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Arts & Museums
Know nothing about contemporary art? Here's your opportunity to hone that skill, or learn how to appreciate contemporary art. Aspiring artists are encouraged to display their work at the Contemporary Art Gallery. The gallery holds regular sessions on contemporary art and encourages people to attend them. Entry for these sessions and the exhibitions is free for all.
First Nations culture often provides a significant voice in the city's art scene. Located in the heart of trendy Yaletown, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts gallery displays the work of over 150 established and lesser-known First Nations artisans. It displays a range of customized gold and silver jewelery, each piece a reflection of contemporary and traditional native styles. Artistic traditions from tribal nations along the coast, arctic and plains are celebrated. It has an exceptional selection of masks, ceremonial bowls, carvings, totem poles and prints.
Established in Hong Kong in 1992, Art Beatus set up its second gallery in Vancouver in 1996. It focuses on modern art, paying particular attention to contemporary Chinese works. The gallery selects both renowned and newcomer artists who offer diversity and vision. The gallery's mantra is that over the last 100 years, Chinese art has made several significant developments and it is often their mission to explore these international changes. Specialized exhibitions, discussions and seminars are also on the agenda.
This gallery is situated in a large heritage building, which was once a courthouse, right in the center of Downtown. The fifth largest in Canada and Vancouver's leading visual arts museum, it features four floors of artwork from those of groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. There are rotating exhibitions of major international works, as well as permanent collections of local artists such as Vancouver's famous Emily Carr, Marc Chagall and others. There's also a gift shop, cafe and open art library on site. Rates are subject to change, so do check the website before planning a visit.
This hall of fame museum features a large display gallery, tons of great feature exhibits and a hands-on participation space where you can "go ballistic." There is a climbing wall, rowing machines and bikes. Test your ball-throwing skills for speed and accuracy and race against the clock and computers. The Hall of Fame has exhibits on two of Canada's greatest heroes, Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is named after the artist who explored his Haida roots through sculpture and other forms of artistic expression. This public gallery aims to share and promote aboriginal art and give viewers a new perspective from which to view the world. With events and exhibitions helping to preserve the unique aboriginal cultures and their mythologies, the Bill Reid Gallery also impacts the community through lectures and educational programs.
This downtown gallery in Vancouver, Canada displays modern Russian art. The owner deals directly with the artists in Russia, allowing easier access to works at affordable prices. Romanov Gallery has contacts in all parts of the world and is able to track down special order pieces. The works featured are from internationally acclaimed artists, with an emphasis on contemporary Russian works. Canadian Neo-romantic paintings and sculptures are also on display.
The title 'souvenir shop' is nowhere near appropriate for this long-established store and gallery located in historic Gastown. If you crave something unique, this store and gallery is the place to go. What began in 1946 as a general store steadily grew into a place where local natives could sell their artwork and crafts. Today, it has one of the largest collections and selections of these artworks in North America. You'll find art, cards, carvings, unique clothing, and special items like drums, headdresses, paintings and more.
This expansive art gallery was created by artists for the artists. Located on Granville Island in Vancouver, the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery presents roughly 20 unique exhibits throughout the year. Rather than organize by mediums, the art found here is centered around broad themes. Aside from displaying unique and unusual pieces of art from national artists, the gallery also provides workshops, classes, lectures and critiques by fellow artists. A true labor of love, this gallery is a Vancouver must-visit.
Images for a Canadian Heritage is a gallery in Gastown, that houses a selection of souvenirs, original aboriginal art, paintings and sculptures. The collection is wonderful, painting a complete picture of the rich Canadian art. Among the native art are available, sculpture, prints, carvings and crafts. You'll also find items like handmade dream catchers and moccasins. It's a good place to pick up quality souvenirs. Check it out as you wander through the cobblestone streets, specialty shops, and attractions of this downtown heritage area. Visit website for more details.
Roedde House is a restored Victorian home in downtown's West End. Built in 1893 for city newcomers Gustav and Mathilda Roedde, its design is credited to the early B.C. architect Francis M. Rattenbury, who designed the impressive Legislative Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria. The style is Queen Anne Revival, which can be seen in fine details like its cupola, bay windows and veranda.
Socio-political discussions through contemporary art is Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre mandate, so if you are itching for thought-provoking visual displays, check this space out. Located in a fairly small Downtown building, it shows local, national and international artists who work with a variety of media. Pop culture, individuality and the politics of economics are just some of the themes explored. Recent exhibits have included an examination of the baroque works of Miguel da Conceicao.