Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Dundarave Print Workshop turns 50

April 3, 2021

A booklet gives the history of the workshop, written by Janet Nicol, designed and produced by Lone Tratt. $20 (TR Trades, Vancouver, 2021.)

Dundarave Print Workshop, a gallery-studio on Granville Island, celebrates 50 years as the oldest, continuous printmaking workshop in British Columbia. A limited edition history of the printmakers’ non-profit collective, with photographs and a cover print, is available for purchase at the front counter. Check hours of business at the DPW website. Also note: Copies also for sale on Granville Island at Malaspina Print Workshop, Opus Art Supplies and Upstart and Crow books.

Also watch for an upcoming on-line article in Montecristo magazine about the origins of the workshop out of a garage in the West Vancouver neighbourhood of Dundarave. Bert Charles Binning (1909-2976), a renowned artist and “mover and shaker”in Vancouver’s cultural community, was the driving force behind setting up the workshop, along with Wayne Eastcott, a professional artist, now residing in Japan.

Art for the Holidays

December 16, 2020

by Janet Nicol

From Winnipeg to Sydney on Vancouver Island, check out this holiday shopping round-up, available on-line at Galleries West magazine. (link below.) You will find great gift ideas based on my telephone interviews with gallery owners and artisan shop keepers across the West, all with the same message: shop local and support Canada’s art community.

Merry holidays and here’s to a bright 2021.

Sheena Lott, “Silence in the Snow,” no date; acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 20″ (courtesan Peninsula Gallery, Sidney, BC)

https://www.gallerieswest.ca/magazine/stories/art-for-the-holidays/

Sybil in Cycles

November 29, 2020

I am pleased to have an abbreviated biographical account of British-Canadian Sybil Andrews’ artistic life published in a gem of a twice-yearly chapbook out of Ontario, “The Devil’s Artisan.” (Winter, 2020)

According to the DA website, “We reach out to a global audience of typographic and printing arts enthusiasts who appreciate the value of the printed word even in this digital age.” More info about the journal is available on their website at – http://devilsartisan.ca/about_us.html

Print copies also available at the Vancouver downtown Chapters Indigo’s magazine section.

The History of Nursing in BC

May 28, 2020

“Be Kind, Calm and Safe” J.M. Nicol 2020 (oil on embossed Japanese Mulberry paper)

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As a participant in the BC Labour Heritage Centre curriculum project, I developed a lesson on the history of nursing in BC, entitled “The Professionals.” It is available, at no cost, at “TeachBC”   Search for:  “The Professionals.”   A 3 minutes video of the same title, can be downloaded at the BC Labour Heritage Centre site as well.

Season’s Greetings

December 7, 2019

Linocut (A/P) Russian church in Strathcona, Vancouver. J.M. Nicol

Original print (1/1) Available at Dundarave Print Workshop $10 SOLD

BC Artists: On or Under the Radar

August 27, 2019

by Janet Nicol

My recently published book about artist Sybil Andrews joins a growing list of biographies and memoirs of BC artists who have dedicated their life to creativity, experiencing an array of struggles and successes along the way.

Check out  Off the Page, part of  ‘49th Shelf,’ an on-line publishers’ website where I recommend eight other reads, all beautifully illustrated with the artists’ work. Link at –

https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2019/26/BC-Artists-On-or-Under-the-Radar

Also, the following is a write-up about my book in Preview, an art magazine available at no cost in galleries around BC:

ON THE CURVE: THE LIFE AND ART OF SYBIL ANDREWS is historian Janet Nicol’s deeply researched account of an outstanding artist whose career has cycled in and out of critical focus. The book traces Andrews’ progress from her Suffolk childhood and her art education in London through her enthusiastic embrace of the democratic medium of the linoleum block print. Nicol’s focus is on Andrews’ life and impact after World War II in the then-isolated community of Campbell River, and her eventual international recognition.

Softcover, 158 pp., C$28.95. Available at bookstores, caitlin-press.com or amazon.ca.

Link to Preview page at – http://preview-art.com/catalogues/sep-oct-2019-exhibition-catalogues/

Many thanks to the Killarney Secondary (Vancouver) book club for hosting a talk this January, 2020.

Attention teachers and aspiring teen writers! – Check out my 5 minute video at the BC Teacher Librarians Association website,  part of a writers’ series providing resources for high school students during the pandemic.    I talk about my book, writing non-fiction and give a few writing tips.  Here’s the link –

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4m2dUKhVZkECaiTH3uKUqQ

FLASH SALE:  More news about “On the Curve” – June 2020 – Caitlin Press is offering a sale on books and starting June 1 “On the Curve” will be among the art and food books to kick off the event.  According to Caitlin Press, ” Each Flash Sale will be a unique theme, so this will be the only chance to get the book at this discounted rate. Every 2 weeks from June 1 to September 4, we’ll feature 10 titles—discounted up to 50% off.”

