Arts and Cultural Plaza
The high energy and fun atmosphere of Urban Art Plaza is so infectious that the Exhibitors end up enjoying it as much as the attendees.
Latin American art in Vancouver takes its place proudly among the wide spectrum of cultural diversity our city has to offer. For many years, Latino artists have been fusing the influences rooted in the traditions they brought to the Pacific Northwest with those they have discovered here.
The Art Plaza at Carnaval del Sol, July 9th and 10th, brings to you the opportunity to infuse your senses with the infinite palette of their creative labour through the full gamut of artistic expression, including traditional painting, live painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, handcrafts and more. to learn more about the rich history of Latin-American arts.
All Latino art forms can trace their origins back to the collision between Iberian culture, with its significant formal and elaborate religious overtones, and those descendant from the highly evolved and organized Aztec, Maya and Inca Empires and other equally important indigenous lines of artistic pursuit. See and interact with the dramatic use of colour and imagery characteristic of the many examples of murals, displayed everywhere in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Come and see how that vibrant expressionism has transcended itself here into a unique West Coast Latino art form.
Included in the Carnaval’s treatment of painting will be Latino interpretations of “live painting,” a concept introduced into the North American psyche by LeRoy Neiman during the 1976 Olympic Games. Live painting is done in the moment, before a live audience, sometimes accompanied by music.
- Latino sculpture can mean many things depending on the place of origin. Baroque styled carved wooden images, gilded in gold or plastered and painted, were produced by the Guatemalan Alonso de la Paz for example. Greater divergence from the European mode can be found in the more flattened forms of sculpture such as that found in the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe enshrined in the exterior of the Cathedral of Sucre, in Bolivia.
- Latino photography owes a great deal of its often stark impact to its use in documenting the struggles for social justice, struggles that often took the form of massive incidents of civil disobedience or outright armed revolutions. As famed curator and photography expert Alexis Fabry has stated when referring to photographic exhibitions around Latin American culture, “In certain cases, politics and art were inseparable.”
You may find hints of this past in the photography produced here in the cooler and more peaceful social change history of the Canadian environment. See also how the vision borne out of the rich tropical flora and fauna of their birthplace blends with the British Columbian presence of gray skies, blue ocean and rich green forests.
- Handcrafts are another way to create art that will be present in the Arts Plaza. Handcrafts are all types of work done using hands or simple tools and readily available materials. These activities generally are made for personal fulfillment providing personal satisfaction, decorative additions to the home, or, at a minimum, a way to disconnect from work or simply as an enjoyable pastime.
Some types of handcrafts, without being exhaustive and overly detailed, are beadwork, felt, clay, tin, resin, pyrography, embroidery, crochet, sewing, patchwork, Paper Mache, mosaics, glass, origami, scented candles, jewelry and ceramics.
The Art Plaza Presents the Following Artists and Businesses:
draws on personal experiences to create pen pictures, while some are just memories, others are taken from his surroundings at the time. Bryan lives in Youbou on Vancouver Island, a very small town that allows him the solitude to focus on his craft. Having taught himself, Bryan feels that each piece opens new directions in technique, composition, and subject matter. “When I work within my living room, looking out at the lake, it’s so quiet. The sound of silence is hanging in the air as the sun is coming up, and the world is still mostly asleep. This is my favourite time - inspiration is flowing, everything seems easy, and it allows me to be reminded that I don’t know why I draw. I just love to draw.”
Christopher F.B Potter
From Forestry to Fine Art
After a 30-year career in the logging industry – work which took him to remote corners of British Columbia’s coastline – Christopher Potter turned from forestry to fine art. “I was lucky to see corners British Columbia that many never set eyes on,” he says. “It gave me a huge respect for the province’s natural beauty.” Early retirement allowed him to complete a long-time goal: walking the 800-kilometer Camino de Santiago de Compostella across Northern Spain. “It was a life-changing experience,” he says. And it contributed to the development of his artist’s eye. More travel followed – to countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas, thanks to his work as a photographer with Holiday Maker, a Canadian travel magazine. The next challenge was to capture some of the many images – resulting from his appreciation of nature and different cultures – in a painterly way. “It’s a challenge that’s ongoing,” he says. “The learning never stops, nor the desire to continually improve.”
