Vancouver is Happy. From The Inaugural International Art Fair to The Museum of Vancouver

This past weekend I hopped The Spirit of Vancouver Island to the mainland and that big, beautiful city, Vancouver. The first International art Fair, Art!Vancouver was in full swing. This year my sports paintings from, #ICONICCANUCK, were being presented by Artists In Canada, along with 24 other of their established member artists. 

Art!Vancouver ran from May 21-24, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East buildings, where the moving cities of the seas fill the harbour this time of year, as vacationers depart on their cruise adventures. Having attended art fairs in Toronto, Las Vegas and Palm Springs, I feel that now is the time for Vancouver to get serious and get their feet wet in the Art Fair market. This show will likely open doors to a second year and encourage other art fairs to expand into the west coast Canadian market. As with any fair, there were varying degrees of 'talent', most of the work was fair to good, with a few standouts, in my mind and for my taste. The vividly kinetic, long exposure landscape photos of  Brian Goodman, the figurative, bold portraits of Paul Ygartua and the painted collage works of Michele Righetti, are my picks from the fair. 

Brian Goodman - Art!Vancouver May 2015

Brian Goodman - Art!Vancouver May 2015

Michele Righetti - You Have 60 Seconds - oil on canvas - Art!Vancouver

Michele Righetti - You Have 60 Seconds - oil on canvas - Art!Vancouver

Paul Ygartua - Art!Vancouver

Paul Ygartua - Art!Vancouver

After Art!Vancouver I headed over to the Museum of Vancouver, or MOV. The MOV is located in beautiful Kitsilano near the beach and shares the home of HR MacMillan Space Centre. I went to see Stefan Sagmeister's, 'The Happy Show'. Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness. The final display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness. The show is interactive and encompasses almost every surface available inside the MOV, including the mirrors of the restrooms downstairs. The show seems to ask and answer questions, and may even set you on a new path, or at least make you think differently for a day. It is a much needed break and reminder of what is important in life. I feel that the exhibit is a gift to the public, and engages young and old and all walks of life. 

The Happy Show - MOV

The Happy Show - MOV

So, How Happy Are you? on a scale of 1-10?  - The Art of Brandy Saturley