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Spirit Messenger: Japanese-Canadian Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi Breathes Loss And Rebirth Into Her Abstract Sculptures

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

The blue translucent wings of Flightare in repose, as if wrapped around itself for warmth or seeking comfort; Winged Aspirationextend their life-affirming ruffled wing tips to the sky from nautilus-like heads. Glassblower, Naoko Takenouchi breathes loss and rebirth into her abstract creations of migratory birds and flowers, instilling them with her own life experiences in which coincidence (or fate) has …

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Chan Hon Goh – Vancouver Ballet Dynasty Raises The Barre For Dance Training And Education In Canada

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Perhaps her breathless exuberance is partially a consequence of a grande jeté (that’s ballet parlance for ‘big leap’) into a Toronto cab, but Vancouver’s Chan Hon Goh, director of the Goh Ballet Academy is always a force of nature. She’s about halfway through her annual, albeit frenetic, outreach programme giving masterclasses to ballet students across Canada and Seattle. “I keep …

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David Foster, Music Man, Philanthropist

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

After Celebrating his 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, David Foster the multi-talented Canadian takes a big bite out of Broadway Renaissance man, musician-composer-producer, philanthropist and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, David Foster is holding court in the panoramic 6th floor D6 lobby lounge of the DOUGLAS, Parq Vancouver’s new luxury downtown hotel. Dapper and fit, (he’s claustrophobic and never uses elevators …

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Once In The Blue Moon of Toruk, Kym Barrett Costume and Make-Up Designer; Time-Traveller

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

As a child growing up on tropical Christmas Island, an isolated and rugged Australian territory dotting the Indian Ocean, Kym Barrett was surrounded by a kaleidoscope of exquisite sunsets, spectacular flowers, lush coral reefs and exotic birds. In fact, it is so far away from other archipelagos geographically, that many species are indigenous to only that island. That sounds uncannily …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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Coco Chanel – Timeless Visionary: Fashion Changes But Style Endures

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Hers truly was a rags to riches story. Born in 1883 and raised in an orphanage in Saumur, France where the nuns taught her to sew, Gabrielle (Coco) Bonheur Chanel took up work with a local tailor as soon as she turned eighteen. Though fiercely independent, rebelling against the male fashion designers of the day who sought to bind women …

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Dale Chihuly: The Maestro of Glass

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

A surreal, fecund garden of vibrant orange, red, blue and green flora appears to propagate overhead; a spectacular, almost sentient canopy that seems all the more improbable because it’s entirely composed of sculpted blown glass. Persian Ceiling and Persian Trellis are designed by glass alchemist, Dale Chihuly, windows into his imagination and installed in a new Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) …

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Early Childhood Art Re-Kindled: Joyce Ozier Creates Contemporary Abstract Paintings With Little Picasso Project

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

“Every child is an artist… it took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso A yellow giraffe gracefully strides through a wildly abstract savannah and a little girl appears to float above an imaginary garden. These are two kindergarten drawings conceptualized into large commissioned paintings created by artist, Joyce Ozier …

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Michael Wex: Rhapsody in Schmaltz, Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating it

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

Rhapsodizing about Yiddish cuisine with best-selling author, Michael Wex, is like having a conversation with Woody Allen with a history degree. The witty, Toronto-based Yiddish scholar, playwright and lecturer who assures me that he didn’t gain an ounce while researching his new book, is a featured author concluding the 2016 Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, at the Jewish Community Centre, Thursday, …

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The Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still

In Arts, News by Laura Goldstein

In A Labyrinth Of Whorls And Meandering Serpentine Roots In Which The Inner Mysteries Of Nature Become Indistinguishable From The Outer, the Paintings of April Lacheur Are Never Still “Trees are an obsession with me – exposing roots- in every sense- where we come from and capturing the elusive quality of life,” is how the 34-year old Delta-born April Lacheur interprets …