Connecting to the homeland through art

Deep inside Jose Urbay’s heart, there’s a land of gold where he sources his artistic inspirations. Born and raised in Havana City, Cuba, Urbay considers his homeland the backbone of his artworks. “It’s where I come from and it’s the goal of my works,” says Urbay, now a Vancouver-based visual artist and graphic designer. Urbay…

Workshop seeks to provide new perspective on artisan chocolate

With the holiday season approaching, many are sure to consider a box of chocolates as a gift. But how much is commonly known about chocolate? Geoseph Domenichiello, a chocolate sommelier and chocolatier, will be hosting a chocolate sensory workshop Dec. 17 to provide chocolate lovers with some answers. Domenichiello is of Italian descent and grew…

The fabric of Salish lives

Susan Rowley describes Salish blankets as containing the threads of culture and environment, an aspect that emerges from the art of weaving. But for Rowley, curator of a new exhibition of Salish blankets, the threads being woven are more than literal. “All sorts of reconnections are being made,” says Rowley, associate professor at the University…

A crawl across arts and countries

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Amaya combines Venezuela with Vancouver, visual arts and music at the Eastside Culture Crawl. A Venezuelan-born artist, Gonzalez now calls Vancouver home. The influence of both cultures can be found in a new exhibition held as part of the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl. “My mom still lives in [Venezuela], so I know exactly…

Inclusive Theatre: The Ridiculous Darkness

Alley theatre, in partnership with Neworld Theatre, presents the North American premiere of The Ridiculous Darkness showing from Nov. 11–19 at the ANNEX. The Ridiculous Darkness is a German radio play by Wolfram Lotz, written as a satirical work influenced by both the film Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness, a novella written by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad in 1899. The play,…

Memoirs of a Romanian Canadian painter

After working as an artist for seven decades, Pnina Granirer has released a memoir, Light Within the Shadows, to chronicle her life as an artist. She will be holding an artist’s talk and book launch in conjunction with her exhibit for the Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 16. Establishing herself as an artist As an…

Artist showcases Latin American women in new exhibition

In an effort to pay homage to her Latin American heritage, Clarissa Argueta will be showcasing her acrylic paintings titled “Women in Colour” at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, Oct. 13–Nov. 10. Argueta has been drawing or painting for as long as she can remember. After completing a MFA in graphic design from the University…

Nordic influence through design

Curators Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow look to reveal the connection between Scandinavian and Canadian design in their upcoming exhibit, True Nordic, running Oct. 28, 2017–Jan. 28, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. True Nordic considers Scandinavian social and design principles and how the aesthetics of the region influenced the development of industrial design and artisanal crafting in…

Art trade made simple

Resisting the attachment of monetary value to art, Lena Tan creates cards that can only be traded for other art cards while opening a non-judgmental space for expression. Tan’s exhibition this October, Micromeditations: Artist Trading Cards, invites people to come and trade cards of art. At the talk, she will explain what an Artist Trading Card…

Illustrator tackles bad luck and Halloween

Flavia Chan wants to lead audiences Down the Eerie Path. The exhibit came together when Chris Bentzen, owner of Hot Art Wet City Gallery, approached her to help him organize a show at Makerlabs. “We knew the opening date would be Friday, October the 13th, and so we decided on a spooky theme to celebrate…

Reinventing Coast Salish art

The six artists featured in the new exhibit Intangible running from Sept. 13–Dec. 10 at the Bill Reid Art Gallery are reinventing Coast Salish art, while staying connected to history. Each work of art tells a story of the artist behind it, confronts current issues and challenges your perception of what Coast Salish art is. Through multimedia,…

Expressions of abstraction

Artist Zhanna Shomakhova will be exhibiting over 50 works in her latest series Motion, a collection exploring the allures of the universe in flux, at the Leigh Square Community Arts Village from Oct. 5–Nov. 28. Born in Nalchik, North Caucasus, Russia, Shomakhova moved with her family to Canada in 2008. Her immigration has had a transformative…

Art shows two kinds of life: virtual and physical

Ying Tan, a Canadian curator, makes her debut showcasing Indonesian art collective Tromarama’s Amphibia exhibition at Centre A from Sept. 8 to Oct. 14. Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans and Ruddy Hatumena created Tromarama in Indonesia through the ‘Video After School’ music video workshop. The competition required its participants to create a music video for a…