NEWS ARCHIVE - 2013
All text, photography and artwork is by GARY SIM unless noted otherwise.
January 15 2014: RAILWAY ROCK GANG AT VPL
Poster for the upcoming slide show & lecture at
Vancouver Public Library.
December 17: ART AND THE ENVIRONMENT RADIO INTERVIEW
Stephen & Susan Tchudi, hosts of ECOTOPIA on Radio Station KZFR in
Chico, California, invited me to talk to them on their program again,
this time about art and the environment. The program was split in two,
with Asa Mittman of the local university talking about prehistoric art
and its relationship to the environment in the first half of the program.
I was interviewed about what my perceptions were, and what I might personally
do with my own artistic work to portray concerns about pollution, over-population,
and similar issues. The interview is posted on the KZFR website:
Scroll down the page until you reach the interview, then click to listen.
December 7: RECENT PRESS & PROMO FOR RAILWAY ROCK GANG
BC History is the journal of the BC Historical Federation. Reviewed by K. Jane Watt.
BC Bookworld, Winter 2013-2014. Reviewed by Alan Twigg.
Bridge River-Lillooet News, November 20 2013. Reviewed by Wendy Fraser.
Alcuin Society digital newsletter, November 2013. Reviewed by Jason Vanderhill.
Designed by Robert Reid.
October 5: ALCUIN SOCIETY WAYZGOOSE PRINTING FAIR
Pulling a keepsake off the linocut block.
On October 5 the Alcuin Society held their Wayzgoose letterpress printing fair
at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library. The Society asked me
if I would be interested in doing a linocut printing demonstration again, and
of course I said yes! I designed and cut a linocut keepsake to print and give
away at the fair, and spent the day printing them, chatting about relief
prints, and giving tips and tricks for making good prints.
link to photos of the event posted by the Alcuin Society.
The linocut printing paraphernalia.
Part of my display of lino blocks and prints.
My fabulous assistant Jen Harvie helping me "work the crowd."
A free door-prize draw was held, the winner had a choice of three framed,
limited edition Sim prints that were on display. Thank you to the 37 people who
entered the draw. The winner was Brian Golembioski of Vancouver, who selected
the print "South Shore" as his prize. Congratulations!
September 28: ALCUIN SOCIETY ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
The Alcuin Society / Sim Publishing table at the book fair
On September 28 and 29 the Alcuin Society held their Antiquarian Book Fair
at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. I volunteered to man the Alcuin Society
table, and was also allowed to put up a small display of Sim Publishing material,
including the "hot off the press" Railway Rock Gang book. I also had a sale of
books and exhibition catalogues from my collection that were available for very
reasonable prices, with all proceeds to be donated to the Alcuin Society Fund.
The final result was that Sim Publishing gave a cheque in the amount of $400.00
to the Society to help them out in their good work.
I was also interviewed and photographed by Rebecca Blissett of the Vancouver
Courier, and one photo of me was posted on the Courier's web site along with nine
other pictures that she took of the event. Google "Vancouver Courier Gary Sim"
and you should be able to find the page.
September 26: RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK LAUNCH
The Author signing at the book launch
On September 26 the Railway Rock Gang book was officially launched at
Le Gavroche Restaurant. Thank you to all of the people who attended. About
fifty folks showed up to nab a copy of the book, enjoy the tasty food, watch
the railway rock gang movie and slide show, and view the rock gang artwork
and photographs adorning the walls of the restaurant. Time passed far too
quickly, and I actually forgot to do a reading from the book that I had planned.
It was a lovely fall day for a party, and everyone had a good time.
September 24: RAILWAY ROCK GANG RADIO INTERVIEW
I met a friendly couple one morning this past summer while having breakfast
and editing a draft of RAILWAY ROCK GANG. Stephen and Susan Tchudi struck up
a conversation with me about what I was working on. It turned out that they
have a weekly radio program on station KZFR in Chico, California, and they
offered to give me an interview about the book and the work I did on the railway.
