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Posted by: Nicki Merz on April 20, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Although you might not recognize her name, you’ve probably seen her work. Elena Markelova is a Russian-born Vancouver-based artist, known for her double exposure animal watercolours and her detailed city maps. In fact, her gorgeous Map of Vancouver mural was featured at last year’s Home + Design Show, and is now on display at the Museum of Vancouver.

On Thursday, April 27, MOV is hosting a live Paint-In with Elena. Guests will have the chance to watch her paint and talk to her about her watercolour techniques. This event is free/by donation and open to all ages.

After seeing much of Elena’s artwork, I wanted to know more about her and what inspired her beautiful pieces. I had the opportunity to ask Elena those questions; read her captivating responses below.

Nicki Merz: You mention being inspired by the beauty of cities, nature, and the inhabiting creatures. Are there any particular artists that also inspire you? Or have inspired your work in the past?

Elena Markelova: Recently, I found myself crushed on two Australian creators, both based in Melbourne - Laura Blythman and Paula Mills. I guess Aussies take some coloured supplements daily, because these ladies' artworks are incredibly bright and rich in color. I love that they are not afraid to experiment and what they have achieved with their creations!

NM: When were you first encouraged to pick up the brush and start creating?

EM: I remember myself painting and drawing from the very little age - in kindergarten. I was 4 or 5 years old when I was painting my first real artworks, I think my parents still keep some of them. Then, I was never a very outgoing child; I would rather read a book or spend a few hours with my crayons or paints instead of running around with other neighbourhood kids. So one summer day during the school holidays (I was ten at that time) my mom came into my room. I was painting by myself, as usual, and she looked at me suspiciously and said: "Common, get dressed. We are going to sign you up for the art school!" This is how it all officially started.

NM: Where do you think your creativity comes from?

EM: My dad says it comes from him, because he was creative and artistic when he was young. I somehow believe it comes from both experience/skills and daily dose of inspiration from the outside – walk in the woods or just a glance over a freshly blooming flower. I professionally studied art and design for more than 13 years, and expect that my brain already started to interpret everything through some sort of artistic lens.

NM: Do you have any rituals or routines you like to complete before sitting down and starting an art project?

EM: I do lots of pre-work before starting any project. If I’m starting to work on a map, for example, first I read the history, do my research on monuments and attractions, then go sightseeing and sketching before transferring everything on a larger scale. Also I need to go through all the steps of painting beforehand, especially if I’m working with watercolours. And of course I need to find a perfect playlist for one or the other artwork. It helps me to get into the right mood.

NM: Do you have a piece you’re most proud of in your art collection?

EM: At the moment it is my largest piece of all – the map of Vancouver that hangs at the MOV. I spent so many hours on it and love every inch of this massive artwork.

NM: What is the biggest message you are trying to communicate with your art?

EM: I’m trying to deliver the beauty of the world. Hope that my creations could open the eyes of people who are stuck with everyday work routine or just stuck on one spot in life and don’t see any light, so then they would stop and look around – it’s so beautiful here! Or stop and smell the roses! There are so many colours in our world and I hope to bring those colours and cheer people up with my creations!

More information about the Elena Merkelova Live Paint-In event can be found on here.

Elena’s artwork is available for purchase in the MOV Gift Shop at the Museum of Vancouver, or at her Etsy store online.

Posted by: Anonymous on April 1, 2017 at 1:00 am

MOV crab removed in favour of new sculpture - Monolith 7.2

The Museum of Vancouver is pleased to announce that it has removed its crab sculpture and will soon replace it with a new piece of commissioned art for Vancouver. 

After reviewing a series of proposals the one that has been chosen by a panel of judges is Monolith 7.2 (see rendering below).

Museum of Vancouver will replace the crab sculture with this cube called Monlith 7.2

MOV's Executive Director Richard Mark declared, "this monumental sculpture whose squareness speaks to issues of deep significance for Vancouver will juxtapose the roundness of the building and the curviness of modern living."

Leading art critic Arthur Askey said, ‘this is a great day for Vancouver and marks the city’s clear commitment to move its approach to public art away from crabs and into square things’.

The Museum's Operations Director Gregorie Gregg insisted that the crab sculpture that has stood in front of the building for 50 years will not be wasted and will be recycled, in line with the city’s green initiative.

Congratulations for making it to the bottom of this post. By now you may have guessed that this is an April Fools Day gag. 

