Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Pamela Masik “The Forgotten” Unveils ‘Mona’ at terminus

June 26th, 2009

Pamela Masik stands in front of ‘Mona’, the first of 69 paintings.
Photo: Kristen Thompson/Metro Vancouver

The first painting in artist Pamela Masik’s series The Forgotten ( was unveiled at The Salient Group’s terminus June 23rd at a fundraising event to benefit a new arts program for women at the Union Gospel Mission in the Downtown Eastside. The painting, Mona, depicts Mona Wilson, a 26-year-old First Nations woman who went missing in 2001. Robert Pickton was charged with her murder.

The Forgotten series consists of 69 massive 8-by-10-foot portraits to remember each woman who has disappeared from the Downtown Eastside. “Because these women were from high-risk groups and marginalized communities, they were forgotten even before they were murdered,” says artist Pamela Masik. “The intent of this work—not just creating the paintings, but the exhibition of the collection with performance and video/photography of the process—is to raise awareness of society’s perception that prostitutes and drug users have no value and can be discarded.”

Masik founded a new arts program at the Union Gospel Mission to help women—many of them friends of the missing women—express themselves through art. “These women are survivors,” says Masik. “I believe it is our collective responsibility to empower them to heal and grow, and live a self-sustaining, healthy lifestyle. That’s the goal of the art program.” Mona and some of Masik’s paintings from her earlier resin series ( will remain on display at terminus ( until mid-July. Part proceeds from the sale of these paintings will directly benefit the arts program.

“It is an immense honour to have been chosen by Pamela to unveil a work that is so personal, yet so important in the memory of our city,” says Robert Fung, event host and principal of The Salient Group. “Pamela’s new program to benefit homeless women helps make our communities more vibrant, and more livable.”

The Union Gospel Mission is a non-profit urban relief organization serving Metro Vancouver and the City of Mission, providing hope for the hungry, hurting and homeless since 1940.

Media coverage of the event can be found at:

Metro Vancouver – Art Honours Slain Women
Vancouver Sun – First of 69 missing women portraits unveiled by Vancouver artist
24 Hours – Mona Remembered
Globe & Mail – Pickton victim honoured in first of portrait series
Video: Toronto Sun – Portraits chronicle city’s missing women
Video: GlobalTV – News Hour on Global, Tuesday, June 23

A few photos from the unveiling:

Things to do: Velo City at Museum of Vancouver

June 4th, 2009


Bike culture in Vancouver runs deep, and a new exhibition at the newly renamed Museum of Vancouver shows off all kinds of modern cycling styles. Velo-City: Vancouver & the Bicycle Revolution show opened last night – you can learn more about it here: Be sure to add your favourite cycling photos to their Flickr group too!

A few of us at Salient are avid cyclists, and thought we’d bring this great show curated by Propellor Design to your attention – it’s well worth going by the museum. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend to ride around the seawall, so you should pop by the museum and check out the show. The show runs until September 7th.

See the Georgia Straight article about the show here: Velo-City pays tribute to culture on two wheels. UPDATE: also just put up an article about the exhibit too… You can see that here.

Museum of Vancouver also has a new website

Flack Block: New Life on Hastings Street

April 26th, 2009
Artisans in the Canadian workshop of Architectural Stone Masonry work on aspects of the re-created entry for Vancouver’s Flack Block. “It was all done by hand,” ASM founder Tony Rogac says. “No machine touched any of that stone.” The detail shows the careful hammer-and-chisel technique needed to produce an intricate, finely detailed ornamental piece.

Artisans in the Canadian workshop of Architectural Stone Masonry work on aspects of the re-created entry for Vancouver’s Flack Block. “It was all done by hand,” ASM founder Tony Rogac says. “No machine touched any of that stone.” The detail shows the careful hammer-and-chisel technique needed to produce an intricate, finely detailed ornamental piece.

Traditional Building magazine recently had an article about the building of The Flack Block’s hand-carved limestone archway. Construction has recently finished on the building, and the archway has been completed for some time, but we thought we’d share this feature with those of you who wanted to know more about the creation of the archway, and the local stone carvers still practicing this craft.

You can see the full article here.

terminus construction photos gallery

April 20th, 2009

After three years of meticulous construction, the terminus is finally finished, and the new terminus owners started moving into their new homes a little while ago. Salient was pleased to have Vancouver based photographic artist Jessica Bushey shoot during construction of the terminus, and document the project with some increadable images. Take a few moments to glance through a brief sample of these beautiful photos – some show a little more of the construction process, some show what we unearthed in the duration of construction, and some are just stunning abstracts of what laid in front of Jessica on her many visits to the construction site. Stayed tuned for more info regarding upcoming events featuring some of Jessica’s amazing images.

Click here to view this same gallery in a new window, with larger photos.

Robert Fung speaks at Pecha Kucha Night

October 23rd, 2008

Pecha Kucha Night

Robert Fung took some time out this past week to do a Pecha Kucha presentation at the Park Theatre on Cambie Street. Robert took to the stage that night with some fine company, such as Graeme Berglund (Curator/Creator of The Cheaper Show) and Bob Kronbauer (Art Director of Mumble, and much more).

You might ask, ‘What is Pecha Kucha Night?’

Briefly put, it’s 20 presenters show 20 slides for 20 seconds each.

Want to know more?

Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

But as we all know, give a mic to a designer (especially an architect) and you’ll be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global – as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world. Find a location and join the conversation.

Visit the Vancouver Pecha Kucha website.