14 Jun 2016
June 14, 2016

Paul Buten Bavarian Artist

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Would you like to acquire some Authentic West Coast Art?


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Deep Cove, BC – June, 2016 – Landscape artist Paul Buten still has a few pieces of his West Coast Art Collection left. Paintings from Deep Cove, Whistler and other parts of Beautiful British Columbia are still available at amazing prices. Frames are extra and shipping can be arranged, if you would like to send this as a gift to other parts of the world

The highlights are also the hand-crafted replicas of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and a Bavarian house with a water wheel that can be displayed in a any garden for that traditional Bavarian feel.

Buten has a fascination with light and clouds integral to his daily environment and through his many forays into the coastal wilderness of British Columbia.His preferred medium is oil and though skilled in portraiture, his work has come full circle to settle on the mountains, forest, clouds and water that intrigued him as a child.

“I am endlessly fascinated by clouds and the quality of air and light here on the coast. ” says Paul Buten.

Paul Buten was born in Munich and raised in Benediktbeuern, a municipality in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, Germany. Raised in this picturesque village in the mountains of Bavaria, he was tutored by his artist father as well as the regional painters and wood carvers that conducted local workshops. After spending some time in Switzerland, Paul immigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver in 1970.

Paul Buten can be reached at 604 929-6092 and is always happy to speak to fellow Bavarians and art enthusiasts!

His website is www.paulbuten.com

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25 Mar 2016
March 25, 2016

Bavarian Artist on the North Shore

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Paul Buten Loves Nature

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Paul Buten has lived on the North Shore since 1970 and has a great appreciation for “clouds and the quality of air and light” all around him, which often inspires him to get out his oil paints and to create something.

Paul Buten lives and paints in Deep Cove, British Columbia. His recent focus on western landscapes and marinescapes comes through a fascination with the light and clouds intergral to his daily environment and through his many forays into the coastal wilderness of British Columbia.

Paul Buten was born in Munich and raised in Benediktbeuern, a municipality in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, Germany. Raised in this picturesque village in the mountains of Bavaria, he was tutored by his artist father as well as the regional painters and wood carvers that conducted local workshops.


MtshuksanWhistlerPaul also spent over ten years in Switzerland and Sweden, working at many different jobs in various locations.

Paul immigrated to Canada and settled in Vancouver in 1970. His preferred medium is oil and though skilled in portraiture, his work has come full circle to settle on the mountains, forest, clouds and water that so intrigued him as a child.

See his photo gallery with hand-painted works of art that are now for sale, showcasing Deep Cove, Whistler and Beautiful British Columbia.

Commissions welcome.

Paul is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and can be found on the website http://www.myartclub.com.

Just go to “Find Artist” and type in his name!

Castle at Eurofest 2014 Paul ButenPaul is also a member of the German Canadian Business Association and is a very active supporter of the arts.

Website:  http://www.paulbuten.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PaulButen

Paul Buten is also connected to the Bel Art Gallery, run by Stefan & Beatrice Schreiber:

http://www.belartgallery.com

One thing I personally appreciated about Paul Buten, is when he generously offered to showcase his hand-crafted castle, based on the famous Neuschwanstein one in Germany, at the featured German tent in 2014 at the European Festival, held in Burnaby on an annual basis.  The castle, as well as a small replica of a Bavarian House are for sale, as well.

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17 Mar 2016
March 17, 2016

Hong Kong Designer; German Story

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Grace C. Y. Lam from Hong Kong, Brisbane, and Vancouver

Hong Kong, China – Grace C.Y. Lam Womenswear label is releasing “Beethoven, a collection of hybrid evening ready-to-wear with fabric manipulations for Autumn/Winter 2016/2017.  It comprises of loose solid black silhouette with the use of rich fabrics, raw edges and hand embellishments to create a mood of stillness with hints of shimmers and quiet movement.

Her inspiration came from:

  • Gustav Klimt’s painting “Beethoven”, depicting the human naturals and desires, the struggle and desire to triumph over adverse forces.
  • The Jungian four stages story of psychological shadows “Appearances, Encounter, Merger and Assimilation”, and the
  • Brother Grimms dark tales and the famous “1812 Snow White”.

Beethoven by Grace C. Y. LamThe fresco painting “Beethoven”, a three-wall painting that depicts human naturals and desires, our being’s struggle and desire to triumph over adverse forces, such as sickness, madness, temptation, death, intemperance (lack of restraint and self-control), lasciviousness, wantonness (deliberate risking harm to others without provocation and total disregard of results).