More info at Caitlin Press website. https://caitlin-press.com/flash-book-sales-summer-2020/

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Drawbridge – a book review

July 26, 2019

Drawbridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia
by Joan Boxall Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press, 2019

Reviewed by Janet Nicol

A memoir told in ten lyrical essays, Drawbridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia is Joan Boxall’s moving tribute to her brother, Stephen Corcoran. In the early 2000s, Joan became co-trustee of Stephen following the death of their parents. So began her enlightening ten-year journey supporting a brother with a mental illness. Joan intersperses research, observations, and thoughts with her poetry, each essay framed within a theme of art — the powerful tool that provided a path for Joan and Stephen to connect.

The pair spent many Tuesdays mornings figure drawing from live models at Basic Inquiry studio and gallery on Vancouver’s Main Street. Stephen held two exhibitions at Basic Inquiry prior to his death from cancer following a short illness in 2013, aged 64.

The full review is available at The Ormsby Review, an on-line journal.
Link at – https://ormsbyreview.com/2019/07/26/584-brother-artist-at-the-edge/

Steven Corcoran drawing, May 2011

‘On the Curve’ book event – Silk Purse Arts Centre

July 17, 2019

‘On the Curve’ book event at Silk Purse Arts Centre
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 4:30 to 6pm

As part of the Creative Voices program sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, I will be giving a presentation about my book, “On the Curve: The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews” at the Silk Purse Arts Centre on Sunday, September 29 at 4:30 to 6pm.

Following a power point presentation and Q and A, copies of book will be for sale, along with an author signing.

The event is free and will be accepting pay-what-you can donations. Registration is at  –
https://westvanartscouncil.ca/event-3482194

More about “On the Curve” at “All Lit Up” newsletter – link at https://alllitup.ca/Blog/2019/Beautiful-Books-On-the-Curve-The-Life-and-Art-of-Sybil-Andrews

Thank you to all who came out to the book talk at the Silk Purse.  It was a lovely afternoon of art talk in a ‘cottage’ style space with opened French doors leading to the beach,  in the distance, cruise ships heading out to sea.

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Glenbow museum holds Sybil Andrews exhibition

June 27, 2019

Sybil Andrews – Art and Life
October 19, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Glenbow Museum, Calgary Alberta
Curated by Hana Leaper

According to the Glenbow’s website:

“Glenbow’s connection with Sybil Andrews began in the early 1980s, when the museum organized an exhibition of her linocuts. As a result of this interest in her work, Andrews gifted more than 500 of her artworks to Glenbow, as well as the contents of her studio, which included personal papers and objects, making Glenbow the major study centre for Andrews’ life and work.”
Link to full page at https://www.glenbow.org/exhibitions/sybil-andrews-art-and-life/

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Sybil Andrews, self portrait among the many rarely seen art pieces now showing at the Glenbow.  Photo by Janet Nicol (November, 2019)

Dr. Hana Leaper, curator of the exhibition, is employed at Liverpool John Moores University, England and author of “Sybil Andrews Linoctus: A Complete Catalogue.”

Leaper wrote of “On the Curve: The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews” –

“Nicol has produced a compelling narrative of Andrews’ life, from her early years in Bury St Edmunds, to the artistic and musical communities she nurtured in the remote town of Campbell River on the coast of British Columbia. It is impressively researched and sensitively written.”

Copies of “On the Curve” are available at the Glenbow gift shop, independent book stores and select Chapters/Indigo stores.   

Below is a short youtube video produced by the Glenbow, featuring Sybil at her studio talking about her art.

 

 

 

“On the Curve: The Life and Art of Sybil Andrews”

April 12, 2019

by Janet Nicol

Published by Caitlin Press, Halfmoon Bay, May 31, 2019
$28.95 paperback, fully illustrated

Sybil Andrews was one of Canada’s most prominent artists working throughout the late twentieth century. From a cottage by the sea in Campbell River, Andrews created striking linocut prints steeped in feeling and full of movement. Inspired by the working-class community that she lived in, her art is known for its honest depiction of ordinary people at work and play on Canada’s West Coast.

Although she was raised in Bury St Edmunds, England, “On the Curve” focuses on Andrews’ life after she immigrated to Canada in 1947. Settling in Campbell River, Andrews taught private art and music lessons and created artwork that gained her recognition across the globe. In the final years of her life, retrospective exhibitions of her prints in Canada and Britain skyrocketed her popularity. Prints of her artwork became even more valuable after her death in 1992.

I visited England, the Glenbow in Calgary and Campbell River in 2018 and in this biography, interweave stories from Andrews’ letters, diaries and interviews from her former students and friends, to create a portrait of this determined, resilient and gifted British-Canadian artist. Andrews’ work is as popular today as it was in her lifetime and continues to celebrate the cultural, industrial, agricultural and natural world of Canada’s West Coast.

Watch for announcements of a book launch in Campbell River this upcoming June, 2019 followed by book talks in Vancouver. For more information, go to caitlin-press.com

A lithograph print of Sybil Andrews by author Janet Nicol, inspired by an archival photograph of Sybil on Sark Island, off the coast of Normandy, France in the 1930s.