Enough ink (and more) has been spilled about the year that was, so suffice it to say we’re all looking forward to a brighter 2021. Especially as we await these exciting art events happening in the next year on the West Coast.
Imagine Van Gogh in Vancouver
A unique and truly modern experience of one of the great master’s greatest works comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre in February. Visitors will wander amongst giant projections of the artist’s paintings, swept away by every brushstroke, detail, painting medium and colour. More than 200 of Van Gogh’s paintings completed between 1888 and 1890 will be on display in tandem with immersive audio to add emotional depth to each image, allowing you to live and feel the creative energy of the legend himself.
Live (Streaming) at the ‘Bolt in Burnaby
World-class artists and performers will take to the stage as part of a 10-week online concert series at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, including The Covid Chronicles, a cabaret for challenging times featuring artists from a variety of disciplines tackling this extraordinary lived experience. The season kicks off January 28 and will be available exclusively online every Thursday up until, and if, a live audience is possible again.
West Fine Art Show in Langley
Entering its 12th year, the West Fine Art Show comes to the Glass House Estate Winery in Langley in March to showcase a talented group of 18 Canadian artists. The weekend promises an exceptional destination art show offering breathtaking interpretations of our Western Canadian lifestyle and surroundings as well as the rare opportunity to meet and speak with each artist. Partial proceeds of all art sales will be donated to the Langley School District Foundation.
TD Uptown Live! in New Westminster
New Westminster’s ultimate street party returns to rock the Royal City in July. After taking 2020 off for obvious reasons, this family-friendly day full of eclectic live music, interactive exhibits, local artisans, and yummy food trucks is poised to come back bigger and better than ever.
Art Vancouver International Art Fair
Art Vancouver returns in April after last year’s hiatus to bring over 100 local and international galleries and artists downtown for an opportunity to view and purchase artwork from over 15 countries, all under one roof. Special events include an Opening Night Premiere Party with a runway show and DJs, panel talks with artists, art classes for the beginner, and the Opus Art Masters in which eight artists compete against each other and the clock to paint an original piece with a surprise box of supplies.
This is just a handful of all of the exciting art and performance to come to the West Coast this year. And who couldn’t use a bit more of that?