GraceLam4The final piece of work leads viewers to the ideal place 0 where there is joy, happiness and love in its purest form; the choir of angels singing “Ode of Joy” illustrates this. The focus is on the beast Typhon and his three daughter, the Gorgons, each representing lost, lechery and intemperance.


GraceLam3Shadows are the psychological shadows derived from the Jungian four stages theory. The first stage is “Appearance” or a dream to see one’s state of mind.


BlondeModelThe second stage is “Encounter with the Shadows” – when we deny our natural human desires; egotism, mental laziness, schemes, plots and cowardliness.


IMG_8299The third stage is “Merger with the Shadows” – the shadow may take over one’s mind due to shock, confusion or indecision.


IMG_8301The fourth stage is the “Assimilation of the Shadows” – this is when we acknowledge the shadow within, but will not let it become a conscience being. This process is a life-long struggle of cleansing oneself of the filth to our minds; similar to washing one’s dirty laundry.


IMG_8306The most famous of all of Brother Grimm’s dark tales, which was first published in 1812 is “Snow White” The good queen is sewing one winter night by her window, when she pricks her fingers and one drop of blood falls on the window sill and into the snow. She wishes for a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood on the window sill. (Grimm 209)



Grace C. Y. Lam

+852 9834 9388
gracelamcy@gmail.com

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Designer Profile

Grace CY Lam was born in Hong Kong and raised in Brisbane, Australia. She moved to Vancouver Canada for high school at Prince of Wales. She studied in Langara College for fine arts and later University of British Columbia in Fine Arts Majoring in Painting. She also obtained her diploma in Stage and special effect makeup from Blanche Macdonald Centre. She studied Law and received her diploma in legal studies from Hong Kong university; and was in her second year of LLB when she decided to make the leap to fashion design. She obtained her Bachelor in Design majoring in Fashion Design from Hong Kong Raffles International College of Design. She is also a proud mother of one little boy.

11 Mar 2016
March 11, 2016

German Photographer Jochen Lempert

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Arriving in Vancouver in May 2016!

 

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Jochen Lempert, ‘Field Guide’, 2013. Courtesy Cincinnati Art Museum. Photograph: Rob Deslongchamps.

Celebrated German photographer Jochen Lempert will be coming to Vancouver in May to attend the grand opening reception of his exhibit held on Friday May 6th, 7-9pm all welcome. Hamburg Native Jochen Lempert will be staying in Vancouver for at least 3 days to meet Art lovers from the German and Canadian Community. The Contemporary Art Gallery will be presenting his first major museum exhibition in Canada open to the public from May 7th to July 17th, 2016.

Trained as a biologist, Lempert photographs plants, animals and other natural phenomena with both scientific acumen and a poetic appreciation of natural beauty. His approach is scientific as well as humorous. Always working in black and white, his work engages with a diverse range of subjects and genres, ranging from everyday views to abstracted details. Photographic series alternate with single pictures, highly contrasted images with almost blank papers, through which multiple links and subtle associations are woven.

The exhibition focuses on a range of work produced over the last five years that has direct resonance with photographic practice in Vancouver examining the indexical nature of photography itself, notions of time and connections to the history of image making, mutability, classification and materiality. The subject of interest of Lempert’s work—animal life—is complemented by his exploration of the properties and materiality of the photographic image, as revealed in its developing and printing processes. While seemingly serendipitous, Lempert nevertheless pursues a very clear goal and aesthetic. His is a very careful, subtle world.

Lempert’s large compositions of black-and-white photographs demand close inspection. Ranging from medium-sized to small and tiny prints, the exhibition comprises his now classic repertoire of flora and fauna giving visitors the feeling of being at an amateur’s show, where the standards of high-end presentation have been disregarded. But upon closer examination paradoxical connections manage to unsettle what at first glance seemed unproblematic. The first thing one might notice about his photographs is their physical presence. Unlike on-screen JPEGs and the smooth color gradations of inkjet prints, Lempert always works in black-and-white and prints, his photographs using analogue techniques. He often manipulates them as he processes them in his darkroom and a picture may be printed in four different sizes before the artist settles on which works best.

After a rigorous editing process, Lempert hangs the finished artworks in a gallery un-matted and unframed. They are taped to the gallery wall in such a way that their rippling edges sometimes lift off its surface. The paper he uses has a relatively loose weave, giving each picture a softer effect; even his most sharply focused images seem, upon first glance, like charcoal drawings or finely detailed pencil sketches. In a world of color prints the size of billboards, the material properties of Lempert’s artworks reveal a sensibility rooted in timeless concerns.

