August 25, 2017
in the news
Metallics made easy with gilding wax
Dedicated DIYers now have a new weapon in their design arsenals: Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan has made her gilding waxes available in Canada. Available in warm gold, bright gold, dark silver, bright silver and copper, the waxes can be used to add a gleaming sheen over an entire project, or spot-applied to highlight particular textural components.
The company says the product is nearly foolproof to use. The wax is stroked on with a cloth—either freehand, or with the aid of a stencil—in layers, depending on how much of the underlying paint should show through. After curing overnight, a quick buff will reveal the full shiny lustre. Annie Sloan products are available either at retailers or online.
Annie Sloan Gilding Wax in copper and bright silver.
The annual Eat! Vancouver Festival shifts to November for 2017, with more than a dozen events designed to whet the appetites of gourmands. Those with a pronounced sweet tooth will enjoy a dessert-only afternoon with offerings from 16 pastry chefs, while others will snap up reservations for a series of chef collaboration dinners spanning a wide range of cuisine styles. Expert classes will take people through the processes of making gourmet chocolate or charcuterie, and through the finer points of cheese tasting. Proceeds from the Eat! Harvest canapé and wine reception benefit the children’s educational program Project Chef. The event runs Nov. 6 to 11 at various venues in Vancouver.
When Colliers International began planning its Sun Towers development on Burnaby’s Beresford Street, it decided to incorporate art in a serious way. For the commercial component of the mixed-use project—known as The Centre—Colliers partnered with the Art Rental & Sales program operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery right from the beginning of the design process.
“We took our cue from the official plan for the Metrotown area, with Beresford set to transform into an art walk,” explains Cecilia Tse, senior vice-president, Asia Pacific, for Colliers International. “We decided to extend the art walk concept right into the building, to showcase works by B.C. artists and help create a cultural destination.”
In addition to consulting the VAG about how to create an art-friendly environment, the designers created a mirrored gallery wall and installed a dramatic custom light fixture in the double-height lobby to represent the brush strokes seen in paintings.
Pieces will be rotated every six months, with the building concierge and a digital screen on hand to give people details about the artworks.
The proximity to art is already clearly having an effect; Tse has plans to purchase a painting for her own home.
BELOW: Art fills the commercial lobby at The Centre.