Artwalk

First Friday in the Couve: Creativity in Bloom

Are you ready for this? It’s called “sunshine,” and we haven’t seen it on the North Bank since last August (or at least, that’s what it feels like). Thank goodness we are done with our April showers—because now it’s time for May flowers, and downtown Vancouver is bursting into full-on technicolor bloom with the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Right now it’s predicted to be…57° with light showers, but just ignore that because it could change any second (it IS spring, after all) and download the First Friday Hotsheet and walking map so you can see what’s happening all around downtown.

Even if it does happen to sprinkle a bit, you’ll be lucky because you’ll be able to see—but only for a little while longer!—Rainku sidewalk poetry, which only appears during the rain. To see exactly where all the Rainku poems are located, click here to see this Rainku map. While you’re looking down, don’t forget to look up and see all of downtown’s beautiful hanging flower baskets—120 in all—sponsored by individuals and businesses to keep downtown blooming all summer long.

Everywhere you look, art will be in full bloom with original artwork for sale in every medium. See new art exhibits, exciting retail spaces, and restaurants and brewpubs that 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!

Above image: a bit of Rainku sidewalk poetry

First Friday Artwalk: It’s All About Love

Love inspires creativity during Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk this month. Your heart will be warmed and your senses will be delighted as you stroll around town with the people you love, seeing what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. Come to downtown any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

To plan your romantic evening, you can download a walking map and the First Friday Hotsheet, which offers complete details on all the First Friday goings-on. In the meantime, here are a few places you’ll want to visit because they’re hosting special First Friday events; for more information about each place, click on the links below or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/.

First Friday in the Couve: It’s All About Love

Love inspires creativity during Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk this month. Your heart will be warmed and your senses will be delighted as you stroll around town with the people you love, seeing what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. Come to downtown any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

To plan your romantic evening, you can download a walking map and the First Friday Hotsheet, which offers complete details on all the First Friday goings-on. In the meantime, here are a few places you’ll want to visit because they’re hosting special First Friday events; for more information about each place, click on the links below or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/.

First Friday in the Couve

The weather’s turning cool and rainy, pumpkin spice everything is out in full force, and it’s time to think about Halloween costumes and spooktacular fun. Downtown Vancouver is getting into the act with a frighteningly good First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalks are a relaxed way to check out what’s happening in downtown’s new Arts District, because it’s growing like crazy, with new places opening almost every month. Savor a romantic autumn evening, hang out with friends, or bring your family to enjoy (and maybe purchase!) great art: everything from paintings to jewelry to fiber art, sculptures, ceramics and more. Every art gallery showcases something special, offering live music and refreshments and a chance to meet the artists themselves.

Check out Vancouver’s Downtown Association monthly Hot Sheet for a walking map outlining all the First Friday options: galleries, restaurants, brewpubs, taprooms, boutiques, cocktail lounges and coffeehouses will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and filled with artists displaying, talking about, and selling their one-of-kind works. Lots of places will offer live music and refreshments, or discounts on merchandise. And there’s always something new to try: new craft beer, new eats, and new sights. For more information about events and happenings in downtown Vancouver, check out vdausa.org.

Above image: an artful selection of tantalizing martinis at Top Shelf Cocktail & Martini Bar on Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Which one will you try?

First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver

What’s the best way to start off this Fourth of July Weekend? With an amazing First Friday in downtown Vancouver, of course! The conditions couldn’t be lovelier: warm summer evenings when the light lingers, perfect for strolling around the Arts District and enjoying a cocktail or nibbles outside at The Grocery Cocktail and Social or Tap Union Freehouse or Niche Wine Bar or Brewed (to name but a few places). The Arts District will be packed (as usual) with creativity from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 1, while shops and galleries stay open late with featured artists, live music, and special sales. To see a complete list of everything that’s happening during this month’s First Friday and to download a walking map, visit vdausa.org. In the meantime, here’s a one-stop-shopping list of First Friday highlights—each bullet point is a link to Vancouver’s Downtown Association website, with details about what’s happening there:

Art in the Heart

The Vancouver Arts District is strutting its stuff for the Aug. 7 First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver:  the annual event known as Art in the Heart. Galleries and merchants are bringing their A Game (that’s A for Art) to the evening’s offerings. There are a couple of other surprises in store for Artwalkers, as well…so bring a friend, take a stroll, and enjoy your city center’s genuine welcome. (Yup, “Artwalkers”—it’s a thing.)

Pacific Continental Bank (located in The Vancouver Marketplace on the corner of Eighth St. and Columbia) will host its eighth annual First Friday Artwalk Reception. Enjoy a free evening of beverages and light hors d’oeuvres any time from 5 to 7 p.m. While you’re there, enjoy Art on the Boulevard’s outdoor gallery show and sale.

But wait, there’s even more to see and love: the Clark County Mural Society will showcase outstanding new murals in downtown Vancouver and award cash prizes for the first, second, and third-place winners in its annual mural contest. The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, where there will be a party in the Chamber’s back lot (located on C St. and 11th St.) with free slices of birthday cake in honor of the GVCC’s 125th birthday.

