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North Vancouver Community Arts Council

North Vancouver Community Arts Council is a grassroots cultural organization that assists emerging and professional artists in all media and disciplines. Bridging cultures and building vital art communities is furthered through collaborations and partnerships.

Executive Director Linda Feil credits her hard-working board, staff and volunteers with creating an “absolutely fabulous organization.” Their inclusive approach favours group shows, interactive events and input from community.

CityScape Community Art Space is a unique exhibition and office space managed by the CAC and owned by the City of North Vancouver.

Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) is an Indigenous artist of Squamish/Namgis decent.
In Pushing Boundaries, he exhibited with seven Indigenous artists showing contemporary work in non-traditional mediums.

Xwalacktun praises the North Van CAC for assisting his artistic journey. They’ve been so friendly and welcoming over the years,” he says. “They’re like family, they greet me with big hellos and hugs, then we talk about art.”

Anonymous Art Show. Photo used with permission of North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

One of the CAC’s most successful fundraisers is the annual Anonymous Art Show. In 2010, this broad-based exhibition featured 300 artists and over 600 paintings, each 8x8 inches and $100.

The Executive Director explains: “Each year we solicit paintings from top artists and mix them in. No one knows until post-purchase if their new treasure has a famous signature on the back. It adds to the fun and excitement.”

Wetlands Experience. Photo used with permission of North Vancouver Community Arts Council.In the Spring of 2010, The World Garden exhibition focused on the minute and macro splendour of nature. Four Vancouver artists used a variety of media and methods to articulate wonder and beauty. The interactive community component took participants to a local wetlands and bird sanctuary. A naturalist-led tour honours Earth Day and Arts & Culture Week.

The Art Rental Show in January 2011 featured 100 new works in the collection. Participating artists receive valuable exposure and revenue from exhibitions and on-line viewing.

The Art Rental Salon is a new feature of the program. The salon has computer terminals and sliding panels for easy viewing. An adjudication process and yearly updates keep the collection fresh and vital.

Artist Eileen Fong at Christie House. Photo used with permission of North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

The annual Art in the Garden Tour is a popular weekend event. Original art, spectacular gardens and live music in each venue cultivate the senses. Photography, sculpture and paintings accent the flora and fauna of North Vancouver’s best-kept scenery.

Fuelling the CAC’s many projects and programs requires funding. Linda thanks the BC Arts Council for their ongoing support. “Grant writing can be daunting,” she says, “and the BC Arts Council offers professional, well-grounded advice.”




North Vancouver Community Arts Council is funded in part by the BC Arts Council, supporting artists and arts organizations in communities across BC.