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Portia Priegert

Portia Priegert

Portia Priegert is the editor of Galleries West. A former news reporter at the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press, she has an MFA from UBC Okanagan and has taught at the University of Victoria.

Writing and the visual arts have a special relationship. more

From the Editor

So, an architect and an art critic walk into an exhibit … It may sound like a variation on the old "walk into a bar" gag. But it’s how I began the holiday season... more

From the Editor

From the Editor

We round up the year’s best reads on Canadian art for our second annual book issue. more

BOOKS

As digital technology shakes down traditional publishing, the Art Canada Institute is stepping it up online. more

BOOKS

Weathered industrial sites become objects of formal beauty in photographs that show remarkable design and detail. more

STORIES

Landscape painting is often dismissed by the contemporary art vanguard. But Erin Elizabeth Ross makes no apologies. more

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Working in isolation on a painting trip to British Columbia's Bugaboo Mountains was a turning point for Jasper artist. more

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Pond hockey and other childhood rites from rural Alberta are featured in paintings at the West End Gallery in Edmonton. more

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A Vancouver artist tackles the human love affair with stuff – and the dirty secrets about the garbage it creates. more

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Saskatoon gallery owner juggles business and his own painting practice. more

STORIES

Sheri Bakes had to learn to paint again after she had a stroke. She has a form of mind blindness, but has found art offers a path out of despair. more

STORIES

In his new book, John K. Grande interviews artists around the world who work in and with nature. It’s time, he says, for contemporary art to reconcile with the natural world. more

BOOKS

Madeleine Wood experiments with layering different images together in her latest paintings. It lifts her work about dreaming into a more magical realm. more

STORIES

A new and surprisingly intimate memoir is chock full of anecdotes about one of Vancouver’s favourite artists. Apples are just one aspect of everyday life that Gathie Falk explored. more

BOOKS

Regina artist Anne Brochu Lambert, a former French-language journalist, creates semi-abstract landscapes that evoke metaphors both personal and universal. more

STORIES

Kelly Richardson’s exceptional video installation adds mystery to a mostly earnest group show that considers how photography has shaped human understandings of the West Coast forest. more

STORIES

Ian Rawlinson was driving home at dusk when he saw a moose looming in the darkness. It could have ended badly. Instead, that apparition inspired a new body of work. more

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The Vancouver Art Gallery looks at visionary Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s temporary housing for people displaced by disasters. Astonishingly, his shelters are made from paper. more

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Shocked by the debris on the beaches of Haida Gwaii – and a large floating island of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean – Douglas Coupland created an art installation for the Vancouver Aquarium. more

STORIES

It's easy to feel puzzled by Jennifer Crane’s opaque photographs. Her experiments with antiquated technologies explore historical gaps and lapses in the archival record. more

STORIES

Sonny Assu, whose lineage traces back to Kwakwaka’wakw chiefs, is known for mash-ups of pop culture and Northwest Coast iconography. Thank goodness he chose art over law school. more

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Paul Seesequasis wanted to celebrate resilience by posting positive images of Indigenous people on social media. The response has been overwhelming. more

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