Vancouver Confidential, the book cover, painted by artist Tom Carter. I predict this forthcoming book edited by John Belshaw will be one of the most anticipated titles of the year in Vancouver! Full disclosure, I also happen to be contributing a chapter to this book, along with a long list of exceptional local writers and historians.
Tonight at the VPL there is a special event with three of the contributors to the book. See the Facebook event for more details.
Merry Christmas from the Beacon on Hastings Street, a painting & Christmas card by Tom Carter. Tom writes on his Christmas card:
My friend Arthur Irving suggested the subject of this year’s card, the Beacon Theatre (built as the second Pantages in 1917, subsequently the Hastings Odeon and finally the Majestic before it was demolished in 1967). Arthur fought valiantly to save this theatre in the 1960’s but at that time, unbelievably as it is for us now, not enough people cared and it was lost. Thanks to Arthur’s dedication and hard work at that time, a wealth of information has been kept about this theatre - without a doubt the finest theatre ever built in Vancouver.
The letters spelling Merry Christmas are to a certain extent, artistic license, not based on an actual photograph, but instead inspired by the giant marquee letters that were changed regularly depending on the title of the show. The signs shown above include The Birth of a Nation in Sound, March 31, 1932 (VPL 11021); 5 year old boy psychic Jackie Merkle, December 20, 1932 (CVA 99-4282); and Texas Guinan in her 1929 film Queen of the Night Clubs, October 28, 1933 (CVA 99-4563).
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Granville Bridges, a 48”x60” acrylic painting on canvas by Tom Carter. This fine perspective illustrates nearly the exact same moment in time as last week’s post, showing the Granville Street bridge nearing completion. The advert makes the bridge look as though it is already finished, but I believe some fancy photo retouching is merely giving that illusion.
The Edge of Wilderness, acrylic on canvas (48 x 60 inches) by Tom Carter, Celebrating the City of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary at the Baron Gallery in Gastown with a show of paintings of 1950’s Vancouver, May 11-Aug 27, 2011.
Dine With Risty, diptych acrylic on canvas (48 x 60 inches x 2), by Tom Carter, Celebrating the City of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary at the Baron Gallery with a show of paintings of 1950’s Vancouver, May 11-Aug 27, 2011.
Intersection, comprised of 18”x24” acrylic panels by Tom Carter, on exhibit at the Baron Gallery May 11-Aug 27, 2011. The entire piece is over 16’ long, and is sure to have much more impact in person. Also mentioned here yesterday; Intersection is not actually a precise representation of Vancouver so much as it is an amalgam of many places; expect to see more from Tom Carter in the future.