artsy afternoon

Whenever I have to take the car over town somewhere, I usually try to do several things on that journey, to maximize pleasure over pain, for I dislike driving in Vancouver’s crazy traffic, and then there’s the cost of gas. So it was that I had arranged a date with my husband for yesterday afternoon. After a visit with my wonderful naturopath, I headed over to nearby Granville Island. I wandered for about an hour around some wonderful shops like Maiwa, highly tempted by their lovely artistic clothing and Asian fabric arts. Thinking about sewing, I checked out their craft supply store but did not find what I’d hoped for… maybe next time.

Then my husband arrived, having cycled from work. As always when we meet after work somewhere in town, he finds our van in a designated area, loads the bike inside and changes from cycling gear to regular clothes that he’s left in the car the night before, then comes find me. It’s such a delight to meet like this, makes me feel like twenty-something, almost.


Together we went into the Circle Craft Gallery to see our Finnish-Canadian friend Kaija Rautianen’s exhibition of Jacquard tapestry weavings, entitled Natural Images: Bear Encounters. Lovely work as always, and a very interesting process. Kaija’s images of bears were taken on a sailing trip up the coast of BC, where the bear is considered sacred by the First Nations. I thought of how the bear was also sacred to some of the ancient people in Finland* as well. Check out this excellent review.

Next stop was Emily Carr University of Art and Design (formerly Institute) to see the Emily Carr Grad Show 2008. Read about it on daughter Erika’s blog. We saw the website she assisted in creating, like she did last year when she was a grad. I didn’t have the energy to go through the entire massive show, but what we did see was impressive.

By this time we were hungry and headed over for an always wonderful meal in a favourite restaurant on this Island, overlooking all the boats in False Creek, with the city’s highrises glowing in the sunshine on the other shore. Nice date, don’t you think? I only wish I’d remembered the camera.

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May 8, 2008 in Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Other artists by Marja-Leena