De­bra Usher Edi­to­rial

Pres­i­dent & Editor in Chief

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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 2016­van­cou­ 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.


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.

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