Marine Building (and Bentall One under construction) by Julius J Dutzi, circa late 1960s (Bentall One was completed in 1967) via ebay. Printed on the back of the canvas:
Born 1920 Karlsruhe Germany, where he received his basic art training.
Immigrated to Canada 1951.
Principally self-taught: paints in several media.
Canadian landscapes, streets, & buildings.
Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, has exhibited in one-man shows, television shows, and in group exhibitions.
His works are owned by collectors throughout Canada, the United States, Germany.
Another nautical watercolour by S.P. Judge, this one of a side-wheeler named SH 91. The painting is dated 1903 which is significant, as that was perhaps the earliest date he exhibited his work in Vancouver, when he was part of a group exhibition with T.W. Fripp and stained glass artist James Blomfield. As Gary Sim has noted in Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950, SP Judge was a founding member of the Vancouver Studio Club where he was one of its art teachers, and he remained an important leader in the city’s artistic community for many years.
This painting is currently offered for sale on ebay. It looks as though it was recently acquired from Birmingham, UK on ebay.co.uk, and it has since been reframed.
As you may recall, SP Judge painted a series of watercolours that once hung in the Union Steamship boardroom. I managed to track down some or all of these paintings, appropriately in the Maritime Museum in Vancouver. Their paintings include the following Union Steamships:
I’ve included an ad that SP Judge placed in the 1907 Westward Ho magazine, offering lessons in drawing, painting, and design from the Hadden Block at the northeast corner of Granville & Hastings Street.
You may also recall this 1906 watercolour which surfaced a year or so ago, but sadly it has not fared as well (I had to digitally restore it to imagine what it may have looked like). Another one of his paintings that I’d really like to see close up is this one from 1919, which sold for $5,500 CAD at Heffel in 2000. I trust whomever acquired it is taking good care of it, perhaps waiting to repatriate it with another work from SP Judge’s portfolio.
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.
Jan Kasparec, a culture crawl exhibitor since 2012, is organizing a special fundraising show of his paintings called “Walking with Magic” in support of kids in need from Lord Strathcona Community Elementary School. The show will take place on March 14th, 2014 at studio 420 in 1000 Parker Street Studios.
Seen above is a photograph I took in his 2012 studio during the crawl, where a painting of the Sun Tower was taking shape. Also above is a promo card of the event, and a collection of his local paintings. The Big Green House is another Strathcona landmark situated at the corner of Heatley Ave and E Pender Street, across the street from the Strathcona school playground. For many years it was the studio of Michael Christopher Lawlor.
About the upcoming event, Jan writes:
…I visited Lord Strathcona Elementary School to see if I can be of any help. Connecting with Mr.Jesse Brown, vice-principal of school, made me understand very quickly how much light one person can bring…I would like to invite you my art-show night in support of Lord Strathcona Elementary School. We will start at 7pm and it will be a fun night. I will deliver a speech around 8pm. I never painted as much as during past few months. So I can promise new, hopefully radiant, paintings…& some interesting and entertaining guests.
Getting a peak inside an artist’s studio is always a treat, and since the Culture Crawl only happens once a year, I recommend you jump on this special opportunity to see some art from the heart of East Van, and support the kids of Strathcona Elementary at the same time!
Willie Shoemaker at Exhibition Park, Vancouver, an autographed print drawn by J. Neilly dated May 13, 1985 via ebay. This was Willie’s second visit to Exhibition Park, as described in this 2003 tribute written by the Province writer Tommy Wolski:
During his riding career, Shoe visited Exhibition Park twice. In 1977, the chance to see this living legend lured 11,537 fans to the track. Not only did his fans see him ride, they bet $1,018,306. It was the first million-dollar weeknight in the track’s history.
Shoe did not let his admirers down — he won two of four races.
His final visit to Vancouver came May 13, 1985. He arrived at Exhibition Park on a rainy night, believing it was only to promote his book, Shoemaker: America’s Greatest Jockey.
After visiting the jockey’s room, he learned he was expected to ride in four races. In typical Shoemaker style, he didn’t complain. Instead, Shoe asked if he could borrow some riding gear to fulfill an agreement he had not even made.
He borrowed a pair of boots from jockey Mark Walker, riding pants from Dave Mylrea and a saddle from Pat Burton. To while away the time until his first ride, he asked several valets and jockeys if they were interested in playing some cards.
While playing, Shoemaker received a phone call from management, requesting him to join them for a small party. He graciously turned them down and continued playing cards until it was time for him to ride.
When the night was over, Shoe thanked everyone in the jockey’s room for making him feel at home and said goodbye.
Oh, he also autographed Burton’s saddle…
Another piece of vintage China, this time by Shelley Potteries, it’s a Lions Gate Bridge creamer, via ebay. According to wikipedia:
Shelley Potteries, situated in Staffordshire, was earlier known as Wileman & Co. which had also traded as The Foley Potteries. The first Shelley to join the company was Joseph Ball Shelley in 1862 and in 1896 his son Percy Shelley became the sole proprietor, after which it remained a Shelley family business until 1966 when it was taken over by Allied English Potteries. Its china and earthenware products were many and varied although the major output was table ware. In the late Victorian period the Art Nouveau style pottery and Intarsio ranges designed by art director Frederick Alfred Rhead were extremely popular but Shelley is probably best known for its fine bone china “Art Deco” ware of the inter-war years and post-war fashionable tea ware…
Sublime; a mixed media group exhibition at the Ferry Building in West Vancouver with Charles Keillor, Thom Kline, and Rich Rawling. The show opened last week and runs until this coming Sunday, February 23, 2014 in the Ferry Building Gallery, at 1414 Argyle Avenue in Ambleside, West Vancouver. The gallery is open free to the public from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Sundays.