On September 24 I was interviewed over the phone, and spent an interesting
55 minutes talking to them about BC RAIL, the history of rail transport in
British Columbia, and environmental issues concerning the railways. The
interview has been posted online and is available for listening at the
Scroll down the page until you reach the following item, then click to listen.
Screen capture of KZFR web page with interview
A link to event posted by
September 16: UPDATE TO SIM INFO ON ABCBOOKWORLD
The Editors at BC Bookworld, as you may
or may not know, have spent years
putting together a website with information on more than 10,000 BC authors
and their writings. This has been a huge amount of work for them, done for
free, simply from the love of authors and their work. I am perhaps someone
who can most appreciate their project, as I have been doing the same for
17,000 BC visual artists for over 10 years.
I was added to their website in 2010, after I sent them a review copy of
my digital project BC ARTISTS.
Alas, they don't review digital writings, but
they did have the courtesy to add my name as an author. Now that I have
published RAILWAY ROCK GANG, I sent
them an update. The results were posted
almost immediately (thank you, Alan Twigg), and can be viewed at the following
link (copy & paste into your browser) :
I have personally enjoyed reading BC Bookworld for years, became a subscriber
last year, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in BC authors
and book news. I have placed a tiny advertisement for RAILWAY ROCK GANG
in the next issue.
August 24: SUPPORT THE WILDLIFE RESCUE SOCIETY PRINT SALE
I recently found out that the Wildlife Rescue Society in Burnaby is
having a sale of limited edition prints as a fundraiser. The prints
were originally commissioned in 1991 and 75 sets were made, each set
consisting of 18 limited edition prints, 6 sheets of information about
the prints, the artists, and the printing techniques used, and a cover
Most of the sets were broken up, and 250 individual prints are available
for purchase for the nominal price of $100.00 per print. These include
works by a number of senior BC artists, including Pat Martin Bates,
Ross Bollerup, Jack Wise, Robin Yeager, Toni Onley, and Pnina Granirer.
The prints are professionally printed, and are an excellent investment
at the price (I bought 18 of them). Please contact them at 604-526-2747.
They are located in Burnaby at 5216
Glencarin Drive, on the south shore of Burnaby Lake. The prints are
going fast so act quickly if you are interested! The money goes
directly to support the amazing work that they do for injured
August 22: 18 DRAWINGS & PRINTS ACCEPTED AT BURNABY ART GALLERY
Great news! 18 of my drawings and prints have been accepted by the
Burnaby Art Gallery Art Rental Program. They are available for
rental or for purchase, and include my latest series of large original
pencil drawings, some original pen & ink drawings, plus two limited
edition etchings and some limited edition relief prints.
The art gallery has almost finished the design of a new web-site for
the Art Rental Program, and John Ramsey, program manager, gave me a
sneak preview. It is, in my opinion, very well written, attractive,
quite simple and easy to use, and it will make it very easy to access,
review, and order art for rental and for purchase. When it goes live
I will add a link.
August 20: SIM ART TO RETURN TO LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
I have been invited to re-hang my artwork in the private dining salon
at LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT,
1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver. A selection
of original drawings and limited edition prints will be hung in the
next couple of weeks. Thanks again to Owner/Chef Rob Guest for his
ongoing support of my work.
August 15: RAILWAY ROCK GANG BOOK NEARING COMPLETION
Dust jacket cover design in progress
26 years after leaving BC RAIL for a career in architecture, and 18 years
after writing the first railway tale, RAILWAY ROCK GANG is nearing
completion! A full-colour hardcover book will be published in
September. Please refer to RAILWAY ROCK GANG
for more information about the contents of the book. Pre-orders are being
accepted, please let me know if you would like to order a copy. All
pre-ordered books will be signed and dedicated if desired.