Christopher is an Active Member of the Canadian Federation of Artists, and of the Garibaldi Art Club. His work is included in private collections in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and has appeared in the following shows and galleries in British Columbia:
Contact the artist: Phone: 604-888- 4026 Cell: 604-202- 7415
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Box 10, Fort Langley BC, V1M 2R4, Canada
David Astorga Bocos
After finishing his studies in Iluminación Captación y Tratamiento de la Imagen (Light Capture and Image Processing) in 2014, David Astorga Bocos pursued his passion in cinema and photography by working in the artistic aspects of theatre and television. He believes photography is a way of life and form of expression, which he tries to convey through the intensely personal nature of his portraits. He enjoys surrounding himself with everything that gives him alternative perspectives, as he continues to experiment and explore different techniques and possibilities of the world of photography.
is a painter, muralist, and Mexican writer graduated from the Academy of San Carlos. LuchArte founder of the movement to unify the multiple disciplines of art with wrestling. Creative pacifist movement for ‘peace walls’ where murals are made in peace, she has more than fifteen collective and eight individual exhibitions in Mexico City and USA. Her plastic work is inspired mainly in wrestling, the human figure, and peace. Representative of Mexico to the International Muralists 2014 meeting held in Cd . Nezahualcóyotl, México, she currently has artwork displayed in the Corazón Gallery in the city of San Francisco, USA.
Kim Legler comes from an artistic background as a visual artist, and is a trained fashion designer. Hailing from Canada’s Great North, she is often inspired by the serenity of nature & the vibrancy of city-life. She loves fashion illustration and pop art. As a passionate visual artists she often draws inspiration for her fashion designs from her art. Kim has spent the past few years travelling, gathering inspiration to incorporate into her future collections. She continues to sell her work at an international level across Europe, The United Kingdom, Australia, and The United States. Her work has been published in Houzz, The Glitter Guide, Design Love Fest, Missy Confidential, Fashion Lush & Frame Bridge.
Say Monica Nudelman, ‘much of my work begins with discarded pieces of wood or furniture. I am fascinated with objects which with time have been forgotten, the solid wooden boards which have already been used for so many different purposes. These pieces serve as the foundation for my oils, paints, and images. The gradual decline of faded color and surface deterioration are of great interest. Using pattern, paint, oil, and imagery, the discarded piece becomes new again.’ ‘Paper, fabrics, and acrylics are the basic materials of my collages. I see many others which fit into each other, forming a unique scenario. With each cut or torn piece of paper or fabric, so many possibilities appear. Rather the ‘destruction’ or pieces of the image are transformed, along with other pieces into a new, completely different form. I like the mixture of printed images and textures which fit into each other until they take an entirely new identity. Transforming any image into something new is very inspiring - many of my works are based on renewal, hope, and belief.’
Started in the makeup industry in 2004 working mostly on theatrical productions and fashion photoshoots, Natacha Trottier offers makeup and hair services for all types of events: head shots, boudoir, bridal and non-bridal, graduation, ladies party, private or group lessons, face and body painting, commercials and music videos.
Her clients list goes from the little munchkins birthday parties to Lululemon athletica. She also proudly teaches at the most recognized makeup school in Canada; Blanche Macdonald Centre. The awards she has received include 1st place at the North American circus, body painting competition (2015), and 1st at the Art World Expo body painting competition 2 years in a row.
Ivan Solomon has a boundless energy to create beautiful, clean and colourful artwork. Ivan moved to Vancouver from Great Britian in 1971, inspired by it’s natural beauty. He continues to find inspiration in his scenic Pacific Northwest surroundings as well as from his loving grandchildren, while focusing on his colourful, whimsical and sentimental digital artwork with Painted Rocket Designs. Ivan creates each design by hand starting with a blank digital canvas.
