Love Letters & Wrighteous Art At Grace Gallery

After a beer at the Whip last night, I made my way down Main Street for some double whammy opening night festivities at the Grace Gallery.

If you haven’t been to the Grace Gallery before, it’s a sweet little spot with floor-to-ceiling windows looking southwest on to the corner of 3rd and Main. Last night’s show saw two walls sprinkled with copies of old, new, found, and kept love letters in a voyeuristic exhibit that seemed to captivate the pre-Valentines Day crowd. The idea for the show took seed when gallery director Rachel Zottenberg discovered a shoe box of love letters during her most recent apartment move.

At first you feel a bit nosy pouring over the amorous exchanges of strangers, but you get over it quickly. Everyone was glued to the walls, reading each little juicy detail.

Dawn Wright in front of several of her creations
Dawn Wright in front of several of her creations

Another wall was adorned with local designer Dawn Wright’s handmade “Wrighteous Designs” rosary-style necklaces. Each of the one-of-a-kind beauties ($250 and made using Swarovski crystal, Chinese cut crystal, black onyx, goldstone, labradorite and other precious stones) were finished with the world’s smallest harmonica in the key of “C” instead of a cross. As Zottenberg put it in a release: “You’ve seen these being worn by many of your favorite peeps, join the Wrighteous movement.”


Check out some of the designs at Dawn’s Facebook page, and for a recent aticle on Wrighteous Designs head over to Ion Magazine.

The show runs until February 28th from from Wednesday to Saturday, 1-5pm (or by appointment at via 604-839-5780). The gallery is located at 1898 Main Street. | art+music+food+drink+friends=love


Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended Bond University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives by the beach in Vancouver and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.


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  1. I just ? my new hand-crafted Valentine rosary. The rosary is made of clear crystals in round and square facets, an image of a female saint, a tiny bible locket and even a small harmonica that actually plays. So I’m going to wear it a lot.