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Open Studios: Carving Pavilion At Britannia Community Centre

6 Nov

This November, you are invited to drop by the šx?q?el?w?n ct Carving Pavilion at Britannia Community Centre for a behind the scenes peek into carver in residence and Britannia alum Randall Bear Barnetson’s artistic practice. The Carving Centre will have open studio hours Wednesdays and Thursday through November from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You will have the opportunity to watch Randall work while he puts the final touches on transforming a cedar log into a bench for the Britannia campus. We’ve set out the full schedule below if you have an opportunity to stop by and watch the transformation first hand.

Full schedule:

November 3, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 4, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 10, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 17, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 18, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 24, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

November 26, 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm

Eastside Culture Crawl Is Back November 12-14 & November 18 – 21

31 Oct

We are happy to hear The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for another year.  Things will look a bit different this year, but there are still lots of ways to check out and support local artists.   The 25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl happens November 12 – 14, 2021 and November 18 – 21, 2021 with Thursday and Friday dates being open for attendance from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday being open for attendance 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

You will be required to book in advance for The Preview Weekend which is the November 12 – 14, 2021 set of dates. For the Preview Weekend only, you will need to book by which building you wish to go to. For the first weekend not all buildings will be open to visitors. Then the November 18 – 21, 2021 set of dates, it will be Open Studio Festival Weekend in which no appointment will be required, but vaccine passports and masking will be in place to keep everyone safe.

As always, The Crawl provides an excellent Crawl Map online that will help you narrow down which studios you would like to see whether it’s by area, building, or type of art. As always, The Crawl has created a great online Program Guide that helps you narrow down what you’d like to see since there are a whole lot of options. Each visit to The Crawl inspires us and brings much pride in we are locally surrounded by so much creative talent. Be sure to mark your calendar and stop by for a visit.

Eastside Culture Crawl Happens November 14 to 17, 2019

13 Nov

ECC2019The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for 4 days starting Thursday, November 14th.  This event is a 4 day arts extravaganza that features the work of over 478 artists in and around East Vancouver.  Artists with a variety of mediums open their studio doors so you can see first hand their working space, their creative process and of course meet and talk to the artists about their work. On The Crawl, you will find painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, wood carvers, photographers and much more. The event comprises some 78 buildings from Main Street to Victoria Drive and First Avenue to Powell Street.

We suggest if time is not on your side and you don’t mind crowds, you can take in the works of many artists in one fell swoop at 1000 Parker Street and the Mergatroid. These two hubs in the heart of East Van also feature food trucks for those that get hungry or thirsty wandering around.  The Mergatroid, at 975 Vernon Drive is just steps away from 1000 Parker Street also offers glass blowing demonstrations throughout the event on the main level which always draws a crowd.

If you don’t like crowds, there are a wide range of spaces to choose from during The Crawl, so there are lots of opportunities to see working studios and spaces that are a little further afield.   This year, as you make your way around, we encourage you to watch for the Displacement Exhibit. It is a multi-venue salon style exhibition which you can view at the Arts Factory, The Cultch, Firehall Arts Centre and Alternative Creation galleries.  This is an important exhibit that addresses the issue of disappearing affordable artistic production spaces and raise awareness of the loss of these spaces in our community.  The exhibit features work by artists faced with the challenge of eviction, shifting demographics and displacement.   The Eastside Culture Crawl Society feels “the contribution of arts and culture is integral to the identity of our city and the threat to viable artist space is a threat to the very core of a healthy vibrant community.” We couldn’t agree more. Change is inevitable but we would like to see a balance to ensure support for what makes Vancouver unique and beautiful.  To help guide you through some of the art available, the Eastside Culture Crawl has a great rundown of all the artists on their website including a printable .PDF map to help you find your way. We encourage you to check out the amazing talent in this City.  There is also a great Events page. Definitely worth a look.

If you have creative kids and want to check out The Crawl, we invite you to check out Crawling For Kids which Melk Art & Design is again hosting at their studio at 936 Clark Drive on Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  It is a free afternoon of hands on creativity. It’s an opportunity to create collaged cards with nature inspired stamps.  Again, it’s free, first come first served.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, one thing we love about the Eastside Culture Crawl is that there is no set schedule. You go where you want, when you want for as long or as little as you want.  Add to that, there are an array of great spots to stop for a bite to eat or if one gets thirsty.   Whether you are in Strathcona, off the Drive, Railtown, Hastings Sunrise, Downtown Eastside or off of Clark Drive, there are countless options for coffee, beer, food and wine. Enjoy and get out support our local artists.

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