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Alice Koan
Day Dreams, Night Dreams

December 17th to December 29th, 2016

Gallery Hours

December 17th and 29th
2 - 4 pm

“Life drawing is a basic inquiry into the human form.” - Maurice Spiro

Basic Inquiry News

to form a painting group in 2017 at Basic inquiry

November 27th, 2016

We need 10 to 15 members who want to share the studio with others while creating their own art works from sketches, drawings, photos, pictures......and/or from imagination.

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Mon- Fri 2-5pm weekly for 3 months, from January to March 2017 60 sessions, 180 hours


Basic Inquiry Studio, 1011 Main Street, Van, BC




Patricia Graham Eulogy

May 9th, 2016

Greetings Members of Basic Inquiry

My late wife Patricia Graham Arrott drew for many years at Basic Inquiry, from the beginning I think. I am trying to remember before the Cobalt Hotel, where I know that I provided Jerry the blinds for the large west facing window from 1985 to 1987. After that Basic Inquiry moved to the building opposite Manard's on 6th Ave. My memory at 88 is not all that sharp. I do not remember Jerry's last name. I looked for some history on the Basic Inquiry Web site but did not find any. One of Patsy's favorite models was Peter ?? an Englishman with a bicycle. Peter was into performance art at the fringe festivals. I am planning to curate a show of Patricia's works next February in Seattle. Some history would be helpful.

Thanks for any help you can give me,
Tony Arrott

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Figuratively Speaking

December 12th, 2015

You may have noted in October 26, 2015 minutes reference was made to a September 29, 2015 video shoot at the studio by Spotlight Productions Ltd., a company under contract to provide video productions for the Telus Community Channel. Melinda Friedman the director has provided us with the links to the final product on both U Tube and Facebook. Please feel free to take a gander as it is a well done production featuring one of our outstanding models Francoise Thibault.