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First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3—will be something special! 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 (check out the new taproom at Loowit Brewing, outstanding seasonal craft cocktails at The Grocery, and don’t miss Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St.). 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 the new Night Market Vancouver at 806 and 808 Main St., bringing together creativity, great art, music and inspiration. Stop by to shop local and meet local business owners. Other exhibits and shows include “Oil & Water Works” featuring Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong at Art on the Boulevard; vibrant mixed media abstractions by Elizabeth Steinbaugh and Barbara Szkutnik at Aurora Gallery; art by Patricia Thompson, handmade quilts, and Vicki McArdle‘s cheerful textile and paperwork plus live music by singer-songwriter Emily Aldridge at Burnt Bridge Cellars; Leslie Zemenek‘s precious metals and gemstones at Exquisite Crystals; award-winning photography by Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360; colorful, Van Gogh-inspired abstracts and beautiful jewelry by Joe Cardinal at House of Vintage; and the ceramic wall art for garden and home by  at Siren Salon.

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!

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3—will be something special! 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 (check out the new taproom at Loowit Brewing, outstanding seasonal craft cocktails at The Grocery, and don’t miss Little Conejo tacos and mezcal on 114 W. 6th St.). 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 the new Night Market Vancouver at 806 and 808 Main St., bringing together creativity, great art, music and inspiration. Stop by to shop local and meet local business owners. Other exhibits and shows include “Oil & Water Works” featuring Yer Za Vue and Yong Hong Zhong at Art on the Boulevard; vibrant mixed media abstractions by Elizabeth Steinbaugh and Barbara Szkutnik at Aurora Gallery; art by Patricia Thompson, handmade quilts, and Vicki McArdle‘s cheerful textile and paperwork plus live music by singer-songwriter Emily Aldridge at Burnt Bridge Cellars; Leslie Zemenek‘s precious metals and gemstones at Exquisite Crystals; award-winning photography by Steve McCarthy at Gallery 360; colorful, Van Gogh-inspired abstracts and beautiful jewelry by Joe Cardinal at House of Vintage; and the ceramic wall art for garden and home by  at Siren Salon.

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: ceramic wall art by Leticia Enquist / Labor of Love Studio. See more of her work at Siren Salon this Friday.

Haunted Walking Tours of Vancouver

Spend an evening on Vancouver’s haunted side when you take one of the Clark County Historical Museum‘s Haunted Walking Tours. This incredibly popular series, which is celebrating its 6th annual season, will be held every Friday and Saturday in October, starting Friday, Oct. 6. The spooktacular trips begin at 8 p.m. on each scheduled tour day and will meet at the museum, 1511 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. Tickets are $12 per person for the public and $10 for CCHM members. (Not a member? No problem! Call 360-993-5679.)

Centering on the strange and peculiar, the CCHM’s haunted excursions blend local myths, oral histories, and research on Vancouver’s sometimes sordid past. Buildings contain secrets, and CCHM tour guides will shine the light into their darkness. (The museum itself plays a role in several accounts of mysterious activities occurring in the research library.) All tours cover the same route. Afterward, tourtakers are free to explore downtown Vancouver’s eateries, taprooms, brewpubs, and cocktail lounges on their own (if they dare).

The tours are just right for curious people ages 13 years and older, and everyone should bring a flashlight and be prepared for some of the most authentic thrills around. Reservations are limited, go quickly, and pre-payment is required. Call the museum at 360-993-5679 or sign up by emailing the museum at info@cchmuseum.org.

First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6—will be something to crow about! 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 (check out the new 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 political portraits by graffiti artist Bryan Helfrich at Angst Gallery; landscapes by Chuck Sites and Harry Wheeler at Art on the Boulevard; two art exhibits at Boomerang, “Men at Art” and the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society Fall Show; guitar music by Doug Smith, along with quilt and textile art at Burnt Bridge Cellars; limited edition Halloween-inspired fragrances at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie; pastels, landscapes, and flowers by C. Snyder at Luepke Flowers & Finds; a pop-up shop with local jewelry designer Crystal of Humblebug Jewelry at Most Everything Vintage; “Harvest Your Inner Artist” pumpkin painting and carving with fall spiced drinks at Portland Art Creations; “Celebración de Colores” at Gallery 360 by Susan Mamolejo Kipp; a local art exhibit and silent auction at Wattle Tree Place; and portraits by Nolan Jameson 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!

