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Vancouver Art Gallery…

It isn’t quite Spring but you would never know it in Vancouver… The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the locals are out and about taking advantage of the warm weather! We are so incredibly fortunate to live in such a wonderful part of the world.


One of my favourite things to do (you can probably guess if you have been reading my posts for awhile) is check out the local galleries – I always find inspiration in art.  When I heard that the Vancouver Art Gallery was hosting an exhibit of Cezanne’s works I made sure we found time for a family field trip…



The art gallery is always fun to visit – the building is impressive from the outside and lovelier still once you are in…

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I couldn’t take any photos in the Cezanne exhibit (you know how that pains me) but some are available online through Princeton university…

IMG_3246 (Cezanne, Three Pears)

IMG_3245 (Van Gogh, Tarascon Stagecoach)

IMG_3243 (Cezanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire)

IMG_3244 (Manet, Young Woman in a Round Hat)

IMG_3247 (Modigliani, Jean Cocteau)

IMG_3249 (Toulousse-Lautrec, Messalina)

IMG_3248 (Soutine, Steeple of Saint Pierre at Ceret)

The exhibit is (of course) lovely, and filled with paintings that I would happily cart home and hang in my own house… warm and earthy and indicative of a time I wish I had seen firsthand.  If you are in the neighbourhood I hope you get a chance to pop in!  (Tuesday nights are by donation, and kids are free on Sundays – just in case!)

The other floors of the gallery are worth a visit as well, and they let you take pictures!  We had fun wandering through the rooms on the second and third floors especially as they were so “family friendly” – here are some of our favourites:

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My little artists loved to see art made from familiar objects.  Speaking of everyday objects… this next series was one of my favourites…

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…aren’t they lovely?  Something about these pictures reminded me so much of the Gathie Falk show we saw at the Burnaby Art Gallery last July

The next stop was a dynamic and beautiful series of rooms with moving pictures.  My dancer/artist was in her element…

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…surreal yet familiar.  So true!  All of the art was inspiring but this band of thieves has a short attention span.  We lingered just long enough to check out the lunar festival celebrations outside before heading off to lunch…

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… lunch was an amazing treat (thanks to the recommendation of good friends – a Portuguese/Salvadoran family that takes good food seriously) – a Salvadoran restaurant where the kitchen is still run by the family matriarch… Vallarta’s! (You know the best food is always made by Nonnas with love…)  We had to have the fish tacos – long standing tradition – as well as a chicken enchilada and a quesadilla for the kids.  This restaurant gets a huge recommendation from us – if you are looking for a great homecooked meal with a Mexican theme this is a great pick…

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Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood…IMG_5502

…all the sweeter to head home with this beautiful sunset to end our day!


3 thoughts on “Vancouver Art Gallery…

  1. It is amazing. I have been visiting for years, and every time there is something new! I think we are so lucky to have access to so much culture – like you, we are trying to have our kids experience as much as they can as they grow up. There’s a great big beautiful world we all share!


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