Art

Archer decided on a playful theme for the Boardroom Cafe mural. (Photo by Chris Hammett)

Man behind the murals: Renowned artist covers B.C. town with art

Archer’s career has led him to meet big names such as Snoop Dogg, Black Sabbath, Lenny Kravitz and Cheech and Chong

 

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Vancouver police have identified the suspects who threw maple syrup on an Emily Carr painting and glued themselves to the wall on Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver police identify suspects who poured maple syrup on Emily Carr painting

Vancouver Art Gallery says Carr’s “Stumps and Sky” painting suffered no permanent harm

 

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This day in history: Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public

On November 1, 1512. The breathtaking series of ceiling frescoes were painted…

 

Climate protesters of Last Generation after throwing mashed potatoes at the Claude Monet painting “Les Meulesâ” at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum on Sunday Oct. 24, 2022, to protest fossil fuel extraction. (Last Generation via AP)

Climate protesters throw mashed potatoes at Monet painting

Two activists wearing orange high-visibility vests glued themselves to the wall below the painting

Climate protesters of Last Generation after throwing mashed potatoes at the Claude Monet painting “Les Meulesâ” at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum on Sunday Oct. 24, 2022, to protest fossil fuel extraction. (Last Generation via AP)
September 16, 2022 -  Artist Joe Coffey with one of his paintings at the Madrona Gallery.. Don Denton photo

Animal kingdom

The realistically surreal creatures of Joe Coffey

  • Oct 21, 2022
September 16, 2022 -  Artist Joe Coffey with one of his paintings at the Madrona Gallery.. Don Denton photo
Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s famous 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, Friday Oct. 14, 2022. The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the British government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil painting on Friday. London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass. (Just Stop Oil via AP)

UK climate protesters throw soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

No discernible damage caused to the glass-covered painting

Handout photo issued by Just Stop Oil of two protesters who have thrown tinned soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s famous 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, Friday Oct. 14, 2022. The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the British government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists dumped two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the oil painting on Friday. London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass. (Just Stop Oil via AP)
Debris artist Pete Clarkson stands next to his latest installment, ‘Classic Plastic’ outside Gaia Grocery in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Surfrider Pacific Rim)

Provocative art installation challenges bottled water buyers in Tofino

Beachcomber and debris artist Pete Clarkson unveils new piece

Debris artist Pete Clarkson stands next to his latest installment, ‘Classic Plastic’ outside Gaia Grocery in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Surfrider Pacific Rim)
Decorating with art. Lia Crowe photography

At home with art

Building a collection and using art to personalize your space

  • Oct 5, 2022
Decorating with art. Lia Crowe photography
The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)

B.C. artist’s Witness Blanket for National Truth and Reconciliation now accessible to all

Created by Carey Newman, the art installation had previously only been viewable in person

The Witness Blanket residential schools art exhibit is now available on a newly launched interactive website. (witnessblanket.ca)
Indigenous artist John Marston in his Chemainus studio.The painting behind him is by his friend, Ladysmith artist Dennis Brown. In front of him are architectural plans for new artist studios in Ladysmith that he is helping to design. Don Denton photo.

Rising from the storm

Stz’uminus artist John Marston

  • Sep 28, 2022
Indigenous artist John Marston in his Chemainus studio.The painting behind him is by his friend, Ladysmith artist Dennis Brown. In front of him are architectural plans for new artist studios in Ladysmith that he is helping to design. Don Denton photo.
Cim MacDonald’s Rotary Club mural on the Rotary bunker. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Unveiling tour showcases newest Chemainus murals and sculptures since 2020

Everyone invited for walking tour to see and hear about the latest additions

Cim MacDonald’s Rotary Club mural on the Rotary bunker. (Photo by Don Bodger)
People wait to enter the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Saturday, June 6, 2020. In the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 1972, three men rappelled from a skylight down a nylon rope into the second floor of the museum. Fifty years after what has been described as the biggest art heist in Canadian history, the thieves’ identity remains a mystery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

50 years after major Montreal art theft, trail has gone cold and nobody’s talking

Thieves rappelled into the museum from a skylight, overpowered the guards and stole millions in art

People wait to enter the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, Saturday, June 6, 2020. In the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 1972, three men rappelled from a skylight down a nylon rope into the second floor of the museum. Fifty years after what has been described as the biggest art heist in Canadian history, the thieves’ identity remains a mystery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)

Campaign underway to bring traumatized South African orphan to family in B.C.

Girl treated for malaria after being found alone in remote 40 C home with her dead mom

Pictured is Ryleigh (right) with her late mom Jax. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Pyne-Mercier)
Ola Volo handout

Going public

Ola Volo and her spectacular murals

  • Sep 1, 2022
Ola Volo handout
The Union Club of British Columbia copy of Yousuf Karsh’s famous 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill is not at risk of theft following, says the manager after the recent discovery the original on display at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa had been replaced by a fake. (Courtesy of the Union Club of British Columbia)

Vancouver club confident its copy of scowling Churchill portrait secure

Union Club of British Columbia owns a copy of the original work discovered stolen from Ottawa hotel

The Union Club of British Columbia copy of Yousuf Karsh’s famous 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill is not at risk of theft following, says the manager after the recent discovery the original on display at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa had been replaced by a fake. (Courtesy of the Union Club of British Columbia)
Estrellita Karsh wife of legenary photographer Yousuf Karsh stands in front of the iconic 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill taken by her husband in the Speaker of the House of Commons’ chambers on Tuesday July 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Two art heists, 50 years apart: expert says Canada is a ‘soft target’

Officials didn’t discover the latest stolen piece was gone for more than 8 months after it was taken

Estrellita Karsh wife of legenary photographer Yousuf Karsh stands in front of the iconic 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill taken by her husband in the Speaker of the House of Commons’ chambers on Tuesday July 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Yousuf Karsh’s iconic 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill as displayed in the Speaker of the House of Commons’ chambers on Tuesday July 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Famous Yousuf Karsh portrait of Sir Winston Churchill stolen from Château Laurier

Legendary original swapped out for a copy in a caper worthy of a Hollywood movie

Yousuf Karsh’s iconic 1941 photograph of Winston Churchill as displayed in the Speaker of the House of Commons’ chambers on Tuesday July 14, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Alejandro. Díaz Liceága .  Photography by Lia Crowe

Blow the whistle!

Maynard Johnny Jr.’s Pacific FC jersey design is an instant success

  • Aug 19, 2022
Alejandro. Díaz Liceága .  Photography by Lia Crowe
Master carver Tom LaFortune (left) and Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre inmate Brandon Castle work on the eagle atop the totem pole. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Inmates building community in B.C. prison through totem pole project

Led by Indigenous master carvers, the project aims to raise the pole in October

Master carver Tom LaFortune (left) and Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre inmate Brandon Castle work on the eagle atop the totem pole. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
July 13, 2022 - Indigenous artist Maynard Johnny Jr. poses with one of his prints in his Duncan studio. Don Denton photo.

Spirit of reconciliation

The art of Maynard Johnny Jr.

  • Aug 17, 2022
July 13, 2022 - Indigenous artist Maynard Johnny Jr. poses with one of his prints in his Duncan studio. Don Denton photo.