Art Exhibit & Silent Auction at Wattle Tree Place

Wattle Tree Place joins the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 6, with an art exhibit and silent auction. Wattle Tree Place will be open for art viewing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from now through Sunday, Oct. 8. Bids on individual pieces can be submitted from 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Pieces which are not sold at auction will remain on display at Wattle Tree Place at the artist’s request.

Bidders will be given ID numbers that will also enter them into a drawing for one of three door prizes. Bidding sheets will be available as well as a catalogue of the paintings with the artists’ photographs and biographies. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with some of the artists throughout the weekend, and a Wattle Tree Place staff member will be there to help if there are questions. The auction results will be announced after 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The Sunday afternoon celebration, beginning at 4 p.m., will also include live music, as well as wine tasting and whiskey tasting (by donation). A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.

Wattle Tree Place is a locally owned, community-focused small business catering to moms, dads, kids, and family groups. Located in a remodeled craftsman house in downtown Vancouver at 306 E. 16th St., it is a café which serves locally roasted coffee along with healthy, organic snacks, lunches, kids’ meals, and homemade cakes and pastries. It offers year-round event spaces for birthday parties, baby showers, spa nights, date nights, graduation celebrations, and community meetings. There’s a free children’s play area outside, as well as an indoor play area. An after-school kids’ activity program is available at 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Wattle Tree Place (named after a native Australian tree known to the indigenous people as “healing tree”) also offers holistic healing rooms featuring treatments such as reiki, yoga, massage, tarot card readings, meditation circles, and more. Parents can book the in-house, low-cost “babysitter” to watch their kids during treatments. To learn more about Wattle Tree Place, visit wattletreeplace.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wattletreeplace/. Lunch and coffee orders are available by calling ahead to 360-389-3116.

Something to Crow About: First Friday in Vancouver

Watercolor by Bev Jozwiak at Aurora Gallery

Downtown Vancouver’s next First Friday Artwalk—from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6—will be something to crow about! 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 (check out the new 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 political portraits by graffiti artist Bryan Helfrich at Angst Gallery; landscapes by Chuck Sites and Harry Wheeler at Art on the Boulevard; two art exhibits at Boomerang, “Men at Art” and the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society Fall Show; guitar music by Doug Smith, along with quilt and textile art at Burnt Bridge Cellars; limited edition Halloween-inspired fragrances at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie; pastels, landscapes, and flowers by C. Snyder at Luepke Flowers & Finds; a pop-up shop with local jewelry designer Crystal of Humblebug Jewelry at Most Everything Vintage; “Harvest Your Inner Artist” pumpkin painting and carving with fall spiced drinks at Portland Art Creations; “Celebración de Colores” at Gallery 360 by Susan Mamolejo Kipp; a local art exhibit and silent auction at Wattle Tree Place; and portraits by Nolan Jameson 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 an original watercolor painting by Bev Jozwiak. See the whole painting up close at Aurora Gallery this Friday.

Art Exhibit & Silent Auction at Wattle Tree Place

Wattle Tree Place joins the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 6, with an art exhibit and silent auction. Wattle Tree Place will be open for art viewing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from now through Sunday, Oct. 8. Bids on individual pieces can be submitted from 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Pieces which are not sold at auction will remain on display at Wattle Tree Place at the artist’s request.

