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What to See Vancouver

New Year, New Art at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2018

“Abandoned Details 4” by Anna Torma (Photo courtesy the artist/Esker Foundation)

Multiple dates Starting the New Year off with a bang, the Contemporary Art Gallery presents three—nearly simultaneous—January exhibit openings. On Jan. 18, two solo shows take over the gallery space: Chair for a Woman, featuring imaginative sculptural works by Anne Low, and If No One Asks, Aslan Gaisumov’s thought-provoking still and moving images. They join off-site exhibit How far do you travel?, which takes over the streets as of Jan. 17. The innovative exhibition wraps city buses in works by five Canadian artists, such as “Abandoned Details 4” (pictured) by Anna Torma. Consider it a cultural tour de force.

Like a Local: Ice Skating at Robson Square

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Robson Square Ice Rink (Photo by KK Law)

To Feb. 28, 2019 Besides saying “sorry,” ice skating may be one of the most Canadian activities out there. Take part in this patriotic tradition at Robson Square Ice Rink, which appeals to aspiring Sidney Crosbys and Patrick Chans alike. And aside from showing off your triple lutz to all your new (and very polite) Canuck friends, the best part is entry is free and skate rentals are only $5. Prefer to stick to the sidelines? Watch all the action with a warm drink from the concession. Get ready to glide.

Canadian Artist Paul Ygartua’s Vivid Works at Ukama Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fiesta” by Paul Ygartua (Image courtesy the artist)

Jan. 18 to 31, 2019 Depth of colour and feeling combine in vibrant works by Canadian artist Paul Ygartua. His pieces create dimension through a unique backdrop of canvas and plexiglass—a medium he developed back in 1980 (“Fiesta,” pictured). Peruse his paintings at Ukama Gallery’s Primordial Abstraction: Depth & Illusion.

Museum of Anthropology: Marking the Infinite

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Women Ceremonies at Watanuma” by Wintijiya Napaltjarri (Photo by Sid Hoeltzell. Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl. © Wintijiya Napaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd. Courtesy Papunya Tula Artists)

To Mar. 31, 2019 In the Museum of Anthropology’s latest exhibit, it’s hard to decide what’s more fascinating: the art or the artists. Marking the Infinite features pieces by nine Aboriginal women, all celebrated artists from remote Australian communities. Each brings her own ancient cultural traditions to her work, but they also connect with larger contemporary themes. Explore the life and work of artists like Wintjiya Napaltjarri (“Women Ceremonies at Watanuma,” pictured). Her bold red shapes and swoops often represent flying-ant eggs and hair-string skirts. Now that’s fascinating.

Seasonal Sparkle at Capilano Suspension Bridge

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Festive holiday photo opportunities await at Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights

To Jan. 27, 2019 For that festive feeling, head to Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights. There, brilliant light displays take hundreds of thousands of twinkling bulbs to new heights—from the glittering bridge to dazzling decked-out Douglas firs, eight of the world’s tallest Christmas trees. To keep the whole family merry and bright, there’s gingerbread decorating, scavenger hunts and sing-along carols. And with partial proceeds supporting the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, the real spirit of the season is celebrated, too. Very merry.

Ian Tan Gallery: Yes, It’s the Mural

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Refracted Airflow” by Kristofer Dean

To Jan. 31, 2019 Somewhere, over the rainbow, Kristofer Dean finds inspiration for his Crayola-coloured works—or at least that’s what we assume. The Canadian artist’s prismatic acrylic-and-resin paintings have adorned gallery walls and covered the sides of buildings. But regardless of size, his pieces always have an element of play, using light, shadow and perspective to add (or fake) dimension. To see vibrant works like “Refracted Airflow” (pictured), don’t bother chasing rainbows. Instead, visit Ian Tan Gallery for Yes, It’s the Mural.

Artistic Keepsakes: Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Eagle & Frog repoussé bracelet by Jesse Brillon

To Dec. 31, 2018 Add a little sparkle to your Christmas by placing a piece of jewellery (or two, or three) by Jesse Brillon under the tree. The Haida carver’s bold silver and gold bracelets are created using repoussé, a technique where a design is formed in relief by hammering or moulding the material. And you never know what the gift may spark—the artist’s own career was inspired by a bracelet carved by Don Yeomans, who Brillon would later study under. Discover all his beautiful bangles at Douglas Reynolds Gallery’s Haida Repoussé Jewelry.

On the Ice: Hockey Championships and Figure Skating Finals in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD
Dec. 2018

Fans of figure skating and ice hockey, you’ve come to the right place (Photo ©Inhabitant/iStockphoto.com)

Various Dates Ice hockey and figure skating are the hottest tickets in town this month. From Dec. 6 to 9, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final takes place at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, with men, women and pairs from around the world competing. And from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in both Vancouver and Victoria. Hopes are running high that Canada’s National Junior Team can bring home the hockey glory.

Guo Pei’s Stunning Couture at the Vancouver Art Gallery

By CHLOË LAI

Photo courtesy of SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film

To Jan. 20, 2019 Recognize this stunning yellow silk cape (pictured)? Rihanna wore it to the Met Gala in 2015, propelling Beijing’s top couturière, Guo Pei, into the international spotlight. Resurrecting pre–Cultural Revolution tailoring techniques, Pei crafts gowns that combine imperial Chinese opulence with avant-garde aesthetics. Explore her stunning styles at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.

Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery: All in the Family

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“The Space Between” by Corrine Hunt

Nov. 17 to Dec. 29, 2018 Some vases hold water, others hold history. Such as “The Space Between” (pictured) by famed First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. The vibrant wood-and-acrylic vessel features an inherited raven crest, a treasure included in the dowry of Hunt’s great-great- grandmother. Her ancestor was also considered the first notable artist in a long line of celebrated artists—a legacy also captured in the vase’s design. For more of Hunt’s remarkable works—and history—see Resilience at Coastal Peoples.

Meet the Artists: Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Suspended Disbelief” by Vanessa Lam (Photo by Kris Graves)

Nov. 15 to 18, 2018 Want to get up close and personal with Vancouver’s vibrant art scene? Peek into the homes and studios of local talent. No, it’s not snooping. It’s the 22nd-annual Eastside Culture Crawl, where 500-plus artists open their doors to more than 35,000 art admirers. Start your self-guided tour by downloading a map from the Crawl’s website, then peruse one-of-a-kind pieces by artists like Vanessa Lam (“Suspended Disbelief,” pictured).

Queen Elizabeth Theatre: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

By CHLOË LAI
Oct. 2018

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Nov. 13-18, 2018 She was the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. She’s won four Grammy Awards, and been inducted into the Hall of Fame for songwriting and rock ’n’ roll. At the Tony Award–winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, fans sing along to the pop icon’s greatest hits—including “You’ve Got a Friend”—while retracing her humble beginnings. It’s got us feeling “Some Kind of Wonderful.”