Window Galleries could transform business and vacant storefront windows in Old Vancouver into art galleries, showing the work of local artists.
Very few artists have the opportunity to display their work publicly. This would be a chance for them to do so and at the same time, since art is known to be uplifting, to inspire residents of the area. It would also attract tourists and art lovers from all over the city to a part of town not often visited on foot. Hopefully, over time, the displays would create a new “vibe” to the streets, adding to its safety and affording economic benefits to both artists and shop owners.
We are looking for artists whose work can be displayed in those windows and we hope those artists will identify others who might also be willing to display their work.
And we are looking for building owners who would offer their vacant or under-used storefronts to be turned into art galleries.
The project will be a creative entrepreneurial connection – a cultural collaboration and exchange.
The artwork will be changed monthly and be featured and sold on-line.
(Roger, we should explore other ways of selling as once customers leave the window gallery, chances are they will not follow up.)
As well as providing venues for artists to show their work and nurture their creative neighbours, this project would provide curating mentorship to interested Old Vancouver residents – initially, an experienced curator will collect the work to be shown and will then pass on those skills to interested residents of the community.
Lynne McNamara spent 21 years showing the work of BC artists in the windows of Granville Mall Optical at Robson and Granville in downtown Vancouver.
Over the years, the window displays became a monthly destination for art lovers all over the Lower Mainland.
McNamara also curated the Vancouver Art Gallery’s successful fundraising benefit event, Art After Dark, with works from scores of local artists including Judson Beaumont, Nick Bantock and Elaine Brewer-White on display in the beautiful neo-classical space.
Window galleries make art accessible, improve the public realm, showcase artists, contribute to art appreciation