Bidders will be given ID numbers that will also enter them into a drawing for one of three door prizes. Bidding sheets will be available as well as a catalogue of the paintings with the artists’ photographs and biographies. Guests will also have an opportunity to speak with some of the artists throughout the weekend, and a Wattle Tree Place staff member will be there to help if there are questions. The auction results will be announced after 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The Sunday afternoon celebration, beginning at 4 p.m., will also include live music, as well as wine tasting and whiskey tasting (by donation). A BBQ dinner will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.

Wattle Tree Place is a locally owned, community-focused small business catering to moms, dads, kids, and family groups. Located in a remodeled craftsman house in downtown Vancouver at 306 E. 16th St., it is a café which serves locally roasted coffee along with healthy, organic snacks, lunches, kids’ meals, and homemade cakes and pastries. It offers year-round event spaces for birthday parties, baby showers, spa nights, date nights, graduation celebrations, and community meetings. There’s a free children’s play area outside, as well as an indoor play area. An after-school kids’ activity program is available at 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Wattle Tree Place (named after a native Australian tree known to the indigenous people as “healing tree”) also offers holistic healing rooms featuring treatments such as reiki, yoga, massage, tarot card readings, meditation circles, and more. Parents can book the in-house, low-cost “babysitter” to watch their kids during treatments. To learn more about Wattle Tree Place, visit wattletreeplace.com or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wattletreeplace/. Lunch and coffee orders are available by calling ahead to 360-389-3116.

Above image: detail from “The Winter Mask” by Drew Taylor, one of the original artworks up for bid this weekend at Wattle Tree Place

First Friday in downtown Vancouver

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.

First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

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.

First Friday Artwalk 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!

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!

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

The thermometer tells the story, and the story is this: summer is here! Enjoy the early evening warmth of our long-lost friend, the sun, at the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Downtown will be absolutely beaming 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 the photography of Chris Bidleman at Luepke Flowers & Finds, the paintings of Alejandra Krogh-Winkler at Low Bar, a book signing party with local authors at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, a pop-up gallery on West 23rd St. with Christine Eagon, a special “Cars, Cars, Cars!” exhibit at Boomerang in honor of Cruise the Couve, the refracted light designs of Erika Bartlett at Angst Gallery, impressionist artist Hilarie Couture at Adamas Realty, an outdoor art show at Art on the Boulevard, and the photographs of Faun Scurlock at the Clark County Historical Museum (where the entrance fee will be waived for First Friday).

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!

First Friday in Downtown Vancouver

The thermometer tells the story, and the story is this: summer is here! Enjoy the early evening warmth of our long-lost friend, the sun, at the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Downtown will be absolutely beaming 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 the photography of Chris Bidleman at Luepke Flowers & Finds, the paintings of Alejandra Krogh-Winkler at Low Bar, a book signing party with local authors at Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie, a pop-up gallery on West 23rd St. with Christine Eagon, a special “Cars, Cars, Cars!” exhibit at Boomerang in honor of Cruise the Couve, the refracted light designs of Erika Bartlett at Angst Gallery, impressionist artist Hilarie Couture at Adamas Realty, an outdoor art show at Art on the Boulevard, and the photographs of Faun Scurlock at the Clark County Historical Museum (where the entrance fee will be waived for First Friday).

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!

Above image: Dynamic Lines Melon by Erika Bartlett. To see more of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.

 

First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

Summer is so close you can feel it—and indeed, for a few days this last month, it has felt like summer. But technically there’s one more First Friday Artwalk in spring, and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2, downtown Vancouver will be busting out all over 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. For starters, there’s the Downtown Pedals decorated bike parade for kids, starting at 7 p.m. sharp at the corner of 11th and Main; for more information and to register, click here.

Other highlights include flower-themed cupcakes at Most Everything Vintage, the grand opening of The Artist Loft studio and gallery; an exhibit at Boomerang featuring the works of kids ages seven to 18; free admission to the Clark County Historical Museum and its newest exhibit, “I Am Clark County”; metal art by Stu Ager at Luepke Flowers and Finds; “Dogs in the Winery” art by Sue Clancy at Burnt Bridge Cellars; maternity portraits at Aevum Images; and live blues by James Ortega at Trusty Brewing.

