December: Must-see art events in Vancouver

Eri Ishii Canopy Bed 2016 oil on panel 8x8 in.

The Holidays are going to be busy, but Women | Art | Wine will definitely make time to check out these four events! Wishing everyone a creative, joyous and loving season. xo w|a|w

 Jessie McNeil “YYZ”, 2016, Collage on paper, 15″ x 25.5″

Jessie McNeil at Elissa Cristall Gallery– Exhibition Tour

McNeil writes —  This collage series was fuelled by Elizabeth Becker’s comprehensive analysis of tourism in “Overbooked,” my many travel podcast subscriptions, playing on loop in the studio, and most importantly, my on-going desire to study my position as “visitor”, “traveller” or “tourist.” Much of my collage work, as you may have realized, is the result of a serious case of wanderlust! While I find comfort and an endless source of inspiration in my Strathcona neighbourhood, the re-invigorating opportunities of travel are much to hard to pass up. I travel to study the texture and light of new places. I want that sensory-overload to spark new growth in my artistic practice. The chaotic, mundane and inspirational world of travel will be represented in this exhibition of new collages and a growing 3-dimensional installation piece.

We each consume a place differently. Whether simply resting in public spaces or attractions, filling tour bus seats or obsessively taking photos, we capture, collect and consume the environments we visit. The collages of Travellers expose the moments when the personal and public, the fragmented and integrated merge while offering a painterly representation of the light and texture found in the environments we travel to. With this example of McNeil’s figurative collage work, she contemplates the complex scenario of travel and travellers today.

Travel is an educational tool. Travel can represent joy, enlightenment and pilgrimage, while in some cases, simultaneously depleting the world of its natural resources and threatening ancient cultures and traditions.

Exhibition runs through December 23


, 2016

2239 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

 Eri Ishii “Chandelier”, 2016, Oil on canvas, 18″ x 14″

Eri Ishii at the Ian Tan Gallery – Exhibition Tour

Vancouver artist Eri Ishii returns with a new selection of figurative and landscape works for her new show Wrapped. Included are 21 paintings and drawings which visually explore themes of safety and security. Ishii constructs her imagery by drawing on visual fragments of memory, exploring the psychological residue of our experiences and how we relate to them as we age. In Cocoon a boy stands enveloped by an aura of white fluff that encircles him, depicting the sensation of warmth and comfort without resorting to sentimentality. In To Norman, Eri expresses how it felt to be in the presence of her late mentor Norman Yates by painting a chapel, illuminated by a soft flood of cascading, colourful light.

This collection finds Ishii deepening the pursuit of her interests, growing her oeuvre and refining her visual language. Trying to grasp the figure in motion, Eri creates movement by directly applying paint without preliminary drawings, resulting in a dynamic, colourful, and painterly aesthetic. In our minds eye, the subjects are imprinted as a kinetic blur thus depictions embody a visual paradox whereby the figure attempts to establish or retain a form and sense of place in the distorted, lush caverns of recollections.

Eri Ishii is a Vancouver artist working mostly in oil painting. Covered with layers of delicately applied oil paint, her work emanates a dreamy and atmospheric quality, filled with visual depth and a strange sense of mystery. She has explored several different subjects over her career to date; from the paintings of soft landscapes and buildings to the most recent series of disquietingly still and moving figures which conjured an anxious vulnerability.

A winner of several awards, Eri has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group shows across Canada and internationally including Centre A in Vancouver, Halde Galerie in Switzerland, and Kobushi Rehabilitation Centre in Japan. Eri is currently represented by Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver. Opening Reception, Saturday, December 17


, 1-4pm.

Exhibition runs through January 31


, 2017 

2321 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

 Creative Escape at CityScape Community Art Space

Creative Escape at CityScape Community Art Space – BYOCP 

*Bring Your Own Creative Project

Come out, meet your neighbours and get creative!

Want to work on your knitting? Share your love of drawing? Trying to get the creative juices flowing for your writing?  Need some inspiration, peer review or feedback on your latest creation? Creative Escape is the place to share your skills and learn from others in a casual atmosphere. Invite your friends and make new ones at this free, creative drop-in.

We’ve been thrilled with the great response for our Creative Escape evenings – come out, join the fun and create with us! This free programme generally happens on the last Thursday of the month.  Except, of course, if there is an opening reception or other special event.

Free drop-in, last Thursday of the month: 

December 22


: 6:00pm-8:00pm 

335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

 James Jean “Bouquet”, 2016, Acrylic on canvas

Juxtapoz x Superflat at the Vancouver Art Gallery – Exhibition Tour

Juxtapoz x Superflat is a manifesto for new creative practices that can no longer be adequately described by the traditional categories of art and production. Presenting the work of more than 30 artists from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada, this remarkable exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life.

Juxtapoz x Superflat was conceived by the renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and co-curated with Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Art & Culture, a legendary San Francisco-based magazine committed to contemporary art, design, fashion and graffiti. They conceived the exhibition as a survey of the most exciting visual art to emerge in recent years, with a heavy emphasis on artists who operate outside of the central hubs of the global art world. Expanding upon Murakami and Juxtapoz magazine’s interest in flattening high and low cultures, this exhibition includes work by artists whose practice has been shaped by a variety of sub-cultures including skate, surf, graffiti, street art, comics, design, illustration, painting, and digital and traditional arts.

Juxtapoz x Superflat includes work by Nina Chanel Abney, Chiho Aoshima, Urs Fischer, GATS, Kim Jung Gi, Kazunori Hamana, Trenton Doyle Hancock, John Hathway, Todd James, James Jean, Friedrich Kunath, Austin Lee, MADSAKI, Geoff McFetridge, Christian Rex van Minnen, Rebecca Morgan, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Otani Workshop, Paco Pomet, Parra, Erin M. Riley, Mark Ryden, David Shrigley, Lucy Sparrow, Devin Troy Strother, Swoon, Katsuya Terada, Toilet Paper Magazine, Yuji Ueda, Yuji Ueno, Sage Vaughn, Ben Venom, He Xiangyu and Zoer & Velvet.

Exhibition runs through February 5, 2017 at 

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

*Miria jb Hood brings women to gallery openings, artist’s studios and private gallery tours creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm toward viewing art, while offering information to assist in confidence when discussing and purchasing art. Come away with ownership of one’s views, and possibly a piece of art, through candid discussions over wine and small plates at local vino venues to encourage confident opinions on what one sees in a gallery. If you would like to participate in any of this month’s “must see gallery” tours, please feel free to contact Miria at

xo w|a|w

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