Saturday, October 28, 2006

New Exhibition

Winston Elliott
Capturing the Likeness
November 7th, 2006 – February 17th, 2007

Opening reception on November 7th
from 7 to 9 pm.

In a career spanning over sixty years, Winston Elliott produced a legacy of portraits, paintings and illustrations. Captured in his evocative renderings is the spirit of the subjects he portrayed in the decades between World War II and the present day. At the age of nineteen, Elliott enlisted as a stoker in the Canadian Navy, drawing portraits of his shipmates in his spare time. His exceptional talent in portraiture advanced his artistic career and he was provided with his own studio in the Naval Art Section in Ottawa. Elliott was assigned to paint decorated naval heroes and worked alongside official war artist and mentor Grant Macdonald.

After the war he studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1948, and then moved to Alberta where his works were first exhibited. Elliott has resided in West Vancouver since 1957, where he pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator and continued to evolve as a painter. During his career Elliott designed logos for the Canadian Football League and advertisements for both local and national businesses. Although his works have been shown in galleries and are represented in collections across Canada, this exhibit is his first retrospective.

The financial support of Mercedes-Benz for this exhibition is gratefully acknowledged.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Howl-O-Ween crafts and games

October 28, 1-3 pm for children 6-8 years old
Program code 351018, fee, $ 30 includes all materials

October 28, 5-7 pm for children 9-11 years old
Program code 351020, fee $ 30 includes all materials

To register, please call 604 925 7270 or visit

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Where did we get this celebration called Hallowe'en?

Come see the special Halloween exhibition, The Haunted Museum open from October 13-31st, 12-6pm at the West Vancouver Museum!

The farther we have gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we seem to need a connection to the culture of Hallowe’en. It is a festival of fantasy, a celebration of otherness, the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favour of the bizarre, and anyone can become anyone or anything they wish. At its core, Hallowe’en is a chance to confront our most primal fear -- death -- and attempt to control it or, at the very least, mock it. Ancient beliefs, religious meanings, and a multitude of ethnic influences on popular culture have combined to continually make Hallowe’en a booming commercial industry, as well as a beloved holiday.

Through artefacts, old newspaper clippings and multi-media presentations let us take you on a journey back through the story of one of the oldest holidays. As it is the second most popular holiday to Christmas in North America, millions celebrate the holiday each year - maybe without even knowing its origins. Some view Hallowe’en as a time for fun, friends and family. Others still see its superstitious nature or ties to the deceased. Whatever your point of view, you cannot deny the fascinating nature of the story of Hallowe’en.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Friday of October 13th!

Come join us the Friday of October 13th at 7 pm at the Museum!

The Haunted Museum....Enter If You Dare opens at the Museum on the evening of October 13th. This Hallowe'en special exhibition opening is accompanied with classically scary cartoon and film show and runs until Hallowe'en on October 31st.

Why not invite your friends to join us the film party and join in the night of drinking 'bloddy' red wine, eating pop corn and looking back in time by watching old traditions of eerie movies?

The Museum is decorated with all sorts of weird, spooky items. We invite you to come in costume and enjoy our most delightful party to kick start the Hallowe'en time of the year when witches, ghosts, and goblins are 'officially' in town.