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Rennie Collection at Wing Sang

Oh thank god for the Rennie Collection!!!  It renewed my faith in Vancouver’s art community!




I’ve been mildly disappointed with the arts + culture in Vancouver.  Sorry, Vancouver – but it’s true.  When I was in Alberta, I found the art scene to be much more progressive, vibrant, fresh + exciting!  So, Jeff + I were very fortunate to be invited to the Rennie Collection’s most recent exhibit opening.

First, a little bit about the man.  Bob Rennie is THE biggest real estate marketer on the West Coast of Canada.  His marketing firm, Rennie Marketing Systems is responsible for most of the luxury condominiums, hotels + development projects in Vancouver.  He’s kind of a big deal.  His art museum, The Rennie Collection has one of the largest collections of contemporary art in Canada.Bob Rennie










A location for the movie that Jeff is working on was shot in one of Bob Rennie’s building.  Mr. Rennie’s assistant was there during shooting + mentioned the art opening, thus putting the two of us on the guest list.  Woohoo!

The Rennie Collection is situated in Chinatown – it was a goooooorgeous day!!!!  Here is the gate that leads you into the heart of Chinatown:Chinatown Vancouver

Lots of cool, heritage buildings dot the landscape of Chinatown.Chinatown Vancouver

Chinatown is relatively small, but the main artery is Pender Street.Chinatown Vancouver

Lots of touristy, fun, colorful things to browse + buy!Chinatown Vancouver

The autumn leaves were going off!!!Chinatown Vancouver

Chinatown in Vancouver is similar to the Chinatown in Los Angeles where it is slowly getting gentrified.  There is less of an actual Chinese community + most shops are for tourism only, with hipster establishments rapidly gobbling up real estate.

The Rennie Collection + marketing firm is housed in Wing Sang, Chinatown’s oldest building built in 1889.  It took four years + over $10 million dollars to renovate.  And what a beautiful job they did!!!Rennie Collection - 07

When we entered the building, Bob Rennie’s assistant warmly hugged Jeff + enthusiastically welcomed me to Vancouver!  She was one of the nicest, most genuine people!!!

The current exhibition is Glenn Brown + Rebecca Warren on display until March 29th 2014.Rennie Collection - 08

Rebecca Warren.Rennie Collection - 09

Glenn Brown.Rennie Collection - 10

I really enjoyed Glenn Brown’s pieces!  There was so much texture + movement in his paintings, but his technique is unbelievably flat + brushstrokes are almost undetectable!!!  The gallery allows for so much natural light + is such a gorgeous space!  And all the guests were stylish – peep out that lady’s tiger stripe coat!  FIERCE!!!

Stunning exposed brick wall – a remnant of the old Wing Sang building.Rennie Collection - 11

We wandered up to the rooftop for refreshments.Rennie Collection - 12

WOW!!!!Rennie Collection - 13

There was complimentary wine, bottles of water + hot chocolate with huge, fancy shmancy cinnamon marshmallows!  ME WANT!Rennie Collection - 14

Martin Creed’s neon is placed on the top of the building.Rennie Collection - 15

We wished we could see it at night!  Here’s a night shot from the Rennie Collection website.Rennie Collection

Surrounding buildings.Rennie Collection - 16

Jeff chivalrously holding my hot chocolate while I take pictures.Rennie Collection - 18

Panorama of the rooftop.Rennie Collection - 19

The glass pavilion to the right of the picture is by Dan Graham.  It’s the only one of it’s kind in Canada.  Heyooooo!!!!Rennie Collection - 20

Jeff + I spent a while at the gallery, enjoyed the sunny roof, chatted with some very nice people, + stalked Bob Rennie for a while, but he was so busy greeting guests, so we didn’t want to bother him!  As we left we were very invigorated about such a great resource for contemporary art in Vancouver!Rennie Collection - 21

Go check out the Rennie Collection!  Admission is free, but you have to make tour reservations on their website!  Spots fill up quickly, so make sure you plan ahead!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Deb Fayle #

    So cool Shelli! Thanks for sharing.

    November 23, 2013
  2. Hmmmm…cinnamon marshmallows…

    November 24, 2013
    • Fluffy….

      November 25, 2013
      • No, no. I make marshmallows. I don’t know why I didn’t think of cinnamon before. Oh, I know why…because I was too busy flavoring them with Bailey’s! LOL

        November 26, 2013
      • You MAKE them??? YUM!!! Wooo, wow Bailey’s marshmallows sound amazing!

        November 26, 2013
  3. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    hi , NAN, terrific photo’s, hey 2 Jeff & Meg’s !!!!!
    luv Dads

    November 27, 2013
  4. Have you seen the documentary film “Herb and Dorothy”? I bet you and Jeff would love it! Even those of us with meager budgets can aspire to have amazing art!

    December 2, 2013
    • Ooooh, you know us so well, A!!! I know I can always rely on you for the PBS docs!!! Love you!

      December 4, 2013

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