Debra Usher Editorial
President & Editor in Chief
This is our 9th year at Arabella, and I always worry about whether or not I will be able to put together a collection of art, sculpture and fine art craft to delight our readers. But I shouldn’t be concerned, because there seems to be a whole world out there of truly unique and extremely talented individuals producing art in every medium imaginable. As I lay out the pages of this magazine, I am reminded of a giant jigsaw puzzle. The problem: it is a puzzle without a picture to guide me – just the colour, flow and music created by exquisitely talented and skillful artists. This spring 2016 issue is made up of a wildly eclectic collection of artists that explore their medium with passion, wit, humour and joy, creating a beautiful collection of paintings and sculpture for all of us to enjoy. Whether hyperrealism, romantic impressionism or folk art excite you – here on the pages of Arabella you can experience a gallery exhibit with over 300 pages of art and editorial. In total, some 600 pieces of art grace our pages, and allow the reader a once in a lifetime visual adventure. Even better – this experience happens four times a year. When you tire of the art, though I don’t know how that could be possible, you can take a languid stroll through the gardens – and wander the interiors – of some superbly beautiful homes in California, Italy and France. Architecture and design to inspire and help us imagine a different way of living. While not all of us can live in these romantic locales, we can create our own version of a colourful and unique home. At Arabella we believe that art changes our everyday experience and enhances the way we see the world.
ART VANCOUVER 2016
www.artvancouver.net This spring, join Arabella Magazine at Art Vancouver 2016 in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. In Vancouver, BC from May 26 – May 29, 2016 immerse yourself in a dazzling display of art by outstanding artists from across the country and around the world. Art is what elevates us, it is how we share our deepest feelings and it is the highest form of human expression. Attendees at Art Vancouver 2016 will experience an unprecedented collection of local and international original art. While there you will have the opportunity to collect exceptional art, and meet truly fine art professionals in the stunning waterfront location of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Art Vancouver 2016 is one of Vancouver’s premier Art Experiences; a place for serious collectors, as well as individuals looking to make their first art purchase.
WELCOME TO SPRING
Today as I look out the window, the wind is howling, rain is pelting down and all my dogs are snoring on various couches and chairs. Of course, there will be one or two more spectacular snow storms before the crocus and the daffodil peek through the red maritime soil. But the air smells different now, and I know that spring is just around the corner. Time to celebrate! Namaste.