With 70-plus artists and galleries from at home and abroad to explore, Art! Vancouver—Western Canada’s only international fine-arts fair—offers a slew of visual delights for the casual visitor and the sophisticated art connoisseur. To help you get the most out of the fest, we’ve highlighted two exhibitors to look for below, plus an off-site event that gets the local art scene in on the action.
Restaurateur Jerry Suqi is best known as the mind behind Chicago eateries such as Narcisse, Sugar, and, more recently, Chickpea and Jam, but the entrepreneur has an interest in art, too. In 2013, he conducted a pop-up gallery in the Windy City before launching his own space, Galerie Fledermaus. Now, he’s bringing his diverse collection of art nouveau and contemporary symbolist works to Vancouver for the first time. Keep your eyes peeled for a range of Gustav Klimt collotypes; in fact, Suqi claims that he owns more Klimt than his home city’s fabled Art Institute.
Renowned for crafting garments that reflect and celebrate her Haida heritage, fashion designer and Order of Canada recipient Dorothy Grant will be showcasing a selection of handmade attire that runs the gamut from coats decorated with traditional Chilkat designs to scarves and frocks printed with the Haida symbol of the Raven.
Vancouver Gallery Crawl
For the first time, Art! Vancouver is stretching its boundaries beyond the Vancouver Convention Centre walls to organize the Vancouver Gallery Crawl. From April 20 to 22, locals will be able to visit more than 40 galleries, including downtown Vancouver’s Chali-Rosso Gallery, Mount Pleasant’s grunt gallery, and Whistler’s Audain Art Museum, for free. A number will also be conducting special events and tours throughout the weekend. To see a full list of participating galleries, visit the Art! Vancouver website.