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Posted by: Nicki Merz on March 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Glory Days panel (left to right) Iain MacIntyre (moderator), Bob Lenarduzzi, Lui Passaglia, and Dennis Kearns.


 

Thursday night’s Glory Days panel discussion was a mixture of laughter, insight and comradery, as three Vancouver sports legends gathered to talk about sports and lifestyle in the 1970s.

The event featured former Whitecaps FC player Bob Lenarduzzi, former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dennis Kearns, and former BC Lions placekicker/punter Lui Passaglia. Moderated by the Vancouver Sun columnist, Iain MacIntyre, questions were raised about how different the sporting experience and profession have become. The discussion also hit on their relationships with the fans, the city’s vibrant music scene, and even their struggles with AstroTurf!

Sitting before a mural of exclusive black and white photos from the Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition, the four started the event off with how conditioning and the level of work put into professional athletics have changed.

Bob Lenarduzzi, who is the current club president of the Whitecaps, instantly remarked “training camps!” Specifically mentioning how players would show up having not practiced in the off season. Now, players keep themselves constantly fit. Training camps are for staying in shape, not getting back into it. Dennis even commented on a time player where once allowed to smoke between periods. Times have certainly changed!

When asked what it felt like to be a part of a sports entity, Lui notes that Vancouver was becoming a “big league city” and how special it was have the opportunity to play in his home town. Bob and Lui went on to reminisce on growing up in the same East Van neighbourhood and the irony that was Bob winning a kicking contest, while Lui won a soccer contest.

So what is the biggest change in their respective sport? “Longer shorts,” says Bob. The audience laughs. He goes on to mention how sports science and sports psychology have drastically evolved and how these things make a difference more than ever today. “Bigger, faster players,” says Lui, also mentioning how TV has brought sports into homes 24/7. Dennis remarked on the “phenomenal young players” he’s seeing today, and how entertaining these athletes are.

Inspired by the lively dancing photos in the backdrop, an audience member asked the former players what their favourite part of the music scene was back then. Lui points to Bob, “You should’ve seen him on the dance floor.” The men go on to mention Frank Sinatra, Sly and the Family Stone, and Elton John at the Colosseum. Oh yeah, and Bob loves disco!

When asked what one word best described their 1970s Vancouver experience, Lui answered “Humbling.” Dennis and Bob both rebelled by answering with three. “National Hockey League” remarks Dennis, smiling eye to eye while Bob says simply, “living the dream.”

Bob, Lui, and Dennis brought the 70s sports era back to life at Glory Days. To learn and see more of what life was like in the city during the 1970s, explore the Vancouver in the Seventies exhibition on through July 16, 2017.

Bob Lenarduzzi reminisced about the parade on Granville Street following the 1979 NASL Championship. This photo featuring goalie Phil Parkes (left) and captain John Craven (right) with the trophy was taken by Ralph Bower, Vancouver Sun, September 9, 1979.

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Posted by: Anonymous on February 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Photo above taken by singer Win Butler after he stole Rebecca Blissett’s camera from the photo pit at an Arcade Fire concert; she’s the photographer without a camera.


 

In the publishing industry, change is constant and rapid.

Newspapers that once produced a hard-copy paper every 18 to 24 hours, now publish online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The photographers who once filed four photos in a workday, may now file 40.

Gerry Kahrmann, PNG Staff PhotoPhotojournalist Gerry Kahrmann began his career nearly 40 years ago, shooting for community papers when Tri-X and Kodachrome were the basis of print photojournalism and newspapers ran in-house labs to develop their film.

After a short stint at the Calgary Sun, Kahrmann returned to Vancouver and in 1983 became a staff photographer at Pacific Newspaper Group (PNG), publisher of the Province and Vancouver Sun.

He tested his first digital camera during the Queen’s royal tour and the opening of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, heralding what he did not know at the time would be a new era in photojournalism.

Three months later, PNG transitioned both of its papers away from film, under the lead of photographer Nick Didlick, and by July 1, 1995, PNG’s newspapers were among the first in North America to transition to exclusively digital images.

At the forefront of that digital revolution, Gerry Kahrmann and his colleagues have evolved and changed the way they do their work, seldom coming into the office and filing remotely from all over Metro Vancouver, multiple times per day. Along with still photos, which are sometimes posted online within minutes of a shoot, photographers also produce videos clips that accompany online stories, and reporters are posting images in real time to social media feeds, blogs, and websites.

