First Friday in the Couve

Flowers are starting to bloom, leaves are in bud and there’s a breath of warmth in the air: it’s almost spring, and there’s no place finer on a Friday night than downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk on Friday, March 4. From 5 to 9 p.m., the Arts District will be packed (as usual) with creativity while when shops and galleries stay open late with featured artists, live music, and special sales. Finish off the evening with a meal or a drink in one of the Couve’s excellent eateries, brewpubs, coffee houses and cocktail bars. To see a complete list of everything that’s happening during this month’s First Friday and to download a walking map, visit In the meantime, here’s a one-stop-shopping list of First Friday highlights:

  • Adamas Realty offers live music by Brothers Bror, light bites and good beer, and a raffle of an inventive piece by JTR Artworks made from discarded/reclaimed items from local bars and nightclubs.
  • Art on the Boulevard invites you to enjoy Mike Rangner’s solo show of oil paintings, “Inspiration.”
  • Boomerang is hosting an exhibition by Portland super-realist Christopher B. Mooney, “Portrait and Urban Landscape Painting,” featuring nine large-format oil paintings.
  • Burnt Bridge Cellars offers wine tasting, small plates by Class Cooking, classical and flamenco guitar by David Rodgers, and fusion glass by artist Karla Piatt.
  • Cascade Sotheby’s hosts artist Steve Ludeman, whose inspiration comes from the varied scenic beauty and remarkable natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served.
  • Celestial Balance features the colorful, whimsical oil paintings of Jennifer Smith, a local artist and the creator of Visual Lifesavers Art.
  • Clark County Historical Museum offers free admission to the museum and invites all beaders to bring their projects to the museum for an evening of open beading and to see its current exhibition, “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America.”
  • Gallery 360 invites you to its March group show featuring the artwork of John Turley, with live music by jazz pianist Peter Boesen.
  • House of Vintage recently obtained a collection of museum-quality original photographs that depict Native American life in the United States and Canada from the 1800’s to the 1960’s. Some photographs will be available to purchase. Complementary beer, wine and snacks will be served.
  • Luepke Flowers and Finds features local artist Maureen Montague along with free refreshments and a chance to browse Luepke’s beautiful selection of blooms and gifts.
  • Most Everything Vintage features the photographic works of four local creators as they mix vintage fashions with florals. Owner Alisa will be selling her handmade floral hair clips and photographic greeting cards, as well as artisan pieces by Babette’s Hatworks, Humblebug Jewelry, Shell Bell Vanity and spring scents by Vance Family Soy Candles.
  • North Bank Artists Gallery invites you to enjoy “What it Represents,” featuring new works by North Bank Artist members Chrissie Forbes and Reid Trevarthen.
  • Rand Jeweler features Barbara Van Nostern’s travel watercolors and a few local scenes, as well as some watercolors from her collection of national artists.
  • Second Hand Solutions features emotive works by local artist Becky Gore along with live music and samples of the Monet Macchiato specialty coffee drink. Browse over 50 pieces of original art and vintage jewelry available for purchase.
  • Sixth Floor Gallery at the Public Service Center hosts the “Wave and Time Studies” exhibit featuring the works of Clark County artist Robert Bickel.
  • Urban Barnhouse offers one-of-a-kind lighting handcrafted by Glen Fitzgerald, and Kirsten Hansell-Lumby of Distressed Mama will be giving demonstrations using her Sweet Pickins Milk Paint.

Above image: paintings by Christopher B. Mooney hang on the wall at Boomerang.

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