Art Vancouver was founded in 2015 by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation to promote up-and-coming, contemporary artists in Western Canada and has now grown into an international art fair with over 8,000 visitors and 90 exhibitors in 2018.

The work of artist Fanny Tang. Image: Art Vancouver The work of artist Fanny Tang. Image: Art Vancouver

For 2019, Art Vancouver has announced their theme is "Uniting Nations Through Art." The fair will exhibit the talents of not only Vancouver-based artists, but also creatives hailing from 20 different countries around the globe. On display, collectors, art aficionados and dealers will find paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media inside the Vancouver Convention Centre, a sleek waterfront building in downtown Vancouver.

Aerial view of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Image: Art Vancouver Aerial view of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Image: Art Vancouver

In addition to the booths, a rich repertoire of art lectures, art walks, guided tours and master classes is on the agenda for the fair weekend, April 25-28. The fair kicks off on Thursday, April 25 with a VIP Preview and Opening Night Party, highlighted by the Face of Art runway show where artists walk the runway with their artworks.

Inside Art Vancouver. Image: Art Vancouver Inside Art Vancouver. Image: Art Vancouver

Aspiring artists can register for classes on Saturday and Sunday, which focus on themes like Van Gogh's wheat fields, watercolor cards, travel sketching and more. Visitors who want to learn more about the diversity of the fair and the variety of methods can embark on guided tours (1pm and 3pm on April 27th and 28th). On April 27th, a free cafe crawl will lead art lovers to three coffeeshops where Art Vancouver exhibitors' artworks are displayed.

Art Masters competition. Image: Art Vancouver Art Masters competition. Image: Art Vancouver

This year, Art Vancouver will launch their Art Masters' competition, where eight professional artists will be given a mystery box of supplies and one hour to create a work that reflects the fair's theme of "uniting nations through art."

Dickson Yewn jewelry. Image: Art Vancouver Dickson Yewn jewelry. Image: Art Vancouver

Exhibitor booths not to miss include OVALO Galeria de Arte from Mexico City, which will showcase contemporary works by emerging Mexican artists; Dickson Yewn, the first jeweler to display at the fair, whose wearable art celebrates his Chinese culture; and Joy Pierson, a Vancouver-based artist who uses acrylics and watercolor to capture the city's incredible natural beauty.

A painting by Joy Pierson. Image: Art Vancouver A painting by Joy Pierson. Image: Art Vancouver

Learn more about Art Vancouver here and purchase tickets to the fair here.

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