‘Technology’ is can be defined as ‘something that speeds up communication.’ Over the past 40 years, media and its consumption have changed a lot. Now, more than ever, there is an increased demand for quick (or instantaneous) information delivery.

The Museum of Vancouver and moderator Jennifer Moreau of the Burnaby Now, have assembled a group of highly accomplished photojournalists (Rebecca Blissett, Richard Lam, John Lehmann, and Kahrmann) to consider the historical significance of the shift from film to digital photography and the role it has played in altering the media’s approach to documenting news. On the evening of Thursday, February 9, the panel will talk about issues surrounding authenticity and the currency of photojournalism in a snap-happy social media landscape will be discussed, as well as what media industry practices might look like in the future.

This ‘Happy Hour’ event kicks off at 6pm, and the discussion begins at 7pm. For more information and tickets, visit this page.

Posted by: Anonymous on February 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Play vintage board games, pinball, and arcade games in the Museum of Vancouver's All Together Now exhibition about collections.

Family Day is quickly approaching, leaving some parents wondering what to do for the holiday. We recommend you take advantage of these fantastic offers from some of Vancouver’s must see attractions including free admission for kids the Museum of Vancouver.

Kids (and adults young at heart) will love exploring Angus Bungay’s collection of 2,000+ toys and action figures featured in MOV's All Together Now exhibition with many interactive stations including pinball machines, typewriters, jukeboxes, and board games. On February 13, all youth (18 and under) will enjoy FREE admission.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park features the iconic Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 100 feet above the forest floor and the Cliffwalk, a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms high above the Capilano River. Enjoy a Special Family Rate of $85 for 2 Adults and 2 Children (ages 6-16)  valid for the entire Family Day long weekend, and as a bonus, BC Residents will receive an Annual Pass.

Celebrate with the Vancouver Lookout all weekend long! With their brand new Sky Scouts program and lots of family-friendly activities, Vancouver Lookout are sure to be a great addition to your day. Children (ages 6-16) receive FREE admission with every paying adult.

Get a unique perspective of the mountain town of Squamish and the surrounding alpine scenery, as you soar above it all on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Once at the top, there are a number of outdoor activities. Choose from the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, Alpine Alley (our kids only nature walk), many accessible viewing platforms to take in the views of coastal fjords, various walking/ hiking trail, and much more. February 11 – 13:  receive 50% off day tickets purchased at the ticket window.

Bring the whole gang to enjoy a fun filled day at. Britannia Mine Museum. Explore the old mining tunnels with underground tours. Strike it rich in the Gold Panning Pavilion. Explore this National Historic Site and experience what life was like at Britannia Mine. Special event pricing: 50% off admission on Monday, February 13.

Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 13, 2017! There will be an exciting range of activities to participate in throughout the day, including Art Agents, Making Place Family Programs, and more. See website for more details.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers serenity, history and great chi. First classical Chinese garden built outside of China. You can walk through the Garden on your own, but the guided tour offers historical perspective and encourages you to reflect on the design elements in different ways. On February 13, Seniors will enjoy FREE admission!

Celebrate Family Day weekend with the Museum of Anthropology and two great events. On Saturday February 11, explore a MOA pop-up gallery downtown at ArtStarts, where families can engage with Tsimshian Chilkat weavings and join fibre artist Rebecca Graham for a fun, hands-on workshop: The Magic of Making Cloth. This workshop is FREE of charge! Or for something even more active, join the dancers from Axé Capoeira on Sunday February 12 at MOA for an irresistible taste of Brazilian culture, try your hand at capoeira at our 11am workshop and then celebrate Brazil through an awe inspiring presentation Viv Brazil.  The capoeira show is FREE with MOA admission; the workshop is FREE for MOA members.

The Vancouver Trolley Company’s Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour, onboard San Francisco-style trolleys, is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas, including: Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. They even stop at Vanier Park! February 10 - 13, enjoy a special $100 Family Rate, which includes 1-day Hop-On, Hop-Off for two adults and two kids (4 - 12).

Posted by: Anonymous on February 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Vanier Park hosts 6th annual event on February 4th

This Saturday, people from across the lower mainland will venture to Vanier Park for an exciting day of cultural exploration. And for the first time in the event's history, there will be snow on the ground!

Presented by Port of Vancouver, this event offers people the chance to experience all of the park's attractions for just $5.00 per person.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives will all be open, with performances from Bard on the Beach's Young Shakespeareans, VAM students, storytelling by Vancouver Public Library, and additional programming throughout.

