A shout out to Art International Vancouver for a successful turnout over the past weekend at Vancouver Convention Centre West.
Photos: d. king
Uniting Nations through the Power of Art
“The Aim of Art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance” – Aristotle.
Art Vancouver, Western Canada’s most prestigious art fair is back this year at the Vancouver Convention Center West. Featuring reputable galleries and artists from across Canada and around the world. May 5 – 8th 2022.
I attended the opening with my friend Megan last night. It was an overwhelming feast for the eyes as we wandered around and visited all the exhibitors. There is truly something for everyone’s taste – well almost. No booth is alike.
What I realize from having visited various art shows and galleries is that we can appreciate a painting, sculpture, photograph and other mixed media works of art for the sheer ingenuity each of these artists put into their work as well as the power of a message, whether you like the piece for yourself or not.
Maybe you don’t find a work visually appealing or perhaps it doesn’t go with your décor, but we can still try to accept and welcome all the different styles, imagination and heart put into the work – and as this show went to prove, there’s plenty of inventiveness out there, and overall…that goes to create an incredible event.
Industrial Design Artist German Aguirre Reder
Lisa Wolfin – Director’s Foreword:
“Whether it be with a piece of clay, brush, or pencil, we all have the capacity to create love. To say something through a full scale of colour or none at all, it is art which gives a voice to anyone who wishes to use it. And it is only when you have the courage to share and admire these gifts that an event like Art Vancouver is made possible. Surrounding ourselves with original art in our homes, the loving energy used to create the art emanates into our space.”
I took tons of photos so as I’m sharing some today, I’ll post more next week. Let me know what you think.
We loved a lot of what we saw
Still; if you’re focused on a very specific style for a set area of your home, you may or may not find what you’re looking for, even at a show of this calibre. Art is so subjective. You have to fall in love with your personal choice and it has to evoke some emotion. Art for art’s sake is not enough.
I highly recommend Art International Vancouver – this weekend.
Photos: d. king
Wine is an art unto itself and I might add very personal too. I’ll sample this one at the upcoming International Wine Festival (May 16-22) – also at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” – Edgar Degas.
The next best thing to physically being in Portugal is discovering the wines of Portugal. Lucky me; I was able to attend a grand tasting the other day at the Coast Plaza hotel in Vancouver. Always a pleasure to discover unfamiliar and delicious tasting wines and meet nice new people.
I didn’t realize their scope of native grape varieties are so plentiful – 250 different kinds to be exact!
The prized and distinct grapes are considered a national treasure and have been savoured by generations of Portuguese wine lovers. Wine drinkers elsewhere in the world will discover fresh new flavours when they sample.
Here are some fun facts:
Portugal is home of the first Demarcated and Regulated wine region in the world – The Douro Valley, now a Unesco World Heritage site.
The Portuguese were the first to bring European wines to the Americas and to Asia.
Portugal has the highest density of native grape varieties in the world.
*Jancis Robinson, in a 13 year tasting, ranked Portuguese red wines the highest.
*(British wine critic, journalist and wine writer. Jancis currently writes a weekly column for the Financial Times, and writes for her website JancisRobinson.com, updated daily. She also provides advice for the wine cellar of Queen Elizabeth II).
Portugal was elected for the 3rd consecutive year as “Best Destination in the World” by the World Travel Awards and in total won 39 awards.
The wine region of Lisbon was considered by Wine Enthusiast one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2019.”
Forbes magazine elected the best wines of 2019 and in its list there are 3 Portuguese wines in the first 12 places.
It’s important to not drink too much on an empty stomach.
Don’t ask me how I know this
Luckily the room had plenty of tasty appies to choose from.
For wine enthusiasts this was an excellent event.
Photos: d. king