Nearly 400 Vancouver artists are opening their own front doors for three days this November as part of an unusual cultural experiment.
The Eastside Culture Crawl offers visitors a unique chance to experience art not in museums or galleries but where it’s actually made – in the homes and studios of up-and-coming and established artists. Each year, some 10,000 people take to the streets of East Vancouver for a fascinating, first-hand glimpse into the city’s culture and arts scene.
Armed with maps and program guides, art lovers comb some of the city’s most picturesque neighborhoods, from the tree-lined lanes of historic Strathcona to the bohemian Commercial Drive district. The city’s artists themselves play the role of hosts, welcoming visitors into their homes and sharing the creative process.
Inside Marina Nazarova’s studio on Vernon Drive, for example, guests discover detailed paintings of local scenes on ceramic tiles. Nazarova takes photos of strangers on city streets, rendering them into fascinating commentaries on Vancouver life. Not far away, sculptor Darcy Davis builds large-scale collages of found objects collected from flea markets and back alleys. A special effects technician by day, who specializes in fires and explosions for films, Darcy uses his know-how to weld together majestic “junk piles” that defy logic and description.
For a complete list of artists, visit the Eastside Culture Crawl website.