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Credit: Jochen Lempert, Belladonna, 2013, gelatin silver prints. Courtesy of the artist and Projecte SD, Barcelona.

Here, it is the photographer’s behavior in front of a myriad of objects—including those from both natural and urban environments—which is the subject of this exhibition. The transformative, scientific qualities of animals and flowers are celebrated ironically—it’s Darwinism at its best. The diptych Belladonna (2013) pairs a photograph of the plant, otherwise known as deadly nightshade, and a squirrel. A central dark sphere — the plant’s berry, the squirrel’s eye — links the two photographs formally, and many artists would be content with the juxtaposition. But for Lempert, this is also visual proof of an evolutionary concept. The plant’s berry gleams to attract the fruit-eating animals that can disperse its seeds; each species sees a face in the fruit according to its particular capabilities. This juxtaposition asks us to imagine what the squirrel sees; the intermingling of scientific and artistic thinking creates a rich set of associations.

While individual images might suggest a certain degree of kinship, in fact they have nothing to do with each other, so the result is totally speculative, like an evolutionary theory gone astray. Lempert’s photographic series depart from similarities based on form; his morphological inventions open up different possibilities. Either he is acting as a street photographer whose silver gelatin prints have been unsuccessfully colonized by the themes of the former biologist, or else he is decidedly dissolving categories like “natural” and “artificial” that have been long set apart.

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Jochen Lempert, ‘Field Guide’, 2013. Courtesy Cincinnati Art Museum. Photograph: Rob Deslongchamps.

Our ability to observe what surrounds us is remarkable: we peer deeply into outer space and scrutinize sub-atomic particles. These powers are enhanced by technologies that grow more potent with each passing year. Lempert, working with nothing more than a 35-mm camera, often tries to photograph phenomena that elude our visual grasp — great spans of time, the complexity of interacting natural systems, invisible biological processes. Be it the patterns created by raindrops splashing on the surface of a body of water  or pictures of wind and photosynthesis, Lempert engages concepts we understand but can only see through indirect measures, testing the camera’s vision against the natural world, encouraging us to dwell upon how the natural world trumps human perception and understanding. A sense of wonder at the world’s mysteries rushes into the gap between the artist’s grand intentions and the humble means by which he expresses them.

The exhibition at CAG is generously supported by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Show times are Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm with free admission.  The Contemporary Art Gallery is found on 555 Nelson Street @ Richards.  Their website is www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

Organized by the Contemporary Art Gallery in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Special thanks go to Brian Sholis, Curator of Photography.

Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street, Vancouver

British Columbia, Canada, V6B 6R5

Tel. 001 604 681 2700

Fax 001 604 683 2710

www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

20 Oct 2015
October 20, 2015

Book Launch at TenTen Tapas!

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TenTen Tapas - under Burrard Street Bridge.

TenTen Tapas – under Burrard Street Bridge.

Last night, Monday, October 19th, also known as Election Day in Canada, I attended Sandra Rechsteiner’s Book Launch at TenTen Tapas, just below the Burrard Street Bridge at 5:30 pm. Her book called “Your Natural Health Beauty and Wellness Guide” was published on Amazon on Kindle late September and will now soon be available in the German language in Europe.

At first, I found the venue a little challenging to find, especially since I had never been there before.  We used to live on Robon Street in downtown Vancouver and had often visited the neighbourhood, because there used to be a Thai restaurant that we liked.  But Sandra made the right decision to hold her charming event in such a nice venue.  (www.tententapas.com) We all received a gift card for free Tapas and I will definitely be going back to try them out.

Sandra Rechsteiner (left) and Derek Oelmann.

Sandra Rechsteiner (left) and Derek Oelmann.

Once inside, and meeting owner Derek Oelmann, I, and all of the other attendees had such a good time.  Sandra has such a large collection of friends and associates from her days as a fitness coach, from her days as a Networking Marketing specialist for Forever Living Products (Forever Living is a multi-billion dollar company with a presence in over 145 countries that manufacture and sell dozens of exclusive, beneficial wellness products based on one of nature’s purest gifts – aloe vera.), from her days attending Millionaire-related events, from her business as a lifesyle and motivational coach, from her eWomen’s Network and just from everyone she has met along the way. Sandra is also the founder of “Accomplish Now”, her business that will show you how to live a “Level 10 Life”.

She will help and empower you to believe in yourself and your abilities.  As a cancer crusher, she has the power of a “Never Give Up” mindset. She teaches you how she learned to THINK and DREAM BIG, how to transform your body and mind, and how to get rich doing what you love. Find your passion & purpose and live Your life to the fullest. You deserve it. Sandra teaches you how to take action Now.