For a walking map with a list of happenings at downtown galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, download the August First Friday Hotsheet. In the meantime, be on the look-out for these new murals:

Above image: snippets of wonderful things you might find at Art on the Boulevard.

First Friday Artwalk: Art Sweet Art!

First Friday in Vancouver’s city center is THE place to be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, with great art, yummy desserts and treats, and of course your friends, family (or perhaps your hot date). This monthly event is brought to you by Vancouver’s Downtown Association, and you can start planning your evening  now by clicking on this handy-dandy hotsheet and map.

You’ll get your fill of “Art! Sweet Art” with delicious bites of creativity at galleries, shops and restaurants, as well as savoring literal bites of deliciousness when you sample goods from the bakers and chocolatiers who have been invited to be a part of this First Friday. The cherry on your cupcake will be the sweet chance to meet local mystery author Ellie Alexander, author of the selling-like-hotcakes “Meet Your Baker,” the first book of her Bakeshop Mystery Series. Alexander will be on hand to sign books at Divine Consign, 904 Main St.

First Friday Is Second Friday

Most galleries in the downtown Vancouver Arts District will be closed for the July 4 holiday, which falls on a First Friday but (just this one time) is superseded by the nationwide celebration of our country’s independence. But never fear, North Bank art aficionados! This month, Second Friday is the new First Friday: Vancouver’s Downtown Association is hosting the Artwalk on Friday, July 11. Downtown’s galleries will be open late on that evening, launching new exhibits and laying out refreshments (both the solid and liquid kind) for guests to enjoy while drinking in the visually arresting array of paintings, sculptures, metalworks, fiber arts, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, and recycled or upcycled art available for sale. Here are a few places worth checking out:

…and after you’ve had your fill of art, satisfy your appetite for delicious things at one of Vancouver’s notable eateries or drinking establishments, such as Willem’s on Main, Charlie’s Bistro, Tommy O’s, Brickhouse Bar & Grill, Thai Orchid, Vinnie’s Pizza, Low Bar, Old Ivy Brewery & Taproom, Niche Wine & Art Bar, Loowit Brewing, or Burnt Bridge Cellars. For more information about First Friday (which is Second Friday), visit www.vdausa.org and download a free walking map.

First Friday: Art, Cars & Trees

Guest what the following words have in common: art, trees, cars, music, community, creativity. Stumped? Fine, we’ll tell you…it’s downtown Vancouver’s very special First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 6, when you’ll get to see cars made into art, trees transformed into sculptures, and witness the creativity of a community that comes together to do something beautiful. This month, Main Street will be closed between Evergreen and 11th to allow for traffic-free strolling and viewing, tasting and browsing. You’ll see what used to be a 1988 Saab, and an “art tree” by Danielle Foushee on the corner of Washington and Evergreen decked out in vivid flag tape (harmless to the tree) giving it new color and shape. Here’s a few highlights from Vancouver’s Downtown Association HotSheet and walking map, which you can view online or download to help you plan your evening:

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

"In like a lion, out like a lamb," goes the old saying about March. If you live in on the North Bank, that'll be a very, very wet lion. But here's the thing about lions: they don't care about a little ol' rain. And neither should you, because First Friday in downtown Vancouver is happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 7, and there's plenty to roar about. Here's what's new in downtown that's worth getting wet for:
  • Gravitate Design's new loft space at 1012 Washington St. featuring artist Brian Bloss, whose work can also be seen at www.blaqpanda.net.
  • The Brickstone Ballroom on the top story of the Biggs Insurance building at 105 W. Evergreen. Take a look around, enjoy the view, and think about hosting your next big event here.
  • Divine Again custom rehupholstery shop and showroom is sharing a space with the marvelous Vintique Living (www.vintiqueliving.com) vintage and antique refurbished home goods. They are peacefully cohabiting in the basement under Divine Consign furniture resale store, located at the corner of Ninth and Main Streets.
…and of course you won't want to miss any of the art at downtown Vancouver's thriving galleries, including Angst Gallery, Aurora Fine Art and Framing, Art on the Boulevard, North Bank Gallery, Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, and Gallery 360.

March First Friday: In Like a Lion

"In like a lion, out like a lamb," goes the old saying about March. If you live in on the North Bank, that'll be a very, very wet lion. But here's the thing about lions: they don't care about a little ol' rain. And neither should you, because First Friday in downtown Vancouver is happening from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 7, and there's plenty to roar about. Here's what's new in downtown that's worth getting wet for:
  • Gravitate Design's new loft space at 1012 Washington St. featuring artist Brian Bloss, whose work can also be seen at www.blaqpanda.net.
  • The Brickstone Ballroom on the top story of the Biggs Insurance building at 105 W. Evergreen. Take a look around, enjoy the view, and think about hosting your next big event here.
  • Divine Again custom rehupholstery shop and showroom is sharing a space with the marvelous Vintique Living (www.vintiqueliving.com) vintage and antique refurbished home goods. They are peacefully cohabiting in the basement under Divine Consign furniture resale store, located at the corner of Ninth and Main Streets.
…and of course you won't want to miss any of the art at downtown Vancouver's thriving galleries, including Angst Gallery, Aurora Fine Art and Framing, Art on the Boulevard, North Bank Gallery, Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, and Gallery 360.