A Cool First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

Where’s the coolest place on the North Bank this Friday night, Aug. 4? It’s the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. The peak temperature that day is expected to be a toasty 100°—but by 5 or 6 or 7 p.m., everything will have cooled down to one of those lazy, hazy summer evenings when you just feel like strolling around and feeling the warm breeze on your face. And if that fails, let me just say that downtown Vancouver art galleries, boutiques, and eateries all have powerful—POWERFUL, I TELL YOU!—air conditioning that will be cranked up to the max. Cool yourself down and enjoy complementary refreshments all around town, along with with original art, music, good eats, and lively energy. To get a handle on everything that’s happening this month, download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you won’t miss any good stuff!

Highlights include “Systems Meet Chaos: Art in the Family,” a father-daughter exhibit by political cartoonist and fine artist Monte Wolverton and his daughter Monika Spykerman (full disclosure: that’s me!) at Boomerang, along with a kids’ art show featuring original works by toddlers up through age 18; artistic quilts by Cathryn Zeleny at Gallery 360; fabric art by Sharon Svec at the Anstine Gallery; an exhibit of “Wilde Beasts” at The Artist Loft; the annual Art in the Heart Show & Sale at Aurora Gallery; art by Erin Dengerink at Angst Gallery; the award-winning wildlife photography of Susan Williams at Luepke Flowers & Finds; abstract art by British artist Steven Beresford at Aevum Images; nature photography at Burnt Bridge Cellars; and “Commence,” an opera prima group show at Cellar 55 Tasting Room.

But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be shining bright with original artwork for sale in every medium. See new art exhibits, exciting retail spaces, and stop in for a bite and a sip at the restaurants and brewpubs that have put Vancouver squarely in the middle of the burgeoning food scene. Shops and galleries will be open late, and there’s usually plenty of live music and complementary refreshments to entice you inside (as though you need enticing). And whenever you post a fabulous picture of downtown Vancouver on your social media, be sure to tag it with #dtVANwa so everyone else can see what’s so amazing about the Couve!

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