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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.

An Extra Sweet First Friday

Art-Sweet-ArtFirst 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. Here are some other treats for your senses:

  • Angst Gallery (1015 Main St.): “Mon Poussin” (French term of endearment meaning “baby chick”) features the work of multiple artists.
  • Aevum Images (1006 Main St.): Grand opening in new location. See the photography of Aevum’s Kate Singh in her new location, as well as art of Brecia Kralovic-Logan and jewelry of Maureen Knutsen-Fahey.
  • Art on the Boulevard (210 W. Evergreen Blvd.): “Spirit of Place” with artist Tracy Leagjeld and her latest collection of monotypes celebrating her love of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Brickhouse Bar & Grill (109 W. 15th St.): ArtWalk after-party featuring the paintings of Mace Bracken and Brandon Robert of Altered Reality Tattoo. Live music and happy hour prices from 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Gallery 360 at the historic Slocum House (605 Esther St.): Art in Motion, featuring artwork that moves or conveys movement in painting, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. Live music by pianist Linda Smith.
  • North Bank Artists Gallery (1005 Main St.): Battle Ground Arts Alliance Show, showcasing the skill and craftsmanship of Southwest Washington artists in a variety of mediums: fabric creations, ceramic sculptures, photography, mosaic, watercolor, and oil painting.
  • Vancouver City Hall (415 W. 6th St.): “Column of Smoke, Pillar of Ash” exhibit by Grant Hottle and “The Academy Exposed” photography by Kate Singh.
  • Vinnie’s Pizza (1000 Main St.): Art and photography by Michaela and Monika Dixon. Proceeds support research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to find a cure for hypothalamus obesity.

Artists Needed for Founding Mothers

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is looking for a new piece of public art, to be revealed in May and installed in September of this year. The VDA is currently seeking artists’ proposals for “Founding Mothers,” a site-specific piece which will grace one of downtown’s main intersections. The VDA is looking for an artist whose work will transform the street and create a focal point at the intersection. The budget for the artwork is $15,000, funded through support from the City of Vancouver and numerous private donors. The budget includes travel expenses, taxes, transportation of the artwork, and installation. The VDA will take care of permits and provide a concrete foundation meeting the artist’s requirements.

The VDA has long been a supporter of arts of all kinds in the city center, investing over $150,000 in several pieces over the years. Among the more well-known public pieces that VDA has supported are the Flying Umbrellas at Evergreen and Main by local artists at Cobalt Designworks. Another popular piece is The Phoenix at 8th and Main, created by Seattle artist Andrew Carson. Last spring, a Vancouver Arts District was established to honor the arts in downtown.

More information can be found on VDA’s website or by visiting this page: http://vdausa.org/vda-projects/public-art/founding-mothers/. The Request for Qualifications is due by Sunday, March 1. The finalists will be selected by jury in mid-March, and the artist and concept will be announced in May. Final installation will take place on Sept. 4.

Downtown Vancouver Spring Clean-up

Downtown Vancouver's annual Spring Clean-up is slated for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. If you're handy with a broom, a rake, a shovel, and clippers, or if you've got elbow grease to spare, Vancouver needs your get-up-and-go to get our downtown looking ship-shape. Come on your own, bring your family, or join one of the many civic groups, churches, and businesses that are sprucing up our fair city for summer events.

Volunteers will meet at Turtle Place in downtown Vancouver (on Seventh St. between Main and Washington). Vancouver's Downtown Association (VDA) asks that you bring your tools and your can-do attitude. Online registration is helpful, but not required; you can also sign up on the morning of the event. Click here to see more details: http://www.solv.org/get-involved/events/vda-annual-downtown-clean.

Corporate and government sponsors for the Spring Clean-up are Waste Connections, City of Vancouver, Hilton Vancouver, and SOLVE Oregon. The VDA is a nonprofit organization that partners with residents, business owners, and property owners to create an attractive, welcoming downtown for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at www.vdausa.org, or contact VDA's Executive Director Lee Rafferty at director@vdausa.org or 360-258-1129.

 

First Friday in Vancouver

Visit Vancouver's Downtown Association to get your copy of the First Friday "Hot Sheet," of course—that's the downloadable PDF that lists all the most awesome stuff to do during the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver. Take a peek at the Hot Sheet and see, at a glance, what's new and what's happening: new art exhibits, new places to explore, and live music to enjoy. Plan your evening by choosing from among downtown Vancouver's hip galleries, wine tasting venues, restaurants, vintage shops, clothing and home décor boutiques, and theaters with live performances. A downloadable walking map is also available. The Art Walk is always free, although you'll want to come prepared—you never know what might catch your eye or tantalize your taste buds!

April First Friday in Vancouver

What's extra-hot right now at Vancouver's Downtown Association? The First Friday "Hot Sheet," of course—that's the downloadable PDF that lists all the most awesome stuff to do during the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

Take a peek at the Hot Sheet and see, at a glance, what's new and what's happening: new art exhibits, new places to explore, and live music to enjoy. Plan your evening by choosing from among downtown Vancouver's hip galleries, wine tasting venues, restaurants, vintage shops, clothing and home décor boutiques, and theaters with live performances. A downloadable walking map is also available. The Art Walk is always free, although you'll want to come prepared—you never know what might catch your eye or tantalize your taste buds!

Here's a brief sampling of what you'll find:

Above: detail from painting of the Smith Building on Main Street in downtown Vancouver, by James Dunbar