First Friday Artwalk

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.

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!

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.

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 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 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/.

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/.

First Friday in Vancouver

It’s not yet spring, but the March First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver is a beautiful reminder that creativity is always under the surface, just waiting for a chance to bloom. You’ll see, feel, and taste the soon-to-come change of season with new and dynamic art, 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, March 3, and see what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more.

To plan your 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/.

Aevum Images
Angst Gallery
Art On the Boulevard
Aurora Gallery
Boomerang Generosity Shop
Burnt Bridge Cellars
Cellar 55
Gallery 360
Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie
Low Bar
Luepke Flowers and Finds
Most Everything
North Bank Artist’s Gallery
Portland Art Creations
Rand Jeweler
Siren Salon
Windermere Stellar

Above image: the crocuses are just beginning to unfurl

First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver

It’s not yet spring, but the March First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver is a beautiful reminder that creativity is always under the surface, just waiting for a chance to bloom. You’ll see, feel, and taste the soon-to-come change of season with new and dynamic art, 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, March 3, and see what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more.

To plan your 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/.

Aevum Images
Angst Gallery
Art On the Boulevard
Aurora Gallery
Boomerang Generosity Shop
Burnt Bridge Cellars
Cellar 55
Gallery 360
Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie
Low Bar
Luepke Flowers and Finds
Most Everything
North Bank Artist’s Gallery
Portland Art Creations
Rand Jeweler
Siren Salon
Windermere Stellar

A Romantic First Friday at Luepke’s Flowers & Finds

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it…and First Friday at Luepke Flowers & Finds will get you inspired with fresh flowers, vibrant colors, and sheer creativity. Come by any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, for a bit of bubbly and a lot of beauty.

Luepke’s featured artist for February’s First Friday Artwalk is watercolorist Katey Sandy, who finds inspiration from nature’s shapes, colors, and textures, letting each composition unfold and change as she paints. Sandy uses a variety of approaches and enjoys experimentation during the process of creation, resulting in true expressionist pieces—Sandy’s in-the-moment interpretation of her inner life and her subject, arising spontaneously from her interaction with the canvas and the medium. Sandy is a member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Washington Society of Artist, Columbian Art Association, and Mosaic Art Alliance. She teaches abstract painting and montage design for the Mature Learning Program at Clark College.

While you’re enjoying Sandy’s watercolor paintings, you can sip some complimentary sparkling wine and peruse Luepke’s large but thoughtful selection of fresh flowers to take home and liven up your wintertime table. Better yet, order a custom Valentine’s arrangement, and choose some Moonstruck chocolates, scented candles, handpainted silk scarves, or handmade jewelry by local artists to go with your flowers. Luepke’s has also just gotten a new shipment of home décor items such as clocks, vases, boxes and other treasures.

Spirit of the Northwest at Gallery 360

Gallery 360 invites you to experience the Spirit of the Northwest, a new exhibit featuring artwork from 32 artists celebrating the ethereal beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Meet the artists at the opening reception on First Friday, Jan. 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This community show, which accepted submissions of artwork from both professional and amateur artists, will run from Wednesday, Jan. 4, through Sunday, April 2. While you’re at the gallery, you’ll also want to see the vivid digital art by gallery member April Moen.

Gallery 360 is located inside the historic yellow Slocum House in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St. in downtown Vancouver. For more information, call 360-693-7340 or visit www.gallery360.org. Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Above image: detail from “Spirit of the West,” by watercolorist Charlene Shelfer. See the entire painting at the First Friday reception on Jan. 6!

Opening Night Reception for Fort Vancouver-inspired Art Exhibit

For a group of local artists, celebrating the centennial year of the National Park Service means doing what they do best: creating works of art inspired by their local national park!

Curated by artist and educator Maureen Montague, professional artists from the Vancouver area were invited to create original two-dimensional works of art inspired by their experiences at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Participating artists toured the park and were able to meet with the national park’s curators to explore and draw inspiration from artifacts in the museum collection.

The exhibit will open with a reception at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk. After that evening, the exhibit will be open to the public, free of charge, during normal park business hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit will run through the end of 2016.

First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver

It’s the month for giving thanks, and one of the things we’re grateful for is that Downtown Vancouver is thriving, absolutely brimming with things to see and do, full of creative energy and vibrant autumn color. This Friday, Nov. 4, is the perfect time to celebrate our fave North Bank city with the First Friday Artwalk. Come downtown to see what’s happening from 5 to 9 p.m. and check out what’s new, including the Open Studios Tour reception at LSW Architects, the Kazoodles Toys pop-up store in the lower level of Divine Consign, and the Storm Drain Mural Project.

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 late 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.

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.

“Fall” in Love with Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk

It’s the month for giving thanks, and one of the things we’re grateful for is that Downtown Vancouver is absolutely brimming with things to see and do, full of creative energy and vibrant autumn color. This Friday, Nov. 4, is the perfect time to celebrate our fave North Bank city with the First Friday Artwalk. Come downtown to see what’s happening from 5 to 9 p.m. and check out what’s new, including the Open Studios Tour reception at LSW Architects, the Kazoodles Toys pop-up store in the lower level of Divine Consign, and the Storm Drain Mural Project.

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 late 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.

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.

First Friday Artwalk in Downtown Vancouver

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.