Gargoyles and Improvisations

  For many years senior artist Eric Metcalfe has been spending each day drawing and meticulously painting with gouache, adding to an ever-growing series of works. Now West Vancouver Museum’s curator Darrin Morrison has chosen just some of these wildly colourful graphic paintings for a show which also features reference to Eric’s earlier performance and collaborative work as Dr Brute. This link will take you to the museum’s biography of Eric and explanation of the selection ...

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The Shape of Things: Renée Van Halm

Last night Al and I braved horrid rain to drive over to West Vancouver. We grabbed an early supper at Park Royal South’s Trattoria Restaurant before heading on to the West Vancouver Museum. Renée Van Halm’s solo show ‘The Shape of Things’ was opening. The walls of the two galleries were filled with her large impressive paintings and some smaller works and aha! there were three of her painted plates displayed domestic-fashion on a plain dark-grey-painted kitchen table.   The ...

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The Space in Between 2

This is the second of two blogs on the new show at West Vancouver Museum. The previous one showed some of Sally Michener’s sculptures. In this one I am posting work by Tam Irving.     I first met Tam when he was long-time president of the BC Potters’ Guild. It was a comfortable fit for him and for us in the clay community because the Galley of BC Ceramics with the guild’s office upstairs is just a stone’s throw from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (as it ...

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The Space in Between

I’ve been looking forward to attending the opening of the current show at West Vancouver Museum for quite a while. Burnaby Mountain resident Dorothy Doherty and I drove the roughly one hour to West Vancouver and found the museum in a charming stone house. The museum’s mission is to promote art, design and culture, and not, as I had slightly expected, to showcase local history. http://westvancouvermuseum.ca   There are two gallery spaces and for this show the first one is devoted ...

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