“I don’t even have to hear what Sandra is saying, I just have to watch the energy and animation she uses to express herself and I am already inspired.”

Quote by me (and everyone else that I talked to about Sandra).

IMG_6576The bookEveryone had an opportunity to sample some flavoured aloe vera gel with either red wine or white wine, to enjoy some tasty Tapas, while choosing the items for the gift bags. We were encouraged to take silly selfies, to leave a video testimonial, to be creative and excited.  Sandra gave a short presentation on Aloe Vera and her book, then she showed us a 2-minute video about aloe vera and how it is produced, and finally she was live interviewed by me with just a few questions regarding her journey to finishing her book, and then the door prize drawing was done.  This is for a 3-day Millionaire Summit that will be held in May 2016.

Sandra was born and raised in Switzerland, where she married had a child and then was diagnosed with cancer when her son was two.  This was the catalyst that helped change her life.

IMG_6587Rest of the story from her website:  (http://accomplishnow.com/bio-sandra-rechsteiner/)

In 2012, Sandra followed her heart and immigrated to Canada with her family where she decided to live her mission and create greatness. She gave up a great career and a great Lifestyle to find her calling and purpose in life.  For Sandra, her mental and physical health, are always of the utmost importance. She became a certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Fitness Coach and teaches others a physical and mental Healthy Living. She is currently pursuing her dream to become a Millionaire and on that journey wants to help millions of others achieve their Health and Wealth dreams too. Freedom means the world to her.

She is now actively helping change peoples lives, she helps ordinary people achieve extraordinary lives by mentoring them simply, effectively and flexibly to develop their own home-based business within one of the biggest industries, Health & Wellness.

Sandra realized early in her career that a) she is passionate about people and their abilities. Her mission is to globally create better Health & Wealth. and b) she is passionate about Personal Growth. She has helped many people find their purpose and passion to succeed in Business and in life.

15 years expertise in Human Resource and Potential Management,  Founder of Coaching/Training Company in Switzerland, World Traveler, certified Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Fitness Coach, Wife and Mother, Certified Train the Trainer, Peaks Training by T. Harv Eker, #1 NY Bestseller “The Secret to the Millionaire mind” Been trained by Blair Singer, Adam Markel, Dennis Cummins, Joel D. Roberts, Sam Crowley, Loral Langemeier

You can purchase Sandra’s book here:  http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Health-Beauty-Wellness-Guide/dp/1517160383

Sandra can be seen here with Monika Becker with Clear Directions (http://cleardirections.ca/)  and Michela Quilici, Managing Director of the eWomen’s Network Vancouver Metro Chapter.
https://www.ewomennetwork.com/chapterHomePage/chapterHomePage.php?code=vancouver

Sandra, Monica, Michela

German Personality in Hollywood

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, born on November 11th, 1974,  had an half Bavarian, half-Italian father and a German mother, ( Irmelin Indenbirken) who was born in a German air raid shelter in the midst of a World War II air raid. In 1998, DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of “protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world” when he was only 24 years old.

According to his website, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF works in 4 key areas: Protecting biodiversity, wildlands conservation, oceans conservation and  climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio held the 2nd annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala once again at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu Vineyard on Wednesday, July22nd, 2015 in Saint-Tropez, France. The event raised over $40 million for his foundation. The first LDF St. Tropez Gala raised $25 million July 23rd, 2014. Here is the Gala reservation form.
The foundation, otherwise known as the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, will also be donating $15 million in grants to more than 30 organizations implementing conservation projects around the world.  Some of these are Dark Snow (taking measurements from the surface of Greenland to measure the melting Arctic) or the Tetiaroa Society  (A fish and crustacean replenishment program that teaches fishermen in Southeast Asia/French Polynesia how to protect their endangered catfish).  As a scuba diver, my favourite on this list of organizations is Oceans 5 (an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans).

Leonardo speaks German and he was named Leonardo because he first kicked while his pregnant mother was looking a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Florence, Italy. His father was a comic book dealer and his mother was a legal secretary.  They separated when Leonardo was a toddler. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California (or East Hollywood, on the wrong side of the tracks). Leonardo attended Seeds Elementary School, the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies and John Marshall High School, although he dropped out after 3 years and eventually earned his GED instead of graduating.

His mother was born in 1943 and immigrated to the US in 1955 with her parents Helene & Wilhelm Idenbirken, who moved back to Germany in the 1980’s. Leonardo’s maternal grandparents were Wilhelm Heinrich Indenbirken (the son of Wilhelm Indenbirken) and Helene Lisbeth Smirnow (1915-2008) (the daughter of Stefan Smirnow and Irene) who was born as Yelena Smirnova in Russia. Wilhelm was German, while Helene was Russian. DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Oer-Erkenschwick, a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.



