October 5th, 2015
Doors Open Vancouver is an annual event put on by the City of Vancouver allowing people to visit city owned buildings and get a behind-the-scenes look. There are about eighteen locations involved for the day, ranging from theatres, to the public works yard, to the Stanley Park miniature train.
I visited two locations with my friend, Kai. We went for quality visits at two locations rather than trying to make it everywhere. We chose the Queen Elizabeth and Orpheum Theatres for our visits. Both theatres were set up for evening performances, which meant we got to see the set for Rigoletto at QE. Our timing was perfect to take part in a backstage tour as well and see the set up close.
Lighting by Propellor Design
The view from the stage
The set for Rigoletto
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is modern while the Orpheum is more classic and full of ornate details from floor to ceiling. We chatting with an usher who has been working at the Orpheum for seventeen years, and knew much of the history of the place. She told us it was originally built as a vaudeville theatre in the 1920s.
The spectacular view from the top tier seating
Plaster details along the walls near the stage
Ornate patterned ceilings in the lobbies
I’ve visited both theatres for performances but it was nice to visit each location to see the building for its own sake. Next year I intend to go again and see other locations. I can’t wait.
June 8th, 2015
I visited Centre A gallery to see their latest show, We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness, featuring work by Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Deborah Kisiel, Bianca Lee, Ceri Richards, and Risa Yokoi. This is a group show of installation work by emerging artists recently graduated from Emily Carr University and UBC.
I am very inspired by the work in this show, especially the three installations featured here (there are actually five).
Wall-mounted ceramic text piece by Deborah Kisiel.
Interactive installation of thread by Risa Yokoi.
An organically sprawling soft sculpture by Ceri Richards.
We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness continues at Centre A gallery until July 4th, 2015.
April 13th, 2015
San Francisco artist, Peter Combe, has a show at Back Gallery Project for the next few weeks. I attended the opening last Thursday and was completely mesmerized by the work.
He creates a mix of portraits and abstract work from hundreds of small circles punched from colourful paint chips, which are placed at an angle to the surface of the piece. The pieces look completely different depending on the angle you view it from, and the colours and tones shift. They are fascinating to look at, and each viewer moves around in front of the work.
The portraits are subtle and the full effect doesn’t come across in photos as it does in person.
The show continues until May 9th at Back Gallery Project, so don’t miss it.