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All text, photography and artwork is by GARY SIM unless noted otherwise.

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Feb. 10:
SPRING ART SALE
BURNABY ART GALLERY COMMISSIONS RELIEF PRINT
MOTHER TONGUE TO PUBLISH SIM ARTWORK
POOP FROM THE MARE OF VANADA
TROLLEYS IN THE SNOW
SIM LECTURE AT MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
BC ARTISTS UPDATE ISSUED
EMPIRE LANDMARK - FOR THE RECORD: No. 1


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 and wishes.

For more information please see their website at MTP.


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." Please see:

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 difficulties.


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.

Lecture posted on Youtube

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 underway.

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


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