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28 Apr 2015
April 28, 2015

Irene Schneider – Choreographer

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German Choreography Comes to Vancouver

Cinderella Poster  for Irene SchneiderOn Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00, presented by Ballet Productions Canada, Coastal City Ballet performs the highlight of the 2014-2015 season: the world premiere of Cinderella.
One of the most enduring and beloved tales in the world, Irene Schneider’s Cinderella will showcase the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet.
With hauntingly beautiful music by Sergei Prokofiev, this classical full-length ballet is brought to life by the technical finesse of the Coastal City Ballet dancers.
Cinderella is the endearing story of a young girl who finds love and happiness through her acts of kindness. A “rags to riches” tale which will delight audiences with the beauty of classical ballet wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after”.
Dress rehearsal performance available at 2:00pm for groups of 10 or more!

Irene Schneider Background & History

Irene Schneider was born in Metz, France. Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Because of its historical, cultural, and architectural background, Metz has been submitted on the France’s UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. A country must first take an inventory of its significant cultural and natural properties. This is called the Tentative List. A country may not nominate properties that have not been included on the Tentative List. Next, it can select a property from this list to place into a Nomination File.

Ms. Schneider studied ballet and dance at Roleff-King Ballet academy in Munich. This was one of the first private ballet schools opened after World War II in Germany in May 1956. She then moved to the University of Music & Performing Arts in Mannheim and finally, she finished her studies with Nora Kiss and Victor Gsovsky in Paris in 1962. For the next 11 years, she performed with the National Theatre in Mannheim, the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko and the Frankfurt Ballet under John Nemeier.

In 1973, she was asked to join the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart as instructor, where she worked for 4 years. The John Cranko Schule consists of the Ballet School of the State Theatre Stuttgart and the State Ballet Academy. The school is financed by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart.

In 1977, Irene Schneider was the director of ballet and choreographer at the Heidelberg Theatre, Theatre Ulm, as well as the Krefeld-Moenchengladbach Theatre. Directly after this, Ms. Schneider worked as the ballet director and choreographer of the Theatre Magdeburg. In 1993 she became the Director of the Magdeburg Theatre Ballet School. Ms. Schneider also works as a freelance choreographer at theatres in Lucerne, Switzerland, Rostock, Kiel, Giessen, Fukuj & Kanazawa, Japan, Brasilia, Brazil, Sofia, Bulgaria and Vancouver, BC. (Canada)

For more information, please look at the website of Irene Schneider or the website of the Coastal City Ballet at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver for tickets.

04 Feb 2015
February 4, 2015

Angela Spohr Creates Arts Galore

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Schwarze KieferRecently, I learned something about an artist from Freiburg.  Angela Spohr Puppel, a mezzo-soprano singer and music teacher was able to realize her dream by specializing not only in piano, singing, accordion and guitar, but also creating paintings that are inspired by the music she loves. Her professional life explores the connection between form, space, colour and music.

Spohr-Puppel also loves ballads and songs with a connection to the past.  Legends such as “Die Lorelei” (the Lorelei), “Koenig in Thule” (the King in Thule), “Der Fischer” (the fisherman) are among her favourites.  The recurring themes in both her music and her art are oceans, fishermen, mermaids and monsters of the deep.  Most of her paintings have some kind of relationship with water, whether it is rivers, shoreline, the ocean or plants & animals that live in the water and of course the lyrics of great composers such as Schubert and Britten.

In 2006, Angela Spohr-Puppel opened up the “Singschule Freiburg”, (singing school in Freiburg), in order to share her love of music with artists of the future.  Her goal is that music is seen as just as important as academics in schools and society and that it becomes a priority for educators and teachers.  Her courses offer something for each milestone in someone’s life.  For pregnant ladies and the unborn, for small children, for educators and teachers, as well as for both young and old.

RiverRecently Angela Spohr Puppel was part of one group exhibition in Freiburg, Germany, as well as 4 single exhibitions in Breisach, Braunschweig, Berlin and Hamburg in 2014.

To learn more about this interesting artist, please visit her website:  www.oelbilder-direkt.com & http://www.angela-spohr-soprano.de/  Here is where you can see her resume, listen to a few sample songs, study some of her paintings and learn about all of Spohr-Puppel’s activities, such as the fact that in 2006, she came to Vancouver to perform at a concert sponsored by the General Consulate of Germany.