July 23, 2020
North Van artsNews :: July 2014

In this issue of artsNews:

  • Presenting the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission
  • North Shore Culture Days gaining momentum
  • Culture Cram at North Van District Libraries
  • Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival growing up
  • Vancouver Biennale Pavilion on the waterfront
  • Seymour Art Gallery exhibition artist goes National

Let us know if you have a story to tell about arts, culture and/or creative activities, ideas or experiences that you've come across here on the North Shore.  We'll do our best to include something in an upcoming artsNews.  Contact Barb McLean for details.

Check the ON! events calendar and find out about all of the arts and cultural activities happening this summer on the North Shore.

The NVRC cultural services team,
Barb McLean, John Rice & Lori Phillips



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    In June 2014, the City and District of North Vancouver announced the consolidation of the Arts Office and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission into the new North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission (NVRC). The consolidation brings together municipal cultural expertise under one organization and aims to enhance arts and cultural programming and services in North Vancouver and achieve efficiencies in service delivery.

  • Culture Days returns to the North Shore on September 26, 27 and 28. Building public awareness and increased participation is the focus for this year's celebrations.  A number of North Shore groups have already registered their events and will offer hands-on activities, lectures, demos and interactive experiences.  Event organizers can take advantage of FREE promotional initiatives - opportunities that will have more impact this year due to the merging of the Arts Office and North Vancouver Recreation Commission!

  • Attention all North Shore Culture Days organizers looking for event space!  North Vancouver District Public Library is opening their doors to North Shore artists and groups that need a place to host their Culture Days activity on Sunday, September 28th.  How about a storytelling slam, musical jam session, or maybe a crafternoon? In addition to the FREE space, NVDPL will help promote your event through their communication channels.

  • The fifth annual Blueridge International Chamber Music Festival takes place August 11-23 at Mt Seymour United Church in North Vancouver. Under the artistic direction of Dorothea Hayley and Alejandro Ochoa (pictured above), the Festival presents an eclectic four-concert series with an exceptional line-up of internationally acclaimed artists.  In addition, there's a two-week program for talented young artists that's not just about masterclasses, rehearsals and student concerts.  After a full day of music making, students and teachers come together for the daily 'mandatory' ping pong tournament!

  • Public tours of the 'bold, beautiful and bizarre' art installations in the Vancouver Biennale's International Pavilion in Shipbuilders' Square are now underway.  Volunteer docents are on site and eager to guide the public through the exhibits and provide insight to the art works that have been created by some of Brazil's most significant established and emerging artists. (Pictured above: Vancouver Biennale volunteers Maya Donkers and Terre-Dayne Beasley)

  • The Seymour Art Gallery (SAG) has great news to share. Artist Luke Parnell whose work was featured in the SAG's 2013 exhibition 'Parnell: Transformation and Renewal' has had one of the works from the show acquired by the National Gallery of Canada. Phantom Limbs, was an installation of 48 carved basswood figures in plexiglass boxes arranged in a grid on the floor of the gallery.