Vancouver is no stranger to big names within art. Think Emily Carr, Douglas Coupland and Bill Reid to name a few. Some people think you need to go downtown to The Vancouver Art Gallery, or to other downtown art spaces to explore the arts and become familiar with that part of Vancouver’s culture. However, as the city continues to grow, so does the reach of art into neighboring communities. Vancouver’s North Shore has always been a wonderful place to live, work and play, and the Lower Lonsdale community is becoming quite the desired destination. Lower Lonsdale now offers outstanding dining options, vast tracks of nature to explore, and more increasingly, great art spaces to visit.
“North Van is not just a bedroom community and a nice place to hike. It’s a community of educated, refined and articulate souls. They’re looking for more.”
– Douglas Coupland, Artist and North Shore resident
The Presentation House Gallery has been providing North Vancouverites with a public art space since 1976. They have big plans to become even more of a presence with a brand new location at the foot of LoLo nestled between the Quay and the Pipe Shop, right on the waterfront. They are hoping to open their new doors in 2017. Until then however, there are excellent exhibitions at their Chesterfield Ave locations.
Opening June 13 through till July 26 is the EYE TO EYE exhibition, displaying prints, videos, and books from the collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. The exhibition looks at the fascinating and intricate dynamics between the photographer and subject.
The Presentation House Gallery
333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 12:00-5:00pm
The CityScape Community Art Space is part of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council (NVCAC), and was created in 2001. Their mission is to provide a public art space to celebrate and promote art and artists through quality experiences. Exhibition themes come from the community through bi-annual calls for proposal ideas, allowing the community to voice their opinions about exactly what they want to see in local art spaces. Along with the CityScape space at 335 Lonsdale Ave, the NVCAC also provides public art spaces at the District Foyer Gallery, District Public Library, and the City Atrium Gallery.
Currently, CityScape is exhibiting The Boat Show, providing a little “vitamin sea” to visitors, through handmade boats, sculpture work, and installations from 23 talented BC artists. The show runs until July 4.
The CityScape Community Art Space
335 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-5:00pm