Like school, the art season starts in the fall, and every year for as long as I can remember, Equinox Gallery has opened the season with celebrated BC-based painter, Gordon Smith. Now in his nineties, he is as prolific as ever, producing poetic paintings of the landscape, often around his home in West Vancouver, canvases which shift miraculously between representation and abstraction. His shows typically sell out before they open, with little red dots as ubiquitous as the paintings they decorate. The stable at Equinox veers towards the more conservative – with established artists such as Gathie Falk and Takao Tanabe on the roster, as well as the Estate of Jack Shadbolt. Around the time of his successful solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fred Herzog also began to show with Equinox Gallery, exhibiting his nostalgic photographs of the streets, buildings, shops, signs and people of Vancouver. Affable proprietor, Andy Sylvestor, also deals on the secondary market placing works by well-known artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Still, younger artists represented by Equinox Gallery such as Ben Reeves and Etienne Zack have been instrumental in reinvigorating painting in Vancouver.