If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about art, or better understand the processes that go into making a piece of pottery, a painting, or a metal sculpture, the Eastside Culture Crawl is for you. On the flip side–if you just want to take a look into the fascinating home-life or studio-life of an artist, the Eastside Culture Crawl is also for you.
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 3-day visual arts festival, that has artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront, and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.
What’s great about the Culture Crawl is being able to meet the people behind the art. During the crawl, you get to see where the art was made, ask why it was made, and meet the interesting individuals behind the work. Follow the map of houses, or simply drift around the designated neighborhoods and stop at any of the studios/houses marked with a sign or balloons.
Artists throw their doors wide open to allow the public to peer behind the scenes to see the artists at work and play. If you see something you absolutely MUST HAVE, visitors are also encouraged to purchase the one-of-a-kind pieces on the spot.
For the voyeurs in all of us, getting to go into people’s houses is a dream come true. Artists definitely have a flair for making their homes and their studios unique and visually appealing.
The crawl is happening Friday, November 15 from 5pm – 1opm, as well as Saturday and Sunday November 16 & 17 from 11am – 6pm. You can find more information about the event at their official website.
Have any interesting stories from the Eastside Culture Crawl? Will you be participating/attending this year? Let us know in the comments below.