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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.

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

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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

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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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Calgary artist Carl White makes paintings so rich with timeless beauty that he was once offered a job as a forger. Then he adds graffiti tags and other bold markings. He's not entirely sure why. more

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Gentle and introverted, Veronica Funk seems anything but nasty. But troubled by Donald Trump's misogyny, she decided to paint portraits of 100 women as both a protest and a celebration. more

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Linda Fairfield Stechesen drew Manitoba's native plants for decades. A show of her work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery is part of a wider resurgence of interest in botanical illustration. more

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Forget theory and conceptual frameworks. This quiet and deeply interior work is about seeing – really seeing – the nuanced mark. more

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An artist from Winnipeg explores back-breaking labour in the B.C. forest and the California desert. more

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Vancouver artist Patricia Johnston's luminous seascapes seek to communicate the transcendental. more

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Erik Olson uses rough-hewn tree houses as a metaphor for escape in a show at Calgary's VivianeArt. more

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In Latin, "Levitas," the title of Linda Craddock’s exhibition at Edmonton's Bugera Matheson Gallery, means levity or lightness. more

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An exhibition at the University of Victoria’s downtown Legacy Art Gallery gives voice to a community that faces prejudice and violence. more

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Vancouver artist Maggie Boyd uses wry humour and irreverent visual puns to decant humanity’s troubles into the age-old form of the ceramic vase. more

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Wyn Geleynse offers something often absent from contemporary art – humour. more

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Artist Teva Harrison was just 37 when she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She went on to publish an award-winning graphic novel and now is having her first major exhibition. more

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Vancouver-based artist Mark Ollinger describes his work as Nordic or Celtic knots that merge with graffiti. more

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If winter’s chill is getting you down, Vancouver artist Krista Johnson may have just the antidote. more

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While perhaps not strictly art, the show has plenty of artistry, as well as a strong message about the need to protect a natural world under increasing threat from a burgeoning human population. more

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