Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Haida Art and Nature in Vancouver, Canada

Explore the outdoors, and the art inspired by Canada
by Stefanie Hindmarch, guest blogger

Artwork by Canadian artist Marleen Vermeulen, represented by Kurbatoff Art Gallery in Vancouver
Vancouver sits on the west coast of Canada and is full of fun and exciting activities for everyone. Explore the beauty of this city through its natural wonders as well as its nature-inspired art.

Vancouver has countless opportunities for those of us who love exploring the great outdoors, not to mention the breathtaking mountain and ocean views that can be seen from virtually any part of town.

Eek! Don't look down!
(from blog.otel.com)
One of the the most popular outdoor spots is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The bridge hangs 230 feet above Capilano River. Don't let the fact that the bridge is over 120 years old scare you away from this amazing place! Over the years, gardens and more bridge features have been added to the park, so visitors can see even more of the ancient evergreen forest.

What a view!
(from vancouver.about.com)
If you love spectacular mountain views, Grouse Mountain is a great place to go. Located 15-minutes away from downtown Vancouver, the mountain has a hiking trail as well as a gondola, so hiker or not, anyone can experience the sight from the top. The mountain also has many activities, including skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and ziplining, shows and chairlift rides the rest of the year.

Vancouver's beaches are also definitely worth visiting. At Jericho Beach, you can sit on the sand or play in the waves but either way, you get to appreciate some of Vancouver's natural beauty.
(photo from tripadvisor.com)

The beautiful natural setting of British Columbia's West Coast serves as inspiration for some pretty amazing art. Artists often just have to look around them for subjects to paint, photograph, sketch, or sculpt.

A piece by Bill Reid, a Haida artist

Artists among the Haida Nation, one of the First Nations peoples of British Columbia, often have a recognizable style of art. Usually depicting local fauna, many of the pieces refer to cultural stories and legends that have been told for generations.

Happy travels everyone!

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Stefanie Hindmarch is an intern at SchulmanArt and is currently studying Management at the University of St Andrews