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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.

I took four days off last week for an adventure – a tour of Vancouver Island's ancient forests. Read more

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I hopped over to Salt Spring Island for a short getaway last week. Read more

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Calculating gender parity. Read more

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So you've found a painting at a garage sale? Read more

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A new art book drops through the mail slot. Read more

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Who doesn't love a road trip? Read more

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It has been a year since Galleries West launched its new online format. Read more

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It’s always a joy to meet people who love what they do. Read more

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Is contemporary art shifting to a more emotive space? Read more

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You can't escape history in this issue of Galleries West. Read more

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Fascinating documentary about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Read more

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Artists have an odd variety of day jobs. Read more

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The end of the year is when we traditionally look back. Read more

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Writing and the visual arts have a special relationship. Read more

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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... Read more

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Jennifer Weihmann’s photographs of decaying leaves yield an unexpected beauty. Read more

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A new gem of a book helps demystify a complex and evolving art. Read more

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Sweet confections of whimsical porcelain (with a hint of darkness) court excess and overwhelm. Read more

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One of the country’s great adventurers paints grand vistas in remote corners of the Canadian Arctic. Read more

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Philip Kanwischer offers insights into our relationships with animals. Read more

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By making and unmaking books, magazines and other publications, Ho Tam considers how images circulate in contemporary society. Read more

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After an exciting career as a theatre designer, Susan Benson turns her attention to the people and landscape of Salt Spring Island. Read more

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Patricia Bovey’s latest book explores Manitoba artist’s evocations of a semi-mythical Prairie past. Read more

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Iraqi-born artist paints cheery urban scenes in his new home of Vancouver. Read more

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Karen Klassen challenges the male gaze by painting strong women. Call it the female gaze. Read more

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James Nizam focuses his camera on the night sky, creating poetic images that evoke cosmic geometries. Read more

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Edmonton artist is fascinated by flocks of birds. Read more

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A companion book to the last show conceptualized by the late Kwakwaka’wakw artist tackles our unsustainable way of living. Read more

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Philippe Raphanel’s drawings reflect the magic of island life on the West Coast. Read more

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Paintings by North Vancouver artist Steve Baylis are a record of his feelings and emotions. Read more

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Furniture maker Brian Gladwell transforms chunks of salvaged wood for his latest show in Regina. Read more

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Temosen Charles Elliott, a printmaker and traditional carver, is a key figure in the resurgence of Coast Salish culture. Read more

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Former Winnipeg sign painter Ray Renooy turns his eye to a changing rural world. Read more

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Elizabeth Yeend Duer slipped between two identities – an Englishwoman and a Japanese painter – during Victoria’s war years. Read more

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Edmonton artist captures passing moments in painterly scenes of the natural world. Read more

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