Become a Member of the Vancouver Art Gallery
It has now been one year since we became members of the Vancouver Art Gallery. When we first joined we were not sure how many times we would visit having not been members of a gallery before but after a year it has been a great experience. Some of our favorite exhibits over the year included ‘Reece Terris: Ought Apartment’ which was constructed up through the central rotunda of the Gallery and consisted of 6 apartments stacked on top of each other furnished with discarded items from the 1950’s up to the present day. The furnishings were terrific and must have taken years to accumulate. It was great to walk through a see rooms that reminded us of our grandparents’ and our own houses growing up. Another favorite was the photography of Vancouver artist Jeff Wall. The light boxes amplified the details of his urban scenes and their subjects. While this was his first solo exhibit it is just too bad that there were not more of his works to view. And of course the Vermeer and Rembrandt paintings were definitely worth the visit despite the very crowded Gallery.

Favorites of the During the Year!
Of the current exhibits our favorites are the photography of Scott McFarland and the O Zhang exhibit outside the Shangri-la hotel. The photographs of Canadian artist Scott McFarland will be on display until January 3rd. The exhibit includes two full rooms of photos produced over the last seven years and some were created by stitching together several photos of the same scene taken over time. It is very interesting to study the differing shadows of subjects in the same photo. Of all of the landscapes Tara’s favorites are the botanicals. O Zhang’s major photographic installation is located in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new outdoor exhibition space next to the Georgia street entrance to the Shangri-la hotel and will be there until November 29th. The photographs of young girls in a Chinese landscape are extremely vivid and are worth a view from the sidewalk in addition to just a drive by in your car.

FUSE at the Art Gallery
While we did have a chance to attend FUSE on Friday night we were not able to stay long enough to take in the music of Mecca Normal. We did get a chance to experience the different vibe that the Gallery takes on during these evenings and saw many people taking advantage of ‘scars and black eyes’ to have the Blanche MacDonald Centre make-up artists create some early Halloween fun. We will be renewing our membership for another year at the family rate of only $110 which gets a couple or family unlimited entry for a year including special events such as FUSE. It also includes access to exhibition opening nights and 10% off in the gift store. One thing we did not do last year was to dine in the Gallery Café which is surely on our list for this year. For more information visit the Vancouver Art Gallery website!

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