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Himalaya- a Drive-in Film Festival

Himalayan Life, a North Vancouver-based charity that exists to enhance children’s lives in the Himalayas, is proud to present Himalaya, a drive-in film festival.

Himalaya is a series of five films by four different filmmakers about the Himalayas, the land and its people. With stunning footage and breathtaking scenery, viewers will intimately experience how a small, local charity is helping transform lives and make a massive impact.

Please join us at 8:15 on Saturday May 1st for this unique and exciting drive-in film festival, Himalaya.

 

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North Van Arts: Poetry for the People

In this 6-week course local poet Andrew Warner will guide participants in weekly poetry prompts and writing activities for those who are beginning to write, currently writing, or who don’t identify as writers. Participants are encouraged to explore writing poetry through a variety of prompts that will help you practice calm in the present, learn from your past, and share stories more confidently.

All experiences of poetry are welcome. Each week Andrew will teach different formats, styles, lessons, and poetic devices that you can use in your everyday life. Whether you’re writing your first poetry book or wanting to get back into your favourite pastime, join writers of all levels in this safe space.

Registration is per household. Feel free to grab a family member or roommate and take class together!

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North Van Arts: Stories of Home and Identity Online

Where is home? Is it where you’ve been or where you are now? And how does this influence who you are or who you become? What do the words ‘home’ and ‘identity’ mean to you and what stories do they hold? Explore these themes through guided exercises and writing prompts with creative nonfiction writer, Taslim Jaffer. Bring up to 5 photographs that might spark a memory (optional). Write for yourself or to share with loved ones and learn how to unearth longer writing projects.

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North Van Arts: Mindfulness Through Art Journaling

When our minds are full of chaos and it’s hard to slow our thoughts, taking time to create with our hands can help us move into a more mindful space. In this class you will create a 5×7 art journal using whatever supplies you have on hand. Joyelle will demonstrate mixed media art techniques and help you quiet your mind (especially that pesky inner critic) and find a place of calm. This class is appropriate for anyone who can wield a pair of scissors and a glue stick.

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North Van Arts: Imagined Worlds, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Writing

This creative writing workshop will focus on speculative fiction (sci fi, fantasy, horror). Students will learn about the bones of speculative fiction and the practicalities of writing it. Each class will include a short prompt (to get the juices flowing), a lesson and a story-specific writing exercise. By the end of the class, students will have the first draft of a new speculative fiction story.

Writers will be encouraged to submit their story for feedback at the end of week 5. Week 6 will be a workshop, if people submit, and/or an open-mic (if they prefer sharing orally). Students can also request to receive written feedback.

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North Van Arts: Drawing with Plants

This 4-week course will develop foundation skills of life drawing using plant life as a subject. Each class will focus on different materials, including graphite, charcoal, ink and mixed media. Each material will be explored in a variety of methods, using a range of formal techniques and qualities including line, cross hatching, contour, perspective, gesture, balance, and flow. Using their favourite houseplant or outdoor plants, students will practice translating perception onto paper while also exploring abstraction and perceptions other than sight.


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North Van Arts: Dog Portraits

Aside from landscape, the subject most people want to paint is their pet, usually a dog.   Fairly simple on the surface, but in practice pretty tricky.  This class is designed to get you on the right track, covering aspects of palette, composition, features and fur brushwork.  It is designed for students with at least some experience with acrylic paints.  The class will cover two different breeds of dogs, the Collie & Labrador retriever.


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North Shore ConneXions’ Virtual Walk and Rollathon

North Shore ConneXions Society is celebrating our 65th Anniversary with a very special fundraising event … a Virtual Walk and Rollathon and we would appreciate any help to promote.

We are encouraging folks to sign up via our Walk For Connexions JustGiving fundraising page (below). Participants can share the link and encourage their friends, family and coworkers to pledge a certain amount per km traveled or to donate a flat amount. They can even connect their page to their Strava App profile to track how far they’ve gone.

 

Event Kickoff – May 7, 2021

Event Finishes – May 7, 2021

Cost to register – FREE

Sign up and donation page – https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/walkforconnexions

 

Details – Get outside, get some exercise and raise money for our community! Cover as many KMs as you can in 7 days and HAVE FUN doing it! There will be special prizes available and we will inspire you along the way with daily check-ins on social media.

All funds raised will support the community we serve and help us meet our goals. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #walkforconnexions and #walkandroll!

Sponsored by Coast Capital

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Feast for the Eyes

THE POLYGON GALLERY’S SWEEPING EXHIBITION FEAST FOR THE EYES CAPTURES THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE SUBJECT OF FOOD

Canadian premiere features the work of Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and more than 60 renowned artists

JANUARY 27, 2021 (VANCOUVER, BC) — The Polygon Gallery presents the Canadian premiere of the delectably colourful touring exhibition Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography. Initially scheduled for 2020, but postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic, the sweeping show will be on display from March 4 to May 30, 2021. Curated by writer Susan Bright and Aperture Foundation’s senior editor Denise Wolff, Feast for the Eyes tells the history of photography through the enticing lens of food. Featuring the work of more than 60 of the world’s leading artists from the late 19th century to today, including Guy Bourdin, Man Ray, and Wolfgang Tillmans, the exhibition brings together a mouth-watering assortment of over 100 images from photojournalism to fashion photography, from rare cookbooks to advertising.

