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The Bay Centre is pleased to welcome its newest retailer, Artevo!Â Located on Fort Street, Artevo is a unique art gallery offering many categories of artworks, from high end decorative to true fine art.Â From August 27th to September 14th, Artevo will host a tour celebrating the Life and Retrospective Works of Dr. Seuss.Â For more information, call 250-389-1699 or visit www.artevo.com.Â Â Â Â
Dr. Seuss Â
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920s. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrationsâ€¦read full bio.
I popped into Artevo to take a look at the Dr. Seuss artwork. The items are serigraphs reproductions, BUT – the fact that you can see the large size paintings of the characters from all your favorite childhood bedtime stories makes this gallery worth a visit. Since the reproductions are such high quality, you get the same feeling as you would from the original (more or less). I had no idea Seuss painted large scale. You’ll also see the book characters in really surreal settings before they made it into the storybook setting. Very cool. Also interestingÂ is his artwork from his advertising days. ReallyÂ funny political cartoons as well.
I had a quick visit to see the works by local artist (he lived here for 17 years), and now internationally famous,Â Joe Average at the Winchester Art Gallery on 1010 Broad Street today.
Selected Works are on show from August 02 – 27, 2008, Victoria, BC.
The signature painting used in the promotional materialhad been taken down (or sold?), andÂ four paintings were left.
If I were to speculate irresponsibly (in the words of writer Christine Stephanitsis) – the paintingÂ 1984 1984Â is perhaps making reference toÂ having survived all or at least aÂ portion of the party of the 1980’s, rocking to the music of Boy George. A quote next to the figure says, “we made it George.”Â And it looks like Boy George to me. Â
The other artworks, also done in pastel were titled, Party and Party 2. These two are more like the pop art imagery by Joe Average, that I like.
I went to see the Andy Warhol Exhibit, WARHOL: Larger Than Life, presented by the
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. I really enjoyed the exhibit, and highly recommend a visit (May 30, 2008 â€“ August 24, 2008).
I especially liked the intimacy of the presentation.
The exhibit begins with his early sketches as a commercial illustrator. In particular, I liked the shoe advertisement for a
New York magazine. It took me back to the days of laying outÂ ads forÂ my high school year book. Totally old school â€“ black pen, cut and paste, and my personal favorite â€“ white out!
The exhibit unfolds a story about the real Andy Warhol, not just the wild-haired, crazy avant- garde public figure who embraced technology and mass image production. He would pee his pants if he knew about the image duplication technology available today!Â Â
I loved the Canadian connection. Canadians who commissioned personal portraits by him included: Karen Kain, Wayne Gretsky and Conrad Black. It was also fascinating to read actual Canadian Border and Customs letters, discussing whether his works were really â€œartâ€, andÂ how in Andyâ€™s own words, “Vancouverites donâ€™t buy art.â€Â It will only take you about an hour to visit and soak it all up.