Art! Vancouver Showcases Local And International Talent At Inaugural Show
Art! Vancouver, a four-day local and international art fair, takes over the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre from May 21st to 24th. Adding to Vancouverâ€™s growing arts and culture scene and inspired by the world-renowned Art Basel, Art! Vancouver offers local and international artists a prestigious platform to showcase diverse collections of original artwork to the public.
Art! Vancouver nurtures cross-genre collaborations between all art mediums including painting, sculpture, installations, and photography. Exhibiting artists have the opportunity to share the stories behind their creations and the forces that inspire them.
â€œBy reinforcing Vancouver as a hotspot for international art fairs, the city has the opportunity to become what it should be: one of the worldâ€™s most prestigious creative hubs,â€ says Lisa Wolfin, Art! Vancouver Founder & Director. â€œVancouver and the Pacific Northwest support a culturally rich, historic, and thriving arts scene. Add in our scenic beauty, and you have the ideal recipe for a memorable and productive gathering of artistic talent and ideas.â€
Confirmed attendees include the Yeats Gallery of West Vancouver, Giuliana Motin of New York and 12-year-old phenom Charles Gitnick of Los Angeles who wages war against urban violence by incorporating guns into his paintings.
Also exhibiting is the The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization honouring the Grateful Deadâ€™s iconic musical artist. The organization launches its first philanthropic project at Art! Vancouver by donating funds raised from Garciaâ€™s powerful display of pieces to a local music school. Art! Vancouver also showcases works from Garciaâ€™s daughter Keelin, as well as art from Garciaâ€™s widow Manasha Garcia.
Art! Vancouver launches with an opening ceremony the evening of May 21. The event includes SpierHead Wineryâ€™s Art Runway, a 19+ event where both renowned and emerging artists will walk a runway displaying pieces exhibited in their booths.
Thursday, May 21 â€“ 6PM to 10PM
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23 â€“ 12PM to 8 PM
Sunday, May 24 â€“ 12PM to 5PM
Opening Night Tickets: $25
General Admission Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at door
Youth Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at door
Sponsors and supporters of Art! Vancouver include; DeSerres, Artists in Canada, SpierHead Winery, Red Truck Beer Company, Van Gogh Furniture Paintology, Fresh Vancouver Magazine, Homes & Living, AllWest Insurance, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Hollyburn Country Club, ArtBomb, Golden Paints, Opus Art Stores, and The Preview Gallery Guide.
For more information, please visit http://www.artvancouver.net.