June 2004 to March, 2012
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Time for another Helen Andersen artwork

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Vancouver had very few distinctive buildings when Helen made this pastel drawing in the early 1960s. The dome of the old Vancouver Sun newspaper building caught her attention. She did quite a few pictures of the city’s best bits… beaches, tugboats, shoreline industries… in water colour and in pastel.

Sad to say, most of them are lost now, or at least in places unknown. If you have one (possibly signed “Andy”, her nickname), you have a little treasure. I know that the artist Floyd Joseph as a small number of them, because he and Helen traded some pieces. Mr Joseph came to Helen’s house while I was there and selected some small pictures of scenes he remembered from his childhood, when he was growing up in North Vancouver.

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Danica and I are pleased to have one of Floyd Joseph’s serigraphs hanging in in our living room. Helen gave it to us as a gift, perhaps after one of those art trades. It is a beautifully crafted piece, fully in the tradition of Northwest coast design, but original in its imagery,too. The circular shape derives from drum head designs.

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