Gallery Openings: 5 Vancouver Art Exhibits You Should See

Need a little more art in your life? Take in one of these five exhibits by BC artists, photographers and multi-media creators

Credit: Courtesy of grunt gallery

Gutter Snipes 1 by Cal Lane

The young Cal Lane drew obsessively. The images she drew when young – the punk rock angels, rats, birds, cherubs, and wolves – have emerged in her latest work, Gutter Snipes 1.

Lane uses a plasma cutter to transform ammunition boxes and sections of aluminum-coated sewer pipes into beautiful metal sculptures. Shown in a darkened gallery, the work is illuminated from below and filigree shadows are cast onto the wall above. Although she insists that there is no “overt narrative,” the viewer is free to interpret their own story from the images; many people at the opening reception were capturing pictures of the images that resonated with them.

BC Connection: Cal Lane grew up in Saanichton, BC, and received her diploma in painting from Victoria College of Art. This is the first exhibition of Cal Lane’s work in Western Canada. Although there are only three pieces, the exhibit is well worth a visit. Give yourself time to really take in the story and see what it means to you.

Exhibit Details: Until March 23, 2013 at grunt gallery, 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC (look for the red sign). Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 12-5pm.

Above: A detail from Gutter Snipes 1 by Cal Lane

Credit: Courtesy of Winsor Gallery

Clearing the Air by Charles Rea

Charles Rea is a BC painter whose latest exhibition features large scale abstract paintings and smaller scale canvasses depicting “cultural ghosts” or images from popular culture, myth, and legend, as well as characters from Rea’s own psyche.

BC Connection: Charles Rea has been an important player in the Vancouver painting scene for more than 20 years. He graduated from the Vancouver School of Art in 1979, has exhibited extensively and is included in many private and corporate collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Exhibit Details: February 28 – April 6, 2013 at Winsor Gallery, 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm.

Don’t miss the opening reception, 6- 9 pm on Thursday, February 28.

Above: Clearing the Air, 2012. Acrylic on canvas. By Charles Rea

Credit: Courtesy of Winsor Gallery

Press by Brian Howell

Also showing at Winsor Gallery are the large-scale photograph-based images from Brian Howell. His photographs of newspaper printing plant interiors are both vivid and haunting.

“Brian’s new body of work confounds the very essence of the 5 W’s of Journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why. Moreover, these haunting images capture the ever elusive How; how the worlds of journalism and the printed press have dramatically shifted in the wake of the digital age,” says gallery owner Jennifer Winsor. “Anyone looking for a rich, multifaceted approach to photography is welcome to Brian’s show February 28 – April 6, they will be drawn into a whole new world entirely.”

BC Connection: Brian Howell is a Delta BC-based award-winning editorial photographer and artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He holds a BFA from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Film & Photograph and is a regular contributor to Geist, Maclean’s, and Vancouver magazine, and has published a number of books including Fame Us, documenting celebrity impersonators, and One Ring Circus, following the minor leagues of professional wrestling.

Exhibit Details: February 28 – April 7, 2013 at Winsor Gallery, 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm.

Don’t miss the opening reception, from 6 – 9 pm on Thursday, February 28.

Above: Newspaper Conveyor System, 2012. By Brian Howell

Credit: Courtesy Catriona Jeffries Gallery

Intervals by Raymond Boisjoly

Raymond Boisjoly’s first solo exhibition will be on display at Catriona Jeffries Gallery. The exhibit features large scale photographic works, which he created from video.

BC Connection: Boisjoly lives and works in Vancouver. In addition to his upcoming exhibit at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, he has a solo exhibition at the Simon Fraser University Gallery in April 2013 and his project “As It Comes” is currently installed at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Exhibit Details: March 1 – April 13, 2013, at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, 274 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm.

Don’t miss the opening reception, from 7 – 9 pm on Thursday, February 28.

Credit: Courtesy of the Richmond Art Gallery

Andante (a walking pace) – featuring the works of Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Mike Andrew McLean, Haruko Okano, Ruth Scheuing, UWHAH (Until We Have A Helicopter)

This group exhibition features artworks related to walking. The title, Andante, means “at a walking pace” – a moderately slow pace that enables us to be attentive to our surroundings, literally and imaginatively.

The artists presented in this exhibition explore the theme of walking in a range of media including photography, woven textiles, audio-visual media, sculpture, and installation.

Exhibit Details: Until March 24, 2013 at the Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday until 9 pm, weekends 10 am to 5 pm.

The Richmond Art Gallery has many special events planned to coincide with this exhibit. On Saturday, March 9, 10 am – 12:30pm, Walk Richmond and Richmond Art Gallery present “Walk, Tour and Talk,” a free guided walk through a park, a curator tour with the Gallery Curator or a Gallery Talk entitled A Podiatrist’s View: The Art of Walking with Dr. Lindy.

Above: GPS Tracks, October 2008, cradle mounted digital print. By Ruth Scheuing

5 Vancouver Art Exhibits You Should See