The art scene in the Greater Vancouver area.

Marcel Dzama's Kitchy Kitchen Art

Being a former Winnipegger myself, I thought I'd drop a note for Marcel Dzama (who's living in New York now). His anime-inspired odd housewares are... well... odd. While he's hit the big times in the art world, you can still grab some down-to-earth pieces like a Sad Ghost salt & pepper shaker or lamp. You can order stuff online or pick something up at the Vancouver Art Gallery (I'm assuming in the giftshop).

Takao Tanabe Retrospective

The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting a retrospective of 80-year-old artist Takao Tanabe's work. Included is his printmaking, painting and drawing spanning over 55 years. The show runs from January 21 until April 17, 2006.

Brian Jungen Takes Manhatten, Vancouver

Brian Jungen will be showcased at the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 28 until April 30, 2006. This is part of a touring exhibit that opened in New York at the Museum of Contemporary Art in September and includes symbolic sculptures and installations plus new works constructed specifically for the exhibit. The VAG is located at 750 Hornby Street.

9th Annual Port Moody Spring Art Show

The Port Moody Art Association is holding their annual Festival of the Arts Spring Show and Sale at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road. This is their ninth season, and the opening will be on Friday, April 7, 2006 from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm. Over forty-five artists will be featured including Heather Anderson, Eileen Harder, Sue Cowan and Jack Prasad to name a few. Admission is free.

Lip Service

Ann Marie Fleming's show Lip Service is exhibiting at the Richmond Art Gallery from February 5 - March 9, 2006. The opening reception is Saturday, February 4 at 6:30 pm. The RAG is located at 7700 Minoru Gate in (you guessed it) Richmond, BC.

Extraordinary Mosaic Works

Favourite Things on 615 Columbia Street in New Westminster has some mosaic pieces on show in the lower gallery. The exhibit is winding down January 30, 2006.

Cool, Art

If you're in the Yaletown area and need a dose of art, stop by and visit artist Kerry Vaughn Erickson's studio. He'll likely be working on a new portrait or urban landscape. You can find his space at 123-1208 Homer Street in the Yaletown Shops. Oh, and there's a cool (yeah, I said it) gelato place just across from him. Mmmm...gelato.

The Lobby Gallery in Gastown

While maybe the not the most unusual place to have a gallery, you have to admit sliding down that bannister would make for a wicked entrance! The Lobby Gallery is located at 210 Abbott Street in the Dominion Hotel in Gastown. They're looking for artist submissions right this minute. What's in it for you? 6 weeks free accomodations (in the hotel), and a three week show. Now that's what I call a home sweet home deal.

Art Works First Impressions Group Show

Art Works Gallery located at 225 Smithe Street in Yaletown is always chalk full of wonderful contemporary Canadian and international artists. Drop by for the First Impressions group show running January 1 - February 4, 2006. But the icing on the cake has to be the free parking. If you get a chuckle out of that, well then you've obviously never parked in Yaletown before.