Archive for May, 2021

May 30, 2021

The Creative Voices Dundarave Print Workshop event is now on the Arts Council’s Youtube.

Dundarave Print Workshop – History of Art and Community

May 26, 2021


Join us for an inspiring & informative live presentation on the history of the Dundarave Print Workshop, celebrating 50 years of art & community making. Did you know this staple of the Vancouver art scene started right here in West Vancouver? Or that B.C. Binnings was one of the founders? From humble beginnings in a garage in Dundarave to a celebrated institution that fosters acclaimed contemporary artists, discover the origins & stories of the Dundarave Print Workshop.

Leading us on this journey through time are acclaimed printmaker & multimedia artist Arnold Shives who was a member in the early days, celebrated printmaker Gloria Shaw who has been a long-time member, & award-winning writer & historian Janet Nicol.

Creative Voices will be presented live via zoom on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7pm to 8pm.

SUPPORT our programming if you are able.

This is a free event.  Registration is required at the following link:

The event is sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Arts Council (WVCAC).

Dundarave Print Workshop and gallery is located on Granville Island in Vancouver. Copies of the DPW booklet on the 50 year history on sale. Check the DPW website for hours of operation.

This author stopping by DPW, a young talented artist volunteering at the sales desk. Check out my article on B.C. Binning, founder of DPW, published on line in Montecristo magazine.

The Hidden Histories of Schools

May 18, 2021

by Janet Nicol

Connecting history to our school and community deepens students’ understanding of the past. Consider Vancouver Technical Secondary: students typeset, printed, and bound their own yearbooks from 1922 to 1947, the covers illustrated with linocut art. This unique yearbook collection has attracted the interest of local media, a printers’ union, and scholars. Van Tech’s rich “hidden” history, as briefly set out here, proves yearbooks are a powerful primary source, especially for social studies and social justice teachers.

For the full story, go to the BCTF link at –

Original print publication in BC Teacher magazine, May/June, 2021