As you walk through town, don’t forget to look up at the beautiful blooming baskets of flowers that are hanging all over downtown—120 in total—and you can help keep downtown blooming by clicking here. Vancouver’s Arts District will be also be blooming 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!

First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

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!

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 in Downtown Vancouver

It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally spring! And there’s no better way to celebrate than by enjoying the balmy spring breezes in beautiful downtown Vancouver during the First Friday Artwalk. Even if it’s raining, no worries; you can download this walking map and take in the special Rainku sidewalk poetry which only appears during the rain. (Magical, but true!)It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally spring! And there’s no better way to celebrate than by enjoying the balmy spring breezes in beautiful downtown Vancouver during the First Friday Artwalk.

Creativity is springing to life everywhere you look: lots of vibrant colors, new public art, and new businesses—plus bushels of original artwork for sale in every medium. See, feel, and taste the season with new and dynamic 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). Stroll around town from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and see what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. 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!

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

“Rainku” Poetry Project Opening Reception

Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington—along with additional funding from Arts of Clark County and Realvest Corporation—poetry will come alive on downtown Vancouver sidewalks.  To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna are partnering for a unique public art project where haiku and short poems about the downtown Vancouver experience will be put on sidewalks using a special paint which will only be visible in the rain. The poems will last for two to four months before wearing off naturally. All in all, you’ll be able see 24 poems by 17 local poets.

The Rainku project will launch with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Friday, April 7, in the Community Room at Pacific Continental Bank (101 E. 6th St.). RSVP to linda.reid@therightbank.com if you’d like to attend. If you can’t attend the reception on April 7, no worries—a second event celebrating Vancouver’s street poems, the Rainku Poetry Crawl, will be held on April 29. To learn more, visit the Downtown Vancouver Rainku Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dtVANrainku/.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a 501©3 nonprofit that is focused on sharing the story and vibrancy of Vancouver’s rapidly-changing city center. It works with property owners, visitors, business owners, and others to knit together downtown’s unique options and welcoming feel. Learn more at vdausa.org or by contacting VDA’s executive director, Lee Rafferty, at 360-258-1129.

First Friday in the Couve! Tag it with #dtVANwa

It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally spring! And there’s no better way to celebrate than by enjoying the balmy spring breezes in beautiful downtown Vancouver during the First Friday Artwalk. Even if it’s raining, no worries; you can download this walking map and take in the special Rainku sidewalk poetry which only appears during the rain. (Magical, but true!)

Creativity is springing to life everywhere you look: lots of vibrant colors, new public art, and new businesses—plus bushels of original artwork for sale in every medium. See, feel, and taste the season with new and dynamic 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). Stroll around town from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and see what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. 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!

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

“Rainku” Rain Poems in Downtown Vancouver

Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington—along with additional funding from Arts of Clark County and Realvest Corporation—poetry will come alive on downtown Vancouver sidewalks.  To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna are partnering for a unique public art project where haiku and short poems about the downtown Vancouver experience will be put on sidewalks using a special paint which will only be visible in the rain. The poems will last for two to four months before wearing off naturally. All in all, you’ll be able see 24 poems by 17 local poets. (Want to know where they are? Simply download this walking map!)

The Rainku project will launch with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Friday, April 7, in the Community Room at Pacific Continental Bank (101 E. 6th St.). RSVP to linda.reid@therightbank.com if you’d like to attend. If you can’t attend the reception on April 7, no worries—a second event celebrating Vancouver’s street poems, the Rainku Poetry Crawl, will be held on April 29. To learn more, visit the Downtown Vancouver Rainku Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dtVANrainku/.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a 501©3 nonprofit that is focused on sharing the story and vibrancy of Vancouver’s rapidly-changing city center. It works with property owners, visitors, business owners, and others to knit together downtown’s unique options and welcoming feel. Learn more at vdausa.org or by contacting VDA’s executive director, Lee Rafferty, at 360-258-1129.