Say Rita Henderson, ‘I am a First Nations artist and also have Swiss citizenship. I am open-minded and enjoy a life of learning and creativity sparked with passion and zeal for beauty and truth. I love art and decorating and working with people to produce spaces of inspiration and beauty in your world. I use all paint and media to create art that speaks to the heart and soul.’
Serge Démétrius Dubé
Since 1983 Mr. Serge Démétrius Dubé has been painting with different mediums including watercolor, oil and acrylic. Being self-taught, he enjoyed exploring realism to surrealism, impressionism, and expressionism.
Over the past 11 years he has had great success with the development of his own acrylic technique using bold colour, active line, and fluid movement. This unique style draws the viewer in to experience a whole new level of color and movement. Mr. Dube’s extensive body of work and long career as an artist caused his paintings gain the attention of galleries and collectors worldwide.
He has worked with such treasured artists as Jean Paul Riopelle, Luigi Tiengo, Paul Ygartua, Brent Heighton, and John Einersson and many more.
Dube has dedicated his life to exploration of the 4th dimension of the mind. Mr. Dube offers a new experience to the viewer through use of colour, movement, and creativity.
Serge Dube showed in the Calgary Stampede in 2015, and was awarded first prize in the Artist’s Guild. He has won several awards such as the Best in Show at the South Delta Artist’s Guild in 2015, and a Certificate of Excellence from Artavita 2015, an award of Merit in the Regional Showcase at the ‘86 World Exposition and many more. Mr. Dube shows yearly at the galleries he is represented by in the West Coast. He has been represented by the Latitude Gallery in Calgary, Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore, Artym Gallery in Invermere, Gallery 421 in Kelowna, Lloyd’s Gallery in Penticton and several others in the past 35 years.
Oxford Artist Studio
5498 Salt Lane
Many people who know Sussanne now have a hard time believing she had difficulty communicating when she was younger. Somehow, art has given her the tools to really express how she feels with wild abandonment. She creates images which speak her language. Seeing the colour explode, trying new techniques and experimenting is what gives her the greatest joy.
Sussanne’s favourite medium is watercolour, and mixed media. Recently she hasbeen experimenting with acrylic textures, which is just like finding a new friend.
She has learned her lesson, it is best to always follow your passion and your true bliss, because when you do everything just works out!
It’s all about building relationships, and expanding horizons. Sussanne is excited to be creating these wonderful Vendel Festival Art Shows and promoting and sharing with other like minded artists. She cant help but do the happy dance while she is painting!
You can find Sussanne’s artwork on display at the Surrey Art Gallery and at Vendel Festival Art Shows.www.vendelarts.weebly.com
Strip of Gaza has been instrumental in presenting a rich diversity of contemporary art from West Africa which has been a source of inspiration to collectors, enthusiasts and various art institutions the world over.
Set up to offer curatorial, consultancy, artist representation and gallery services, Strip of Gaza is well versed in contemporary African and international creative trends representing as it were, a rich pool of talented artists, designers and collectors.
Strip of Gaza has participated in various international shows. Such as Focus, Basel, Switzerland, Arte Classica, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Art Vancouver 2016.
From July 4th to 8th,2016, Strip of Gaza presents recent works of artist Olumide Oresegun, at the 2016 edition of The Aboriginal Group Art Exhibition at the prestigious Waterfall Building, Vancouver, BC.
Olumide Oresegun b.1981 who is most famous for his hyperrealistic style was born in Lagos,Nigeria. He Graduated with distinction in painting from the Yaba College of Technology,Lagos in 2006, having clinched the Best Life Drawing Student Award in 2002 and overall best student in School of Art, Design and Printing in 2005 . He has won many prestigious painting awards and has also participated in numerous Group exhibitions in Nigeria and Europe.
