At the helm of the approaching barrage of Emily Carr grad exhibitions, “Talk to the Hands” (opening at the Helen Pitt on Friday, April 27) features a seemingly endless lineup of almost-BFAs from the Institute, undoubtedly showcasing such a variety of works as to defy any description possible here. Go and get the spring party season started off on the right foot. Knowing Blanket’s semi-strict early evening opening policy, however, you might be advised to start your night further east on Alexander to check out one of ECI’s best-loved professors, Elizabeth McIntosh. Most recently seen gracing the posters of the VAG’s big PAINT blowout last year, her large-scale, vibrant n’ strident abstractions ignite uncharacteristic enthusiasm in even the city’s most jaded audiences. Her show “Fire at Full Moon” opens April 27 from 6-8 PM and runs until June 3. There’s also a new painting show by young Vancouverite Erin McSavaney at Atelier on South Granville, April 21-May 12. Opening reception from 2-4 PM, Saturday, April 21.