July 27: GOODBYE FACEBOOK
Well, it didn't take me very long at all to get sick and tired of
FB. Stuffed full of advertising, bloated with weird crap, and of
course the US fascists and their PRISM program reading every word in
case there's a terrorist in the crowd. Free is not free, the cost is
selling yourself out for NOTHING in exchange for being used as a
marketing tool. Moooooo! Same with gmail and google mail and hotmail,
I don't like getting advertising in emails just because somebody can't
bother to pay a few bucks a month for an email account ...
July 12: BC ARTISTS A-Z INDEX
Since posting the PDF file of the A-Z index from my
BC ARTISTS project onto this website
in late April, the file has been accessed more than 850 times.
I've received emails from as far away as New Zealand asking or
telling me about artists on the list, resulting in project
updates from both new information and corrections to existing
information. Funny, I see I didn't even post a NEWS item about
putting the index on the web, I just updated the BC ARTISTS page
and let people find it.
July 5: Seen recently in Chinatown ...
This crude and unattractive example of concrete forming and rough
metal casting, apparently intended to give seagulls and pigeons
a place to roost, is actually public art ... ! Even on a
nice day it doesn't look like anyone cares to linger near its
Maoist brutalism. This design was the darling of the local business
improvement association, their "artist" was of the right
race and had responded to the City of Vancouver's open call for a
$100,000.00 public art piece on this triangle of land. This piece
got shortlisted, mainly as a result of heavy pressure from the locals,
but was not selected because it did not comply with
the requirements of the competition: it could not be built for anywhere
near the budget. It wasn't just that we all thought it was ugly.
Well, the locals went into a real snit and demanded that "their choice"
be given the award. They pulled strings and had their boy at city hall
accuse the public art committee of racism because we hadn't selected a
Chinese artist for the commission. Their boy jumped up and down and
went red or blue or white in the face as the case may be, and the
whole mess was sent to a specially called in-camera (that means totally
secret and you can't attend, even though it's a publicly funded project
under discussion) council session
at city hall to hash it out. What a waste of time! Apparently another
$100,000 +/- was stuffed into the project so that this design could
win the award because it now "fit" the budget. Thus this repulsive monument
was built. Rock on! The squeaky locals get the fragrant grease. You can
almost hear the tanks getting ready to roll in ...
A bit of summer in the city ...
Wetsuits for rent at Jericho beach
Dance class at Robson Square
Blind Justice at the Law Courts
June 26: SAVARY ISLAND WATERCOLOURS POSTED
As noted elsewhere on this website, I've never posted all of
my artwork, there just seems to be too much of it. I continue
to add works along the way, and a chance conversation in the elevator
at work today made me realize that I had never posted any of
my Savary Island watercolour paintings. I painted these ones ten years
ago, and have recently added them to my
pending "catalogue raisonee" so it was fairly easy to grab the digital
images and prep them for this web site. Please see links
below for more information:
EDGE OF THE FOREST, SAVARY ISLAND
GREEN'S POINT, SAVARY ISLAND
TURNSTONES, SAVARY ISLAND
LOOKING NORTH, SAVARY ISLAND
June 21: NEW DRAWINGS POSTED
Taking a break from doing the series of large (and very time
consuming) pencil drawings, I'm working on a series of small
sketches of BC birds that I have seen in my travels. Some other
birds, and perhaps some animals, will join the series. See links
below for more information on the drawings done so far:
June 20: SIM ART LEAVES LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
Le Gavroche continues to make renovations and changes to their business,
and as of June 21 all Sim artwork has been removed in order to facilitate
the work. I would like to thank Owner/Executive Chef Rob Guest and
Manager David Auer for inviting me to show my work in their restaurant
over the past year, it was a lengthy and well-received exhibition. My
drawings, prints and etchings received numerous compliments, and some
sales resulted from the exposure.
June 9: JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION AT BURNABY ART GALLERY
In the Fireside Room, Burnaby Art Gallery
A celebration of John Koerner's art and life was held at the
Burnaby Art Gallery on June 9th, in conjunction with the launch of
a new book, and a panel discussion.
