At 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, it’s predicted to be a lovely 89°—practically freezing, by recent standards. With summer now blending into fall, there won’t be many more days to enjoy the golden, early-evening sunshine. What better way to savor the last bit of summer than in beautiful downtown Vancouver during its monthly First Friday Artwalk, happening from 5 to 9 p.m.? Stroll around town and enjoy complementary refreshments, live music, original art, good food, great shopping, and some of the top-notch new eateries that are popping up all over downtown Vancouver these days (you’ll definitely want to check out Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St., next door to Nonavo Pizza). 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 abstract paintings by British artist Steven Beresford at Aevum Images; an exhibit at Angst Gallery that coincides with National Redhead Days (Sept. 1-4) and celebrates all things red; landscapes by Chuck Sites and Harry Wheeler at Art on the Boulevard; “Realism vs. Impressionism” at Boomerang; Erika Bartlett‘s mesmerizing sky-inspired patterns at Cellar 55 Tasting Room; a mother-daughter show at Gallery 360 by Lesley Faulds and Kelsey Birsa emphasizing the connection between mind and body; a book-signing party at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie with noted mystic Laura Clarson; and a seven-foot-tall painting of Jimi Hendrix at Top Shelf Martinis on Main.
But that’s only a small sampling of everything that will be happening this Friday. Vancouver’s Arts District will be overflowing with original artwork for sale in every medium. Shops and galleries will be open late. 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 fabulous about the Couve!
Above image: detail from “View Through the Net, Red Side Trout,” a watercolor by Tom Gail, which you can see at Boomerang.