Saturday, March 28, 2009


Tangled Beach/Beach Tangle is a limited-edition fine art print inspired by Beach Tangle, a monumental sculpture created by Gordon Smith with the assistance of Curtis Racette. The sculpture, comprised of materials found on local beaches, graces the west wall of the Spirit Square Atrium at the West Vancouver Community Centre. The print carries on the same theme using the sculpture as inspiration.

In creating the print Tangled Beach/Beach Tangle Smith first created a montage of photographs transposed from the sculpture and augmented this with additional imagery. The completed montage was then reproduced onto a copper etching plate and printed by hand using traditional intaglio techniques. Accents of colour were hand-painted in watercolour by Smith on each print. Published by the District of West Vancouver, this edition of prints was produced at the New Leaf Editions studio on Granville Island by Master Printer Peter Braune and Katie Dey in collaboration with the artist.

Both the print and the sculpture were donated by Gordon Smith through the District of West Vancouver Public Art Program with the assistance of the Spirit Square Grant from the Province of British Columbia. Proceeds support the West Vancouver Museum and future public art projects in West Vancouver.

Tangled Beach/Beach Tangle

Artist: Gordon Smith

Medium: Photo-based etching, hand-painted with watercolour

Size: 29 X 34 inches

Edition: 70 prints numbered 1 /70 to 70/70 ,

7 artist proofs, 3 studio proofs

Price: First lot of 20 prints will be offered at a new release price of $925; second lot of 20, $1025; third lot of 20, $1125; and the final lot of 10, $1250

This work of art is available for purchase at the West Vancouver Museum Shop. For more information or to order by phone, please call 604-925-7179.

Photo by Rosamond Norbury, 2009: Tangled Beach/Beach Tangle, Gordon Smith, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

North Star: The Art of Lyle Wilson

March 4 to May 30, 2009
Opening Reception on March 3, 2009 at 7pm
Presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

The West Vancouver Museum is pleased to showcase North Star: The Art of Lyle Wilson featuring the evocative and meticulously rendered artwork of Haisla artist Lyle Wilson.

Lyle Wilson has been an important figure on the Canadian art scene for more than two decades. He is from Kitamaat Village in Northern British Columbia. For many years, Wilson maintained his studio in West Vancouver, producing extraordinary works on commission and for sale, as well as for the benefit of his home community. The focus of this retrospective exhibition is on Wilson's diverse artistic practice with an emphasis on his labour intensive paintings and carvings, which explore various themes and imagery.

The West Vancouver Museum will be holding an opening reception on Tuesday March 3, 2009 from 7pm to 9pm.

Top: Lyle Wilson, North Star, 2009, anodized aluminum, 48" x 48" x 0.375
Photograph by Jenn Walton, 2009