Afterwards a catered reception was held on the gallery's large porch.
Continued at JOHN KOERNER CELEBRATION.
June 8: A WALK ON THE SEAWALL
June 2: SIM ART SALON AT LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT
The front dining room set up for the Salon. Photo Kim Koch.
Artwork left - right: Looking Away,
Queen Charlotte Harbour,
Sunday June 2nd was the day for a party at Le Gavroche Restaurant. I
wanted to exhibit my new pencil drawings (see news item below), celebrate
my award of the recent BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit,
and make note of the 20 year period that I've lived in the same place.
During that time almost every art work on this web site, every photo,
and every bit of writing and research was created.
Continued at 2013 SALON.
May 26: NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS POSTED
for more images and information.
May 22: WEST END CAR EXPLOSION
See WEST END CAR EXPLOSION
for photos and information.
May 14: BC ARTISTS RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
See BC ARTISTS AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
for more photos and information.
May 1: TWO-TONE BUILDING STARTS TO GET A MAKE-OVER
A major building restoration project is in progress on a well-known -
dare I say "landmark" - high-rise building in downtown Vancouver. The
photo above shows a suspended scaffold structure that will be
lowered down the face of the building as each level's windows are
replaced. Window seals on many of the glazing units have failed,
according to news reports, so the entire glazing system on the top
half of the building will be renewed. When complete, the entire building
will apparently have only one colour of glass (and it won't look
April 26: NEW PENCIL DRAWINGS NEARING COMPLETION
Snippets of two large new pencil drawings, one of Sombrio Point,
Vancouver Island & the other of Queen Charlotte Harbour, Haida Gwaii.
The waves smashing into the shoreline at Sombrio Point were the largest
I had ever seen. The drawing is composited from a number of 35mm film
photographs taken at the time, sometime around winter 1975-76.
The drawing of Queen Charlotte (City) harbour is based on a 14
megapixel digital picture taken October 27, 2012, the day of the
7.7 magnitude earthquake. Refer to news 2012
for stories about that.
April 25: HMCS VICTORIA ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER HARBOUR
April 25: HMCS Victoria and attendant ships
I haven't seen a submarine in the harbour for quite a while, although
I'm sure they have been around. This submarine is a "hunter-killer"
class, covered in rubber anechoic tiles to help keep it undetectable
underwater. It was purchased "used" from the British navy, and spent
an unfortunately long amount of time in drydock being refitted
and updated for Canadian service. The vessel is here taking part in a
joint naval exercise that includes British and American ships.
April 5: An unusual heavy-lift vessel at anchor in Vancouver Harbour.
April 5: BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN OPUS NEWSLETTER
Chris Tyrell-Loranger, long-time writer in the
Opus Art Supplies
Visual Arts Newsletter, added a short review of BC Artists
to his latest article in the April 2013 newsletter issue #291. The
article on page 6 is titled "Artists Must Multi-Task" and I
agree whole-heartedly with that.
Readers of these NEWS pages will remember my news items about
Chris writing a chapter about me in his most recent book on
art marketing titled "Making It! Case Studies of Successful
Canadian Visual Artists." He is currently in final rehearsals
for his latest venture, a live musical play titled KNOCK, KNOCK that
he has not only written, but is performing in ... the play has a short
run booked at the PAL Studio Theatre from April 18 to April 21
(the April 18 performance is already sold out).
The Theatre is at 581 Cardero Street (just off Cardero & Georgia),
and tickets for Friday night, Saturday night, and the Sunday
matinee may still be available from Brown Paper Tickets. The play
is also being used as a successful fundraiser for the adjacent
Performing Arts Lodge.
March 28: BC ARTISTS TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA HISTORICAL FEDERATION
A letter has been received, informing us that the
Sim Publishing project BRITISH COLUMBIA
ARTISTS will be awarded the B.C.
