Monthly Archives: June 2010

CAG Announces New Board Members

from left: Mark Shieh, Rick Erickson, Ross Hill, Mark Wentzell

The Contemporary Art gallery is pleased to announce the election of four new Members of its Board of Directors at its AGM on Tuesday June 22, as well as the appointment of new officers.

New Board Members are Rick Erickson, Mark Shieh, Mark Wentzell and Bruce Wright.

Rick Erickson is a passionate collector of contemporary Vancouver art and a recognized philanthropist of the arts. His business interests are in commercial and residential property.

Mark Shieh is the Director of Take Root Properties, a real estate development company. His latest project is revitalizing River Market in New Westminster. He previously served on the Vancouver City Planning Commission.

Mark Wentzell is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional. He is Senior Vice President, Restructuring & Reorganization at Grant Thornton Limited and is responsible for delivery of all reorganization and corporate recovery services in British Columbia.

Bruce Wright is the managing partner at Goodmans’ Vancouver office.  He has practiced corporate and securities law at the firm since 1996.  Bruce is Immediate Past Chair of Vancouver Opera and is currently President of the Health Arts Society (British Columbia) and is a board member of Frontier College, the national literacy organization.

Outgoing President Bruce Haden, of Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, is succeeded by Ross Hill, Managing Partner of Hill’s of Kerrisdale. The position of Vice President is taken up by Marcella Munro, Senior Consultant with Earnscliffe Strategy Group. David Brown of Stikeman Elliot LLP, and Tia Walsh of Walsh King Chartered Accountants retain their respective positions of Secretary and Treasurer.

The Board also includes Vikky Alexander, Germaine Koh, Attila Richard Lukacs, Nada Vuksic and Stephen Waddell.

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VFS students share thoughts on Still Life

Students from Vancouver Film School class FD41 came to the CAG for a guided visit, and created video responses to what they saw in the exhibition Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life. You can view some of the results below.
We can’t wait to see what these students produce in reaction to our next show!

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quiz answers…

Quiz answers by Charles Collins, drawing version !

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The Still Life Quiz

This week, the blog challenge to the CAG staff and volunteers was to re-create one of the ‘Still Life’ artworks from the current exhibition: Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life. 

There was of course, a catch.  The ‘DIY still life re-makes’ had to be constructed from ‘found’ items borrowed from around the CAG offices and workshop area (as per Erica Stocking style!).

Prizes will be given for the correct identification of all the artworks represented below, or send us your own versions ? Good luck guessing which is which !

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Answers in next blog post !

contributors: Christina Ritchie, Phil Dion, Hannah Hughes, Jill Henderson, Allison Andrachuk, Jonah Gray, Abi Thatcher, Daniel Potter, Neudis Abreu and Casey McLachlan

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One Question: Two Answers

We’ve just posted 2 new videos on our website, featuring Brad Phillips and Kelly Lycan.  Both artists have work in our current exhibition Triumphant Carrot: The Persistence of Still Life.

Click below to hear these artists respond to a question regarding their use of materials.

http://www.contemporaryartgallery.ca/#play

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A Triumphant opening !

The opening for Triumphant Carrot; The Persistence of Still Life was very well attended and loads of fun, even the office furniture upstairs became part of the still life genre  with the help of a few younger artists !

Check out the fab pictures by Hannah Hughes….

A big thank you also to the volunteers who made the night go so smoothly !

– Jill Henderson

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New Kid on the Block

Joining the CAG staff as the new Development Officer, I timed my arrival to the gallery perfectly.  Just in time to catch the end of the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun exhibition, here to see the preparations for an event by Bacci’s and just before the arrival of Still Life.  In a short space of time I’ve seen the gallery space change from one thing to the next, taking on some very different themes.

Over the last few days, with the preparation for the still life exhibition, walls, plinths and stages have magically grown up in the galleries creating an Aladdin’s cave backdrop for the art which is just now being unpacked.  Tuesday was like Christmas come early.  Neatly wrapped packages with so much hidden promise that had been sat propped against the walls, were final uncovered to reveal the 50 pieces that will be in the show – everything from huge photos of bright flowers, abstract paintings to, of course, the triumphant carrot.

I hadn’t before appreciated the amount of work that goes into producing a show of this scale (no magical walls, rather a team of dedicated workers with lots of tools!), and it makes me appreciate the result even more.

I can’t wait for it all to be finished and to weave my way through the space and see all the contributions together as a show, and of course to enjoy the opening, my first, where I hope to meet the many members and supporters of the CAG.

Abi Thatcher

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