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North West Marine Arts and Design


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Stanley Park’s seawall in winter blues and greens

On Stanley Park’s Seawall there’s more than meets the eye, from Eagle’s flights announced loudly from high in the Doug Firs, to tiny shells hidden under middens of wave action pounding at low tide. From art inspired by beaches, to bike and walking lanes sporting new red paint separations. Where have you found treasures along this coast shoreline? For more fun info about the Kitsilano Beach side of the seawall visit the seawallchronicles video at  http://insidevancouver.strutta.com/entries/10263

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If you ever catch a glimpse of stark white (heads or tails) on a dark black heavy feathered body, while looking up through the fir branches along the Stanley Park west side seawall, you might also listen for the Bald Eagle’s yodel cry “ee-eeee-ee-eee”. If you’re luckier still you may see baldies swooping low to swipe a fish on the wing. Next post: heron sightings!

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Shell Studies in water color and pencil, or pastels and crayons, match up well with shell searches at low tide after the storms.

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Stanley Park in winter after wind and wave sweeping high tides last month, when part of the seawall was uprooted, trees, rock wall and all.


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Ephemeral art forms with golden and orange concentric circles on a green and yellow backdrop. Maple spirals reflect this fall beauty. Watching the gorgeous colors that change daily is inspiration for everything artful!

What is this he’s climbing? Art, architectural ruin, altered nature? Would you expect this ‘structure?’ on the coast, maybe in medieval ruins, perhaps somewhere in North America, or elsewhere – you guess where and what??

‘Happy Face’ was such a surprise, you’d never guess where we found him/her, up on a cliff face along sea-to-sky highway, probably the most beautiful route in the world, at least rivaling ‘Going towards the sun’. Is this ecoart, ecosculpture?

COMING SOON – YALETOWN ART FAIR

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Summer weather! on and on and on!

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In the heart of Vancouver, False Creek waterways offer lively views, miniferry transportation and sports afloat.

Market trip by aquabus to Granville Island across False Creek takes bikes, folks, dogs on a 3 minute ‘cruise’ either round trip or one way. Surrounded by history and the telltale signs of long-and-recent past industries, the creek is constantly evolving as homes, boats, businesses jostle for position along this fascinating waterfront. If you visit the area check out the nature island near Olympic village for a taste of the creek’s shore-origins.

Next stop, take a bigger ferry (seabus) across Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver to visit beautiful Waterfront park North Vancouver. Climb up sculptures (mountain sized with mountain backdrops) that warn you ‘don’t climb’ … and of course you do if you’re ten or so!

September’s highlight at waterfront park honours the ‘Salish Sea’ with beautiful messages and lasting images, like this dugout canoe bearing a banner “many people One canoe” -never far between sea and north shore mountain.