Friday, September 07, 2007

sneak peek

Downtown New Westminster is a place in limbo. In 1859 it was named British Columbia's first capital, so it's one of the oldest downtowns in the west. Columbia Street is one of those typical early twentieth century main streets: traces of neon, tall facades, lots of brickwork and bags of character, but it hasn't been restored completely so there is definitely a seedy element. I love the contrast: next to a high-end furniture shop and funky cafe is the old porn cinema. The Skytrain station and nearby casinos are magnets for petty crime. I noticed that there is a huge, brand new Sally Ann at the far end of the street that will need my inspection!

Gallery Fourteen exists in one of the old storefronts. There are high ceilings and lots of exposed brickwork in the upstairs boutique. Downstairs the gallery has a new cement floor and the brickwork has been freshly-painted white with rows of track lighting installed.

This is Greg, love of my life, father of my children, problem solver extraordinaire (of things both little and large) showing you just one more of his many fine assets while helping with the grunt work of hanging a show.
More photos soon.


Blogger Toni said...

Awesome. Believe in yourself Andrea, ll will be good.

7/9/07 11:51 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Ooooo... that's very exciting and looks like a GREAT venue! I SO wish I could be there!

7/9/07 2:09 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

look gow diggicult it id to tupe witj xed finhers!
wish we could be there.P. says have another show in 12 months!

7/9/07 10:13 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

How wonderful!! Congrat!

7/9/07 10:43 p.m.  
Blogger kol said...

Your work is intriguing. And your blog makes me miss Vancouver something fierce. I always liked that little strip of Surrey for precisely the reasons you have highlighted.

8/9/07 4:47 a.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

Enjoy tonight :-)

8/9/07 12:46 p.m.  
Blogger Merisi said...

You two definitely are a power couple! :-) Your painting must look gorgious in all that space.

8/9/07 1:54 p.m.  
Blogger Merisi said...

That first photo looks grey-blue. :-)

8/9/07 1:55 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

What would we do without those loving (and lovable) men to help us hang paintings? This is such an enticing sneak preview... those white brick walls are a fine backdrop for your paintings. I love seeing them in scale as well. The big one is really big! I hope the opening goes well tonight! I will be with you in spirit, and if you feel a little squeeze, it's just me giving you a hug from far away! Congratulations! (excuse all the exclamation points... I guess I'm super-excited for you):>

8/9/07 2:23 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

p.s correction - I know the opening will be a smash!

8/9/07 2:24 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Nice ass, Greg!

8/9/07 3:06 p.m.  
Blogger Caty said...

Wonderful! Congratulations Andrea! Your work is so unique!

And your exhibition started a very good day (my birthday...:)...)

I wish you a lot of fun and success! I will tell my friends in Vancouver to go and visit.

A big hug

10/9/07 2:16 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks all ~ and happy birthday Caty!

10/9/07 6:31 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

i love new west ... and wishing you tons of success sweetie!!! how exciting : )

10/9/07 12:01 p.m.  
Anonymous catnapping said...

oh my god! this is the best news. you are sooo talented. i'm glad to see this!

brava, woman. brava!

20/9/07 8:32 p.m.  

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