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Missed the Culture Crawl? Ditch The Crowds And Meet Some Makers of The Mergatroid December 18

16 Dec

If you didn’t get a chance to hit the Eastside Culture Crawl this past November, don’t fret! This coming Saturday there’s a chance to ditch the heavy crowds from last month and hit the Mergatroid Open House. When it comes to East Vancouver’s art scene many think of the iconic Parker Street building. However, the Mergatroid building across the street also hosts a variety of local talent, from ceramicists to glassblowers and now here’s your (second) chance to see their open studios and do some of last-minute Christmas shopping. With the amount of artisans opening up their studio spaces this weekend, there is bound to be a gift for everyone still on your list.  We’ve set out below which studios will be open to visitors this Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Mergatroid, 975 Vernon Drive.

Glassware:

Glassblowers make up the heart of the Mergatroid building. Attached to Terminal City Glass Coop, this building houses a variety of different glassblowers, all having unique techniques and skillsets. Find Dougherty Glassworks, Maria Ida Designs, Scott Mcdougall and Felicia Vandenboogaard in #259 where they’ll be hosting their iconic “seconds sale” – a great chance to find those unique gifts that no one else has, at a discounted price.

Ceramics:

Who doesn’t love receiving pottery as a gift? Find Eikam Ceramics, a Vancouver favourite when it comes to ceramic décor and tableware. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind ceramic piece, visit Firebelly Clayworks at #230 for unique but functional sculptural bowls, teapots and mugs.

Textiles & Fashion: 

Are you looking gift for that trendsetter in your life? Check out Bronsino’s handcrafted and bespoke leather bags and accessories. Find their workshop at #225 in the Mergatroid Building. For gifts for someone that loves the West Coast, visit Bettina Matzkuhn at #235 for her embroidered landscapes and cartography inspired pieces. 

CREATE! Arts Festival At Woodland Park August 21 & 22

4 Aug

The producers of the Eastside Culture Crawl Festival are bringing you a new innovative event, that being the CREATE! Arts Festival. The CREATE! Arts Festival is a new community initiative of the Eastside Arts Society which brings together over 40 local artists for art making. They will help you explore, learn and create art together through a series of affordable and accessible art workshops.

This is an all ages event in which you can learn felt making, ceramics, glass blowing, painting, printmaking, jewellery making and the list goes on. Most of the events will take place outdoors in Woodland Park Saturday August 21st and Sunday, August 22nd with a few workshops taking place in some Eastside studios. Workshops are $25 per person ($10 for kids workshops). For more information or to register for workshops, visit CREATE! Arts Festival.

Le Marche St. George Winter Shop & Pics With Santa Is Moving To Mount Pleasant

1 Dec

LeMarcheSt.GeorgeWinterShop2015It’s Winter time at Le Marche St. George, 4393 St. Georgia (at 28th Avenue). This past weekend, I enjoyed the perfect mocha at this idyllic spot after a leisurely walk around QE Park.  Le Marche St. George is decked out for Christmas in a beautiful under stated way which makes it the perfect spot to get cozy with someone on a cold day. Another reason to go is their Winter Shop located upstairs. This is where they have a beautifully decked out display of items including ceramics by Janakin Larsen, photography by Klee Larsen, women’s outerwear and accessories by Mandula and much more.   They have some beautiful photos online with pricing, if you wish to take a look online. We learnt that due to one disgruntled neighbor, The Winter Shop was moving and have learnt their new location will be 11 East 7th Avenue. It will open this Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 am and will be continue at this location until December 22nd. In the meantime, show some love for this great spot which is a hop, skip and jump away from the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium and a perfect place to warm up after a shop at the market.  This Saturday, Le Marche St. George had planned to host pictures with Santa from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm by donation with all  proceeds raised going towards assisting Syrian refugees settling in Vancouver. This event may be moved to their new location as well. Stay tuned.

Photo Credit: Le Marche St. George

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