Betamax launches first gallery exhibit in their new hybrid arts space


Betamax Studios is the creative multipurpose arts and community space launched late last year by the team behind Vancouver’s quirky This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven and a slate of fun bar and restaurant venues.

Serving the local arts community via its gallery, event, and learning spaces, Hastings-Sunrise’s Betamax is also the new home of This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, a store focused on scientific curiosities and other oddball collectibles.

New Night by Johnny Taylor (Photo courtesy Betamax Gallery)

Now Betamax is holding their first art exhibit, a solo show for painter Johnny Taylor called Storylines. The show runs from June 8 to July 12, with an opening reception on June 8 from 6 to 8 pm.

Taylor, a contemporary abstract painter, has focused these works on the notion of the line and our perception of lines, which tell stories.

“My work is born of a mental concept, an intention, a memory. I use the act of painting to propel the work. The paint is applied by varying means and tools in response to the surfaces I am working with. Spontaneous marks and gestures define the image – and the work emerges as a fusion of idea and action,” elaborates Taylor.

Storylines @Betamax Gallery

When: June 8 to July 12, 2018 (reception June 8 from 6-8 pm)
Where: 2244 East Hastings Street