora, the journal of the Alcuin Society. I got to know Gerald during the time he and Lynn were together, and we had some interesting conversations about his past.

Hopefully Lynn and Gerald are together again, still looking for bargains and unusual items wherever they might be. Farewell, friends.



Jan. 4: Early morning fog in the harbour.



Jan.1: 2012 Christmas card original (work in progress)

This is the original artwork for my 2012 Christmas card FIRST WINTER. The drawing, when complete, was scanned and then made into a negative image. Thus, the black snow became white snow. In the end I erased the stars and snowflakes, leaving only the deer standing in the snow.


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