NEWS - 2017
All text, photography and artwork is by GARY SIM unless noted otherwise.
March 25: SPRING ART SALE
The Spring Art Sale is on now! 20%
off all Sim artwork.
March 16: BURNABY ART GALLERY COMMISSIONS RELIEF PRINT
The Director of the Burnaby Art Gallery has commissioned a limited edition
relief print for their Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations this summer. It
will be a view of the gallery from its front lawn in summer, and will
compliment the print commissioned by the Gallery in 2007 (Gallery in Winter).
The edition of 100 is intended to be gifted to supporters and friends of
the Gallery, along with copies of the book that is being published to
accompany the celebrations. As noted in early news items, I have a short
article on Jack Wise in that book, along with a shorter biography of myself.
March 14: MOTHER TONGUE TO PUBLISH SIM ARTWORK
Mona Fertig, Mother Tongue Publishing, asked me if she could use a number
of my drawings and prints as illustrations in her pending book titled
The Summer Book which is expected to be "launched" in June this year.
Of course I said "yes" and was given a list of fourteen images to provide.
Each image is intended to have a full page to itself, which is great, and two
etchings may be used as a two-page spread depending on the designer's needs
For more information please see their website at
March 13: POOP FROM THE MARE OF VANADA
I can't stand it any more. The Mare and his sycophants continue to
mess up the city of my birth in every way they can. Road closures
for no reason, wiping out traffic lanes for bike lanes that aren't used
by anyone, wiping out on-street parking wherever possible, putting up
brainless projects like the "suicide fence" on Burrard Bridge, and wasting
tens of millions of dollars on traffic-enraging measures like roundabouts
and curb extensions that do nothing positive or useful. Don't even get
me started on all of the upcoming super-towers that will soon wipe out our
views of the mountains forever, and grossly densify entire neighbourhoods with
thousands of additional cars, all of which will be stuck in traffic.
Accordingly, I have posted a number of commentaries on the sheer absurdity
and self-indulgent fatuousness that characterizes this Mare's "rein."
POOP FROM THE MARE OF VANADA.
Other articles will follow, including lack of street maintenance,
the bike lane clusterfucks, the total mess being created at both ends
of Burrard Bridge, and commentary on the rows of 80-story towers soon to
arrive on Burrard Street (and all over Coal Harbour, etc). p.s. thanks
to the horse squad for the official poop.
March 2: TROLLEYS IN THE SNOW
The snow came and went for weeks and weeks this year. Every time it
seemed like it was gone, another storm came down from the north and
gave us another slippery gooey basting of slimy wet snow. The trolley
busses came to a grinding halt for some reason, and sights like this
were apparently common all over town. On a day when folks were deciding
not to drive, the transit system failed. The skytrain also had
Vancouver trolley-busses stuck in the snow on Robson St.
Feb. 23: SIM LECTURE AT MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
Detail, "Vancouver C.P.R." Waitt's VIEWS BRITISH COLUMBIA & ALASKA
Refer to EARLY ART & ARTISTS IN VANCOUVER page.
Composite video and powerpoint presentation compiled by Elwin Xie.
Feb. 22: BC ARTISTS UPDATE ISSUED
Works continues on the ditigal bibliographic research project
BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS. Recent
updates have been published as Release 1.7.2. A large amount of
information on early artists was added as a result of research done
for the Vancouver History Society lecture (see above).
A review of BC Directories (DIR) from 1886 to 1935 resulted in the addition
of almost 100 artists not previously listed, expanding the DIR listing
from 3 pages to 15 pages (so far, with 1919 to 1931 still to be input).
A page by page review was completed
for the seven volumes of Macdonald's Dictionary of Canadian Artists,
with 480 BC artists noted of whom over 100 were new to BC ARTISTS.
A review of Evelyn McMann's Biographical Index of Canadian Artists is
Ongoing on-line searches at the Royal BC Museum & Archives vital statistics
web page continue to provide additional information on artists. In
particular, although the DEATH certificates are somewhat unhappy to read,
they contain an excellent amount of information about the person, their
life and family, that is otherwise almost impossible to find so easily.
Feb. 10: EMPIRE LANDMARK - FOR THE RECORD: No. 1
Empire Landmark seen from lane at 1300 Robson St., Feb. 10 2017
Given that the redevelopment signs have gone up around the now-named
Empire Landmark (formerly the Sheraton Landmark) Hotel, it's only a
matter of time before it gets knocked down. After all, it seems like
those signs are just a formality, everything is already figured out.
In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of this
long-time iconic and slender tower while it is still here. After the
Sheraton hotel chain sold it to asian interests, a huge display of neon
lighting was installed on top of the revolving restaurant, resulting in
numerous complaints to city hall from residents of the West End. The
lighting was modified but not removed, despite not having been done
with a permit in the first place. Money keeps talking around town.
The tower will be replaced with two lower towers, each with larger floor
plates, as the hotel's floor size is too small to be practical any more.
Empire Landmark seen from Barclay Park on Haro St., Feb. 28 2017
A view of the hotel from Barclay Park, 1400 Haro St., with a light
powder snow falling. The tree trunk
visible at lower right is what remains of a large weeping willow tree
that just fell over by itself one night a few months ago.
Empire Landmark seen from Nicola St., Feb. 22 2017