Seen here is a graphite work by Charles Keillor, showing North Vancouver’s Lynnwood Inn just after it closed for good in 2012, and Watchful Lion 3, a watercolour painting by Rich Rawling, who writes:
I was weaving my cruiser bike back to the North Shore after a sketching session at Stanley Park’s Second Beach. As I popped out of the forest at the top of the Causeway there they were. Those lions were looking hungry. But instead of sacrificing my carcass to them I took a few photos in the raking afternoon light realizing that these Art Deco masterpieces would be the basis for a few watercolours. I tip my hat to the sculptor who designed the statues…
The sculptor/designer of the Lions was of course, Charles Marega
, a most handsome portrait of whom can be seen here
, posing with his creation.
The Hollywood Theatre by Sketchalina, via her blog, where she writes:
I did this cut if the Hollywood Theatre on Broadway just after my show in September. It’s such a classic part if Vancouver’s past, and hopefully its future as well. There’s a ‘Save The Hollywood' coalition that's working hard to keep it alive, unlike the Ridge Theatre in my 'Midnight Showing' print, which is already gonzo. So sad. I'm glad there are people out there who care about these things and work hard to preserve the cultural fabric of our city. Rock on you protectors of our past! Hey, if you're one of those people and you're reading this, contact me. I'd be happy to offer up a print from this run if you're doing any fundraising auctions or anything like that. Go heroes!
Steamworks Imperial Red Ale was released this week, and I must say, they’ve done it again! I’ve been a big fan of the branding at Steamworks in the past, but I think this one takes the cake! City Hall has been transformed into a steampunk fantasy! As stated on the Steamworks Twitter, there are only 650 cases out so if you want to commemorate this brew, I suggest you get your bottle soon! And judging from initial reviews, the beer is very good too! Here’s some more free beer PR:
Steamworks Imperial Red Ale is an 8.5% strong ale that has the following tasting notes:
Our Imperial Red Ale is packed full of intense hop bitterness, flavour & aroma, balanced with complex alcohol flavours and medium high caramel malt character. This full bodied Imperial Red Ale is dark copper in colour with dominant pine, fruit and floral hop aromas. You will find toffee and caramel-like notes on your palate with aggressive hop flavour and bitterness.
Her Valentines, an editorial cartoon by Palmer, from the front page of the Vancouver Daily World, February 14, 1913 (with a little colour added!)
I love the little valentine on the right from South Vancouver, “I hope to be with you soon!” Miss Vancouver doesn’t even notice, completely enamoured with the $8,000,000 Canadian Northern Terminus station!
Empire of Ice by Craig H. Bowlsby, with cover art illustration by artist and designer Aaron White. As part of the Vancouver Historical Society’s lecture series, Craig will be speaking about the Pacific Coast Hockey Association on Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver.
Vancouver’s only Stanley Cup, won by the Vancouver Millionaires in 1915, was brought about by the foresight, inventiveness and organization of the hockey-playing Patrick brothers. The Patricks achieved this by founding the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) in 1911 and constructing artificial ice arenas in Vancouver and Victoria. The PCHA also brought in the first American teams - Seattle, Portland and Spokane - to fight for the Stanley Cup. Further, their new rules modernized professional hockey and forced a faster game before the Association’s bizarre plummet in 1926. Consequently, the story of the PCHA has become an important part of the hockey story today…
And FYI, I will be speaking on Illustrated Vancouver next month on March 27, 2014; hope to see you there!
What he wants in 1913, an editorial cartoon in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper, January 11, 1913, page 6. The cartoon by Boardman (whose first name I haven’t determined) shows Captain Vancouver dreaming of all the things he wants for his city, like a new city hall, False Creek improvements with union depot and railway yards, subways under the CPR right-of-way on Hastings and Pender Street, harbour improvements for Panama Canal trade, and grain elevators for Vancouver. When he says subways under the CPR, he didn’t mean rapid transit subway, but a bridge that went beneath the crazy railway track that unceremoniously cut right through Gastown! Can you imagine the downtown congestion a steam train would have caused?! Dreadful!
This cartoon didn’t make it into my show Vancouver Imagined, largely because I just came across it 2 days ago! It would have been fun to include a few more cartoons and cartoonists in the show, but that’s another show entirely!
Vancouver Imagined: the Way We Weren’t, a guest curated exhibit (by myself, Jason Vanderhill) officially opens in the studio gallery at the Museum of Vancouver today, Friday, February 7, 2014. The display will feature a collection of reproduction architectural illustrations, as well as a 3-dimensional architectural model from the museum’s permanent collection.
I encourage all to attend; those who are interested in the architectural profession, veterans of the history of the city, and visitors alike should appreciate seeing this alternate history of the city. I’ll have more to say about the show in future posts, and it looks like there will be a curator tour later this spring. Stay tuned!
Also take note, the excellent show Play House: The architecture of Daniel Evan White at the MoV has been held over until March 23, 2014! This is now your perfect opportunity to catch two great architecture shows at once!
Very special thanks to all of the illustrators and contributors, to Viviane Gosselin with the Museum of Vancouver, to Matt Heximer of 10four Design Group who designed the show, and everyone else who assisted with its production. I hope you enjoy the exhibit; it was a lot of fun to put together!