He recently caught the eye of CNN in March 2016 and his paintings went viral on various social media platforms. With over 45,000 followers on Instagram his work is fast gaining momentum online.
BC Dance is the company that gave Vancouver its salsa Mojo! Owner Nestor De La Zerda, creator of the 1st and 2nd World Salsa Congress in Vancouver, has over 23 years dance experience and has traveled to over 60 countries. He has been the instructor for many of the BC dance champions as well as a 2-time world champion.
Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Arts, culture and heritage represent $54.6 billion in the Canadian economy and more than 630,000 jobs in sectors such as film and video, broadcasting, music, publishing, archives, performing arts, heritage institutions, festivals and celebrations.
Inner Circle Jewellery is a small family run business, based right here in British Columbia. They have a love and passion for crystals of all shapes and forms and they take pride every product they offer. Inner Circle believes in crafting jewelry with a purpose from Geodes to Jewelry to Carved crystals and gemstones, Inner Circle, is your go-to for the highest quality crystal pieces.
Canadian couple who launched their small business by purchasing directly with the makers of our unique handmade clothing,accessories, and home decor. Their products include tank tops, purses, Thai pants, tablecloth/runner, jewellery, and other accessories.
Olga Rodriguez is a fashion & jewelry designer. She grew up in Bucaramanga, Colombia where the weather and landscape have become an integral part of her art making. Natural surroundings, geometric lines, organic and natural shapes, textures and colours are the source of Olga’s inspiration. Olga moved to Canada in 2003 where she started creating modern and contemporary one-of-a-kind hand crafted pieces. She loves travelling and discovering new places to experience different cultures and its charms. Each site is a source of inspiration. Through her trips to the US, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain and France, she has gained insight on different fashion trends.
Each one of her one-of-a-kind creations has a woman’s name, because they are unique and special like every woman.
South Hill Desings
South Hill’s Jewellery’s impressive success is due most of all to their Independent Artists. Their commitment is astonishing, and their enthusiasm is contagious! Wear what you love and live how you like is the motto of South Hills and their mission to make life beautiful extends to Touching Little Lives through Make-A-Wish® Arizona where they are helping to make life beautiful for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Tara Canada Books – Tara Canada is a non-profit society established in 1986 to make known the presence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and to create a climate of hope and expectancy into which He can emerge. We work with other volunteer groups throughout the world in providing free information on related topics of interest, including Transmission Meditation and the principle of sharing as a direct means of saving our planet. We work closely with, and are under the umbrella of, our sister organization, Share International, which has its centre in London, England.
Vancouver Latin Film Fest
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a not-for-profit, charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver.
This annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latino-Canadian filmmaking. VLAFF encourages and promotes an appreciation for motion pictures to be a medium of art, information and education and takes pride in providing audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora. Vancouver Latin American Film Festival conducts film festivals for the purpose of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of Latin American cinema, provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Canada, and to aide independent media artists with the opportunity to present and discuss their works with an engaged audience. By showcasing the work of Latin-Canadian artists and filmmakers they can generate a network between the Canadian and Latin American film industries and forge an artistic alliance between the two.
Tom Lee Music
Tom Lee Music has proudly been supporting music making within the Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island communities since 1969. Since our humble beginnings as a small piano retailer in Vancouver, BC, we have grown into one of the largest full-line musical instrument retailers in North America. We provide the very best in musical instruments, equipment, services, and education throughout our eight retail locations and our website. We are well known for supporting the local music community and have received numerous awards in recognition of our dedication to music excellence and support of many community organizations.
At Tom Lee Music, customer satisfaction has always been our number one priority. Our goal is to provide every customer with an enjoyable experience by delivering quality products at competitive prices with exceptional service and an inspiring retail environment. Our website offers the same incredible selection, low prices, and personalized customer service that our retail store locations have been providing since our establishment in 1969.