Artist Pnina Granirer's Benefit Exhibition - May 11 - 12, 2019


It is time for you to become an art collector while supporting a good cause. What can bring you more happiness than this?

On the occasion of the 27th Anniversary of West of Main / Artists in our Midst, Pnina Granirer will hold a benefit exhibition and sale in her studio. All works will be offered at a 50% discount with all proceeds donated to Stand up for Mental Health, an Award - winning organization, now active across Canada, the US and Australia.

When:       May 11 – 12, from 11 am – 5 pm

Where:      4557 W. 4thAve., in the back studio, tel. 604-224-6795 



Stand Up For Mental Health (which was featured in the VOICE Award winning  CBC  documentary  Cracking Up ) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way ofbuilding confidence and fighting public stigma.

Stand Up For Mental Health(which was featured in the VOICE Award winning CBC documentary Cracking Up) teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way ofbuilding confidence and fighting public stigma.

Artist Olga Campbell wins 2 awards for her recent book - A Whisper Across Time

Congratulations to one of our Artists, Olga Campbell who just won 2 awards for her book A Whisper Across Time!

Awards for the Book in 2019

Whisper Across Time won the da Vinci Eye for the current Eric Hoffer Award season. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the Leonardo da Vinci and awarded to superior book covers artwork each year. This is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella. The book is still being considered for category, press, and grand prizes.

Whisper Across Time also won the Ippy Award for independent self-published authors. Olga’s book was selected for one of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards in their Outstanding Books of the Year under the Freedom Fighter category. Olga said she plans on attending the May 28 gala event in New York.

"A Whisper Across Time" is available now.

This is the story of one family’s experiences in the Holocaust.

"A Whisper Across Time" tells a very personal story through prose, art and poetry, creating a multi-dimensional

snapshot of family losses and intergenerational trauma.

The art and poetry reflect the theme of sorrow and sadness created by this dark period of history,

but it also talks about the survival of the human spirit and of hope.

In October 2016 I felt compelled to write my family’s story of the Holocaust.

Everyone in my mother’s family was killed but she could never find out the details of their deaths.

I had a very strong feeling that my family was tugging at me to write their story. I wrote it to give them a voice and identity.

This is also a cautionary tale asking the reader to look at what is happening in the world today.

Part memoir, part art and part poetry, "A Whisper Across Time" will make you stop, feel and reflect.

Purchase information for "A Whisper Across Time" is available here. Download the press release.


Olga Campbell’s poignant tribute to family murdered in the Shoah is a personal triumph.

With words and art she has created an emotional response to a psychologically wounded mother

and her inadvertent legacy of trauma. Her enormous artistic talent and insights provide not only

a measure of healing but also of faithfulness to memory - the lives unlived are not forgotten.

This is a precious contribution to the literature of the Holocaust and to resolving the consequences

of catastrophic trauma.

Dr. Robert Krell

Founding President

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

"A Whisper Across Time” is a profoundly moving experience. It is a healing ritual, a Shamanic

Soul retrieval, a celebration of life, and a gift of gratitude to the family Olga Campbell never

really knew. She reminds us that it is never too late to heal the sorrows of the past or to protect

the future from the dangers of forgetting.

Ann Mortifee

Performing artist, writer for theatre, ballet and films

Order of Canada recipient

Blog post  A Whisper Across Time: My Family’s Story of the Holocaust Told Through Art and Poetry, by Olga Campbell

Ten Years Of Art & Poetry, April 30 - May 5, 2019

This is the 10th anniversary of poetry collective, Pandora’s Collective. To celebrate this there will be an art exhibit at Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at JCC.
10 artists with two pieces of art each and 20 poets who write poetry in response to each piece of art.
The are also printing a book with all the art and poetry.
It will be an evening of art, and poetry readings plus limited edition books of the exhibition.

Olga Campbell,  will be exhibiting two pieces of her art.

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Artist Pnina Granirer, "Artists in Our Midst - A History" May 3, 2019 at Brock House copy.jpg

Artist Pnina Granirer will be presenting- "Artists in Our Midst - A History" on May 3, 2019 from 10 -11:30 am @ Brock House,  3875 Point Grey Rd, Vancouver, BC, (604) 224-3317

Pnina Granirer will take you through the history of this event which made people in the community aware that there were, indeed, artists who lived and worked in their midst, thus opening the door to the pleasures of art and the direct contact with the artists. 

Could anyone living in Vancouver now imagine our city with no Art Walks or no artists offering visual feasts year after year, by opening their studios to public? This was the case 26 years ago; but all that changed with the very first annual Open Studio Walk initiated in West Point Grey by Artists in our Midst. Other artists have enthusiastically embraced this idea and Vancouver has never been the same. 

In the late fall of 1993, Anne Adams and Pnina Granirer, two longstanding artist friends and neighbours, met for a cup of coffee. While discussing their yearly personal Open Studios Anne suggested to join up, share the mailing lists and minimize their expenses. This suggestion was the spark that lit the fuse in Pnina’s mind and a new idea occurred to her.  Having spent the year before in Paris and having seen the great ‘Génie de la Bastille’Open Studios event in the City of Light, she thought that they might try a similar event here, in Vancouver. Thus was born the yearly event of the Artists in our Midst Open Studios.

LIGHT WITHIN THE SHADOWS; a Painter’s Memoir-by Pnina Granirer



by Artist and writer

Pnina Granirer

available to purchase

on her website


In this compelling memoir Granirer shares her successes and failures, addressing issues of dislocation, ‘otherness,’ and the uprooted soul’s wish for permanency and belonging. Beautifully written, told with wry optimism, humour and appreciation for life, Light Within the Shadows gives an inside view of how art is forged in the soul and released into the world.

This lively and moving artist’s memoir unfolds through Romania, Israel, the US, Montreal and Vancouver. It describes her experiences with wars and upheavals and challenging political social and cultural situations. Her works are found in numerous private and public collections in Canada, the US, Spain, Chile and Israel.

PNINA GRANIRER; Portrait of an Artistby Ted Lindberg (Ronsdale Press) was published in 1998 during her 40 years Retrospective Exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery.