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STREET ART BLOOMS ON VANCOUVER WALLS

May 27th, 2016

Published by Rabble

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There’s a little burst of colour emerging from an alleyway near Vancouver’s 8th Ave. and Main Street. Giraffes and chickadees poke their heads out from a riot of magnolia blossoms in Vancouver’s newest mural.

It’s the work of artist Ilya Viryachev, who has been painting outdoor murals in Vancouver since 2014. This latest piece, In Bloom, was completed two months ago…

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WHAT IS LOVE?

April 22nd, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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Angela Fama‘s latest art project, What Is Love, took everything she had.

“I lost my home, my savings, my partner,” said the Vancouver artist and photographer. “I’ve got nothing left. But I still have Debbie.”

Debbie is Fama’s yellow-and-white 1977 motorhome, the vehicle that took her on a two-month journey across North America last year to create the project.

Fama stopped in 20 locations — from Edmonton to Albuquerque and places in between — where she invited strangers into the studio in the back of the RV and photographed them while they talked about love.

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VANCOUVER ART COMES IN OFF THE STREETS

March 5th, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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It’s tough to be a street artist in Vancouver. At least so says Chris Bentzen, owner of Hot Art Wet City. His three-year-old gallery is known for its irreverent attitude and its celebration of lowbrow art. For lovers of street art, it’s a natural draw.

“I get a lot of tourists who come in here and ask where the street art is but it’s hard to find in this city,” he says.

“It seems like the city doesn’t really have any leeway for street art, at least for people who are doing it illegally,” he says. “It gets covered up quite quickly.”

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CINDY MOCHIZUKI’S TINY INKY CREATURES

February 13th, 2016

Published by CBC Arts

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Cindy Mochizuki spends much of her time building complex multimedia art projects. But the Vancouver artist’s world is also crawling with what she calls “inky creatures” that remind her to slow down and let go.

Mochizuki’s latest exhibition, Things on the Shoreline, at Vancouver’s Access Gallery, is a delicate pop-up paper jungle inhabited by whimsical ink-blot drawings produced by fourth and fifth grade students during a series of workshops she facilitated at two Vancouver schools last fall.

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SET ASIDE TIME FOR FAMILY READING

September 11th, 2012

Published by Postmedia News and the Victoria Times-Colonist
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Vancouver author Tanya Lloyd Kyi wanted her kids to find as much joy in books as she does. But while her daughter, now eight, took to books readily, her son?s response was quite different.

“He had a harder time sitting still and would run around the room a little bit more while I was reading,” she says. To keep his interest, Kyi switched to shorter books and read for shorter periods. That helped but they still ran into problems.

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