“Food is a foundational part of the social fabric of all cultures and nations, and Feast for the Eyes grounds us in the desire to picture moments that bridge us as humans,” says Reid Shier, Director of The Polygon Gallery. “The exhibition documents not only the history of photography through one of the most commonly depicted subjects in visual mediums — food — it also illuminates the shifting outlines of our individual and collective identities through acts of communing, hospitality, and sharing. We are delighted to showcase some of the more provocative images created by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, and to share how disparate genres of photography have been used to express food’s central, sustaining, role in our lives.”

Feast for the Eyes is thematically divided into three distinct sections:

Still Life pays homage to photography’s earliest inspiration, still-life painting, with a focus on classical subjects and composition. The images demonstrate how photography has both borrowed from and subverted the genre of still-lifes, while showcasing the technical and artistic potential of the photographic medium. Black-and-white works by photographer Roger Fenton, one of the world’s first war photographers, are featured alongside work of other pioneers, Edward Weston, the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Imogen Cunningham, who broke through gender barriers to help redefine modern photography.

Around the Table examines the social and cultural rituals and traditions around food and community. Some highlights include photographs by Weegee (Arthur Felig), who documented everyday rituals around food such as early-morning bagel deliveries in 1930s and 40s New York, and the Foods of the World series of cookbooks published by Time and LIFE, which captured representations of cultural and national identities through food. A special display of both historical and local cookbooks will be showcased adjacent to the section.

Playing With Your Food reveals how food ignites all five of the senses. Carolee Schneemann’s groundbreaking performance Meat Joy NYC (1964) reflects patriarchal views on cooking by visualizing men and women in ecstatic ritual with food. Pop Art’s tongue-in-cheek humour will be on display with Vik Muniz’s peanut butter and jelly recreation of Warhol’s Double Mona Lisa, and Ed Ruscha’s deadpan portraits of cans of Spam. This section is complemented by a library of rare cookbooks attendees can browse through.

Following the 2017 Aperture publication of a book by the same name, Feast for the Eyes has since traveled to Foam (Amsterdam), The Photographer’s Gallery (London) and the Hasselblad Foundation (Gothenburg).

Feast for the Eyes is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. The exhibition at The Polygon is generously supported by The Babalos Family, and Paula Palyga & David Demers, through their membership in The Polygon’s Exhibition Circle. The exhibition’s media sponsor is News 1130 and its community partner is Capture Photography Festival.

Full list of participating artists Nobuyoshi Araki, Sian Bonnell, Jo Ann Callis, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lans Christensen, Hannah Collins, Sharon Core, Grant Cornett, Robert Cumming, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Doisneau, Harold (Doc) Edgerton, Roe Ethridge, Marion Faller and Hollis Frampton, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Roger Fenton, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Nan Goldin, Daniel Gordon, Ronny Jaques, Charles Jones, Hiroyo Kaneko, Rinko Kawauchi, Victor Keppler, Carl Kleiner, Luis Lemus, Laura Letinsky, Russell Lee, Ouka Leele, Joseph Maida, Chris Maggio, William H. Martin, Man Ray, Peter Menzel, Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis, Nickolas Muray, Vik Muniz, Helmut Newton, Holger Niehaus, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, JR, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Sandy Skoglund, Paul Strand, Tony Stellato, Anne Testut, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lorenzo Vitturi, Andy Warhol, Donald Weber, Weegee, Edward Weston, T.R. Williams, Romulo Yanes.

COVID-19 safety protocols
The Polygon has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All exhibitions are planned in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent order, including capacity restrictions, social distancing, mandatory mask wearing, and sanitization of high-frequency touch points.

About The Polygon Gallery
The Polygon is one of Canada’s most acclaimed photography and media art galleries. The Gallery moved into its Governor General’s Medal-winning building in 2017 after operating as Presentation House Gallery for 40 years. The organization has presented more than 300 exhibitions and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most adventurous public art institutions. Admission is by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

Gallery hours Wednesday, 10am–5pm; Thursday, 10am–8pm; Friday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

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Documenting Chinatown: a conversation with Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard

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https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mlqMTWLQQ26PcbFLVbkYfg

Join two Canadian artists live over zoom for a conversation focused on the photographic documentation of Chinatowns across North America. Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard will deliver short fifteen-minute presentations, followed by a group conversation and live audience Q/A Session. Presented in conjunction with Griffin’s current exhibition Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections, photographs by each artist are currently on view at Griffin Art Projects from January 29 – May 1, 2020.

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