South Granville’s Douglas Reynolds Gallery boasts an extensive collection of Northwest Coast art and jewellery. Photo by KK Law
Art aficionados seeking collector-worthy works should not miss South Granville stalwart Douglas Reynolds Gallery. The two-level establishment, in the middle of the city’s tony Gallery Row, carries both historical and contemporary Northwest Coast fine art, as well as handcrafted gold and silver jewellery. Gracing the gallery walls are vibrant prints, ceremonial masks and cool carvings by the likes of Bill Reid, Don Yeomans and Robert Davidson. It’s a collector’s dream.—Kristina Urquhart
“Rainy Peonies” by Jamie Evrard
Step into a garden oasis this month at South Granville’s Bau-Xi Gallery. Local artist Jamie Evrard takes cues from Mother Nature with her new self-titled exhibit of oil-on-canvas paintings (Sep. 6 to 22). Evrard is well known for her dreamy florals and soft still lifes. Everyday objects take on a quiet mystery, and the fleeting beauty of nature is captured with loose brushstrokes that drip and blur (“Rainy Peonies,” pictured).—Karina Palmitesta
Prawn ravioli with oven-dried tomatoes and lobster cream, at Siena. Photo by KK Law
Gently rustic Siena (pictured) on South Granville yields a bounty of Italian and Mediterranean flavours, perfect before a show at the nearby Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. The room, simply furnished and aglow in saffron tones, bustles with a lively local crowd. No reservations are accepted, so go early for constantly changing selections such as chorizo-stuffed grilled squid or goat-cheese-stuffed agnolotti with oven-dried tomatoes. On the menu: all-natural free-range meats, fresh house-made pasta and daily arancine, a wealth of small and shared plates and well-priced wines (half-price on Mondays).
Other pre-show picks close by: Indian-fusion showstopper Vij’s (also no reservations), regional standard-bearer West and Cajun-Creole–themed Ouisi Bistro.—Tim Pawsey
"Waterfall V" by Eva Kolacz
Painting is the poetry of sight—at least that’s true for Eva Kolacz, whose love affair with words and music inspired her collection of expressive artworks. Kolacz, originally a puppeteer, uses light and shadow on canvas to create a window to a magical universe, much like the stages of her puppet shows past (“Waterfall V,” pictured). Explore Kolacz’s textured world at Kurbatoff Gallery (May 10 to 24).—Caitlin Dawson
Cashmere poncho by Eileen Fisher
The latest shop to join the boutique-filled neighbourhood of South Granville is Eileen Fisher. This opening marks the first Canadian store for the New York–based fashion company. The concept has always been the same: simple, high-quality women’s wear. For winter, look for holiday-ready dresses, structured coats and flattering sweaters (including the turtleneck poncho in merino cashmere, pictured).—Jennifer Patterson
EILEEN FISHER 2721 Granville St. 604-733-5225. www.eileenfisher.com
"Halo #4" by Gordon Wiens
Nothing beats a December walk down South Granville’s Gallery Row. Warm up by checking out hot new contemporary artworks in Gallery Artists at Bau-Xi Gallery (Dec. 3 to 23). Inside, you’ll find acrylics by abstract artist Gordon Wiens (“Halo #4,” pictured), as well as pieces by other painters such as Cori Creed and Joseph Plaskett. After, if you’re still feeling frosty, there are over 20 cool galleries on this strip to warm both your body and your mind.—Kristina Urquhart
BAU-XI GALLERY 3045 Granville St. 604-733-7011. www.bau-xi.com
"Your Abstraction Brings Clarity" by Bobbie Burgers
A thousand flowers bloom in A Memory Emerges at Bau-Xi Gallery (Jul. 9 to 23), which highlights gorgeous floral art and pastoral landscapes by local painter Bobbie Burgers. A feeling of movement permeates her complex acrylic-on-canvas pieces, which range in colour from richly saturated to softly understated (“Your Abstraction Brings Clarity,” pictured). For more floral art on South Granville’s Gallery Row, check out Marilyn S. Mylrea Art Gallery.—Kristina Urquhart
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Organize an Easter egg hunt for Apr. 24 and grab sweet treats from one of these cacao-loving shops: Chocolate Arts, Xoxolat and Thomas Haas in Kitsilano; Daniel Le Chocolat Belge on South Granville; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Mink A Chocolate Café downtown; Rogers’ Chocolates in Gastown; and city-wide Purdy’s. Many people have Good Friday and Easter Monday off from work—all the more reason to stock up on edible bunnies and colourful foil-wrapped eggs.—Jennifer Patterson
"A Clear Stratosphere" by Verna Vogel. Photo courtesy Kurbatoff Art Gallery
The hustle and bustle of urban life is what excites artist Verna Vogel. In a multi-step process, the Calgary painter first stitches patterns onto a canvas, then layers oil glaze on top (“A Clear Stratosphere,” pictured), in turn mimicking the way our cities are built up over time. See Vogel’s vibrant creations in Ecosystems at Kurbatoff Art Gallery (Feb. 3 to 17).—Kristina Urquhart
Gorgeous garments line the racks at Oliver & Lilly's
Tucked just off the busy South Granville corridor sits style-savvy boutique Oliver & Lilly’s. Editorial-worthy items from Heidi Merrick and Steven Alan line the racks, and antique tables are stacked with hip designer goods and handcrafted jewellery.—Jennifer Patterson
Historic Burnaby Art Gallery
1 Watching Antony and Cleopatra (to Sep. 24) at Bard on the Beach.
2 Sara Canning. The actress wasn’t born here, but we still claim her as a local.
3 Shakin’ your groove thang at the city’s most popular nightclubs.
4 Burnaby Art Gallery and all the other sights in Deer Lake Park.
5 Eating at any of the local cooking schools, such as Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Culinaria at The Art Institute of Vancouver, and JJ’s Restaurant at Vancouver Community College.
6 The annual Terry Fox Run (Sep. 19), raising money for cancer research.
7 Local wineries.
8 Taking the first ferry to Victoria or Nanaimo and watching the sun rise.
Perch on "Echoes" by Michael Goulet. Photo by KK Law
9 “Echoes” by Michel Goulet, an art installation on Kits Beach and part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale.
10 Dining at Earls.
11 Robert Bateman. The Canadian painter is visiting Vancouver to meet fans and sign copies of his new book, Bateman: New Works, at Chapters on South Granville (Sep. 25, 2 p.m.).
12 Reading reminiscences of a month’s eating in Paris in Cooking for Me and Sometimes You: A Parisienne Romance with Recipes (French Apple Press, $29.95) by Barbara-Jo McIntosh, owner of Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, which stocks every tome a budding chef could ever need.
13 The Superdogs at the PNE (to Sep. 6).
14 Indulging our sweet tooth at Stuart’s Bakery.
15 Dropping by The Granville Island Brewing Tap Room for a pint of Brockton IPA—and picking up some small-batch beers to take home after.
Violet Boutique is filled with pretty pieces
Nestled in the heart of South Granville, amid high-end art galleries and pricey eateries, sits Violet Boutique. This dreamy shop—with just a hint of Parisian flair—is a labour of love for owner Genevieve Allen. The store carries a range of delightful frocks, shoes and accessories from the likes of Sachin & Babi, Rachel Comey and local fave, dace.—Jennifer Patterson