Best days for this self-guided tours are: Wednesday – Sunday via a car
11:30am Start your day with a stop at The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe on Pemberton Avenue for a coffee and a fresh in-house croissant.
12:00pm Then it is just a quick zip down the block to Griffin Art Projects to view Per Diem: The Gerd Metzdorff Collection on view until May 8, 2022. The exhibition spans forty years of collecting by Gerd Metzdorff who purchased works on modest savings of the per diems provided to him by the airline where he was employed as a steward. I was excited to learn more about how Metzdorff was able to build his collection by studying and learning about the work he acquired. And it was great to see work by some of the most notable artists in our city.
1:00pm Make sure you’ve booked your time ahead to visit the Archives of North Vancouver to visit An Archival View: History of Photography on the North Shore (1860-2021) on view until April 30. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to view vintage prints that capture the history of photography on the North Shore. And don’t forget to view the online exhibition!
2:00pm On the drive from Lynn Valley to West Vancouver, stop for lunch at Wooden Fish for some crispy veggie spring rolls.
3:00pm Just a few blocks away is the last stop, West Vancouver Art Museum to view Rabbit Lane: Douglas Coupland on view until May 28, 2022. The staged photographic scenes were inspired by Coupland’s publication Girlfriend in a Coma which traces the lives of a group of friends from their teenage years through to middle age. The exhibition highlights the area of West and North Vancouver and features local homes, streets and volunteer models and connects to the North Shore community. See if you can spot a familiar landmark!
4:00pm End your day of exploration by grabbing a tea from Encore Cafe & Restaurant and finding a bench along the sea wall to enjoy the rest of the afternoon… sunny weather permitted!