 

New this year:

Gamelan Bike Bike at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Live music inspired by traditional Indonesian Gamelan is played on upcycled bicycle parts, transformed into musical instruments.

 

Origami Station in the MOV Studio

Explore the endless possibilities of Origami - the art of paperfolding. Learn to make boats, fish, birds, hearts, etc. from a simple square piece of paper.

 

Migration Map in MOV's Joyce Walley Learning Centre

This giant map is 10.7 metres (35') x 7.9 metres (26') highlights the North American migrations of 20 at-risk species that call Canada home.

 

Ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking Lot

From 11am – 4pm, improve your shooting skills on fully dressed goalies, or join a game. Bring your own stick or use one of ours.

 

We hope you join us for this exciting event. More details can be found at winterwander.com

 

 

 

Posted by: mov on December 21, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Check out these upcoming events...
Become a MOV Member and attend many for free!

 

All Together Now contributor Maurice Guibord and curator Viviane Gosselin acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with insights, memories and collectables from this ground-breaking Canadian event.   7pm   +
 
Explore the MOV, H.R MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Archives, Vancouver Academy of Music and the Maritime Museum all for $5. There will be food trucks, performances and family activities!  10am - 5pm 
 
Rebecca Blissett, Richard Lam, and Jon Lehmann discuss journalism’s shift from film to digital photography and the role it has in altering the media’s approach to documenting news. Moderated by Jennifer Moreau.  6pm   +
 
On the last Thursday of every month, the Museum is open late and admission is PWYC between 5pm - 8pm. 
 

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Become a MOV Member today. Members receive unlimited free admission to the Museum for one year, complimentary events, 10% discount in the MOV Gift Shop and more.

Posted by: Angela Yen on November 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

On November 4th, the Museum of Vancouver hosted 32 designers at 23 stations, as they presented why they design and why they do it in Vancouver.

Watch the video above to learn firsthand why these local innovators do what they do.

A big thanks to our Visionary Partners that helped make the event a huge success: EcoService, Evo Car Share, EasyPark, HCMA Architecture + Design, Total Green Commercial Cleaning & Maintenance Ltd and Passport.

The photos below depict how interesting and engaging this year's event was.

Please view the full photo album here.

 


Velometro Mobility

 


Danielle Gilday, Yew Woodshop

 


Evan Roche, Jimmi

 


Glenis Canete, Hapa Collaborative

 


Ali Kenyon, HCMA
 

 

Posted by: Angela Yen on October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

What do you design?
ChopValue™ designs high performance home decor products - entirely made of recycled bamboo chopsticks. We create composite materials with a wooden texture ending up as tiles for walls and flooring, coasters and small objects as well as shelving - even table tops. 

Why do you design?
We design because we are builders, young designers, product developers and carpenters by heart with the motivation to add value to under-utilized urban waste resources. With our background in working with wood and bamboo for new materials we founded ChopValue to tell the story on how to redefine waste as new resources for a second life. 

Why do you do this in Vancouver?
Vancouver is not only one of the most livable cities in the world but also home for its popular Asian cuisine. Being as a society very perceptive to recycling with initiatives like Zero Waste or Circular Economy, ChopValue started its collection campaign for chopsticks with local restaurants in Vancouver neighbourhoods to set an example of how to involve businesses, communities and households in designing new products out of a material that any Vancouverite can identify with.  

Meet Felix and get a closer look at this products at Why I Design: Friday, November 4.

Posted by: Angela Yen on October 26, 2016 at 11:11 am

What is your design and what are you presenting at Why I Design?
We have designed a fully enclosed, pedal-electric trike for use in one-way sharing networks that we call Veemo. It is regulated as an e-bike, meaning it can ride in bike lanes and doesn't require a driver's license, yet offers much of the functionality of a small car.

Why do you design?
I design to solve modern environmental and sustainability issues.

What is your design background?
Mechanical Engineer from UBC. I have been pushing the boundaries of 3D CAD design for a very long time.

What about Vancouver inspires you and your work?
Vancouver has been the prototypical city to inspire the creation of our Veemo. We have a lot of rain and hills, increasing bike lane infrastructure, concerns about cyclist safety, significant issues with bicycle theft, great support for carsharing, good urban density, and a healthy and active population interested in clean air and less gridlock traffic.

Meet Kody Baker and see a demonstration of this incredible vehicle at Why I Design: Friday, November 4.

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