Posts Tagged ‘art’

Share Your Umbrella

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

arts umbrellaRain, rain, don’t go away. Yeah, that’s right, it’s time to start training yourself to embrace the mild weather. The summer has been beautiful but with all of the forest fires it’s nice to have a little shower now and again. Sure, I’m not thrilled it’s going to be a wet weekend but it’s not like we’re going to the PNE on Saturday… oh, wait, we are. Bummer.

*Speaking of rain, here’s an idea for you. When walking around today offer to share your umbrella with the drowned rat beside you (a.k.a. a person who forgot their umbrella or someone who refuses to use one, like me). If you’re headed in the same direction, and they look harmless, then take a step closer and ask them if they’d like to join you (insert legal disclaimer here). Let’s do what we can to make the rain a good thing.

*Speaking of umbrellas, did you know that the Arts Umbrella is the charity of choice for our conference this year? One of the goals of CREATIVEMIX is to support creative education and we felt it was important to feature a non-profit organization that is helping children grow their creative skills. And, in light of recent government cut backs, we feel even stronger about doing everything we can.

We particularly want to highlight the work they’re doing with their Outreach Program. They provide free of charge, high quality arts workshops to pre-school, elementary, and high school students in communities throughout British Columbia. As a result of these programs, performances, and workshops they’re providing an opportunity for young people to explore their creativity through all of the art forms offered at Arts Umbrella while removing geographic and financial barriers to their participation.

This deserves a shout-out for sure! We’re honoured to support the work they are doing and are thrilled to include the Arts Umbrella in our Creative Exhibition; President & CEO Lucille Pacey will also be making some remarks as a part of the program. So, when registering for the conference know this, your registration is helping the next generation of creatives.

Now go jump in some puddles.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

*tactless transitions, I know

Hot One Inch Action

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

hot action button 09-1Okay, let’s face it… buttons are cool. I remember collecting buttons when I was in elementary school and they were nowhere near as cool as they are today. Do you remember those really big ones? As a 10-year old I had these massive buttons from events like EXPO 86 and by my favourite pop stars like Corey Hart; I think I even had one of the A-Team… or was it Airwolf?

Buttons have evolved… big time, but thank goodness they’ve gotten smaller. And what’s really cool about living in this modern age of buttonness (fake word) is that anyone can make them! Artists and nerds, social activists and marketing wizards, anyone and everyone can make their own one-off button, a collectors series, or a gang-run of thousands. I had some made for the Camp Moomba Yogathon back in 2008 and they were so much fun to share and use as a conversation starter. Personally, I don’t wear them on my clothes but I like sticking them to a bag or on a cork board. I think a jean jacket is the ideal “canvas” for 1-inch buttons but I haven’t worn a jean jacket since 1988 (forgetting, of course, the denim relapse of 2003) so I’m not likely to start flashin’ the hot action at my next meeting any time soon.

Well, if you haven’t yet guessed where I was going with this… on October 22nd you’ll be able to make your own buttons at CREATIVEMIX! Chris Bentzen, from This is Plan B, will be bringing his button making magic to the Creative Exhibition so we can all get in on the action! How cool is that!

Special note: CREATIVEMIX is more than a conference, there will also be a Creative Exhibition which will be open to the public. Visit the Exhibition page to learn more about the hands-on stations like button making, painting, and photography. As well, if you want to show off your own creativity (or that of your company) please contact us right away as there’s limited space for exhibitors.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert


Check-out the buttons from 2008

Check-out the action from the 2008 event

Now, whether you’re an artist, a button-wearing junkie, or just a curious creative you’ll want to attend their big event coming up. Here’s the details:

  • Event title: Hot One Inch Action
  • Date: Saturday Nov 7, 2009
  • Time: Trading starts at 8:00pm
  • Location: W2 @ Flack Block Gallery (157 Hastings)

They’re bringing together 50 artists, 50 buttons, and some hot button trading action with Vancouver’s hottest art audience. Conceived by Jim Hoehnle and Chris Bentzen in 2004, Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of art, music and social interaction.

The original work of fifty different artists will be chosen to be presented on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in bags of five. If the bag purchased does not have the desired button, you are invited to trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that button?

Chris and Jim are now accepting submissions. It’s free to submit artwork and chosen artists receive 20 free copies of their button. Only one submission per artist. Check out details on Submission deadline is Friday October 30 at noon.

Droppin’ the Creative Bomb

Friday, May 29th, 2009

booooooom_logoNo, don’t run for cover. There’s no immediate threat – unless you don’t have a creative bone in your body, which we seriously doubt. Just be sure to keep an eye on the creative bomb of a blog called BOOOOOOOM.

Vancouver’s Jeff Hamada, designer and creative cheerleader, curates an amazing blog full of dangerously cool and creative people, images, ideas, projects, and stories. When speaking at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver – Volume #6 he revealed his own art (mostly from his childhood – the┬áStegosaurus wearing jeans playing the saxophone was our favourite) and told some great stories about connecting and collaborating with creative people all over the world through his blog.

BOOOOOOOM is truly an inspiring site to click through but one shouldn’t stop there. Participating in the creative mayhem is highly encouraged and is a ton of fun, so don’t click and run – join in! Our recommendation is: haul out the RSS artillery and sign-up for duty. So, here’s a shout out to Jeff and his WMC (Weapon of Mass Creativity) BOOOOOOOM.

FUSE – Art Affair

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

fuse_may09Art, Music and Live Performance
The Vancouver Art Gallery’s late Friday art affair is back tomorrow night (Friday, May 29) with a non-stop line-up of music, performance, and artistic encounters throughout the Gallery. This installment of FUSE will include karaoke of a different sort by The Weekend Leisure Leisurely Club, “period” hairstyles by donation (courtesy of Gloss Hair Salon), exhibition tours by comedienne Riel Hahn, original compositions by cellist Cris Derksen, classics reinterpreted by the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, and new-school dance by the response., and more.

Tickets can be purchased online for just $20.50+tax.

More About Fuse
On select Fridays, the Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of Fuse-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours and unexpected surprises have made Fuse Vancouver’s favourite see-and-be-seen event.