Historical Federation CERTIFICATE OF MERIT. The award will
be presented at the Federation's annual conference in Kamloops on
May 11. Thank you to the Selection Committee for this honour. Thanks
again to Sheryl Salloum for the nomination (see news item below). A
photograph of the award (and a happy publisher) will be posted
March 25: SIM PUBLISHING ARTICLE IN B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION NEWSLETTER
The March newsletter from the
B.C. Historical Federation
has arrived, containing the first Sim Publishing
advertisement placed with the Federation, as well as a short article on
Sim Publishing. The article is an introduction of a new corporate
member of the Federation (Sim Publishing) to the existing members,
and is a new little "bonus" to receive.
March 24: SIM PUBLISHING INVITED TO 2013 ALCUIN WAYZGOOSE
Sim Publishing has been invited to present at the Alcuin Society
Wayzgoose event this fall. A printing demonstration will be given,
and original relief-printed keepsakes will be given away to attendees.
Further details (date, time, location) will be posted when available. We
hope to see you there!
March 22: VISIT TO HMCS DISCOVERY TO SEE R.S. ALEXANDER MURAL
Some time ago I met Renee Alexander, a calligrapher, and the daughter
of R.S. Alexander, an early Vancouver artist. Renee showed me photographs
of her father painting a mural during WWII at HMCS Discovery, the
reserve naval base on Deadman's Island in Coal Harbour, Stanley Park.
The original main building, harbour beyond.
I finally got around to getting in touch with the naval base to see if
the mural was still there, and if I would be able to visit to see it. The
answer was yes on both counts, so I arranged for a visit with Renee.
In all my life in Vancouver I had never stepped foot on
Deadman's Island, so it was an interesting visit in a number of ways.
The original main building, front entrance.
I caught a taxi from the office, and got out at the seawall. The
Commissionaire was waiting at the guard house, and gave me permission
to come aboard. I walked over the bridge and stepped foot on the
island for the first time. Master Seaman Brendan Richardson, the
ship's Information Systems Administrator, met Renee and I at the front
door and gave us a tour of the main building.
The mural is upstairs in a lobby just outside the Officer's Mess.
It is in wonderful condition given not only its age (completed
1945) but also the fact that HMCS Discovery is on an island completely
surrounded by a moist, salty, marine environment. The mural's colours
are still rich and vibrant, possibly because the mural was painted
in a location where it does not receive any direct sunlight.
Mural detail, right side.
Mural detail, center.
Mural detail, left side.
Robert Alexander painting the mural 1944 - 1945.
Photograph courtesy Renee Alexander
It was great to see this piece of art history at last. I had
printed out copies of my R.S. Alexander biography from
BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS, which includes
the b&w photograph above, and gave copies to Master Seaman Richardson
and Renee for their records. Apparently there were no records on board
related to the creation of the mural, so they were happy to have a lot
more information available on the artist and his work.
The Officer's Mess. Model of HMCS Ontario in foreground.
We completed the visit with a tour of the Officer's Mess, which is
quite a magnificent club room, where one can easily imagine the
hundreds of naval stories that have been told there over the years. There
are numerous naval paintings on display, including a magnificent large
oil on canvas of the British battleship HMS Hood in First Narrows during
its visit to Vancouver in the 1930s. Many thanks to HMCS Discovery for
permission to visit.
The bridge to Deadman's Island, downtown and West End beyond.
There was an arctic front blowing from the northwest, and large dark
clouds were moving around dumping isolated snow showers on selected
parts of Vancouver including English Bay. It cleared up and I walked
back to the office, a bit of a brighter view below.
Downtown and West End from Coal Harbour.
Mar. 9: DAMIAN MOPPETT INSTALLATION AT "OFFSITE"
One of the ongoing series of installations by various artists at the
Vancouver Art Gallery's satellite outdoor gallery space in the 1100
block Georgia Street.
Feb. 23: BEATRICE LENNIE SCULPTURAL WALK
I am very fond of the sculptural work by early Vancouver artist
Beatrice Lennie. There are a number of her works available for viewing
around Vancouver, although they are typically hard to find if you
don't know where to look.
