January 9—March 14, 2015

opening reception

Thursday, January 8, 2015

opening reception courtesy bus

A free courtesy bus will take visitors from the opening reception of Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 at Satellite Gallery to the opening reception of Tom Burrows at the Belkin Art Gallery (UBC) on Thursday, January 8. The bus will depart Satellite Gallery for the Belkin at 8:30 pm and return downtown at 9:45 pm.

related event

Performance of Kenneth Fletcher's Camp Potlatch
Directed by Paul Wong, performed by Edwin Neel

Thursday, January 22, 8pm | FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

Tour and Conversation with Allison Collins and Michael Turner

Saturday, January 31, 2pm | FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street

Main Street Walking Tour with Paul Wong and Annastacia McDonald

Meeting point: Helen’s Grill, 4102 Main Street

Saturday, February 21, 2pm | FREE

Mainstreeters Drag Ball

Saturday, March 7, 10:30pm

The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, purchase at after February 15


Sunday, March 15 | FREE

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street


Watch the Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 documentary featuring archival footage and interviews with a number of the artists:

image credit

Deborah Fong, Mary Janeway, Paul Wong, Jeanette Reinhardt, High Profile Slow Scan performance, Video Inn, Vancouver and CN Tower Toronto, October 13, 1978, Courtesy of Paul Wong


mainstreeters: taking advantage, 1972-1982

satellite gallery launches a new exhibition that uncovers an under-recognized chapter of vancouver art history.

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is an exhibition, website and publication that shines a light on a self-identified collective of socially and artistically motivated men and women who came of age on Vancouver's Main Street—once the dividing line between a predominantly Anglo middle-class west side and a multicultural working-class east side.

The Mainstreeters—Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong—were an "art gang" who took advantage of the times, a new medium (video), and each other. Emerging from the end-stage hippie era, the gang drew from glam, punk and a thriving gay scene to become an important node in the local art scene. Their activities connect the influential interdisciplinary salon of Vancouver’s Roy Kiyooka in the early 1960s with the collective-oriented social practices that have emerged worldwide in the early years of the 21st century. Like the current "digital natives" generation, the Mainstreeters were the first generation to grow up with video cameras. The resulting documents focus on a decade of their lives, including forays into sex, love, drugs and art.

Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 is curated by Allison Collins and Michael Turner and is a coproduction of grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. Throughout the exhibition, Mainstreeter videos will be presented in storefronts along Main Street. The publication will be released in late 2015.


Mainstreeters is a co-production of grunt gallery and Presentation House Gallery. The exhibition is generously supported by Rick Erickson and Donna Partridge, with project support from Canada Council Media Arts Project Grants and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The BC Gaming Commission the Audain Foundation and well as our supporters and sponsors.

Presentation House Gallery is grateful for the support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, The City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver through the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission, and the Yosef Wosk Foundation.

Satellite Gallery is made possible through the generous support of the Michael O'Brian Family Foundation.