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I went to university in Vancouver for quite a number of years and it had a profound impact on my life. I always found it fascinating how such a big city could exist so close to nature. From the tall buildings of downtown and across the bridge to the north shore, one could easily go mountain biking or skiing in less than an hour. From prime vantage points, I could look out through English Bay and across the Strait of Georgia to the island of my birth and of my people. I always love going out in Vancouver and enjoying the hive of activity in the downtown core. It is always a pleasure to get out for a beautiful meal with family or friends and then go for a walk along Robson or Granville streets. Even better is when the sun is going down and starts to reflect off the windows of the high-rises, casting a gorgeous orange glow throughout the city. If you time it just right, you can make it down to Stanley Park or English Bay Beach to watch the sun disappear behind Vancouver Island in a golden explosion. At English Bay Beach is an inunnguaq––commonly called an inukshuk––given to the city of Vancouver by the people of the Northwest Territories. Because it is not originally from this area, it served as a contentious inspiration for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics logo. In this print, I chose to show the inunnguaq in juxtaposition––like the city of Vancouver itself––against our coastal landscape which is surmounted by the ancient native art tradition of our people on the coast.
"An Evening in Vancouver” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in September of 2009 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 166 prints bear the title “An Evening in Vancouver” and are signed by Andy Everson: 150 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/150 through 150/150; 15 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 11x17 inches. Image size measures about 9.25x14.5 inches.