In 1940 she was commissioned to do two sculptural panels flanking the
main entrance of the new Shaughnessey Hospital's main entrance. That
entry is now enclosed in an interior courtyard where it is not easy
View of original hospital main entry with Lennie sculptures to the left
and right of the doors.
Detail, panel to right of the doors (Doctor and soldier).
Detail, panel to left of the doors (Nurse and soldier).
Heritage plaque added as part of Vancouver's 125th anniversary.
St. John Anglican church on Granville St. - Lennie reliefs.
St. John Anglican church - Lennie relief over door (detail).
St. John Anglican church - Lennie baptismal font.
Feb. 23: VAN DUSEN GARDENS EDUCATION CENTRE "ART MOB"
Education Centre viewed from across the pond.
Following the opening of Van Dusen Garden's new visitor centre on Oak
Street, the Parks Board announced plans to demolish the 7,000 square
foot "Education Centre" that is nestled into a hillside at the back
of the park. It is currently used as an administration office.
View of interior.
Heritage Vancouver would like to retain the building, and is working
to see if it can be saved and re-purposed. An "ART MOB" event was held
on Saturday for those interested in the building. As luck would have it,
we were able to tour the inside of the building. It is quite an amazing
structure, and it would be a great pity if it were to be demolished. It
is in excellent condition, despite a general lack of maintenance on the
Looking out from inside.
Feb. 20: LE GAVROCHE RESTAURANT PUTS SIM ARTWORK IN PRIVATE SALON
View of Le Gavroche private dining salon. Artwork from left to right:
Nine O'clock Gun,
Mt. Waddington & Scimitar Icefall,
The relocation of my artwork took me by surprise a little. The owners
had mentioned that they were going to redecorate but didn't say when. I
went over for lunch last Monday only to find the restaurant closed for
renovations. However, the new location of the artwork in the private
dining salon gives a much closer and more intimate view of the artwork
than in the former upstairs location. Refer also to
Le Gavroche for additional information.
Feb. 16: SCULPTURE SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA EXHIBITION OPENING
The exhibition by the SSBC titled "CELEBRATION OF NATURE - FLORA AND FAUNA"
opened today at the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. The
show runs until March 17, 2013.
Patinated bronze sculpture by Alexander Schick
Sculpture by Claire Murgatroyd
I found out a week later that the Conservatory was recently in danger
of being demolished, but has apparently been "saved" from that fate. It
seems that the current Vancouver Parks Board doesn't have much respect
for the unique buildings in their portfolio (see also Van Dusen Education
Centre news item above). Perhaps they wanted to put up an 80 storey
tower to "punctuate the skyline" of the park and help "make ends meet" ... ?
View of the geodesic dome.
Feb. 8: BC ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR B.C. HISTORICAL FEDERATION AWARD
BC ARTISTS has once again been nominated for an award. Vancouver
author Sheryl Salloum has submitted a nomination for the
B.C. Historical Federation
Certificate of Merit. The Certificate is
awarded to a "group or individual who has made a significant contribution
to the study, project, or promotion of British Columbia's history."
Firstly, I would like to thank Sheryl for making this nomination, and
for spending the time to put together the nomination letter and
supporting material. We both hope that the effort is not in vain!
Sheryl Salloum is the author of UNDERLYING VIBRATIONS: The Photography
and Life of John Vanderpant, published by Horsdal & Schubart
Publishers, Victoria, BC in 1995. In 2011 she wrote THE LIFE & ART OF
MILDRED VALLEY THORNTON, published by Mother Tongue Publishing,
Salt Spring Island, BC. This was the "fourth book in The Unheralded
Artist of BC series." Sheryl is currently working on a biography of
BC Artist Sonia Cornwall, who lived at the Onward Ranch in 150 Mile
I purchased a copy of UNDERLYING VIBRATIONS a number of years
ago, as Vanderpant is one of my favorite historic Vancouver photographers.
