A Celebration of Nature!

New Exhibit at the Bloedel Conservatory!

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‘Circle of Light’ by James Fletcher, made of Portuguese Alabaster.

A Celebration of Nature – Flora and Fauna, is a group exhibit by the Sculptors’ Society of BC (SSBC). It is the very first event to take place at the Bloedel Conservatory since it joined with the VanDusen Botanical Garden at the beginning of the year!

The exhibit, opening Saturday February 9th, features more than 45 pieces of work by fifteen SSBC artists – all placed at key locations throughout the tropical atmosphere of the dome. A variety of materials such as bronze, copper, marble, granite, serpentine, exotic woods and terracotta have been used to create beautiful works of art celebrating nature. All pieces are for sale with partial proceeds going to benefit The Bloedel Conservatory.

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“Rain Drops” by Linda Schmidt in Bronze

Special presentations by SSBC member Jean-Guy Dallaire will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Jean-Guy will be giving live demonstrations and discussing the methodology in creating sculptural works of art.

The SSBC is picking up a long tradition of linking art to the Bloedel Conservatory. Prentice Bloedel not only gifted the Conservatory to the City of Vancouver, he and his wife Virginia also donated the iconic bronze Henry Moore, ‘Knife-Edge Two Piece’.  They selected this sculpture to complement the dome because of Moore’s rapport with nature, enabling him to capture the intense power, beauty and freedom that Knife-Edge Two Piece portrays and to remind us of our interrelationship with nature. You can see Knife Edge situated next to the fountain on the plaza, next to the Conservatory.

“The observation of nature is part of an artist’s life, it enlarges his form [and] knowledge, keeps him fresh and from working only by formula… I find all natural forms are a source of unending interest.” ~ Henry Moore

The Celebration of Nature Exhibition is free with admission and takes place from February 9th to March 17th, 2013. The Bloedel Conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for rates.

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“Dragon” by Alex Schick in Bronze.

See you at the show!

New Sculptures Outside the Bloedel Conservatory!

Four new marble and granite sculptures by artist Cameron Kerr of Campbell River, have been installed at Queen Elizabeth Park plaza in front of the Bloedel Conservatory. The sculptures, inspired by modernist architecture, are beautifully carved, while the raw stone influenced the direction the pieces took during the sculpting process.

Kerr attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy and took Master Classes with modernist British sculptors William Tucker and Anthony Gormley, Gormley being best known for the public sculpture ‘Angel of the North’ in the North of England. Mr. Kerr is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

The sculptures, each weighing between 2,500 to 5,000 pounds apiece, were transferred from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza to Bloedel Conservatory viewing deck last weekend. The artwork was originally commissioned by the City Public Art Program to mark the Vancouver’s 125th anniversary. These sculptures are currently a temporary installation, but could become permanent artwork in Queen Elizabeth Park with approval from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.