I got to know Mona Fertig, owner of
Mother Tongue Publishing, when they
were starting their series of "unheralded artists" books. I was able to
help with research on the first book on sculptor David Marshall, who
I knew, and
have helped out as much as I can with the subsequent books in the series.
This included the book on Mildred Valley Thornton, on whom I had
compiled a fair bit of information. Mona, Sheryl, and I became friends,
and we frequently use each other as resources for our diverse projects.
I greatly appreciate their friendship and support, and highly recommend
their publications to readers interested in the art history of British
Feb. 1: BC ARTISTS REVIEWED IN TIMES-COLONIST, VICTORIA BC
Long-time Victoria arts columnist Robert Amos has written a positive
review of Sim
Publishing's project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS.
The review was published in the TIMES-COLONIST newspaper February
1st. An on-line version of the review is available at the following link:
CD of BC Artists is a Labour of Love
Mr. Amos is himself an artist and BC art historian, and is included in
the BC ARTISTS project for his exhibitions of artwork on Vancouver Island,
as well as for writing the book Artists in Their Studios. He
is currently artist-in-residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria,
and is in the midst of digitizing and transferring some of his
collection of art ephemera to the University of Victoria Library and
Archives. For more information please refer to his home page:
Robert Amos home page
Jan. 21: BIG POODLE ON MAIN STREET
A new public art poodle by artist Gisele Amantea has been getting
a fair bit of press since its installation on Main Street this winter.
Above and below are two views of it, seen from across the street on
a foggy day. It looks a bit lonely more than anything ...
Jan. 5: Vancouver Historical Society Lecture on Vancouver's art history
My friend Michael
Kluckner is a Director of the
Society (VHS), and he suggested that I put forward a proposal to give a
lecture on the history of art in Vancouver. I wrote an outline of my
proposed talk and forwarded it to the VHS for their deliberation. I
found out this week that the proposal is accepted, and that I have
been booked to give my talk on the 4th Thursday of April, 2014.
The talk will be at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, at
7:30 p.m. Admission is free. I'll post more information in a year or
so when the date approaches. The VHS lecture series is very popular
and usually has a full house, so mark your calendar and get
Jan. 4: A belated farewell to Lynn Brown (1939 - 2012)
I dropped by my friend's store Salmagundi West to say hello,
but it wasn't open yet. I was looking in the window and noticed this
photograph of her in the window, which I thought was a little weird ...
a closer look provided the unfortunate news that she passed away
last fall, and the photo was part of a memorial display. I hate it
when friends die without telling you.
I got to know Lynn 10 or 12 years ago, we kept running into each other
at Westcoast Estates auctions. Over the years we had a lot of fun as
we bid on various auction items, usually trying to get them for the
lowest price possible. The auctioneer started ribbing us about our
bidding, and she and I started referring to ourselves as "bottom
feeders." Luckily the things that I was bidding on were usually
not the things that she was bidding on, so we weren't competing.
Although she was single when I first met her, she later started a
relationship with Gerald Giampa, the noted (and notorious) letterpress
printer. They seemed to get on well together, although Lynn would
occasionally refer to him as a "rogue." Unfortunately Gerald
passed away June 24, 2009. A memorial article about him by Jim Rimmer
was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Amphora, the journal
of the Alcuin Society. I got to know Gerald during the time he and
Lynn were together, and we had some interesting conversations about
Hopefully Lynn and Gerald are together again, still looking for
bargains and unusual items wherever they might be. Farewell, friends.
Jan. 4: Early morning fog in the harbour.
Jan.1: 2012 Christmas card original (work in progress)
This is the original artwork for my 2012 Christmas card FIRST
WINTER. The drawing, when complete, was scanned and then
made into a negative image. Thus, the black snow became white snow.
In the end I erased the stars and snowflakes, leaving only the deer
standing in the snow.